Books

Winter garden

Reading a somewhat curious book - the Dutch translation of 'An Illustrated History of Gardening' by Anthony Huxley. He turns out to be an english garden boffin I'd never heard of, writing in a somewhat haphazard style about the origin ...
Read More

Keukenhof

Made the rash decision to go to Keukenhof at Easter weekend. I decided to get up very very early and arrive at Keukenhof the moment it opens its doors, which is at 8.00 sharp. Best decision ever, we had the ...
Read More

Confusion

And tulips just before they open up can be very interesting, too .... The origins of the word 'tulip' - will post a quote about this from the book 'the history of the tulip' by Ron van Dongen, who is ...
Read More

Shimmering

I'm still studying the gardens of the Dutch Golden Age - 17th century, when painting was strong here (Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, Steen, Ruisdael). So how about gardening? We're portrayed as having embraced the italian/french formal gardens, then we were apparently ...
Read More

Confines

This is Goatman, designer Thomas Thwaites who took a holiday from being human - don't we all harbour the desire to exit the confines of body and mind at times - and lived like a goat. He kept this up ...
Read More

Thanks, Theo!

The book I am presently engrossed in is the story of Theo Jansen, Dutch artist and builder of beach animals made of yellow plastic tubing. His beach animals are known the world over - and justly so, I think. Theo is ...
Read More

Time travel

By way of serendipity I am presently reading two books set on the same island: I'm visiting England in both the 9th century and the 20th. I'm going back and forth between the two and in doing so I superimpose a ...
Read More

Visible

And another travel journal done! The one below is the Australian one - book title is 'Australia in a Backpack'. Dolf de Vries wasn't my favourite writer- he is so very visible in his own book. Anyway, I had fun ...
Read More

in a time machine

Now that I've figured out how to best photograph my travel journals, it is time to do them all! Below the drawings and collages I made in the book 'in a time machine through Japan'. The author documents a yearly ...
Read More
Loading...