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A quick Hello


Just a little post to say HELLO to you; I haven’t forgotten about blogging, just haven’t had the time and opportunity.’

There is a lot going on, and coming into the living room this morning, and seeing the table I work and study on, it was obvious that the only way to show you was to make a picture of what the table was looking like.

Table to work on

There is a lot to be done every day. In the center of the picture you can see one of my study books. Topic now is 17th and 18th century, politics, religion, social life and of course culture. Very, very interesting, and that is what made me go and visit the Rijksmuseum last weekend. You can see a bookmark from there on the left. (as a souvenir I always buy a bookmark wherever I go).

In the middle you can see Erasmus’ most famous work. This book is a translation into modern Dutch, and it is very easy to read and actually quite hilarious. Looking at what the world looks like now, I think it couldn’t hurt to read the wise words of this man again.

You are problably the most interested in the item on the right, and I have to disappoint you, because that is the one I can’t say anything about. December gifts are being made, and it has to stay a secret for another few weeks.

To end this post, I would like to show you something you might not have known, and which is a bit peculiar.

Back in the 17th and 18th century it became a habit of prominent people to have their portrait painted. Sometimes they wanted it themselves, but it also happened that institutions wanted portraits of their most important men. Nowadays you just would make a picture and have it printed several times. Back then, that wasn’t really an option. But what they did, wasn’t that different.

In the Mauritshuis in The Hague, you can find this picture of Michiel de Ruyter, painted by Ferdinand Bol:

In the Rijksmuseum we found this picture:

File:Bol, Michiel de Ruyter.jpg

You have to look carefully, but then you can see small differences, especially at the curtain and the ships.
Both paintings are made by the same painter, or more precisely, by the workshop of this painter. The master himself ‘designed’ the picture, painted the main parts, and the smaller, less important parts are made by his pupils or co-workers.

Groetjes, Dorien

Getting back to normal life……I guess

Slowly, step by step a new rhythm is starting to find its way in my life. After a couple of months sitting, and since 2 weeks starting to learn how to walk again, I’m finally able to walk without crutches again. So, even though it is going terribly slow, I can go out for a walk with Fleur, which is such a joy. I just can’t tell you how much I missed this.

So, you would think that 3 months of sitting, would give me the opportunity to make lots and lots of thinks, but well, I hardly did anything but read. More than 20 novels have found their way to my bookcase. Some by authors I already knew (Gioconda Belli, Evely Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Gabriel Garcia Marquez) , but also quite a few new discoveries (James Salter, Siri Hustvedt and Romain Puertolas).

mosaic Colorful Crochet Book

Because I was asked to show someone the things I made with crochet , I made this mosaic, and I think it pretty much shows what I’m about with crochet, doesn’t it?

Something which is going to change, is that I probably will spend less time on crafting, because I’m going back to school. Well,…., sort of. I’ve enlisted for a study in Cultural Sciences at university. It’s something I’ve always wanted, and in fact already started over 20 years ago, but unfortunately had to quit. New chance.

So at the moment, I’m looking and trying to find a new way of spending my time, to find a new balance between all activities. Guess it will take some time.

Last but not least a little preview of what is going to be my new cardigan.


It’s the first time I’m knitting top-down, and it really is a nice technique. When it’s finished I’ll give more details about yarn and pattern.

Groetjes, Dorien