zondag 14 februari 2016

Let's talk about hats

'No mum, please don't wear your hat' 'You will capture everyone's attention'. 'It's just too much!' 'You'll be the laughing stock of Rotterdam''. ;-)

Whenever I try to wear one of my hats, this is what happens. My hat always end up in the back of my closet, where it came from.

When I look back at my childhood in the late sixties and seventies, I remember my grandparents, aunts and uncles wearing a hat, when leaving the house. Partly for protection, but for decorative purposes as well. How I admired them. They looked so sophisticated.

I have fond memories too of one of my neighbours, a tall and well groomed gentleman in his eighties, who always tipped his hat whenever we met. I was in my early twenties at the time and just a girl, but this gesture made me feel like a lady.

Last week when at a dinner party, my friends and I got talking about hats. Having seen the films Carol and The Danish girl, in which some fine examples of stylish hats are worn. My friends and I came to the conclusion that we all have hats in our closet, but lack the confidence to actually wear them.

One of my friends and I made a pact. On our next visit to the cinema we would wear one of our hats.

When arriving home later that evening, she sent me a text, saying: 'It's  always terribly windy at the Kop van Zuid......... (the part of town where the cinema is.)........'  I replied: 'No excuses, let's do it!'

It's four more weeks before we go. Having second thoughts already...........she may be right, it is terribly windy at the Kop van Zuid indeed.

Are you into hats?

Enjoy your week!


Madelief x

* The old black and white photo's are by the Séeberger brothers

* The hats, gloves and jewellery are vintage finds. 

zondag 7 februari 2016

To plant a garden....

While the branches of the trees sway in the wind and sunbeams try to find a gap in the clouds, I am in the garden. 

This week, when at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, lightning struck at a moment when I least expected it (figuratively), but in a Happy way!

Since then my head is in a spin. I cannot think straight. As I work in the garden, my mind keeps wandering. I put bulbs into the bin and I can’t find my shovel, while it is right in front of me. 

I don't think there is a beginning, nor an end, but I just try to hold on to that delicious feeling for a while longer. Above all it made me realise -even more so than before- that there are second chances in life and there is a tomorrow.

As I plant some more bulbs into a terracotta pot, a huge smile spreads across my face. Let’s go for it!

Wishing you a good week and a Happy Valentine’s day!

To Love & Friendship,

Madelief x

'To plant a garden is to belief in tomorrow' 

zondag 31 januari 2016

Hortus Botanicus

One doesn't always have to travel far to see a beautiful garden. At the end of April last year, two friends took me on a belated birthday trip to the Hortus Bortanicus in Leiden. It's  half an hours drive from Rotterdam only.

The university garden is the oldest botanic garden in The Netherlands, and one of the oldest in the world. It dates back to 1590. It's a hidden treasure in Leiden's historical centre, situated between academy buildings and the observatory. There are several green houses, a rose garden, a Japanese garden, an orangery and a woodland part, which was my favourite.

I had been there before in summer, but to me spring in the Hortus is the best. The spring flowering bulbs, wild flowers, the amazing colour combinations, the young leaves on the trees. It's all like a dream. I couldn't stop taking photo's. If you need a burst of inspiration for your garden, do go and visit. It's worthwhile!

A Happy week ahead!


Madelief x

Thank you for your kind comments on my last post too.

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