Sunday, January 05, 2014

Merry Christmas and happy New year!

We're happy and well and enjoying the repercussions of a fantastic family reunion in Malaysia and Thailand, a big move, a new house, Christmas with fabulous friends and family. Hello again!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Happy birthday Nelson!

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Thursday, May 03, 2012


I'll just pretend that there hasn't been a gaping hole since the last update....
We had a visit from one of my favorite people! The kids mingled like glitter and glue, we had a fab day playing, fish sans chips (that's dutch style) at the beach, frolicking in the tulips, doing what fantastic mothers like us do (that's what we were told by a kindly enthusiastic old man).

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Family portrait

Free entertainment at the museum of anthropology in leiden.ask hard to get everyone looking and pulling a semi normal face...

Saturday, November 26, 2011

My bed mates

While I can't complain about much these days thankfully,I do wish for a night of uninterrupted sleep.just one. Pictures show the changing bed partners I have had this week. In fact,I am blogging in a dark room on my phone while patting a restless baby on the back. got to make the most of otherwise dead time...

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

An indian summer evening.
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Monday, October 03, 2011


This summer Douwe went to Japan for a very special occasion; he went to celebrate his Obachan's 100th birthday. I have heard many accounts of how she is lively and engaging, sagely and determined.

Lotus Flower blossoming in the summer. A beautiful icon of the tropical weather.

Textures and patterns. Love the Japanese textiles. In the middle picture are cousins at Obachan's birthday.

Kobe: Akemi's home town. A port city nestled into the foot of mountains.

Kobe by night.

Kyoto & surrounds
Obachan's 100th Birthday party. She made origami cranes as a present for everyone and enjoyed the cake and company! What present is suitable to give to some of such a grand age? It seemed chocolate bon bons (preferably Belgian) were the order of the day. Obachan takes a few a day as daily medicine!

Ready for the food pictures? I think I Douwe has caught the taking pictures of food bug. But when the food is this good, who wouldn't take pictures, I ask you?!
Food set #1 Lots of sashimi and bento.

Food set #2 More sashimi and unagi

Food set #3 ...Sashimi and okonomiyaki. The top right sashimi set almost brings a tear to my eye with its lyrical presentation. Yes! Food can sing.

Quintessential Japanese images. The photos of paintings are painted by family members who were famous artists