Image-78: "Schutzgeist" by Manuel Ramirez (Mexico, 1999), Ethnological Museum, Berlin - Studio Karel © 2003/05

Sk-log ...

RotorI'm not much of a diary or a (b)log writer, at least not in the public domain, social media are not for me. But hey, sometimes there are interesting things to share and it will be a useful resource for myself, so here we go with some entries on ... stuff I do and stuff I like, perhaps even stuff I don't like. A kind of ipsilogue, an index for myself, although that's not yet a regular expression. This, then, will be a sklog and I have no doubt that it will have an ultra-tiny audience. If you do end up here for some reason ... enjoy.

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14th January, 2021
The "Fluitketel" ...
To make hot water, at home in the 1950's, you had to boil it in a kettle. We had no electric or gas boiler at that time. So hot water was used sparingly and a once a week bath in the tub was pretty common. This is the kettle we used in the 1950's for as far as I can glean things from old photos. I cannot find a similar example on-line, so perhaps there are not all that many of these kettles left.
The
The "Fluitketel"
13th January, 2021
Father's "Rookstoel" ...
Dad's 'comfy' chair from the 1950's was a traditional Liberty chair, known as a 'rookstoel' or smoking chair.
Father's
Father's "Rookstoel"
11th January, 2021
The "Zeepklopper" ...
Washing up in the 1950's was done by hand, there were no dishwashers in the homes I remember, they came in the 1970's and 1980's. We had a metal washing-up bowl ('afwasteiltje') and used a 'zeepklopper' (soap saver or soap shaker) to make suds. Warm water came from the kettle, the boiler only came in the 1960's.
The
The "Zeepklopper"
10th January, 2021
Early Toys ...
I never had many toys in the early years. Initially the usual set of soft animals, including a bear, a monkey, a lamb and a pig. However wooden blocks and LEGO were a good part of my early toy world.
Earl Toys
Earl Toys
29th December, 2020
"Weck flessen" ...
Preserving garden produce goes back centuries. These 'Weck' jars can be found all over Europe and we used them at home for produce we received and bought. Dad had made a large store in the cellar where they were kept cool. There was also a large wooden box for potatoes. We still use Weck jars for the produce from our own garden.
"Weck flessen"

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