Inventarisation 02

The Tractie outdoors proved to be full of surprises. A lot of green stuff shot up there ever since it was last used for industrial purposes.  Enough brambles and elderberries anyway to make a few jars preserve that I now proudly display in my atelier. The note tells you not to eat it (yet), as I don’t know anything about the history of the place. Since it has seen industrial use, my guess would be that this jelly might not be entirely good for your health. Note: check on what exactly people did there in those days.

Tractie jelly

The picture on top is a copy from ‘Pluk van de Petteflet’  by Annie M.G. Schmidt with illustrations  byFiep Westendorp. Annie MG is the writer of childrens books in the Netherlands. I read her books a lot to my little girl, I love them for their  quirky humor and their beautiful illustrations. The book is about Pluk, a small boy, who lives alone in an appartment on the top of an appartment building (the Petteflet). One of his concerns is to preserve the park – or rather the wasteland area – around the Petteflet from reconstruction planned by such worthies as the Mayor and the Parkmaster. Those in authority find the parkland too indistinct and too chaotic and dishevelled. The park is saved because of the hasselbramen (=husselbrambles?) planted by Pluk. When grownups eat those brambles they forget all about reconstruction plans and immediately start to play games.  There is a lot that connects me to this story: a wasteland, a garden rescue mission, grownups throwing all care to the winds and playing like children ….

Where can I get those hasselbramen – they would make for a great experiment.  Drugs are out though, have to come up with something better to make adults play.

The effects of hasselbramen The effects of hasselbramen



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