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Back. Exhausted.

Got home at 3:30 this morning, after an airline incident involving “precautionary fire trucks”. All was fine – that announcement from the pilot was the scariest part of the whole thing. The extra five hours was the worst part – that made the whole trip (bus, train, plane) a 24-hour marathon. It will take a few days for me to get a full report up here (in several parts), but here’s a capsule version.

First, a couple of days in Amsterdam, with museums and food and touristy things.


And poppets, of course.


Then, on to the Textilform (sign says “Welcome to Textilforum”).


We stayed in an Iron Age house.


There was spinning.


And dyeing.


And weaving.




And many happy participants from at least seven countries.


7 Comments on “Back. Exhausted.”

  1. #1 Nathalie (spacedlaw)
    on Sep 15th, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Glad you had a good time despite the harrowing trip back…

  2. #2 Harma
    on Sep 15th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Wow, After a trip like that, you still are the first with photo’s. Thank you. I will send the link to my friends. I only wish someone had told me to take of those horrible dark glasses. I didn’t realise they were that dark. I will buy other glasses now. ;^D

    PS. Do your shoulders hurt too from the spindle from hell?

  3. #3 Sally
    on Sep 15th, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    It does sound like you had a wonderful time, and mmmm, dark rye bread

  4. #4 Harma
    on Sep 16th, 2009 at 2:27 am

    This kind of bread is darkend with malt. So it is not as healthy as it looks. Tasts great though. The stuff that everybody found the most fascinating was the use of chocolate sprinkles on bread. A pity they didn’t serve chocolate flakes or the chocolate slices that are sold as sandwich filling.

    What seemed the most extreem to the Dutch was someone putting a dessert on her bread. Fresh cheese with strawberries, renamed by us to Gloop.

  5. #5 A life-long scholar
    on Sep 16th, 2009 at 3:41 am

    My photos all went onto my facebook page as soon as I got home, but I did do a write-up comparing the two conferences I attended:

    Thanks for sharing your photos–I didn’t get one of the group since my camera was back in the hut just then.

  6. #6 cyndy
    on Sep 16th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    wow! that trip looks like it was fantastic!
    except for the airline stuff…yikes!

  7. #7 Mary Fisher
    on Oct 22nd, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Those pictures look far more modern than Iron Age … Dark Age more like.