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

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

'de Gezelligste High Tea...'

This was a little project which kept me busy at times when I'd rather not be sitting still...Thanks to the support of great friends, we raised more than €1200 in a little bake sale :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


It's been a busy summer. Working 9am till 11pm...what a way to make a living! The boys are happy and we are too.

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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Summer Holidays

School has already started, but here are the photos from the holidays. Man I am so behind. What can I say, cliche but life is busy. But good. Nothing to complain due to the abundance of riches that life has given us. Busy is good. We have work. We can work.
We had a great short 10 day trip to the UK & Scotland. It was intended as primarily a family visit, but they took us to Scotland and we were wonderfully surprised by the beauty of the Ilse of Skye. Highlight for me would have to be ordering fresh prawns from the neighbour fisherman and having them delivered, hung on the door knob all jumpy fresh from the sea. The essence of a good holiday. The kids loved seeing their cousins, playing wildly all week. Thanks to the Bell family for the warm hospitality. I totally heart my family!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

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Sunday, June 05, 2011

Quinten 8 months

Quinten is such a sweet baby. He literally gets schlepped everywhere and rarely complains, just smiles and babbles away and is happy when he gets his food on time. He gets extra cuddles because we are pretty sure this is the last baby.....
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We went to Harlingen & Bolsward in Friesland- places that were special for Opa- for a family get-together.

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Nelson's Birthday Week

Party after party after party: Cake for the real birthday, then for kindy, then for the family day...and 3 kilos of cake later, thank goodness it's all over! Of course it had to be a Wiggles cake (one little friend took one look and asked 'what's THAT??') and Nelson had no qualms about eating each of the Wiggles one, by one. Nelson was spoiled with great presents from lovely friends.

Jeff's head on a plate, served up for Nelson (below). We ventured down to the beach for a picnic dinner- amidst almost gale force winds with searing sand, we managed to eat and crunch our way from salads to ice creams.

Relaxed, gorgeous weather on the long weekend! Bliss

We LOVE love love living near the beach. Katwijk (Neighbourhood of Cats) is the usual strand. Our favourite time is about 4pm when the sun is softer and the crowds are leaving for their dinner at home- we believe in the motto 'the outdoors is no fun without food' so I usually pack whatever's on the menu for the evening and we out of plastic cups (better for the sand storms).
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Nelson is THREE!

Nelson is irrepressible, incorrigible, passionate, loving, stubborn, affectionate, hilarious, sociable, vivacious, capricious, naughty, cheeky, heedless to caution.
He loves his big brother and adores his little brother; but doesn't let either push him around (more the other way around).
He's the quintessential Wiggles fan; Wiggles from sunrise to sunset and often between dusk and dawn.
He's not afraid of liking pink, Dora, flowers and girls.
He's Mr. Bump (if there is anything to bump into, Mr. Bump would bump into it indeed), loves rough and tumble, can throw his voice with authority.
Nelson is instinctive about making people laugh and feel good.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Spring 2011

The girls wanted a dolly...

Fleur, Koen & Elise to Katwijk aan Zee

Easter Egg hunt in the park with the freaky bunny

Easter Brunch with Friends

The force is strong with this one...

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Photo Dump

Kaemon and Nelson's favourite meal...

The boys got their pearly whites checked- mum and dad have been doing a good job. Phew.

Spring always seems to jump in your face. One moment we're still walking in snow and the next I'm sweating in my jeans in the sun. No slow transition, it just bursts into bloom

Quinten is beautiful and healthy. He loves being one of the boys. Just loves them...

Kaemon's school had an Easter Trail- through the neighbourhood playing games and treasure hunting! I've survived my first term as a School Mum. HOlidays now, see if we get through this with sanity intact...

Last wee we still had winter jackets on, and this week, we're having dinner on the beach on a school night too! Quinten- started on solid foods- not happy with the empty cone. Furious to discover he got no ice cream!!!
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