Building a DIY blending board (spielen mit Kardenbelag)

DIY Blending Board

It’s arrived! Finally … The carding cloth. The most expensive piece of ‘fabric’ I’ve ever bought. People seemed to be getting theirs from naturalfiberyarns on Etsy, but what with shipping and customs as well as having to wait when you’re itching to get started, buying from the States is rarely worth it. Instead, I tracked down a few European sources, including Wingham Wool Work (UK), Golden Fleece …

A flea market marathon: Braderie de Lille 2014

Sledges at the Braderie de Lille

Flea market, garage sale, car boot sale … Magical words that usually come just after ‘food’ on my to-do list when travelling. As such, I’m steadily building up my international vocabulary and my eyes are now well-trained at spotting signs of upcoming flohmärkte, trödelmärkte, rastros, brocantes, marchés aux puces and vides greniers. So, when I heard about the Grande Braderie de Lille and its fabled 100km of …

In search of a workplace in Belgium (Wi-Fi/Strom schmarotzen in Belgien)

Zuivelbrug, Ghent

Through no-one’s fault but my own, my long-planned trip through Belgium on the way to the UK  via the famous Braderie de Lille was largely cancelled due to work. That is, instead of hunting down fruity beers and mussels, I ended up on the hunt for reasonably priced, laptop-friendly bars and cafés. Here’s what I found and would recommend: Work taken care of, there was a little …