Thursday, February 13, 2020

Pottery painting with kids in Düsseldorf

A couple of weekends ago we decided to take the kids to Eigenlob keramik so they could paint their own pottery. I thought they might think it would be fun but you never know until you've tried. At the pottery place they have a wide assortment of different things to paint from cups and plates to small ornaments. Filip decided that he wanted to paint a two in one tee pot/cup ( not that he drinks tee but he was determined) and Mila wanted to paint a horse. I picked a bigger bowl. Kids did great and really concentrated on what to paint and they spend probably 40 minutes focusing on that. But as my bowl took longer time to paint the kids when the finished they asked if they could pick something more to paint and because I wanted peace and quiet I said yes. And so it ended up being a pretty expensive activity, but hey something we all enjoyed and we will definitely come back and make some more magic. Last picture is how it all ended up after burning and glaced. 

English Theater Düsseldorf "Breadcrumbs"

I got a very nice Christmas present of a friend a theater ticket to an English play here in Düsseldorf. "Breadcrumbs" by Jennifer Haley at the Theatermuseum der Landshauptstadt Düsseldorf. The play is about a writer who gets diagnosed with dementia and must depend on a troubled young caretaker to complete her autobiography. Between the two it is a battle between wills but also trip back in the past to the dark woods. It was a small stage with only a few rows of seats and we were nearly sitting in the play. I thought it would feel too close in case I got sleepy after a couple of glasses of wine or if it would be boring so I would nod off but the play and the performance was so good so it was never an issue. It was the premier show of the play and the performance was great and the story was interesting. I love theater and I will definitely come back to English Theater Düsseldorf.

After the theater we walked down town and had a drink outside - Outside in February!
And then we continued down to Altstadt and it was so much people and also a lot of polices all over the place. We went to the Mexican place had burritos, nachos and a few Mexican cocktails before heading back home.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

My Love for Note pads

One of my New year resolutions for 2020 is to reduce the amount of clothing I buy for me. Not that I have been exaggerating buying cloths but still there is room for reduction, I anyways only buy shirts with stripes or dots on and however much garnments I have in my wardrobe I have nothing to wear anyways. But something I am not ready to stop buying even tough I don't really need more are pens, papers, drawing pads and note pads. For me it is pure happiness finding cute note pads in great quality or new inc pens preferable made in Japan but German is ok also to try out. I carry them home like hunting trophies and line them up on my desk or the kitchen table just so I can watch them and let the whole family also see ( but not to touch)  my great new purchases ( normally they are not quite as impressed as myself..) My favourite art supply store is still in Prague called Zlata Lodart Supplies on Pasáz Platyz from Narodini and I write lists well in advance of what aquarell colors I am running low on. For note pads I have found two favorite stores here in Düsseldorf Mayersche Buchhandlung on Köningsallee they have a big assortment and TK Maxx in Duisburg. The latter one is very unexpected for me I had no idea they sold everything in TK Maxx I thought it was just cloths. I went in just to have a look around last year and found Swedish made photo albums and hand-made Italian note pads and more. What is a bonus is their prices just like their slogo big brands for small prices - It is great. Here is parts of what I came home with last time I went there. I love the big case of Bruynzeel colouring and drawing pens I found and cant wait to try them out or actually I can wait look at them all in right order organized and sharp...