Linen in the museum

May 14, 2016

Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Open Air Museum in Vorau, in eastern Styria. The museum presents old buildings and objects related to traditional rural life in the area – and as it turned out, quite a few of these objects had to do with textiles.

In the “old days”, the growing of flax and the production of linen played a significant role in the life and economy of the rural communities in this part of the country. Consequently, the museum’s collection is full of tools like looms and spinning wheels…

…and this amazing early-20th-century winding machine which looks suspiciously like some ancient instrument of torture:

So, if you happen to be in the area, don’t miss it!


Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2013

I come from a family of collectors. Basically, this is just a fancy way of saying that we don’t throw stuff away no matter how useless, tasteless or downright horrible it is. Which is why my parents still have this plastic Santa doll from the early 1980s…

Isn’t this the weirdest, creepiest Santa you ever saw? I sometimes lovingly refer to him as alcoholic sex-offender Santa. And it gets even worse when you take off his hoodie:

I mean, seriously, doesn’t he look just like Walter from Breaking Bad dressed up as Santa? Kind of makes you wonder what he might have in his sack. And don’t forget that, as the carol says, he sees you when you’re sleeping…

Nonetheless, [m] and I wish you all a Merry Christmas with loads of presents, food and jolly company (or, you know, peace and quiet if that is what you prefer instead). Oh, and I hope you’re not too creeped out by plastic Santa – we didn’t mean to give you nightmares before Christmas ;-)