Sunday, 22 March 2015


I recently visited Amsterdam to see 3 performances of one of my favourite ballets "Jewels" created by George Balanchine.  I was blown away by the ballet!  However it was good to visit Amsterdam again as I have not been for a while.  Despite the rain I was able to sight see a little.
A plane on the observation deck at Schipol Airport!

You know you have arrived in Amsterdam - tulips!

And Cheese!!!

I love Old Amsterdam cheese soooo tasty!

Even the lampshades get made of "tulips"!

One of the many bulb shops on the Singel.

Dutch clogs in every form and shade - keyrings,
bottle openers etc!

Sales overseen by the popular King & Queen!

An old cheese carrier.

More gorgeous tulips.

Flowers flowers everywhere!

The typical Dutch buildings that line the canals.

Canal view with a typical bicycle!

More quaint house - some quite crooked!

The Neukirk.

One of the many bridges covered in lovers padlocks.

Looking across the canal from the Anne Frank Huis to....

...the lovely Tulip Museum - I love this place
and its shop sells interesting bulbs too!

Bulb like vases!

A fold out spring garden.

Real tulips in pots.

Next to the Tulip Museum is a Cheese Museum
I really liked this one it was delicious.

Some of the old equipment used to make cheese.

More cheese equipment.

A diamond studded cheese slicer EUR25,000.

Take your pick!

The new with the old a very fitting modern building -
the red brick on the left with round window is
very sympathetic to its neighbours.

The Royal Palace in Dam Square.

Cakes in the Bijenkorf department store across from the Palace.

The canals by night - lights reflecting prettily in the water.

Bridges beautifully lit.

The Neukirk by night.

Some fancy candles in a shop window!

A shoe shaped shoe display!

A lovely moon!

The canal by Waterlooplein.

More tulips.

Roses and gerbera.

Ranunculus and anemones.

A beautiful mute swan on the canal.

The tulips and roses I brought home.

The National Theatre.

Jewels Poster.

One of the Emeralds costumes on display in
the theatre so nice to see one up close!

I will be back in Amsterdam next month I can't wait!

Saturday, 7 March 2015

The Colour Purple

So today was a lovely sunny spring day (if very windy) and my crocuses were really enjoying the sun. This lead me to get out my NYC souvenir....

A trip to Madison Avenue yielded this.
The 2014 Christmas box sleeve -always glad to get one of those!

Not an AW14/15 scarf...

Le Pegase D'Hermes - just one sitting in the cabinet.

The  scarf features line drawings in a design style.

And has flashes of bright colours

The beautiful wing of Pegasus

Cossack style.
I had quite a bit of trouble finding jumpers to match
this scarf and now wonder if it was a mistake to buy
this particular cw...

A-symmetrical style (sorry about the pink it does NOT go!)

Simple basic fold secured with scarf ring. 

Single knot folded neatly into lilac cardigan.

Half Ascot Knot

Butterfly Knot - basic fold secured
with ring and pulled.

Half bow knot.

Basic slide 

Double twist knot.

Cowboy knot.

Cowboy knot/cossack combo.