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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several at Spectrenoir:http://ebay.to/2xI69uc, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy |  google.com/+MariettesBacktoBasics 
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

{Did I loose my strength?... Like in Samson and Delilah?}

Often I wonder if I might have lost my strength when I had my LONG braid cut off at once... You certainly know the biblical story of Samson and Delilah, where she cut off his long hair, which made him loose his strength. After having worked and lived in Indonesia I wanted to have short hair and get rid of the 'weight' of that long braid. For hygiene reasons I did wear it like that, pulling all hair back and tied together. But the weight of such a long braid is not really that much as hair is very light. It was more the idea.
Here she is... in a shadow box framed on French graduating ombré silk velvet from Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. The framing was done by Irok Gallery as usual.
Thick braid...
Quite a length!
Peet Kleeven from Happy Hair chopped it off like that...
Off came my long hair and gone was my strength...?
Irok Gallery did a remarkable job with the shadow box!
I've made a blouse from the remaining French ombré silk as I had to buy it by the panel.
My Dad did snip off one of my hair locks when I was 3 months of age... My color did not change since than.
Do you have some baby locks saved? Or a braid?
Saving for that braid...
Getting there slowly. This is all in Indonesia. Wearing here a Kashmir dress that a friend did bring me from India.
Long Kashmir dress, hand embroidered in a royal blue.
Only during weekends I could let my hair down...
Hair reaching my hips...
This is it...
Minus braid... It sure felt light!
This is in Horst at my parents' in their sun-room.
So do you believe that I might have lost my strength too?


  1. Hi dearest Mariette, beg your pardon for having
    neglected your lovely blog but I've been quite
    busy lately. I guess you could imagine my delight
    in reading and watching your intriguing personal-life
    post and I can say for sure you haven't lost your
    strength nor your beauty at all looking at ease
    in all of your pics, regardless of length and style.
    Have a lovely, light-hearted July Sunday!

  2. Zulk lang haar heb ik nooit gehad. De laatste jaren loop ik rond met een 'kort koppie', lekker makkelijk. Fijne zondag!

  3. Vind je korte haar zo leuk staan, lekker pittig :) Vroeger had ik ook heel lang haar maar al eeuwen (haha) heb ik het korter en nu super kort sinds 2 jaar. Dat bevalt me prima, vind het heerlijk, lekker makkelijk en staat veel jonger (zegt men)

    En je kracht verliezen? WELNEE joh tuurlijk niet. Wij vrouwen blijven sterk, met lang EN kort haar toch ;)

    Liefs van Marian

  4. Dearest Mariette
    That is quite an impressive braid and it must have taken a lot of courage to let it go. I believe that "energy" gets locked inside the hair and it can therefore sometimes be enormously relieving getting a haircut (getting rid of whatever "energy" might have been in there). Sometimes I feel it's just like leaving behind one era and starting afresh. A few years ago I had a short haircut and it's now grown very long again - I have this incredibble urge to have a real short boyish haircat but can't quite seem to muster the courage. You shorter hairdo looked gorgeous on you - it really becomes your face!! And the Kashmir dress in stunning.

    Much love and have a lovely Sunday,
    from Joan

  5. Liebe Mariette,

    so ähnlich habe ich es auch erlebt.
    Mein Haar ist allerdings weniger
    gelockt als deins.

    Das waren schöne Eindrücke.

    Alles Liebe
    Angela und Elisabeth

  6. Oh, Dearest Mariette.
    As being a Japanese not having learned Christianity, I need to check about the story of "Samson and Delilah". Sounds interesting.I don't think any Japanese connect the length of the onen's hair and the strength or energy. As I am SO small, I've never had long hair. Haha, lonf for it.
    Anyways, looks PRETTY BECOMING to you♡♡♡

  7. I think you are stronger for cutting it! :) MY daughter did that a few years ago and then donated it to locks of love. She really wants to do it again now that she knows she can do something for such a good cause!

