hello you! i'm home. sitting right here at the kitchen table which is wearing her new dutch tablecloth i brought home from a small village in the netherlands. 100% cotton, luscious fabric and only 15 euros! i bought it first thing that morning and toted it along in my bag the rest of the day.
reentry has been slow and muddled. takes me awhile to get all the way back. so i've been piddling. wandering around the garden getting reaquainted with the native flora and fauna. but most of my interior life is still taking place in amsterdam.
like this day we wandered out in the early morning. the canals were watery mirrors. i'm still there.
melinda and i ambled through morning streets on our way to a boat ride through the canals on board a turn-of-the-century salon boat. we reserved through the hotel pulitzer, a swanky place along the prinsengracht in the lower jordaan. if you come to amsterdam i highly recommend this as an alternative to the larger tour boats. something special. you'll see what i mean when you're on board.
our captain took out 2 wooden step stools and gallantly held them while we stepped down into the boat. we chose seats outside. there are only 8 or 10 seats total on the boat. it's a very intimate atmospheric setting.
my utter delight was matched perfectly by my companion & friend melinda. how nice it is to travel with someone who has eyes to see such wonder in the world.
there is so very much to see. from the gabled buildings to houseboats galore to interesting plaques. things you also see while walking, but from a different angle. boats intrigue me and make my heart beat faster and my tail thump harder.
our captain was the cat's meow, but i couldn't help wondering which of us would take over controls if imco brune were to suddenly become incapacitated in some cataclysmic, but non-fatal event. surely it would be i. i would insist upon it. there would be no question. "cast your fears aside at once!" i would tell the other passengers. "i've got this." no one would blink. my natural sea-faring ability would rise to the forefront of my brain and guide my hands in the proper direction.
although this scenario did not come to pass, i still enjoyed the ride very very much and for some reason when i think back on this day it was i powering the salonboot de tourist up the canals. oh the burden of an over-active imagination!
my travel journal is 80% completed. all the writing done, but still there are 8 or 10 blank pages on which i will add more sketches from photos. i don't think i'll add any actual photos though. i'm having too much fun with the gouache and watercolor to stop!
i include a few pages today for your consideration.
there were giant postcards on board. i took one to sketch and paint later back at the apartment. melinda had her sketchbook and watercolors and worked beside me at her own table.