zondag 26 juli 2009

>> de lage oorsprong

For a small amount of money you can pick your own flowers from Garden "De Lage Oorspong".

ancient road

This narrow road, named Italian road, was build in 1848 as a shortcut from castle Doorwerth on the Veluwe to the railwaystation in Wolfheze, a nearby village. The road is picturesque and leads through the beautiful woods. Nice for walking or cycling.

make over

With or without her approval, I decided my mom's livingspace needed a humble make over. So I moved some furniture, rearranged some rugs and created space and nice views. To soften up the shock, I made her a summerbouquet with big white Dahlia's, little lilac flowers(flox) and some leaves from her own wisteria. The trick worked. She's home again, and yes in shock about the changes I made but willing to give it a few days of trying and getting used to.

>> funshopping


In the year before his death, Martin Bril wrote a book about his fascination for Napoleon, the little French emperor. (kleine keizer). It is about his search and findings and is written with humour and a "down to earth" approach.
While walking through the streets of Arnhem I stumbled upon these cute teacups with the portrait of Napoleon on the bottom. Serendipity !

zondag 19 juli 2009

The Veluwe

I will make the government happy and take a vacation in my own country. I'm off to The Veluwe, a beautiful, very green, part of the Netherlands. Plenty of nature over there. Be back in a week.

zaterdag 18 juli 2009

secret terrace gardens in Amsterdam

To escape from the hectic city there are several hidden hideways in the centre of Amsterdam. Amsterdam newspaper HET PAROOL revealed the secret spots. I put the names and adresses on the other blog BESCHUIT MET AARDBEIEN.

donderdag 16 juli 2009


What's cooking? Reestraat 16
KITCH KITCHEN Rozengracht Really cute children's umbrella's

woensdag 15 juli 2009

gustavian furniture

desperate romantic

Perhaps not desperate, but certainly romantic, am I. The BBC wil start new drama series named "Desperate Romantics" .
Guess who is going to watch it.
BBC Two's exciting new six-part drama, Desperate Romantics, set in the throbbing heart of 19th-century industrial London, follows the adventures of three men who created what would become one of Britain's most important art movements: the self-styled "Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood".

please sit down

Found this picture on the site of the Norwegian ELLE (thank you Pia). Love the impressive, festive lamp thing on the ceiling .

dinsdag 14 juli 2009

quatorze juillet

Two years ago on the 14th of july,
I started this blog.

maandag 13 juli 2009

maandag 6 juli 2009

zondag 5 juli 2009

shades of blue and pink

My blooming "frontdoorgarden"


After another hot summersday in Amsterdam I was invited to have a glass of wine and a salad on my friend's houseboat on the river Amstel. I brought some mediterrean dips and a couscoussalad to share. We had a lovely warm evening on deck so we could watch all the little boats go by.

zaterdag 4 juli 2009


pretty niche in the Westerstraat
Last year I bought a wonderful five-armed candelabrum with leaves and roses of china at a litte shop called "De Weldaad" at the corner of Reestraat in Amsterdam. The little shop has a big sister now. On the 22nd of June was the opening of a big store on "De Noordermarkt". A greek blue cupboard calls you inside. Everywhere are lushes bouquets.Both adresses are at five minutes bicycle distance of my little house. I'm blessed.

woensdag 1 juli 2009

homesick in Amsterdam

Halil Gür, an Amsterdam citizen from Turkish origin wrote :
"If you are far away from home you long for your language, the landscape, the sea, mountains, certain smells. I live in a world of consumption where welth has made people poor. You seldom see genuine, happy and radiant people here. When I feel homesick I reach out to people. I give flowers to my neighbour. What you give away, you can never loose".