woensdag 14 oktober 2009

Antwerp(en) and Relief in a Way

It is not always you get a chance to go behind the scenes from a famous balletgroup in their own theatre. Yesterday I took the train from 5.45 from Deventer and I arrived at 9 in Antwerp(en). There it was about 45 minutes walking (made a little extra stroll through the centre) to the home from the Royal Ballet of Flanders My 4th year Student Julia is doing a training at the costumedepartment and she is doing so well, so I am very proud of her. Her attendant at the atelier is very satified about her and she told me that they never had a better trainee than Julia. After the talk about her progress I got a tour behind the scenes and I was offered a ticket for the perfomance in the evening (couldn't do that unfortunately). I have seen everything from ballet shoes in dressing rooms: Tutu's in big boxes if the ballet goes somewhere for a performance:Tutu's hanging upside down as lampshades: Sweet dresses for the corps de ballet: Colourfull garments for a fairy tale Ballet: Historical dresses: Hats in all kind of variations ( I loved the typical Spanish toreador hats very much) And much, much more. It was really wonderfull to see this all (and Julia is Great!) I had a wonderfull meeting there and whenever I am at such places I love my work so much. In January I have to go back for the final meeting and give her marks (but they will be very good I am sure). Later I walked through the streets of Antwerp. Saw modern buildings turning up as the (they are still building on it) new Museum for the Stream (loved the building) After coffee in the sun on a terrace with a splendid vieuw on this building I walked back to the centre for some shopping. In one of the streets I found this streetnameplate hanging behind the glass. I had seen this before when we visited Gent a few years ago. It says: "Without Hate Street" and it is a protest against the upcoming racism and the violence in the city of Antwerp. On the site : www.zonderhaatstraat.be (sorry not in english) you can read everything about it. For me this is such a good signal against the bad things fhappiening in our society. In that same street I found a beautiful hat shop with this rather roughly knitted hat. I am not sure if I would make one for myself because it would be too hot for me to wear, but the shape is great I think and it gives a really winter-feeling (despite the sun who was there all day). On the glass of a thrift shop they put those lace doillies with tape on the glass. It looked really beautiful to me in a strange way. I decided not to go to the Momu, the Fashion Museum but decided just to walk around. Antwerpen has those wonderfull narrow streets and it is always a surprise what you see. Ofcourse it is very touristic here and there, but I hardly noticed it. Belgian Designers Fashion was a little out of the picture yesterday. I liked the shop windows with all the cardboard boxes at Dries van Noten very much, but the prices are far to much for me now.In the past I could explain very easy to my students why designergarments need to cost more, but that has changed over the years. I have noticed within myself thatI sometimes can't see the point anymore why those garments needs to cost that much. Ofcourse you pay for the design and the fabric and the exclusivity of it, but..... it is only just clothes...some fabric sewn together in a nice way... So, I ended up in the shop from one of my favourite brands at the moment which is: COS. Last year when Evelien and I were in London we discovered Cos in Regent Street (was just opened) and we loved it. Simple Scandinavian design in great fabrics. I bought a cardigan with dark stripes which I still wear frequently and I still love it to wear it. Later I discovered that it was the luxury brand from H&M (never buy there, bad fabrics!!). There is only one Cos-shop in Holland (in the Hague, too far away) so finding a Cos in Antwerp was really something I looked forward to. The men collection is exactly what I want. So I bought 2 shirts, 1 trouser, 1 cardi and a matching pink (yes PINK!!) belt. I will post later some pictures and I also discoverer a detail in a shirt which is also in a -far to expensive, but great and had to have it- shirt from Acne which I bought a few years ago in Copenhagen.
Today Bram got a phonecall from the hospital that we had to come at 14.00 hrs to get the final result from the test he did last week. The result is that his heart is fine and it is not the reason of his bad mobility right now. Ofcourse it is a relief to know that the problem is not there... but now we have to search more. During the consult Bram asked the cardiologist if he could stop for a while with his anti-cholesterol tablets because in the leaflet is mentioned that muscles can get weaker. He wasn't sure about it, but told Bram that he could stop for 2 weeks and see what was happening. So we will see. We also made an appointment with specialist for internal diseases in November and perhaps we are also going to try something alternative next to it.

