In the Scottish countryside, the good old red phone booth now houses a library, or a defibrillator, or a town’s oral history – and sometimes even a phone. And on the far reaches of the Isle of Skye we meet Donald Murdie, who tells us about his life as a ‘crofter’ and his fears of Brexit.
This week I fed my interest in polar exploration by visiting ‘The Discovery’, the ship of Robert Scott, who sailed in it on an unfortunate polar expedition to the Antarctic. I also got a peek into the V&A Dundee, the very first museum for Scottish design and in the studio of the fashion designer Katie Gibson of Gibson & Birkbeck. I talked to Neil Ross of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise about community building in rural Scotland and discovered that Scotland has a lot of windfarms. And yes, we went skinny dipping in our hottub in our cottage garden.
The pleasures of travel in Scotland: endless kinds of local beer, smoked fish and produce from the farm through a vending machine in the wall. History is never far away here, with Graham Fagen’s melancholy ‘Slave’s Lament’ in the National Portrait Gallery and one of Scotland’s earlier attempts at independence in Arbroath.
This week were my first days of vacation. I took the overnight boat to Scotland, quite an adventure in itself. Of course I had to finish some work before: a inspiring (and yummy!) thinking dinner in our Salon, a meeting at Booking for the John Adams Institute and the summer party of New Angle.
I love to live in Amsterdam, among other things because of the many surprises the city offers. This week, I encountered two free concerts on a boat at the canals and a load of naked cyclists for my house. No wonder increasingly more people want to live here. How to house them all? I spoke to Esther Agricola, head of Planning and Sustainability of the city of Amsterdam about this. And again a lot of parties this week: I went to the Rijksmuseum garden party among the amazing artworks of Jean Dubuffet, the Fontana Gallery summer party, told about the birthday (and upcoming renovation) of the Rotterdam Maastunnel at my weekly radio gig and sang a happy birthday to my husband Baptist.
Hi there! This week I took a look at the development of a new Amsterdam neighborhood: Amstel III, a.k.a. Amstelstad. Interesting to see how the muncipality wants to develop this into a neighborhood with the focus on health. We got also a lesson in how to create a gym in your own office, for those perky glutes we all want. This week I saw my last three Holland Festival performances: amazing, drank tea with my loooooongterm friend Deborah and attended a very lively birthday party.