Silkeborg Paper Museum

As a West Indian living in Silkeborg, which has Denmark largest forest and great lakes!

I must say that am always flabbergasted with the amount of history that is surrounded in this nature friendly town.

I’ve always felt  like I can never ever get enough of this town and all the wonderful histories that makes Silkeborg an amazing city to dwell in.

I am in love with antiques, and antiquing is some thing I enjoy doing! Whenever I get the chance.

During the Vinterferie/Winter holiday here in Denmark, the girls were off  from school and preschool and were visiting their grandparents.

So visiting Silkeborg Paper Museum was certainly on my list of places to go.

The Museum is located in the middle of Silkeborg  with the adjoining of
Gudenåens which is a river and Langsøen which is a lake.

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This adjointment  happened in 1844-1944 which is  150 years ago.

This was piece of artwork was  published by Drewsen Paper Museum in 1994 for the  Paper Museum 150th years anniversary, this piece of art is made from used cloth and paper.

The entrance of  Museum starts directly with  the old production hall.

img_3540The production hall is also where one can follow the manufacturing process that includes a Rag cutter and the sorting table, a Hollander beater, a Vat and a Coucher.

The Sorting table!

In the sorting department the  Kuldedammen or sorting lady was in charged of separating the cotton and  linen materials from eachother and then cutting them in small pieces with a rag cutter for making hand made papers.

The sorting table contains different compartments with different qualities of cloth so a lot of concentration was expected of the sorting lady.

After she is done with the sorting and cutting of the materials, the materials would then goes directly to the Hollænder beater.

OBS!

One can also stop by the Paper museum and donate used clothes or used denims for making papers!

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The Hollænder beater!

The Hollænder beater machine is from Holland by the way and is used to macerate or soften the raw materials to the right consistency.

This process starts by adding  approximately 5% of raw materials with 95% of water.

From the Hollander the pulp goes into the vat!

The vat!

The Vat station consist of three workers, they are the Vat- man, Coucher and a Lay boy.

The vat holds approximately one percent of raw material and 99% of water.

This process starts with the  Vat- man placing a sheet of paper on a mould or frame.

The Coucher, would then couches that wet sheet on top of a felt

The Lay boy would then help to ensure that the papers are laid properly

After the vat the felts would then be placed on the hydraulic press in order to get dried in the drying room.

The drying room!

After viewing the drying room I was able to visit the production hall, where there was a little exhibition about raw materials and an exhibition about moulds.

This Paper  Factory is known for its finest and best hand made papers and for producing the finest qualities of papers.

After such a day well spent at the Paper Museum here in my lovely city Silkeborg.

I was able to see and get a better understanding of the factory workers, the manufacruring process and how they were  assigned at their work station in order to  carry out their daily tasks back in the days by producing Denmark’s finest and best qualities of hand made papers.


På gensyn! Silkeborg Paper Museum!

 

 

The Bazarvest


If you have never visited Denmark or plan on visiting one thing you should keep in mind is that the weather  here is very undecisive like it can be raining like “cats and dogs” for an hour and like the next hour it starts to snow and almost within that very same hour it’s Sunny …. am sure if you are living here you will agree?


For the past days, I had experinced all the Seasons in less than a week like literally winter, autum, summer and spring .. So thank goodness for my car where I kept extra layers of clothing for whichever Season meets me on my journey.


The other Day we were  lucky to have a pocket of of sunshine and low and behold the day after it started to rain and the worst part is that I was just boosting up my energy and starting to get comfortable with the winter Sun!

Not to mention, my body was just getting used to the the Vitamin D.

So to be honest coping with the rain and being stucked inside was not something I planned on doing and neither was playing outside in the rain.

Instead I planned to visit Århus which is European  Capital of culture in 2017 and is  also the Silkeborg’s older sister.

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Århus has always been one of my favourite place to visit whenever am feeling blue due to the Danish bipolar weather shenanigans.

In the Capital of Culture one can find a very popular farmer’s market the Bazar vest that is owned by most of the Middle East population

This place  I consider my life saver, Whenever I feel the need for some comfort 🥘 food! 

The Bazarvest is definitely the place to go!

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This place for me is like a child having a favourite toy or something and whenever that child started crying or started a tantum its just that one toy  the child need to be quiet!

Yes that’s how much am  120% and more in love with the Bazar! because am always lucky to find something that reminds me of my home land Jamaica!

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Not only that Bazarvest is 18,000 m2 with more than 100 stores offering experiences for all their curious visitors and shopoholic like myself haha just sayin!

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The Bazarvest stores has different  sections that contains all kinds of interesting services and stuffs to offer that one has to spend the entire day or more to explore.

There is just a wonderful sambaWest IndiesMiddle East and loads of other Cultures that is entwined at Bazar vest.

The Bazar is also popular for their   exoctic restaurants and the Turkish and Arabic bakeries as I was just on a almost 3 hours short visit the restaurants and bakeries has to be a next visit for this foodie

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Not only that one can find more than 1,000 m2 fruit and the vegetables selections from the farmer’s market sections.

