Being largely confined to the four walls of home can make you more than a little stir-crazy sometimes since you slowly get cut off from the outside world.
Himself has to juggle being the family taxi driver and the drug-free, clear headed listening brains in my many medical appointments, keep up with work, extended family duties, drive kid to sports, clubs and social life events, and then do housework and cooking.
I help out with cooking, laundry and supervising kid homework as much as I can, but even so, Himself certainly does the lions’ share of the work.
When he is really busy and there is nothing I can help with, I don’t want to heap more on his plate by asking for a car rides somewhere, help getting in and out of the house or anything else that would make his work load even heavier.
I do not get to step outside of the front door, often for more than a week on end which can get me down sometimes.
Luckily I have good friends who keep me up to date on events that are worth an outing so every now and again, for which I am very grateful.
Different neighbourhoods in The Hague have their own versions of the “Kunst Route” (Art Route) Statenkwartier which I wrote about a few years back (link at the bottom of this post). This is where people display their art and hobbies in their own homes on a sort of “open day”, but also that it’s a coordinated thing, so up to sixty homes will be open on one day.
I’ve been meaning to go for ages but so far other appointments have gotten in the way. Earlier this year my intended visits around the Statenkwartierwere set aside because of my mother in laws serious dip in health, and whilst I was disappointed, Family comes first.
It was therefore a lovely surprise when a friend informed me that another neighbourhood also hosts a similar event, and passed on the brochure. Called “Parels” (Pearls), the neighbourhoods covered are the “Flora en Faunawijken” (Flora and Fauna), so this means the districts in which the streets are named after fruit, trees, flowers etc. There is a fold-out map in the back and a list of fifty-two addresses that can be visited on their Open Day. There are not just paintings to see though, the Open Day covers everything from sculpture to space saving eco-gardening, from hedgehog rescue and quilting to puppetry and medieval music recitals. I aim to try and visit several of them and be inspired by what artistic endeavours are happening right here in my own city…