zondag 24 september 2017

Search for the European Tree Frog

Today we went hiking with just one goal, finding tree frogs.
We never expected to find them on our first attempt
but nevertheless we wanted to give it a try!

Instinctively we chose the right overgrown path and direction
and suddenly we heard a sound (quite similar to a magpie) 
kèkkèkkèkkèkkèk and we realized we were close to some tree frogs.
But we couldn't see them until a amateur wild photographer
helped us and pointed them out.

 Can you find them?

  The kenderman spotted one: tree fogs do climb trees!

And I found this little one all by myself...


Yesterday we visited an idyllic rural village close to the place we both grew up in

14 months ago I discovered this old and compact chocolatebox house was for sale...
but I just could't persuade the kenderman to move.

There are some similar houses in the village.... so I keep dreaming...

I'll just have to convince the kenderman lots of musquitos aren't that bad! ☺︎

dinsdag 19 september 2017

Green Envy

Night temperatures dropped below 10˚C so we had to bring the pepper plants indoors.
Hopefully the peppers will be able to mature into red fruits!
You can find my earlier pepper post here

dinsdag 12 september 2017


On Sunday afternoon we went to Chateau Hex to visit the festival of rare plants.

If only you could have smelled this!
Lots of different cultivars garlic, shallots and onions... some of them smoked...
We bought some smoked shallots.... my apologies to Madame for taking a few photos

maandag 11 september 2017


Yesterday morning we visited the brocante market in Tongeren...

Hey! some Mainzelmännchen

We really liked the vintage battered orange Renault nervasport car from 1938
but despite the new wheels it was still way too expensive.

 One of the antique shops along the route we visit regularly...

Find some of our earlier visits to Tongeren market hereherehere and here.

vrijdag 8 september 2017

Game of Thrones

I'm sorry for my absence at the blog. I've been busy starting a new job.

Sometimes we are witnessing and involved in a struggle for power...
at work or even at home. Male Mats (on the right) is so much bigger
and much more muscled than female Nim (on the left).
Regularly we just have to interfere to protect Nim.

A couple of months ago we bought this new piece of art by Faan Olgers.
 The artist used reclaimed wood for the tower that can be dismantled.
Because of the round base you need the drawer (on the right) to balance.
We saw this piece 5 years ago when we picked up a table at the sellers home.
We both really liked this piece but the asking price was way too much!

Five years later I came across the same piece again, for sale on the internet.
 After a bold proposition, we visited the seller in his new and much
smaller home and agreed on 1/3 of the original price (haha!)

It's somehow a symbolic piece.
For quite some time I've been battling and now I "tore down the tower" (big smile)

A nice weekend to you all!