zondag 18 maart 2012

Weeks seem to Fly....

It's Sundaymorning.
Over the last weeks Bram hasn't been very well..Lots of worries and often fear about what is going on with him. So, the coming Tuesday we go back to the hospital for a check and a talk. It is not always easy to deal with it, but usually it works more or less in a good way. Since I tell myself not to complain about hanging up the laundry or do the shopping it goes better. The only problem now and than is the lack of good sleep. Last Fridaynight I was so tired that even picking up a bamboo knitting needle was way too much. Some weeks go by with lots of worries...some weeks seem to fly..

Complicated knitting as lace is not for me at the moment. I want it simple and mindless. So I picked up the beautiful yarn I got form Jon and cast on a pair of socks for my DH.

It is the Oak Ribbed Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush with a French heel and a round toe (both new for me). It was the first book I bought about socks and it is still one of my favourites.

More on Knitting.
Whenever I hear a colleague is going to Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania I always ask them if they can bring me a book on traditional knitting. So I got one about mittens, gloves and socks from Latvia. My colleague Edwin was so kind to bring it for me.

Written by Aija Jansone it is just a beautiful book. No patterns, but it tells the story about the knitting-traditions still going on in Latvia, and it is packed with beautiful pictures.

One thing I really liked was the story on Dowry mittens, which means that the whole family of the bride have to knit mittens for all guests attending the wedding.. So when they leave the party, they get a pair handed over. It is still done. They are colourfull and all will be different.

The family usually starts when the girl is in her teens, because knitting 400 pairs can't be done in a year. I thinks that is so wonderfull, such a nice gift to get.
But...how to get invited to a Latvian Wedding is the next question........

A little more on Gifts.
A few weeks ago I got a phonecall from our local Art Centre "Kunstenlab". They asked me if I would be interested in "Doing something during an evening on Econimics and our County" I had no idea what it was, but after some talks I decided to say yes to it. The meeting was last Thursdayevening in engineering works "Geurtsen" in Deventer. Different people with different backgrounds got lectures and had to discuss about the future of our county Overijssel. Economics doesn't have my particular interest, but it was really intersting and often funny to watch and hear them speak.
At the end of the evening I had to give a reflection. I found out that the average age was over 50, no other cultures were within the guests..and it was all white and mostly male. So I mentioned that and than I came to My point.
I had made a little gift for all guests which they have to share within there company.
Little boxes with the text: Delen is Geluk which is Share = Happines
Inside the box are 2 hankerchiefs with the text "Delen armt niet" (it doesn't make you poor when you share)to keep themselves and Geluk (= Happiness)to give to someone who needs some happines.
They all seems to like it very much and I hope they all share it with a good feeling.
I have done this project in different variations over the years. Hankies embroided with different words have been spreading out over the world. It is an idea very close to my heart and I always love it to make a variation on it, and to see the reactions on peoples faces when they get something.

New CookBook.
Yesterday I got a new cookbook. Since my childhood I have always loved cooking and baking. My Mum was quite good in cooking and I have always loved her food.
This one is by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi.

I remember walking passed the restaurant in Islington some years ago and in the windows from Ottolenghi was an amazing pile of different kind of meringues.(Recipes are in the book)
At that time I didn't had an clue what Ottolenghi was.. It just happened that I kept this picture in my mind.

It is my kind of food. Eastern food with a twist.
The photos in the book are mouthwatering...
Different kind of Breads...
Sardines filed with Bulghur, Currants and Pistachio....

Lots of recipes by Ottolenghi can be found HERE...
So, I might try some recipes the coming weeks..
Hope my Home will smell "Ottolenghi"...

Spring is round the Corner
Our little garden is slightly taken over by celandine.

This tiny little flower for me is always the best sign that winter is over. It will cover a big part of our garden were also the first crocuses are in bloom.

Our Gunnera stays warm under plastic foil. March and April can give frost, so better to leave it covered.

zaterdag 3 maart 2012

In London I met up with David.... and.... Jon & Roy...

Last night I came back from my little 2 day Holiday-Trip to London. Today I feel I have been away for more than a week....that always happens when you have been away for a short holiday..

