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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Old pictures

When I started to sort through my dad's belongings
 after he passed away, I found an envelope with
 old pictures from the time when my parents were dating.
 I am really happy these didn't get lost because
 my parents got divorced just after I left the house,
 which is more than 30 years ago. 
These pictures are +/- 60 years old.



(my dad studied at the Royal Military Academy in the Netherlands)


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Yarn Along {May 2019}

I am knitting Gryer by Isabell Kraemer. 
Gryer is a beautiful shawl I have knit before, 
but the yarn I used was not the best for this pattern.
 This time I am using Woolfolk TOV
 (I found the yarn at 50% off)
 and love it so much more. 
The colourways I'm working with are Natural, 
Sand and Fig (although to me this is more
 like a "chocolate brown").

  
The book I'm reading (another 50 pages to go) 
is the same as last time:
The thirteenth tale by Diane Setterfield. 
It isn't as much about books as I hoped it
 would be and after I read 1/3, I forced myself
 to start all over again because
 I had the impression I missed parts of the story
 (which might be because I mostly read
 this book at bedtime 😊).


Linking up with Small Things today.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Who was Nico Ammerlaan?

When my dad's partner passed away and the
 apartment was cleaned out, 
my sister took a box full of family pictures.
Last weekend I started sorting things
 out and found a beautiful picture of a young man.


My paternal grandmother wrote on it: 
"My oldest brother Nico, 28 years old, 1924. 
Died at the age of 30, 1926".

(why oh why didn't my grandmother write on the backside of the picture?)

This is really bizarre, because I have never heard
of him before. I cannot remember my dad
mentioning his name once. I am so curious
now who he was and why he died so young.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Yarn Along {March}

We bought this work of art when we were
 in South Africa in 2015. It found its place
 in our guest room and I loved the colours so
 much that I started a granny square blanket
 in the same colourway.
Because I really wanted the blanket to be
 ready before summer, I did a lot of crochet
 these past weeks. So, today is the day that I can share my joy in having finally finished my
 African granny square blanket 😉. 







And I started reading "The Thirteenth Tale" 
last weekend. 
Books about books ❤❤❤.

(Linking up with Small Things today!)

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas 2018

All the kids are in the house and we are ready to celebrate.






















MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Yarn Along {December}

I'm linking up with Ginny for Yarn Along today.


I am currently working on a shawl. 
It's quite a challenging project because I'm 
not a very experienced knitter and I keep
 making mistakes. 
I have ripped out so many rows already
 because I won't wear the shawl
 when I know I dropped a stitch in row 25 ;).

I didn't read a lot this month because of 
my knitting, but I am planning on starting "The eight mountains" by Paolo Cognetti" this weekend!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Sergei Polunin, "Take Me to Church"

The kids and I have watched this video
 at least a hundred times. 



He is so, so good.


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Christmas knitting

I knitted these hot water bottle covers 
without a pattern, because they are really fun
 and easy to make. 







After uploading the photos I realized that I used
 red skeins from a different dye-bath, 
but I can live with that!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Dancing

Last summer in July my daughter performed with her dance school in the "Theatre de la ville de Luxembourg" and we received the photos this week. 
Some of them are really cool.  



^ She loves hiphop and these two photos are her favorites.



She also dances jazz and ballet, but she likes hiphop more.
Dancing means the world to her and her mama is so thankful for this passion in her life.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Yarn Along {November}

Today I'm linking up with Ginny from Small Things


Now that autumn is finally here (love it!),
 I picked up my needles again. 
I'm making a couple of hot water bottle
 covers for Christmas. 

I used an easy 4 row repeat knitting pattern,
 which is perfect because
 1) it looks really nice and
 2) I can easily see my mistakes. 

I am currently reading The Baltimore boys
 (I read in German most of the time)
 by the Swiss author Joël Dicker. 
Although I loved 

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair

a little bit more, this is still a very good
 book and I am really enjoying it.