maandag 15 juli 2019

Craftsmanship



I'm so impressed by these handmade spoons and tea canisters!
Why not enjoy the beauty of arts and crafts everyday?

Just to be clear: this is not a sponsored post.
I just want to let you know where I got them in case you're interested.

∙ The spalted beech wooden spoon is made by Patrizia.
∙ The black urushi spoon is made by wood artisan Tomii Takashi.
∙ The tea canisters from Karmi series are made in Yamanaka and designed by THINGS
(Satoshi Yasushima & Tomoko Honda). I bought them from KotoTea shop at Etsy.

Be aware you might have to pay considerable taxes to Customs!

zaterdag 29 juni 2019

Zwin Nature Park



Two weeks ago we gave away our tickets for Rock Werchter festival.
Although I was really looking forward seeing and hearing Whispering Sons,
The Cure and Tool live, my current physical condition (waiting for surgery)
doesn't allow me to visit such an energy absorbing event right now.
We're happy we found some young, eager and more energetic festival visitors!

Thinking of a much more relaxing activity...
the first thing that crossed my mind was the North Sea
We regularly visit the beach area on both sides of nature reserve Het Zwin



Dunes and Belgian Beach


The final reward after a 10 minutes (hot) dune walk... sea view and sea wind!





Sea Holly


When you walk across the dunes you might come across
Eryngium maritimum (aka sea holly and seaside eryngo).
It's an endangered species so please don't take any plants or even seeds with you.


I really like this beautiful architectural thistle!



Wow! I had never seen this large insect before. It's a great golden sand digger


Dutch Territory


 Zwin valley...





Cadzand Marina







You can find some much earlier photos of a brand-new empty marina here 

maandag 10 juni 2019

Garden Festival Hex


Finally we visited Garden Festival Hex again!


Having to choose from an enormous variety of plants...
and delicious smoked onions and garlic, its a tough job!


I instantly relax... looking at grazing, ruminating and tail waving cattle...
but only then when they can take shelter to rain and scorching sun!




Sunny view at the courtyard (and enjoying lunch) from under a shaded porch (smile)

Lots of beautiful antique garden tools from England...

Again we had a really nice day at Hex! 
Perhaps we'll go back in september... and otherwise we'll be back next spring.
You can find more posts about Hex here