"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~ Henry Van Dyke

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Late hours of the afternoon.....

It is the late hours of the afternoon in the Dutch village of Warffum. The lady of the house has finished most of her work for the day and wants to use the last of afternoon sunshine for some needlework.


First, she pulls out her sewing machine to do make a pair of britches for her son. How wonderful this modern machine is as she has her work done in no time...


She really must get busy with her spinning...


As her knitting basket is almost empty of yarn. She just finished a new pair of socks for her dear husband and needs to make socks for the children now as the cold weather is never far away...


She hopes to do a little weaving as she enjoys making new rugs for the coming winter...


She also enjoys working on decorative items like this papercutting picture hanging so prettily on the wall...


Or start on the cat needlepoint she found which would look particularly nice with the dog needlework she made that is hanging over the fireplace mantle...


But first...she has to do some repair work on her lace cap which must make do until she has made a new one...


What do you enjoy doing with your late hours of the afternoon?

All photos were taken at the open air museum of Warffum, Groningen.

9 comments:

Rowan said...

This sounds like the kind of museum I would love to visit. My late afternoons are spent knitting and reading mostly though I really should start cross stitching again. Maybe this summer I'll spend time doing that.

Rhonda said...

how sweet! we do have more leisure time than our foremothers did.

I must confess I spend alot of my free time online instead of stitching or other handwork.

angelasweby said...

What a busy woman :-) Not one minute 's rest but oh what wonderful skills she posseses.
I love the beautiful photos and the little scene you created.
Angela xx

Ginny said...

Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures. Isn't it amazing how much the women of the past had to do? No trips to WalMart to buy socks and rugs. And to think, she had to spin the wool to make yarn. I think I prefer buying it. :)

jillyヅ said...

I finally sit down with some tea or coffee and read blogs. If I am really good I will check my emails and answer those, but I am terrible with emails.

blessings, jilly

quilt32 said...

I would love to visit that museum. Your pictures and descriptions are the next-best thing.

I usually end the day at the sewing machine on my latest project.
Lillian
lillianscupboard.wordpress.com

Nancy said...

thanks for the trip through the cute little house. Neat socks she knit.
You would have liked them.
Love you Mom

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a lovely tour thru the crafts. I usually sit down about 3.30 with a cuppa and either sew or knit or maybe a little gardening.
Hope you are feeling better
Love Hazel

Vicki said...

I've been catching up to your posts and wanted to send healing wishes; I had no idea you'd gotten so sick over Easter (scary!). Glad to know you're feeling better. I wish you didn't have to suffer from the illnesses which have befallen you. I'm a little older, in my 50s and I, too, have been plagued with illness since my mid-40s. It's not very uplifting, and not what we envisioned for ourselves. Which is why I admire you all the more, for keeping busy, not "dwelling" (which is a trap I find myself falling into at times), being productive and getting out there, living your life, enjoying your home and husband, etc. I think you have a resilient spirit!