1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Love this quaint sewing set up withe the vintage machine. It reminds me of my grandmother’s set up at the farm where they lived and we visited each summer.

    Mary Jane, yesterday we visited the Keukenoff flower park that was full of tulips, hyacinth, daffodils and other bulbs in sweeping arrangements of colors and flower mixes. It was the most beautiful place I have ever seen! Who knew that tulips came in so many colors, sizes, and types?? On the way to the park, we past by farms where there are huge swaths of colors of the various tulips. We learned all about tulip farming and growing at a small organic tulip farm where a young couple are making a living raising tulips . It was fascinating and beautiful. How about this trivia..? When the tulips are harvested for auction, the bulbs are cut off . Then a local sheep farmer comes and takes them all and spreads them in the fields for the sheep to eat. They love them!! So, the raising has to be organic because the bulb waste can be recycled as food for the local famers. Isn’t that cool? Apparently, flower growers do not use the bulbs but one time so they have a need to get rid of the bulbs when the flowers are picked.

    • oh Winnie what a flowery adventure you are having in Holland ( do they say that anymore?) Just wanted to tell you that you MUST READ ” Tulip Fever” by Deborah Moggach. A novel set in 17th century Amsterdam during the heady days of ” tulipmania”. Reads like a thriller and is as the jacket says: ” tart with suspense and unexpected revelations”. Or as the NYT said : ” Need a brief escape into a beautiful and faraway world? …Tulip Fever can offer that ” , and ” an artful novel in every sense of the word, deftly evokes Amsterdam’s vibrant atmosphere” . Just read it and enjoy !

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