Amsterdam, Day 4

I made the most of my last morning in Amsterdam. I got up early, said goodbye to Joseph’s goldfish and Meneer De Reiger (the heron who visits his garden on a regular basis) and headed into town with Joseph when he went to work. After that I got a coffee and drank it on the … Continue reading

Amsterdam, Day 3

On my third day in Amsterdam, Joseph was working so I was left to my own devices during the day. Despite this, he still managed to put on a great breakfast spread before work. Once in central Amsterdam, he pointed me in the direction of a secret church and I went on my way. Begijnhof … Continue reading

Flea Markets in Amsterdam Noord

Two very exciting flea markets in Amsterdam Noord – Van Dijk & Co and Neef Louis. Well worth getting the ferry over from the city centre (although I stayed at my friend Joseph’s house in Noord so it was super easy to get there). I was sensible and limited my purchases to some vintage French DIY magazines, … Continue reading

Amsterdam, Day 2

On my second day in Amsterdam, Joseph laid out an amazing breakfast spread for us including Dutch cheese, bread, strawberries, yoghurt, orange juice and coffee. A great start to the day… I also got to see the famed Meneer De Reiger (Mr Heron) who often visits Joseph’s garden. He wouldn’t show us his majestic neck … Continue reading

Creative Workspaces

I asked some writers and artists to tell me a bit about their desks and studios…   Caroline Allen Ceramic Artist Giggleswick, UK “My studio is a classroom which I have access to as part of a one year residency programme in a school. I teach ceramics for twelve hours each week, and the rest … Continue reading

Amsterdam, Day 1

Last week I went to Amsterdam for the first time ever. I had been meaning to go for ages, especially as my good friend Joseph has lived there for eight years. He is an artist who depicts Amsterdam’s architecture, and seeing his pictures only made me want to visit more. Naturally life often gets in the … Continue reading