zondag 31 maart 2013

To Be Here

Yesterday we went to an exhibition called "to be here" by Gerard Koek.
It was quite impressive!
We fell in love with his work made from wood and we ended up buying one of his works :-)
The fact that this artist is a relative to the kenderman makes it even more special.

zaterdag 30 maart 2013

Happy Easter II

 Today we passed Eindhoven so I asked the kenderman to go to the Narcissus drifts again.
At that time the sun was still shining and I was really hoping I could show you a better photo.
When I arrived, the sun was covered by an enormous cloud and two minutes later it was snowing again!

vrijdag 29 maart 2013

Happy Easter

This morning I parked my car on my way to work. 
I should have had my camera with me yesterday.
The sun was shining then and these waves of Narcissus were glowing.

Have a happy Easter weekend!

woensdag 27 maart 2013

Empty Nest

One of our knotted white willows has an empty nest in it.
That's pretty quick considering this nest was build last spring and we planted this particular willow only 5 years ago by sticking a willow branch in the ground.
A young branch with a diameter of approxiamately 4 cm. So easy peasy :-)
This type of willow loves wet grounds and it grows incredible fast.
I'm curious if we will have a new nest in one of our knotted willows this year.
If you consider to plant some willows you might get some ideas here.

maandag 25 maart 2013



Yesterday we burried Sil.
Lots of memories are all what's left now......
 and at least a couple of hundred photos :-)

zaterdag 23 maart 2013

Great Loss

 ✝ 23-03-2013

Today we lost our beloved Sil.
This morning he was having extra difficulties with his balance.
Two hours later he was paralysed on his right hind-leg.
He also showed signs of anxiety because of this sudden handicap.
He wasn't able to keep his balance any longer.
We called the vet and around six o'clock Sil died peacefully at home.
We will miss him intensely. He was our furry friend for almost 20 years.
Hopefully he's strolling through the happy hunting-grounds right now!

Gloomy Weather

Does gloomy weather get you down?
I tend to stay in the house and I just want to sit on the couch and watch a movie
next to the kenderman and Sil on my lap.
But it's so much better to go outside for a long walk and get some exercise and light. 
Afterwards you feel really satisfied and you can still curl up on the couch to watch a movie.

Have a nice weekend!

donderdag 21 maart 2013

Take A Break

I work in the city centre of Eindhoven.
My work is quite hectic and there is a lack of fresh air. 
Since a couple of weeks I walk to the park when I have my lunch break.
The sound of running water and the fresh air are so much more energizing
than rushing through the main shopping street.

maandag 18 maart 2013

Garden Day

Yesterday was the first day for a long time, we worked in the garden together .
The kenderman was pruning the last two willows.
I have been tidying in the borders.

zaterdag 16 maart 2013

Water Tower

I think this is a water tower but I'm not 100% sure.
We pass it twice a day and I just have to look at it.
Sometimes the tower disappears in the fog and sometimes it's shiny silver.

vrijdag 15 maart 2013

woensdag 13 maart 2013


this photo is taken by the kenderman

Last night, on our way home, we saw a magnificient coloured sky.
Perhaps it was a sign the dark days are over.

dinsdag 12 maart 2013



I'm longing for some sun.   
After a week of beautiful spring weather, temperatures dropped again :-/
It freezes day and night and snow is falling........ we're in the dark again.

zaterdag 9 maart 2013


Beautiful colours and great taste.
Treat yourself and have a nice weekend!

vrijdag 8 maart 2013

donderdag 7 maart 2013

woensdag 6 maart 2013


Today Sil has been strolling through our back yard again!
In the background you can see the moles are active too.
It's about time mole hunting Mobli comes back.

dinsdag 5 maart 2013


The kenderman made a delicious quiche with lots of vegetables and minced meat.

maandag 4 maart 2013

Our Tap

About a week ago I was skyping with my brother.
I told him something he laughed about.
I'm a bit embarrassed to tell you............

but out kitchen tap is broken for almost 18 months now !

The strange thing is you get used to it.
Whether I am in need of cold or warm water, I just replace the porcelain handle :-)

In the seven years we have been living here, we have repaired this tap several times.
These taps are made in England and (besides not my cup of tea) they are incredibly expensive.
Even the spare parts.
Besides the fact we have this mechanical problem, we also have a boiler that's way too far away.
After 10 minutes of running water, the water will finally get hot!
So our current idea is to install a quooker.
This kind of tap can provide cooking hot water straight away.
We can throw away our old kettle and it can provide some tea water straight away
but it's rather expensive. To be continued...........

zaterdag 2 maart 2013


 Sil is still testing: is it stable enough?

Is it a good lookout?

I think Sil likes this sturdy furniture too :-)