Wednesday, November 13, 2019
A new collection of xs woodwoolstools, in size cute!
The moroccan stools are handmade of eucalyptus wood and I made 5 unique crochet stool covers. Traditonal ones, like the very first woodwoolstools. I also made a golden, ecru with gold and a multicolored one in linen stitch.
The xs stools are perfect for toddlers, the nursery, as a footstool and you can even use it as a small (bedside) table.
Toddlers love it, they can drag this xs stool anywhere themselves and it will be their favorite piece of furniture in no time.
Have a look at the new size-cute collection in my E T S Y shop.
Sunday, November 10, 2019
Dordrecht, Sunday 10th of November.
A sunny Sunday afternoon walk through the beautiful old town of Dordrecht. For the second time this week we are lucky to enjoy the sun on the terrace!
Autumn is my preferred season when it comes to clothing. Bring on that winter wardrobe anew. Cardigans, coats, sweaters and I borrowed a beanie from my Etsy shop.
Saturday, November 9, 2019
La mouette et les dromadaires.
Our favourite spot for lunch and lazy afternoon in the dune forest at the ocean, outside Essaouira near Sidi Kaouki.
Flipflopfish on the wall, fresh fish on the menu and amazing views on the ocean and along the coastline.
After lunch we landed at the quiet beach, with only an old man and his donkey. The ocean was pretty wild that day, so we didn't swim and merely ventured up to our waist in the water.
No doubt, next time we will stay a night in one of the new rooms overlooking the ocean...
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Den Bosch - Museum quarter - Wednesday 6th of November
An unexpected mild sunny day this Wednesday.
We planned a visit to Den Bosch and started the morning with a visit to the Design Museum and the adjacent Noord Brabant Museum.
We walked and did some shopping in the area. Our best-loved store in Den Bosch is Westside; three floors with fashion, art, accessories, vintage furniture, books, inspiration and a mellow plant corner.
I found a very special plant (never seen before) and came to collect my green baby at the end of the afternoon for practical reasons.
We had lunch at CÔTE Bar Bistro, and yes on the terrace in the sun on Parisian bistro chairs. (in November!)
and I swapped my funky gold leather boots for chunky sneakers at the end of the afternoon.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Fantasia is a traditional exhibition of horsemanship performed during cultural festivals and for Maghrebi wedding celebrations.
The performance consists of a group of horse riders, all wearing traditional clothes, who charge along a straight path at the same speed so as to form a line, and then at the end of the charge (about two hundred meters) fire into the sky using old muskets or muzzle-loading rifles. The difficulty of the performance is in synchronizing the movement of the horses during acceleration of the charge, and especially in firing the guns simultaneously so that one single shot is heard. The horses were bred from the Arabian and Barb breeds or a mixture of the two.
The Fantasia is considered a cultural performance and a kind of martial art and it also symbolizes a strong relationship between the man (or woman) and the horse, as well as an attachment to tradition.
In Morocco, Fantasia performances usually take place during local seasonal, cultural or religious festivals.
I was lucky to experience a Fantasia performance in the Agafay desert, during sunset at one of our workshops in May 2017.
A few weeks ago we walked in Essaouira and guess what we found in front of a curio shop in the medina? A Fantasia painting!
In beautiful colors, simple, but authentic, and battered, and old, with horsemen and berber tents in the desert, and signed by a seagull. We both loved it and decided to make a deal with the antique dealer. Everybody happy and so we cycled back from the medina to our hotel just outside Essaouira, Henk with a Fantasia painting under his arm.
New painting in da house, souvenir with a story...