Saturday, August 1, 2015

Red cherry plums


No, I didn't change his t-shirt to
match the plums!





Friday, July 31, 2015

The two most relaxing weeks of the year

I just had the two most relaxing weeks of the whole year. 
After the stressful third trimestre and several weeks
 of dance rehearsals and theatre performances,
 I was tired and really looking forward to the yearly organised children's activities by our community. 
My kids love it and I had two wonderful weeks, in which... 


... I put these flowers from the garden in almost 
every vase around the house.



... I a did a lot of work in the garden.


... I almost emptied my laundry baskets 
(such a great feeling).


... I had another serious decluttering round.


... I finished "Girl on the train" 
(an entertaining summer read) ...


... and started Sue Monk Kidd's
 "The invention of wings" (love it!).

I feel ready now for the remaining 7 weeks.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Last day of school

Finally!


They brought home tons of paper that kept
me busy most of the day.

 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The guest room is finally ready!

It is so nice to have this guest room ready.
No need to drag mattresses
around the house anymore.


The men in the house wanted the room to be gray,
so gray it is.


The first thing we bought was the closet (here).


I love see through closet doors! 
They make me keep the closet tidy.


We found the throw pillows here.


The bigger baskets come from Ikea.
See the little round basket?
It's an original Zulu basket from South Africa. 
There's another one on the windowsill. 
We bought them for the boys the first time
we were in Johannesburg.





I keep a pile of nice white towels in this room
(you don't want to see what our everyday towels look like).

 

The giant paper clips are so cute
(found in our local shopping mall). 
We use them for wet towels.


The bed is from ironbed.de.
Son number two asked for a bed without
 a footboard (he is rather tall).
We first bought a king size mattress from Ikea,
but unfortunately it was way too high for
the bed and it covered half of the beautiful
headboard. Ikea always promotes itself by 
telling that you can bring back your mattress
when you're not satisfied, so that's what we did.
(Did you ever try to roll back up a king size
Ikea mattress?
Too bad we didn't take pictures). 
We bought two smaller ones instead.


The teabag artwork from South Africa! 
I love the way it looks in this room.


Brown, silver and black, the exact color
scheme of the room.


I only have one set of sheets for this bed. 
When the boys leave, the sheets are washed and
 put back on the bed again immediately.
 
The floor lamp is from Ikea (Barometer).
 
We wanted neutral curtains and found them at Heytens.

 
We hadn't planned to buy this buffet, but walking
 around Ikea it caught my eye (Liatorp). 
It was the perfect fit and not very expensive.
 
 



The clothes stand used to be in one of the boys' rooms.


And finally the flowers...they were for free.....


.....from the garden.

Have a wonderful Sunday!


Friday, July 3, 2015

Fun in the garden


Still two more weeks to go until summer vacation.
It's 37°C here and he is having lots of fun in the garden.
I can't remember it being so hot in Luxembourg
since I moved here.





His sister was on a school campout this week, 
and he really missed her (we did too). 
They are such good friends.





Saturday, June 27, 2015

A little surprise for my daughter

...because she loves to draw.




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Working in the garden

Helping daddy in the front garden.


We had a couple of hundred boxwood trees
 on both sides of these circles. It looked really
 nice until half of them died last year and
 the other half this year. 
We had to take them all out. So sad!


Friday, June 19, 2015

My great-grandfather

At least once a week I google my
 great-grandfather's name.
I always hope to find a link with new 
information or perhaps even a new work of art.


Two weeks ago I found this lithographic print.
It was sold as a self portrait of the painter and says "1879 1929 JAN VISSER" in the bottom right corner.
I'm a little confused because this portrait is somehow different from the other portraits I own. I am
 wondering if this could be a portrait of his oldest
 son (and not a self portrait), whose name was 
also Jan Visser, my grandfather's brother. 
But what do the dates mean?

 This is such an interesting journey back in time!


Sunday, June 14, 2015

June - our garden at its best








Monday, June 8, 2015

The brocante in Arlon


It rained on the 1st Sunday in April and it rained 
even harder on the 1st Sunday in May,
 but yesterday the weather was perfect for
the brocante in Arlon.


We found a couple of really nice things.


A glass sugar caster for my 
"glass sugar casters collection", 
three old jam glasses for my 
"old jam glasses collection",
 a transparent seltzer bottle for my 
"seltzer bottles collection" and...
 

...a large dough bowl 
(does four count as a collection?).
;)
Going to the brocante is the best way
to spend a sunny afternoon.