~In jeder Sprache wohnen andere Augen.~

samedi 19 décembre 2015

In Between

Before 2015 ends, a post is needed - perhaps to try to come back to normal?
What is 'normal'?
A rollercoaster year sees its end and I just hope that 2016 will continue in the way as 2015 ends, on a high.

The blog silence would have been shorter but the poor laptop had a suddendeath provoked by a splash of water. At least, the new PC is 'normal'.

The picture in the header is taken out of a window in Dunster Castle - in the very West of Somerset and it is symbolic for me: England forever.

This year's rocking events have shown us the very direction: it is time to move.

I have lived in Belgium for 36 years now. It was my free choice to come here and it was my free choice to stay. When homesickness tried to knock me down, I always told myself that I am at home as wherever I go to,  I take myself with me. (I adopted this quote from Karl Lagerfeld)
There were many times when I was ready to move on and every time a special circumstance made me stay. I created the saying: Belgian soil sticks (like sh...).

If I took the time to go through my thousands of photographs, I would be able to tell how many times I have been to the UK over this last year. Every time a special highlight, every time made me nearly cry when I had to go back again.
My very first call for Great-Britain started when I visited my penpal, 12 years old, and we spent some precious summer days in rainy and cold Wales. I felt so good then and there! My next very strong call was when the plane took off from Manchester airport in 1996 -it took me back to Belgium but my heart stayed in the UK. And soon after this strong feeling of 'déjà vu' I fell in love with EG and found out that Great-Britain is my vocation.

The next year will show what is possible. I might blog about it.

To end the year, here are some more pictures from our visit at Dunster Castle. I loved every bit of it. It was a dull day in end of October and the gardens were not so inviting.But the castle was.

The historic horse stables

The lover's bridge




the Bristol Channel in the distance

inside the castle



there is such a 'young feeling' to this room

the door knocker

people could dress up here

stunning wall tapestry


this room felt so comfortable










where all important papers were kept










the telephone on the desk was ringing ;-)


I could smell the gunpowder whilst it was behind glass ;-)

initally, this was the grand kitchen but had been transformed into the poolroom





through the conservatory to reach the library


loved the door stopper





in their own mill organic flour is ground
alongside the pathway, the water flows like in an elevated rill 



Dunster village is equally cute than the castle




This last picture is my personal outlook for 2016. Forever England!

To all dear readers, have a nice and peaceful Christmas and may 2016 be kind to you!
With my best wishes,
Anke




jeudi 16 juillet 2015

OH HAPPY DAY

In fact, many happy days in the Vosges!

A perfect couple, a perfect wedding.

mardi 7 avril 2015

A Wonderful Weekend at Hope & Elvis

Here are finally some impressions from the Gentlework workshop at Hope & Elvis in Nottingham-shire.
The travel on a Friday afternoon around the M25 and then up the M1 was as foreseen, very dense. I stopped quickly in Cambridge for to get EG's birthday gifts before shops closed and to have a look around the town. Very lively and lots of young people around, plenty of bicycles also, like in Bristol. There were even many of those parked bicycles which were not secured :-O! 

Arriving at my B&B (recommended by Louise from Hope & Elvis) I had a very warm welcome and was delighted to discover a four poster bed in my room. Everything was perfect and next morning's breakfast fulfilled every desire of a cooked full English breakfast.

the main house


the rooms


the ford


the B&B cat







cute doorknob 






Everything quintessential English at Browns Holbeck - well deserved 5 stars B&B.


Saturday was a fine day in the Welbeck Estate where the workshop was held. To my delight, there was not only the studio but also a fine garden center and a farm shop. All I needed in the closest distance!

Here are some impressions from the workshop but there are other pictures from ladies who attended, as well:

Gentlework workshop

Gentlework workshop



Christine had brought plenty of her items to show, explain and inspire

I am so pleased to know now how a feather is sewed on to the fabric

or how all the lovely details become centerpieces

the lady next to me made dainty little blooms like shown here

we all had a wrapped gift and inside were items to be used, if wanted

How beautiful these lasting flowers are

keepsakes- I have plenty of collars who wait to be put in evidence like that


one of my all-time favourite 'pages' of her rolled fabric book


every of her creation has so many details to be studied in detail



Lovely Louise

Gentle Christine


I feel so privileged to have been able to meet them and spend all these fabulous hours in their company.



all these busy hands


and the ladies themselves all so showing their creativity! This is a part of a handbag I saw

the table to seek for treasures to be used

all for to be chosen from

even the table decoration was one of a kind

There was the most delicious lunch being brought in and fine cake was also served - even the catering was creative and one of a kind!




Here are some of the creations which were done on the day:










Christine gave me permission to make pictures of her own clever garment- every detail is fabulous!
A vintage apron, probably a nurse's, she added the straps and gave it her personal, so unique hand stitched stamps:



The last picture shows the rear, underneath was the most perfectly matching lace dress.
And I loved all the stylish bits she wore with it - even in her hair were vintage buttons :-)

Sunday, I had to leave after another 2 wonderful hours in this unique environment to catch the ferry at Dover. Before leaving,  I took pictures of the most photographed place in the studio:  the legendary Hope & Elvis toilet. I have to share the pictures because this place also touched my heart.







on the toilet roll holder hung the most beautiful little book - a book about friendship


Inside on the first page was hand written: Me too, I want to be your friend. Tante Lotte Ludwigsburg 1964

Ludwigsburg is the town where I was born....


The travel back was a real challenge, heavy rain all way down South. The ferry had more than an hour of delay due to bad weather conditions. Eventually, we boarded but the journey was nearly 2 1/2 hours, 1 hour longer than usual. Easter holiday had started and the ferry was full. The sea was very rough and plenty of people (a part the Brits and those who are married to them) went seasick. It took me 12 hours of travel before I got home but it was worthwhile every effort!

Next day, EG complained that his British milk I got from the farm shop had gone sour -----too much of rough sea for it, as well. I so hope there was no dog on board that ferry.
The next Gentlework workshop will be in July in Tenterden, Kent, where I would have loved to go and it is just a hop over the channel but - hélas - cette une date très importante dans les Vosges que je ne peux manquer.

But on 19th September, there is a workshop held in-----


Montgomery- Wales

I shall be trying to make it and who knows? Perhaps there will be another encounter with lovely ladies I have met here