One can never get bored because there is always something for everyone and people to meet from across the globe!

The Butcher’s shop along with other Cafes, oriental merchants, and loads of other shops with interesting non-food products and services were also places I manager to glanced by but as am certain a next visit is on my list very soon!

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Seeing that I was just on a short almost 3 hours visit I’ve decided that it would be lovely to start with few of my favourite places to shop for items to prepare my comfort food the first stop was at…,.

NAB’s fruits and vegetables which is located in the heart of Bazarvest with some exotic West Indies eye catching and tasteful fruits and vegetables that is ready to be purchased and devoured.

The staffs at NAB are always friendly and I must add is always ready to serve with a smile on their face..

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One of my  favourite side in NAB’s fruits and vegetables market  is the dried fruits corner or in Danish tørret frugt like gimme gimme gimme more of dem tørret raisins, ginger,mangoes, papaya and more.

Ginger is alway a must purchased in bulk at NAB’s along  with fruits and chilli for me.

After leaving NAB’s fruits and vegetables shop the next stop was the coffee and cookies cafe!

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Whenever I vists the CC (coffee and cookies)  Cafe  that’s When I’ve decided that monitoring my sugar has to happen a next day or two, like no body has time for that at the cookie shop.

All I know is that  my sweet tooth just keep asking me for more sugar.

But I had to disciplined dem tooth and make my other journey to the hair shop because my fro on my scalp has to keep moisturized in this Danish bipolar weather shenanigans aint no body have time for dried hair scalp, brittled and beat up hair edges.

The natural hair selections might not have all my favourite and most used natural hair products that am used to but as long as I find my Jamaican Castor Oil Me my edges and scalp is good to go.

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After leaving the hair shop this little shopholic that therapy cant help! ended up in a next  corner shop that was not planned and admittedly I purchased  few stuff that was not on my shopping list but I could not help myself.

How could I, when I saw  my Jamaican Ackee! Like sticking to my shopping list was on the floor and that ackee in a canned was in my hand.

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Am sure You’ve done that too right? Maybe not a canned Ackee but you understand.

Anyhow I did behave myself afterwards as I’ve visited few other stores without spænding a dime.

After ward I made my way to the car as I whispered to myself see you soon Bazar vest ! My Middle East Family or in Arabic اراك قريبا

The Forest next Door


As a Mother that is almost and always surrounded with my  Kiddies having some alone time is never easy and most of the time it depends on my Hubster schedule.

I was lucky enough to have an hour to myself after attending a Birthday party and I just wanted to relax and enjoy some just me time and at the same time to feel refresh and energized.


The best place for me to  feel energized is alway in nature and thank good ness for the fact that  nature is just at my finger tips, and as I wanted to have an out of sight moment without my little pumkin screaming my name, the best Pick would definitely be the forest or in Danish Skov.


The weather was lovely and I decided that Silkeborgbad would be awsome, not only is silkeborgbad a nature friendly area but its also has a magnificient lake, Art center and exhibitions of Sculptures are surrounded in the forest.


Silkeborg and Silkeborgbad is located in the middle of Jutland, slightly west of the geographical centre of Denmark


Silkeborg is situated  at the Gudenå river in the hilly and lush landscape of Søhøjlandet.


Not only is Silkeborg known for for Denmark’s  largest forest but its also has loads of  Lakes.


The lakes between Silkeborg and Ry  are linked by Gudenå river, which is known in Danish as Silkeborg Søerne in English Silkeborg lakes.

  

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 Nelly my Beloved 


As an Island Girl owning a pet was not something I found interest in. Neither was it on my bucket list after moving to denmark.

But When you have kids most of your Do’s and Dont’s before you became a Parent/Mum always change like hell ya they do … 😀

One of my “Dont” was I would never own a Cat and that change like almost a year ago When Nelly was introduced to the family


She was just an adorabel and innocent Kitten and very funny enough the first person she bonded with was me like omg!

Our love was magical and inseparable she was my  fourth daughter and we enjoyed every moment taking photoes.

Nelly is always goofing around she enjoys being playful and witty.


To this day am in tears and can’t function without her!

I cant stop looking outside and hoping for her to show up or just to give that  steer through the glass door that indicates she is ready to get inside.

She was taken from us by a possible hit and run driver or to be honest no one knows how she died because there was not a witness.

Am very greatful that my husband was the one that found her on the side of the street.

Maybe it was a hit and run or hit and help all I can remember is that She and I was sitting in the sofa where she was very pleased for her traditional head massage that I always gave to her

30 minutes after her massage she asked to go outside I opened the door and allow her to go and almost an hour went by I started looking for her and she did not showed up at all

My husband was on his way to the supermarket I was just enjoying the Company  of my daughters  then I heard the door open I was shock to see my husband because He just left the House.

I was even more shock to see what He had in his hand

It was our beloved Nelly that was laying lifeless in my Husband’s arms I was trembling, nervous, speechless and just could not bring my self to look at her

The girls started crying whilst I tried to be strong but to be honest am still torn apart and mourning the lost of our beloved Nelly!

I just cant bring myself to the fact that she is gone.