Friday, January 13, 2017

The Lion King, Madurodam and the beach

Last weekend we went to the musical The Lion King
 (so amazing!) in the Netherlands in Scheveningen beach. We wanted to meet up with my sister and her family on Saturday, but the roads were extremely slippery in
 her part of the country and they couldn't make it
 (it's a 1,5-hour drive). 

Instead we went to Madurodam, a tourist attraction,
 showing lots of Dutch highlights in miniature.
 Last time I went there, my husband and I were
 not even married yet, which is almost 30 years ago.
 It was fun to take the kids there.

On Sunday the weather was unexpectedly beautiful
 and instead of driving back immediately, 
we had a short stop at the beach.

I miss the beach and the water in Holland so much. 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

I have to confess: I'm not a huge fan of New Year's Eve. 
I normally go the bed around 11.30pm on weekdays,
 but after Christmas I always feel tired and in need of a break. Yesterday I would have loved to go to bed early, but couldn't because it was New Year's Eve ;). 

My goal for this year is to read more. 
I read a lot, but I'd like to read more. 
Instead of watching some stupid tv show
 before going to bed, I want to read.
I feel so much better when I read more.

These are all the books I want to read
 (or finish) in 2017:

And I would like to read all my daughter's
 Anne of Green Gables books.

Let's see how far I can get.


Monday, December 26, 2016


Somebody had the wonderful idea to install an
 ice-skating rink in the village next to ours.

It's free of charge and free skate hire!
The kids meet up with their friends almost every day. 
We just drop them off and pick them
 up a couple of hours later.
The person who had this idea should get a medal!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A special present

Handmade candles in old 
Bar-le-duc jelly jars

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

So sad

Bildergebnis für Deutsche Flagge

Sunday, December 18, 2016

First batch of soy candles

I made nine of these.
The tins are recycled sweet mais tins.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Friday, December 16, 2016

"Mulled wine" for kids

My kids love this "mulled wine"
(we call it "Glühwein").

1 litre red grape juice
2 tablespoons syrup 
(I used blackcurrent syrup, 
but I guess you can use any kind of red syrup)
150g honey
1 lemon (juice)
1 orange (juice)
pinch of cinnamon

Gently heat the "wine" (don't let it boil).

Pour through a sieve before serving.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas candles

Our craft project for the weekend:

...making a batch of soy candles for Christmas.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016



One year ago

R.I.P. papa.