Waking Up To A Blind Spot

My wake-up moment at the coffee machine.

I like to wake-up with a cup of coffee – better: I NEED coffee to wake up – and while doing so I noticed something that has become so familiar that I just didn’t see it, a blind spot:

The tin I keep the coffee in.

It’s the classic Van Houten Dutch Cocoa tin, showing images from the turn of the century (20th that is) and one is the portrait of “A Happy Fisherman of the Isle of Marken Holland”.

And since walking is The Thing at the moment I decided to check it out, the village where this scene is located, on the Isle of Marken. Usually it is packed and busy entertaining tourists, but surely now would be a good time to visit?

YES! It’s always a good day to visit Marken 🙂
Marken on Google maps

The Isle of Marken is a peninsula north of Amsterdam, once a small fishing community that lived from fishing the Zuiderzee (southern sea). Now it is located on the much calmer Markermeer, a closed off corner of the IJsselmeer, the lake that used to be the sea – before they built the 32 kilometers long afsluitdijk (closing dike).

I drove over, brought my hiking boots and was lucky to find a spot in the one-and-only parking lot for visitors – this must be a good sign. I decided to do a walk around the peninsula and start at the little main village by the harbor.

The fish stalls and snack bars on the water front are closed – due to the Covid situation
Souvenirs only to be admired

This is the heart of the tourist action normally, but now – closed. One window only was open for take away coffee and hot cocoa. The welcoming local café on the harbor. They even put the cut-out out, for visitors to photograph themselves in local costume, outfits similar to the ones on the coffee tin 🙂

The typical fabric used in these costumes – and other fabrics used around the house, in days gone by – is still on sale in a small shop. Again, unfortunately closed at the moment, but not forgotten! (I noticed a red on white pointillist flower pattern on flanel that I know from my great-grandmother’s guest room (!) I must come back some day to get some)

Laundry in the sun – I love it

It is so quaint, so typical, I can’t help but wonder: do people actually live here? Are people conducting their daily lives here, on the dyke by the harbor, right in the middle of it? Or is the laundry hanging in the back of the house a stage backdrop? Set-dressing, meant to enhance the colour locale? I did meet curious eyes behind the curtains when I went over to take the snaps…! (One of the houses had a for rent sign, bookable per week through a major booking site.)

Laundry hanging to dry is definitely ‘the fabric of home’. (Industrial laundry would tumble dry out of sight, no?)

I walked on, left the village for the outer area, the fields, the dyke around them and the famous light house.

While climbing up the dike on the north side of the island, when presented with the view I couldn’t help but have a strong sense of, erm, Truman Show! There it lay in front of me, the dome of silent blue, with that tiny sail in the distance, going for the painted cardboard walls…

IJsselmeer north of Marken
Het Paard van Marken – the light house

While out there a big fat cloud appeared and gave us its best! A wet patch and a hard wind blew me onto the settlement called Rozenwerf. No more than a couple of wooden houses, built against the dyke, protected by wave breakers.

Looking back at the Horse, the famous light house of Marken

Turning around I could see the sky opening up again, the lighthouse a black figure against the blue. Wonderful.

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Today At The Pool

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At the swimming pool this morning. It was almost freezing, but the water was warm, transforming the scene into an Icelandic hot tub. No changing rooms, all was done outside, by the pool, behind a veil of woven metal.

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Joe Happy Day!

Image I worked on today | JOE 01202021 ©wilsontichelaar

In an alert released moments ago the US Capitol Police have instructed the complex to “return to normal operations.” (CNN)

Ok – it’s time to put up the party decorations – CHANGE is on its way!

[I can’t believe – 4 years since – The Drama – tears were shed – but oh happy day! times passes and the world keeps turning – counting down to a new era… ]

The image above is based on a photo by Mario Sorrenti for InStyle , illustrating an interesting read on Joe Biden from 2017.

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Serendipity | iPhone Decision Maker

Sometimes when swiping up in photos on my iPhone I get suggestions for related images – As in other pictures I may be interested in? Something else I may like? Add to my basket?