maandag 12 oktober 2009

Autumn mood

Yes, Autumn has arrived. The leaves in the garden are getting beautiful colours and there are days with rain, storm and sun. Autumn is -with Spring- my favourite season because you can feel the "change in the Air" and the nature is changing rappidly. It is also the season to curl up in the sofa with a good book or something to knit. Talking about knitting. I have finished 2 pairs of socks (the Lighthouse Gansey socks and the Elevator: patterns on Ravelry and 2 new socks are on the needles. They are the Earl Grey in bright red yarn (maybe with a bright green heel and toe for a change) from Brown Sheep yarn and the Kawkawesque in Wollmeise Yarn (love the yarn and the colours) You can't have enough handknittd socks I always feel and I love to knit them. As a treath for myself I have ordered yesterday some handdyed yarn (socks that rock) from Blue Moon fibres and a friend will take them with her from the States (where she lives: thanks MJ) and I will pick it up probably on a SnB night in Utrecht next month. It is not very cheap but I love the colours and the feel of the yarn is really nice and soft. And I am still working on a sockpattern for a book which will be published in GB and the USA. The yarn is not the right one but it will be something like this:Knitting still helps me to keep calm and so does meditation. I have started meditating again and at the moment I meditate 2 or 3 times a week when I feel for it. Whenever I start something new I sometimes do it too fanatic which can be good sometimes but also can make me very stressy. One of the lessons I think I am still learning is to make things easier for myself instead of complicater and being lazy sometimes not a bad thing to do. Last week Bram and I visited the hospital because the cardiologist wanted to have photo's taken from the inside of his hearth. It took alsmost 3 hours and I went with him. There was a strange moment when he came back from his first appointment. He went in dressed as most days:jeans, shirt, cardi and (have a look at!) my handknitted socks... He was asked to come in and 5 minutes later he came back dressed in those silly but very practical blue kind of pyama-top and with him he had a roling infusion. Immediately he became a patient just by wearing this item. Sometimes I am still amazed what clothes can do after all those years I am working with this theme. If the cardiologist can't find something than we have to go to another specialist. We both hope that they can find the reason why Bram's mobility is so bad at the moment. I always feel a bit sad when I see him like this. Being together for so long (27 years in Janaury) we both never thought about the things which are happening to him and to us. We never felt out age difference all those years but now we do and it is sometimes hard feel it. Doing long walks together or a day to Amsterdam are no longer on the agenda. Preparation is what we always have to do. It is good that we never have thought about those things because than you don't enjoy the moment. Looking at small things which are going well colours our days and ofcourse we have up and down days we manage quite well till now. I try to look it from the positive side and that also this gives me new insights. About new insights: I was on the Dutch national Tele last week and for the first time I liked it to look at myself without thinking: gosh, I am really not nice to look at (sorry, had this frustration for many years, but worked on it and since my days of therapy I am over it). The progam is called: Sterren voor de klas which means: Stars in front of the class. A Dutch celebrity named Harm Edens (talkshowhost, presenter) (which I met by a strange coincidence a few years ago) had to take over my design-lessons and had to comment on the way he was doing it. Filming was done in June for 2 days. I took it very serious and my comments were quite strong and strict.The class featured in the program was really good. They had to design a shirt and produce it. On the site from Sterren voor de klas you can see the result by clicking on aflevering 4: Harm Edens. Sorry for my readers who don't understand Dutch but at least you can see a glance of me. After the program was on I got really sweet and wonderfull mails from friends and family so thank you all for that. Ofcourse I was hoping for a call from Hollywood but till now..... nothing at all..... Tomorrow I am off to Antwerpen to visit a student who is doing a 20 weeks training at the Koninklijk ballet van Vlaanderen My train leaves very early (5.45)but I am very looking forward to it. Yes..... my work brings me to a lot of interesting places. I do hope tomorrow I get the same SURPRISE as the people in the Railwaystation Hall in Antwerpen... Have a look: I loved it!!!