Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
This is an historic Austrian pattern, here shown with combined colors to make children's bags. The dark blue fabric was traditionally used for workers' towels. I love the combination of colors.
If you'd like to contact Ulrike for more information or to purchase an item, see her website at: www.laschachtula.at
Monday, March 29, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Keukenhof in Holland is truly one of the world’s most spectacularly beautiful gardens. As you walk beside millions of velvety, swaying tulips in thousands of colors in this magnificent setting, it easy to understand the centuries-old Dutch passion for this flower. The gardeners and designers at Keukenhof certainly know how to plant tulips and other flowering bulbs to show them at their best.
Thirty years ago, when I lived in The Netherlands, I would tell our visitors to come in mid-May in order to see Keukenhof and the vast rainbow fields of tulips at their peak. Today, the tulips and other bulb flowers are blooming earlier. We visited a couple of years ago at the end of April and, while Keukenhof was still spectacular, for most of the tulip fields around Haarlem the show was over for the year. Piles of cut flowers beside the rows were proof we were too late.
Check with Keukenhof about the timing, and if you ever have the chance to see this fabulous garden in bloom, do! It will lift your heart and fill you with awe.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Seeing the massive, colorful tulip fields in Holland—or even the pretty wild onion flowers growing in my yard (when I lived in a house with a yard) or a small bunch of daffodils blooming around my mailbox (when I had a mailbox in a yard)—fills me with a sense of exuberance and inspiration that makes me feel so grateful to be alive...and grateful that I’ve got a reminder to be grateful. Here is just one small field outside of the famous Keukenhof Gardens, not far from Amsterdam. More on Keukenhof tomorrow.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Vienna’s Freyung Easter Market has a few eggs for sale. There are plaid eggs, polka dotted eggs, striped eggs, pastel eggs, glittered eggs, pearl eggs, flowered eggs, faces eggs, musical note eggs, Mozart eggs, globe eggs, lamb eggs, rabbit eggs, chick eggs, lace eggs, cross stitch eggs, folk art eggs, abstract eggs, wooden eggs, stone eggs, Vienna landmarks eggs...need I continue? Just about any pattern, design or color you want is waiting for you on an egg right here.
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