So I flew on Thursdaymorning early from Eindhoven to Stanstead Airport. Not that Ryanair is my favourite..but it was cheap and..well it is just less than an hour, so the limited leg-space is not that bad if you sit on the inside. Perfectly in time..but what a horrible coloured interior and clothes the stewardesses have to wear in those planes. I guess they have thought that the yellow brightens up the customers. Well...anyway..with closed eyes and music in my ears that hour was rather pleasant. At that time I didn't know that I would be surrounded by beautiful colours the rest of the days..
After landing The Stanstead Express brought me in 45 minutes to Liverpool Street Station. A real comfortable trainride with nice country vieuws too (I remember seeing Longboats in a small canal).
It was sunny that day and it felt that Spring is round the corner. Didn't need my Wintercoat and woolen scarf.
First Stop: Covent Garden for Muji (Why isn't there a Muji Shop in Holland??) and the Tabio shop (unfortunately no bright polkadot socks for my Sweetie).
Next Stop: Piccadilly to go to THE Exhibition from David Hockney in the Royal Academy of Arts.

It was busy with a long queue waiting to get in. Luckily I had booked tickets in advance so I could go inside to collect my ticket for 13.30 hrs.
Can't write more than that it was:
And that I am Really Happy that I was able to GO!!
And that, if you can go.. GO!!
Ofcourse I bought the catalogue, so Bram could see the works too at home (when at the exhibition I knew he would have loved to see this all)
We have been in Yorkshire a few times and the way he paints them is so close to all senses. There is Saltaire painted. Original it was a woolen Mill, but now it is the Hockney Museum we visited a few years ago.
It tells the story of the same places in all seasons. For me it was also about the seasons in life and..yes the more you look the more you see. It is the scale and the energy in the paintings that brings you inside the landscape.
Winter Days...

The Arrival of Spring drawn on an I-pad..

Still from Beautiful films made with 9 camera's..it was as you were almost into the film..and into the landscape..

After more than 2 hours I left the exhibition. Mint tea and a scrumptious lemon tart went down well to get my energy back.
A little shopping at Fortnum & Mason, a visit to Hatchards the oldest bookstore in London where I bought the next day for Bram the Hudson's with all Grand houses from England in it.
and..Now I regret a little that I didn't buy the signed book by Celia Birthwell about her life and work as textile designer and friend from David Hockney....

After a beautiful afternoon I took the Underground to go to Jon and Roy where I would stay the night. I know Jon for years because of the yarns he dyes for his own Brand Easyknits and who are a joy to look at and to work with.
I had met Jon a few times (and we always have contact usually by a chat session). Hadn't met his husband Roy but after meeting up with the 2 I felt really at home with them. There was wine, a lovely meal cooked by Roy, plenty subjects to talk about and we had a really nice evening together. Felt really pampered. After a good sleep there was coffee and a nice breakfast. Casa Easyknits is much better than a Hotel!!!
And there were talks about the yarns ofcourse. Jon has a real good feeling for colours, which is not for everyone. I found out the best way to choose the right colour according to Jon..
The colours he dyes with a new proces named Deeply Wicked (really DEEP colours!!) are a FEAST for the EYE. Here are the 2 I got from him. The blue one for Socks for Bram and the other one for me.
Jon took me to the Train and after saying goodbye with hugs and kisses and sweet memories in mind I went back to the City for a few hours shopping and walking around. I went off at Angel...
to go to one of my favourite area's in London. Islington is really a nice and quiet place to go, with the knittingshop Loop in Camden Passage
The shop from Toast
with my kind of garments..

Round 2 o'clock I took the train back to Stanstead Airport. Bought a book at the Bookshop..
Will be a fascinating read I guess...
Suddenly I heared my name and I looked into the face from Jessica who we know from the first time we went to Ireland and with her and husband Michael we usually meet up in Clifden. So the flight back we kept on talking...so much to tell..A lovely way to end this holiday.

Now it is more or less back to reality. Saturday is Laundry and Shopping day. Coffee with friends in the morning in the Cafe.
Work will start on Monday.
Bram is not very well at the moment. Thanks to neighbours Ineke and Janneke I could do this trip. They took good care of him. It has given me back some energy. It was really nice to be away for those 2 days without feeling guilty and knowint that he was in good hands.
Sometimes it is hard for me to see him in this state. This energetic man is now reduced to a man who want to do things but can't do them anymore. Sometimes it is heartbreaking for me as I watched him last Tuesday doing his physiotherapy. It took so much energy from him. Difficult to see him struggle. On the way back to the car I suddenly bursted out in tears.
This Wednesday we will have a talk with a woman who might help us with the practical things which need to be organized in the future. Hopefully it will work out they way we hope it will go.
Tomorrow it is Sunday..Time to relax a little...

P.S. Usually when I am in the Tube I take pictures from the fabrics of the seatings. Have a good collection already..But on my way to somewhere I took this shot of incorparated signs for the elderly, persons with little children or pregnant women. Such a good idea and it looks really good I think...