Friday, August 22, 2014

{this moment}

I am linking up with Soulemama today.

 A Friday ritual. 
A single photo - no words - capturing
a moment from the week. 
A simple, special, extraordinary moment.
A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Old floor lamp

This wooden floor lamp has been waiting in our 
garage for years.

 Last weekend my husband removed the old varnish.

Although I'm not a big fan of painting every 
piece of old furniture, I think we're going to
 paint this lamp. Chalk paint perhaps.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Two old chairs - before and after

On the other side of the street we found
two really old and dirty chairs.
The house is being renovated and the
front garden is full of old and broken stuff.

 They looked terrible, but we saw the potential.
After a good clean, they looked like this.

And can you believe that under all the
paint and dirt, we found this:

I thought about painting them, but that would
 cover the lovely chair seat, so I'm leaving them like this.

I love furniture with a good story!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Summer vacation - keeping it real

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Tarte aux mirabelles

My son came home this morning with a bowl
full of mirabelle plums from a very sweet neighbor.

Mirabelle plum pies are so good!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

At the brocante

Look what we found today!

When I saw this enamel pot, I knew it had the same reddish brown color we love so much in the three paintings (on cloth) we brought from Africa.

It's perfect for potato storage.

Friday, August 1, 2014


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer slowdown


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Speech by the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans

Today is a day of national mourning in the Netherlands.

They have finally started to bring the victims' bodies home.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The gift of time

Wednesday was the first day of summer vacation
here in Luxembourg. 

We get up at 6.30 every morning on normal school days, so we really like to sleep a little longer in summer. 
I woke up at 10. When I came downstairs, 
the kids told me to get back into bed, because they
had prepared a surprise for me. 

The paper is a gift certificate for two hours of their time. 
I love the gift of time. 

I can use it to read a book, or listen to an audio book, 
or take a nap....whatever I want, without interruption. 
They are so sweet.