  8. Liebe Mariette,
    wunderschöe Haare hast du. Das lange Haar steht dir gut, aber auch der kurze Lockenkopf ist herrlich. Mit ihm bis du irgendwie ein anderer Mensch.
    Ich glaube nicht daran, dass man mit dem Abscheiden der Haare auch seine Kraft verliert.
    Ich habe fast immer nur kurze Haare getragen. Aber ich fühlte mich nie schwach.
    Liebe Sonntagsgrüße sendet Dir

  9. ˚。ჱܓ

    Você não perdeu a força cortando a trança pelo contrário... ficou mais bonita.

    Eu também já tive os cabelos abaixo dos quadris, cortei mais nunca pensei em colocar numa moldura como recordação...

    Bom domingo!
    Boa semana!
    ° 。✿♥ °° 。Beijinhos.
    ✿♥ °° 。Brasil

  10. Strength comes from within. You will always have it!

    I loved your braid. I love your hair shot. I just love you!

    My daughter had long, long hair and I saved her first snip and that of my son. Every time I cut her hair we saved it. I sill have all the pieces...so many. Someday I will give them all to her. It's so soft and beautiful.

    Sweet post~xoRebecca

  11. Hi Mariette, we are back from Nepal! What an experience!

    I have kept a snip of hair from the boys first haircuts ... but couldn't even tell you where it is at the moment. :/ Sure wish I could be as organized as you.

    Hope you are having a great weekend. Tammy

  12. I think you have to be strong to cut such long length of hair! I have long hair too but I'm scared to cut off!

  13. Your hair is gorgeous long and short! ... how wonderful that the clour has stayed .. I love how you have cared forthe braid and display it. My hair started out blonde and sadly has darken over the years.

    I think stength is found in so many different facets of our lives. You have a strength deep within you my friend that will never be lost .. you believe, have faith and care for others. Many blessings to you my sweet friend, xo HHL

  14. Liebe Mariette,
    was für wundervolles Haar du hast. So einen schönen Zopf hätte ich immer gerne gehabt, ohne zu ahnen, dass er so eine Belastung sein kann. Aber ich muss sagen, du siehst auch mit der kinnlangen Frisur bildschön aus.
    Schöne Grüße

  15. Dear Mariette,
    Beautiful hair! Your long braid reminds me my mother's long hair, so lovely. I have kept a snip of hair from my two children first haircuts, and I have a lock of my hair that my mother saved for me.
    Have a blessed week!

  16. Your hair is beautiful long or short. You look much livelier with short hair. You have such a sweet spunky look and vibrant smile with the short hair.
    Is the curl natural. My three children and five grandsons have very curly hair. I just love it.
    Hugs, Ginger:)
    PS You look younger with short hair.

  17. I just love the short hair cut ! it looks fantastic!!But your hair is gorgeous anyway.And no, you don't lose your strenght, haahaha!!

  18. Liebe Mariette,
    sicherlich ist es ungewohnt, wenn man immer so schöne lange Haare hatte, eine kurzen "Schopf" zu haben.
    Die neue Frisur steht Dir wunderbar und ich finde sie gibt Dir eine ganz neue Dynamik!
    Ganz sicherlich hast Du mit dem Abschneiden des "alten" Zopfs nicht Deine Kraft verloren sondern Platz gemacht für Neues!
    Mir gefällst Du sehr gut!
    Ganz lieben Gruß

  19. Dear Mariette,

    You are so beautiful and your lovely long hair is so gorgeous. It must have been very hard to cut it off, but I do understand how free and cool it would be especially in summer.
    You looks wonderful with it short also and loved seeing your photos over the years.


  20. Hier schaue ich auch noch einmal - der schöne dicke Zopf hat mich herbeigelockt. Meiner wäre nicht mal halb so dick ;-) Wie ungleich das doch alles verteilt ist. Ich kannte aber mal eine Frau, die auch sehr viel und langes Haar hatte. Wenn sie es zum Pferdeschwanz band, bekam sie immer Kopfschmerzen. Deshalb mußte das Haar ab. Manche können nicht so schweres Haar tragen, das zieht zu sehr an den Kopfnerven.

