the importance of questions

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What is a Pietà?
Earlier this summer me and my family visited Lübeck and Bremen, and the many churches together with the Paula Modersohn-Becker / Ludwig Roselius museums.

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In LR museum I stopped in front of a wodden sculpture in a rather dark corner and, as I always do I told my daughters, 8 and 11 years old, what the art work was. “This is a Pietà”.  I never expect them to listen but this time I was surprised and of course very happy.
My daughter Alma looked at it with a glance and said:
“What is a Pietà?”
She was listening! And now she wanted to know more!

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Tilman Riemenschneider: Beweinung Christi, um 1515, Museen Böttcherstraße, Ludwig Roselius Museum, Bremen

The Paula Modersohn-Becker museum was just as interesting for the girls. They walked through the three rooms and gave the work of arts points – all of them got terrible points – but that was also a way of relating to the paintings.

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Besucher vor Paula Modersohn-Becker, Alte Armenhäuslerin im Garten mit Glaskugel, 1907, Foto: freiraumfotografie, Bremen

PMB museum is the first in the world dedicated to a female artist. Paula was a great inspiration to the artist Berta Hansson, my husband’s relative.

In Lübeck The Dome was one of the churches we visited. I was constantly hunted by my daughters “let’s leave!”.

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I forced them to stop in front of a gigantic carving used for printing. I was amazed by the size.

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To me the tour in the churches ended with a sucess through the question: “Why are we visiting all these churches?”

starring in Downton Abbey

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This is me, moving in to Highclere castle, an hours drive from London. It is now official, me and my friend Raven Mcoy are starring in Downton Abbey season 7.

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Marigold and Sibbey are now the rulers of the Abbey and many things are changing.

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Marigold and Sibbey will be inviting artists, musicians and other posh guests to several Garden parties, some may even visit The secret rose garden.

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Cousin Violet and Sibbey will often withdraw for petit tete a tetes to share thoughts about life.

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I do not want to spoil the excitments but there will be some drama during one of the luxury after noon teas served in the Library.

Here is me posing (sorry about the footwear, the shoes are horrible and comes from I don’t know where):

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Me and My castle:

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dyeing a vintage dress

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A year ago I bought a vintage dress at an antique market in the small village Nora. The fabric of the dress was bleached and had some stains, despite that I just couldn´t resist it.

But I haven´t worn it. So I decided to try to dye the dress. The risks were evident, it could shrink and the fabric state could be even worse.

Still, I put the dear old dress – In a Pot.

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I had to stir and stir to make the dye even.

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The experiment was a true sucess!

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embroidery with golden thread

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I have spent several hours by the lamp to finish the embroidery in the technique couching. It is a very old technique, used in many work of arts through the ages. The letters are formed by an old golden thread, each one took about 45 minutes to embroid.

The gift for my friend is now completed!

Beauty is a Responsibility

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