Below the one I was looking at it shows a handful of random images from my library – pictures I took – but labeled with a date.. and when I first saw this I was like: Hey, that’s nice!

The typography, the spacing, the cropping of the image: I didn’t touch it, it’s all done by the phone.

Ok, it’s a small thing, but – as a graphic designer – I like this kind of surprise 🙂

(To save them I had to take screenshots though…)

Images my phone made with my photos. Cropping, typography, spacing – graphic design – is performed by my iphone, on it’s own initiative and by specifications unknown to me. Photo’s and composition I did do (© wilson tichelaar). I guess you could look at it as a collaboration with Apple 😉
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117 Countries Visited My Tiny Blog

Visitors of this blog in 2020 came from these countries

On the last day of the year here’s my list.

Inhabitants of the 117 countries listed above found their way to this tiny, quiet little spot on the web. Wow, I had no idea… I think it’s great! thank you, I wish we could actually meet! 🙂

Coverage iforinspiration.com worldwide 2020

I studied the flags, the design, the colors, the meaning maybe? a few names spark an idea, a memory of sorts, a bit of information I picked up along the way.

South Korea, is that you Sunmi? How are you?? – Ghana, a great place to hide from cold winters – Papua New Guinea, I wrote about your Huli People, fabulous men! – A colleague moved to Myanmar, to start-up a car rental before they laid the roads – Ireland, careful not to get caught in the coach trail of roots seeking Americans and having to cue behind them in every other pub 😉 – United States, some really nasty characters are tucked away here, but also the birth ground of bright stars leading the way. Admiring it, disgusted by it, in short – Morocco, a world of scents and smells it seemed to me, a nose’s paradise – Russia, fascinating how it looks so much bigger on almost every map than it is in reality (read the post here) – India, I knew about the onion craze from experience but recently understood the effect of their love for the bulb vegetable on the Dutch economy through the Brexit roadblock at the harbor of Calais – it’s all connected.

But! A lot of countries I still know little of, and just seeing their tiny flags in my stats to me feels like an invitation, a conversation starter. I would love to know about all of these places, how is life with you?

A shout out to the one (and only) visitor from the British Virgin Islands, Guernsey, Moldova, Nepal, Bahamas, Myanmar and Mongolia – you are ahead of your countrymen, you found this spot first 🙂

Intro tune for the next year

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A Salute From The Roof

PAGES | 19122020 | (…) every sort of shiny thing | image wilsontichelaar TFOH

(…) sorry for maybe replying a bit late, but doing nothing is not good for my motor I’m afraid. I do keep myself busy, you saw some stuff from the archive, but without the bustle of guests around, it feels like doing nothing. First night alone at home this year, my son hasn’t seen the UK this year, but tonight has gone to stay with a friend – it’s only me and Bonnie now. She just sleeps.
No news – we’ll have a quiet christmas, as we had to cancel a visit to family because of the lock down – I bought a set of backgammon,
just sitting quietly tonight, enjoying my home, playing music, I took a bath – first in more than a year.
then I went to the roof – smoked a cigaret – took pictures
here’s one I like

Best wishes for good times ahead,

may we meet next year


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Making Stories From The Archive

When asked Anja explained: “The world is swamped by images, we don’t see them anymore. When going through my archive of slides, trying to make it accessible, I grouped them, making stories. By singling images out, you can actually read them, associative and make them relevant. It is actually making stories for the archive – a way of filing my slides“.

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Lock Down Gift | The Familiar Smells Of Memorable Moments In Certain Locations

HOT from Selfridge’s newsletter: 10x2ml scent diffusers of REPLICA by Maison Margiela Paris

A treat for indoor travellers at the cost of 30 pounds only – including stylish, conceptual packaging…



Believe In Luck

Frummel wants you to believe in luck

This is the first frame of our introduction to Frummel, a true oracle kitten, worth 30 million and longing to come home with you. Meeting a black cat, this is your lucky day.

A wonderful turn on the image of the black cat. You must read the whole story here.

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Christmas Kitchen

Red cabbage, tree 🙂

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