As I said last week, it has been a month of only nice things. Boat tours (2), dinners (numerous), meeting friends (old and new ones) and on a sunny Saturday: a visit to the Amsterdam Noordermarkt. One of our favourite Saturday morning outings. This is a market exclusively selling biological, organic etc food. You will find any kind of food there, from normal (but beautiful) vegetables to home-made honey. Besides the food, there is a lovely part brocante (nearly antique or not even close), jewellery and specialties. And I found myself a specialty (see the picture above and more about that later).
Below: a real gentleman (Dutch, no tourist) was interested in brocante stuff. He was impeccably dressed, which is a novelty at a Saturday market. Sorry I missed his head in the photograph….don’t know how that happened as he was quite good looking.
Below: Ron started by buying some herbs and vegetables for his veggie plot.
Below: I liked the colours of this plant/flower.
Below: the lady of this jewellery stall, snapped at me: “Don’t take any photos. That is not allowed”. Ooohh… not such a clever thing to do when Ron is present. He doesn’t take kindly to being told off, especially as she has no right to say that. I can photograph anything I like outdoors. So in the same agressive tone she used, he started to ask what right she thought she had to…. etc etc. You know how these things go. Being a person who always wants to avoid scenes, I dragged him with me. If I ever make a scene, it is caused by severe injustice and then I am really, really angry. Which makes me dangerous. Happens every 10 or 20 years.
Below: the miniature stone houses by KLM. They remain cute.
Below: vegetables, the colours make you happy. Give me a dress in these colours.
Below: yep, you can buy anything at this market. Cannabis lollies (popsicles).
Below: the display of the cannabis lollies (popsicles):
Below: delicious bread and cakes. Too bad for me as I am trying to eat as little gluten as I can to get rid of my headaches. It is still too soon to say, but I am very optimistic after two and a half months.
Below: children’s toys. Probably all very responsibly made.
Below: Noordermarkt is also the market where I found this Murano glass necklace my mother gave me. Remember the post where I wore that?
Below: I asked this lady whether I could take her photograph. She was wearing a scarf, knotted at the front, making it a dress in combination with her shirt. Never even noticed that. I saw the sandals (NICE) and the colours of the “dress”.
Below: most of the stalls and their owners have been here for years. Like this pastry/cake stall. Oh heaven. Oh gluten.
Below: and this pancake (crepes really) stall. I have watched the woman on the right grow up from a young girl. And their crepes are delicious.
Below: then we hit this stall and Ron said: “Look, that is a Van Gogh chair”.
Below: turned out that Robbie (see his picture later), makes the knitting pattern himself after a painting and then knits the spencer himself. To the right of the “Van Gogh” is “a Picasso”.
Below: Ron loved it and made me try it on. (And paid half of it.) The shape is a little straight for my figure, but it is so unique. Now you also see why I insist on wearing sleeves. My arms age me by 10 years. At the end of the post I will show you how I styled the spencer to suit me.
Below: see the eyes of the lady who is looking at my spencer?
Below: and this is the artist Robbie. So if you want one yourself and you are at the Amsterdam Noordermarkt, you know who to look for. You cannot have the same as me as he only makes one of each.
Below: we sat down at Winkel, Noordermarkt 43. This café is famous for its apple pie. They say they bake 100 pies every Saturday, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it were more as they cut big chunks. We ordered only one (… gluten..) and I took a little bite. Ron managed the rest.
Below: from the terrace of Winkel we could see the beginning of the market and I saw this little fellow being captivated. By what?
Below: he was captivated by this organ-grinder. Pretty decent looking bloke.
Below: Ron photograped these following three ladies. Didn’t ask their permission. It is not really necessary but I think it is what you should do. I am publishing them anyway, to give you a little impression of the Amsterdam women.
Below: OK, now drumroll…. this is how I styled the spencer. The flare of the jeans (Paige) balances my shoulders. The black and white of the booties (Fluevog) are in the spencer. These booties prove to be staple pieces. Wore them before here.
Below: the back… can you read it? It actually looks as if I have a waist! Yay. And the hair…. I had just been to the hairdresser. Bless her.
Till next week when you will see a bit of Paris and me in a new Max Mara dress.