    Ich glaube allerdings nicht, daß irgendeine wie auch immer geartete Kraft in den Haaren sitzt. Die Haare sind ja bereits verhornt, "tot", wenn man so will. Lediglich die Haarwurzel lebt zwar ...
    Aber das Haar verändert sich natürlich und so, wie es in der Jugend einmal war, wird das später Nachwachsende niemals mehr sein. Wer also das Haar von Kindheit an wachsen ließ, hat sozusagen sein Erstlings-Haar auf dem Kopf, etwas ganz Besonderes.
    Die meisten Frauen heute haben aber eher dünnes Haar, da würde das ohnehin nicht aussehen, wenn man es derart lang trüge ohne künstliche Hilfsmittel.

    Da bist Du besonders gesegnet! Inzwischen ist es ja auch wieder lang, wenn ich das richtig sehe. Aber die kürzere Frisur steht Dir auch ganz bezaubernd! Im Alter, ab 40+ finde ich persönlich kurzes Haar am vorteilhaftesten, da es die bei vielen nach unten gezogenen Mundwinkel nicht so sehr betont.
    Ich selbst trage seit einigen Jahren auch ziemlich kurzes Haar, auch, weil es so praktisch ist. Einmal durchwuscheln und fertig. Keine langen Aktionen morgens im Bad. Aber die Dauerwellen von früher finde ich schrecklich. Meine Mutti läßt sich aber immer noch ihr Haar dauerwellieren ;-) Aus alter Gewohnheit - die alten Damen ;-)

    Liebe Grüße

  21. Non sono mai riuscita ad avere i capelli così lunghi anche perchè di sicuro non ne avevo così tanti e belli..che meraviglia la tua treccia!
    Non credo che tagliandola tu abbia perso la tua forza, sei una grande persona e lo saresti anche con i capelli a spazzola!
    Un caro abbraccio Mariette♥

  22. You are and were dear Mariette, such a pretty girl and your hair is gorgeous! I have a grand with exact same hair as yours, she startedvery blond, so she was called goldy locks and now it's honey blond and with lots of curls and very long. I love how you framed it, I will show this to my daughter to rell Cayetana when she grows up. You look so pretty with your shorter style too! You look like a model. Big hugs,

  23. Durch Deinen aktuellen Post bin ich noch einmal hierhergeraten. Von meinen Kindern wie auch von mir selbst existieren auch noch diese kleinen Haarlocken aus der Babyzeit. - Ich trug früher auch langes Haar, jedoch nicht ganz so lang wie Deines. Es dauert sehr lange, bis es diese Länge hat. Das ältere Haar ist auch nicht mehr so schön, wie das aus der Jugend, es braucht einiges an Aufwand und deshalb tragen die meisten älteren Frauen es lieber ganz kurz. Aber Méa hat ja vielleicht den ultimativen Tipp mit ihrer Haarseife, schau einmal hier


    Ich war schon dabei, es regelmäßig anzuwenden, doch dann wurde im Mai meine Mutti schwerkrank und ich habe es mit der Seife einfach nicht mehr geschafft. Es ist insgesamt etwas aufwändig, zumal man auch immer den Essig für die nachfolgende Spülung bereithalten muß. Es mußte einfach zack zack gehen und das hält dann doch etwas auf ...
    Aber so langsam wollte ich mich einmal wieder dranwagen. Denn die Shampoos erfordern auch immer weitere Behandlungen, wie Spülungen und alles immer in Plastikflaschen ... die Berge von Plastikmüll werden dadurch immer höher und schaden damit letztendlich unserer Gesundheit und damit auch den Haaren immer weiter ...

    Liebe Grüße auch hier


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