Wednesday, September 29, 2010



Today is a beautiful day. After a few days full of rain, today the sun was shining so very brightly, it almost seemed like spring. And that was perfect, because today is ‘Lappendag’ and ‘Landbouwdag’. I really don’t know if there is any English translation for this, because it is an old tradition in this part of Holland. Back in 1884 a market was organized where the farmers from this region could show off their animals and sell them. Every year, the last Wednesday of September, there is a ‘Landbouwdag’ here in Alkmaar. There are lots of animals to see and to be touched.

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Because the ladies of the farmers should have their own market, ‘Lappendag’ was organized. This is a very large, crowded market where you can buy almost anything you can imagine. Of course, being in Alkmaar, cheese.

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But the reason I go every year, is of course, FABRIC. Although there are less booths every year, there still is a lot to enjoy.

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And this was absolutely my favourite booth, with all kinds of cotton

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And gorgeous little knitted socks.

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And last but not least, my treasures for today (or did you really think I came home empty handed?)

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Monique said...

Wat een leuke traditie. Maar Alkmaar is sowieso leuk.
En wat een verwennerij al die leuke stoffen. Heel veel roze tinten. Moeilijk kiezen.

Maria said...

And right at the bottom of your post is wonderful red & white gingham!!! One of my faves's

Stephanie said...

How much fun your markets would be to visit. What a beautiful stack of fabric you came home with.

Simone de Klerk said...

Gezellig, zo'n dagje en gelukkig ook met mooi weer!
Heerlijk, waarmee je thuis ben gekomen. De frisheid straalt er vanaf!

Anna Martijne said...

Heerlijk zo die tradities.
Ik zou nog eens heel graag naar Alkmaar komen voor de kaasmarkt. Misschien moet ik het volgend jaar in de zomer maar eens doen, als we toch naar Bergen gaan.

Erin said...

What a wonderful place! I would be so giddy amongst all that fabric. I would love to learn to quilt but have absolutely no talent! I love to crochet tho and I dabble in cross stitching and knitting..maybe just maybe I can learn to day!

Shanti said...

such delightful fabrics!! enjoy!

Hazel said...

The market looks wonderful! I would be drooling over all that fabric too - and the socks! x