'In Almere is alles nieuw; daar is geen replica uit de Gouden Eeuw te vinden. Het heeft zijn korte geschiedenis, die meer is dan charme, en wie er goed kijkt zal het geen moeite kosten te zien dat de nieuwe stad en het nieuwe land ook mooi zijn, weergaloos.'

'Everything in Almere is new; there are no replica's from the Golden Age to be found here. It has a short history which is more than charm , and for those who observe carefully it will not be difficult to see that the new town and new land have an unparalleled beauty of their own.'

From: De ontdekking van Almere, H.J.A. Hofland

maandag 8 april 2013

Pas de deux

In Roermond I saw this beautiful statue of Lotta Blokker, 
named 'Pas de Deux'.

In The van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven there is the exhibition 
Open Eye Policy
of the Indian artist Sheela Gowda.
Gowda's use of unconventional materials is very evocative.

Cowdung in cardboard cartons

Cowdung, ink and pastel on paper board.

zaterdag 30 maart 2013

Happy Easter!

I made this bird of paradise on my quiltclub.
Never knew I could make such things!

vrijdag 29 maart 2013

Skywatch Friday

A few weeks ago I was in Portugal and saw many storks.
The sky was clear blue, I took this picture in the Algarve. 
The storks are safe,  high by the cross!
See for more skywatches here 

vrijdag 22 maart 2013


Paul  - my husband - bakes a few times a week such wunderful bread!

vrijdag 15 maart 2013

Boekenweek (Book Week)
16 - 24 maart

In the Netherlands the Boekenweek is an annual ‘week’ dedicates to the 
Dutch literature. It is held in March since 1932. 
Each Boekenweek has a theme. 
The beginning of the Boekenweek is marked by the Boekenbal (Book ball), 
a gathering that is attended by writers and publishers. 
Events are held across the country during this week, 
such as book signing sessions, literary festivals and debates.

When you buy a book of 12,50 Euro you receive a 
Boekenweekgeschenk (Book week gift).
We have all this books from 1932. There is an exhibition of 
all our books and related publications in the New Library of Almere.
Sunday is in Almere a book festival with writers. 
To-morrow I make the pictures of the
Exhibition and will show you.

This year is the theme: Golden times, black pages.
The writer of the gift this year is Kees van Kooten:
de Verrekijker (The Telescope)
This weekend more.

dinsdag 12 maart 2013

Spring in Portugal

I was a few weeks in Portugal.
The weather wasn't so nice - much rain -,
but we had a very good time!

Mimosa tree in bloom

A beautiful path to the sea


St John's bread tree

dinsdag 12 februari 2013

Still snow...

These are the last snow pictures. I'm going to change the snow for the sun:

three weeks to Portugal and Sevilla. Lovely.
I hope to make there nice pictures.

I wish everybody a good time and for now:
thanks for all your kind reactions in the last months!

vrijdag 8 februari 2013

Weekend Reflection

I took this picture from the first floor of my house; in the room with books.
For weekend reflections click here

maandag 28 januari 2013

Nordic Art

We have a wunderful museum in Groningen. 
Alessandro Mendini is the headarchitect of this museum.

At this moment there is an exhibition of Nordic Art 1880-1920, 
the first of its kind in the Netherlands.

vrijdag 25 januari 2013

Museum Het Schip

Het Schip (“The Ship”) is an apartment building in the Spaardammerbuurt in Amsterdam, built in the architectural style of yhe Amsterdam School of Expressionist architecture.
The building was designed by Michel de Klerk (1884-1924).
It is the single most important example of this style of architecture, using the Brick Expressionism version.
The building vaguely resembles the outlines of a ship. Its appearance is very unconventional from all angles.
Designed in 1919, the building contains 102 homes for the working class, a small meeting hall and a post office, which is now a museum of the Amsterdam School. 
The exterior exudes an air of festivity and consists of bright orange bricks,
decked with minarets and other highlights.

zaterdag 5 januari 2013


Last week we were on the isle of Texel and we had a wunderful week.

I wish everyone a healthy and an inspired blogyear!