This copper ornament has been for generations in my family, growing up hearing the stories. Both my mother and my father were great story tellers. My mother made up her own stories, my father borrowed them from his father.
It is peddler with a milk cart pulled along by a dog.
Here you can see a photo of the real thing.
Some people see it as a sign of poverty, my mother saw it as a sign of independence.
So was it any surprice that me as wel went for the independence and became a modern peddler on a Narrowboat in UK.
Yep, for 3 years long we travelled along the canals in Wales and England selling our art, do you see the black rose on the site of the boat. The name Roos Zwart means Black Rose.
Once it was an old rust bucket of a boat but bit by bit we decorated it into a cruising art gallery.
Here we were two artists going on a narrowboat to sell our art. We were bringing the art to the people.
We had some very interesting conversations and we did get many brilliant surprises.
We were doing fine getting better all the time, untill the sad thing of brexit happened and us two foreigners from Europe felt the pain.
Our business went down with 25% after the fatal event. The boat needed that year some big repairs, due to new safety regulations.
Add it all up we had to stop.
So we left it all behind, sold the boat, packet our bags and left. Our own brexit.
Perhaps one day it becomes a book, maybe not.
Next week a new Peddler adventure will start along the Dutch waterways.