Monday, 20 April 2015


I've been painting the wooden shutters yesterday.
Originally the shutters were painted with beige and creme stripes.
The colour we've now chosen is a greenish grey.
We'll see if it works out...
Thanks to Taking Notes blog for the inspiration!

Sunday, 19 April 2015


My mother gave me a delicious tart and 4 meatballs to take home for the kenderman.
Do you think he will mind if I eat this for him? Nahhhhh

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Le Canapé

Nim on her cardboard Bavaria sofa Le Canapé designed by cat-on.
Our cats love the scratching furniture. Too bad this isn't a sponsored post :)

Thursday, 16 April 2015


When we arrived here in 2006 there was a plum tree in our back yard. In wintertime this area flooded regularly. It was more like a bog garden. The tree itself was a poor looking specimen but the early blossom was to die for. So we held on to this tree for a couple more years but finally we had to cut
it down.

February 2009 we've planted 7 Pyrus chanticleer espaliers on higher ground, parallel to our drive.
We wanted to improve the view from our kitchen window on the 3-layer apartment block next-door.
First the kenderman dug a deep narrow trench all the way to the back of the garden. For that he needed
a power shovel. He really enjoyed using that digger :) He placed a drainage pipe, added a layer of recycled shells and stones and filled up with the original ground and lots of compost.

After 6 years I would say the trees are "coping" but not thriving. A professional told us the trees are infected with a fungus called Venturia inaequalis. But lets try and focus on the bright side.... 
the blossom is gorgeous!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015


Five years ago we visited Iceland and we loved it!

The kenderman initiated this journey because he knew I dreamt about Iceland for 20 years.
My Iceland fascination started after watching a clip from the The Sugarcubes.
During our short stay on Iceland there was an increasing seismic activity.
Just a few days after we flew back to the Netherlands Reykjavík airport was closed down.
And I could only think: "if only we had been so lucky to get trapped at Iceland!"
The vulcano eruptions of 2010 must have had a huge impact on the local people
although they're used to such a harsh environment.
We both fell in love with the magical Iceland and we will definitely go back some day.