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Oh boy, Teylers Museum in Haarlem was such a nice place to take photos. For Teylers Museum is the best-preserved 18th-century public knowledge institution for the arts and sciences in the world. A must if you ever visit Haarlem. I got inspired by Suzanne Carillio’s blog, specifically by her post about a Dior Tulle Skirt. I loved the image and I regretted not having bought that red tulle skirt when I had the chance. Then it dawned on me that I have a full fuchsia maxi skirt, which I hardly ever wear. Although it is cotton, it is a bit warm and in winter such a long skirt always fights with coat lengths. Believe it or not, but I do not have a coat long enough. And for some reason it is never “in-between-weather”. (See my first styling of this skirt that one day when it was in-between-weater.)
At first I styled the skirt with the double breasted jacket of my Piazza Sempione trouser suit. But, although I had it taken in, it still looked a bit too wide at the waist. No worries, I had a similar double breasted jacket (don’t say a word!!), which proved to be rather tight. Oh darned. No sweat, I could swap it for my trusted black jumper which you have seen many times, like two weeks ago.
Kitty was my photographer again and for such a grand outfit the Teylers Museum as the background was perfect. Unfortunately we were not allowed to use extra light or flashlight. Oh dear.
Below: The entrance.
Below: Me trying to imitate the sculpture in the hall. Looking rather dopey.
Below: Here we go… lots of pictures dahlings. The light at the museum was not as bright as we hoped it would be. So we looked for spots with big windows, like here ( I removed the word “Toilets” in the image next to my head.)
Below: This skirt has 84 panels from small at the waist to wider at the hem. It is made in India by an Australian designer called Madame Hall. Lisa Hall sells her skirts, tunics, bags etc at her Etsy shop.
Below: I did the twirl as with this skirt you have to twirl. Made the jumper look a bit funny, but there you go. You will see more of the orange hem at the bottom later on.
Below: Entering the museum. What you see here is an electrostatic generator. A big one. The museum has fossils, instruments, paintings, really cool stuff.
Below: As I said…fossils (do not lean on the glass).
Below: And more fossils and instruments. This is a fantastic room with a balcony going round at the top. Unfortunately we were not allowed to go up there, boo hoo.
Below: Which is why I pinched one of their photos
Below: An English speaking mum and her daughter were seeking advice in solving a puzzle to win something. They had to give the answers in Dutch which was a bit difficult for them. A minute later I discovered my phone wasn’t in my bag and panicked. Thought it would still be in my car and the parking garage is renowned for its car burglary. I hurried back to the parking garage. To cut a long story short (too late), the phone was on a shelf in my coats wardrobe at home and I totally ruined my hair by walking through misty/drizzly weather. Ugghh.
Below: Believe it or not, but the paths you walk on, are also the heating system. How gorgeous is that?
Below: Yep, photo moment.
Below: Some more fossils. This was a big skeleton. Don’t ask me what it is. You know me, I never pay attention to these sort of things. Bad for a “reporter”.
Below: Awfully big feet.
Below: Can you see us in the ball?
Below: And here we are in the “upside down” mirror.
Below: One last shot of this lovely room before we went on to the paintings area.
Below: Painting from the old days with the women dressed in traditional clothes for the South of Holland. This was painted at the market of The Hague by Johannes Christiaan Karel Klinkenberg. No, I didn’t pay attention this time, I just googled the photo and the details popped up. I hate Google but I also love it.
Below: Old masters.
Below: Now this is what I call a grand room.
Below: Of course I had to sit on this magnificent bench. I switched my jumper for the tight jacket. As you can see, it is better to keep standing up when wearing this.
Below: I included this photo, although a bit of a hazy face, to show you the orange hem at the bottom of the skirt.
Below: Whoopie, time for some silliness. I made sure my knickers weren’t showing.
Below: And there were mother and daughter again, having solved the puzzle. Lord knows what they thought of this strange woman with her legs up in the air.
Below: A proper view of the outfit with the fitted jacket. As I have come down with the flu this week, I lost quite some weight. It might fit me better now.
Below: To show you the width of this skirt. You can clearly see the panels.
Below: Oh I do like kitties. This painter captured them well.
Below: And here is a portrait of Kitty.
Below: And a portrait of the founder of this museum.
Below: Oil painting on wood. Haarlem, around 1800.
Below: We wanted to climb these stairs to get nearer to daylight. But a sign said we weren’t allowed. Oh well.
Below: And last a close-up of the brooch. A vintage find for next to nothing. I know a darling little shop with a very nice lady who knows I love big glass (and plastic) brooches. Whenever she has a new one, I will buy it, as they always comes in handy. Like with this outfit.
What happened in my life this week
We can be short about that.
The orthodontist “sliced” 12 little openings between my teeth. At the moment about 1 mm wide. Apparently that isn’t harming your teeth. I suppose they know what they are doing. Was it painful? No. Was it pleasant? No. But nothing to fear, no pain afterwards either.
Saturday: visit to the hairdresser and dinner with neighbours down the road. Not the ones of two weeks ago, other neighbours. We live in a very nice street. Unfortunately I bolted out of their house straight after dinner feeling very unwell. Took to bed and stayed there for 3 nights and 2 days. Flu. The last time I had flu is a long time ago and I forgot how utterly miserable and weak you get.
Sunday Ron came home late and I was in no state to cook dinner. Then our next door neighbours messaged that they made too much food. Would we like to join them? No, thank you, not for me, but I asked whether I could get a bit for when Ron was back. They did better than that. When I texted Ron was home, the neighbours put the dish back in the oven and delivered it on a plate with a glass and bottle of wine. Such nice people.
Wednesday: Cancelled all my appointments, including a photo shoot with Loes. Didn’t seem a very good idea to be standing outside after just having recovered from flu. Especially as there was a big presentation by the advertising agency on Thursday which I really could not miss.
Thursday and Friday were quiet days.
For a long time I have been very unhappy with my comment box. I could read your comments, I could reply but you would never receive my replies in your inbox as you used to in the good old days before GDPR. Of course GDPR is a good thing as it protects our privacy but it means I need your consent for me to email my reply. With systems where you are registered like Disqus you have given such a consent. Disqus also makes commenting easier as you don’t have to fill in all your details with every comment. You just log on with your Disqus name and password every once in a while and everything else is automatically filled in. Then when I reply to your comment, you will get the reply by email and you don’t have to come back to see what I have said. This way I can engage with you so much better. And that is what I want: to engage with you. If you have problems with systems like Disqus but you do want to comment, you can send me an email. My email address is under the button Contact. Some time this week the new comment system will be installed.