Saturday, August 25, 2018

Our trip to China

The last week of July until mid August we flew
 to China to visit our second son, who went there
 in April for an internship in Beijing. We stayed in
 Beijing for 6 days, where he guided us around,
 then took the train to Xi'an to see the terracotta
 warriors, then travelled to Shanghai, before
 coming back to Beijing and take our flight home.
 It was an adventure, to say the least!

It was very, very hot and very, very crowded ;).
And since they spoke only Chinese
 (almost no English), we used signs and
 gestures to make ourselves understood.
Dinner was a challenge because we ate
 in small, cheap cafés (like 10€ for the six of us),
 and most of the time there were no pictures
 on the menu list and only Chinese signs. 
But we ate well most of the time and nobody
 had stomach problems. 

Shanghai is much more modern than Beijing,
 but we liked Beijing better. 

^ The Chinese wall. I would love to say that I 
climbed up that hill, but I didn't...
 It was just too hot and climbing stairs isn't
 my favorite thing. The others did though.

^ The terracotta army, one of the most amazing
 things I have ever seen. Thousands of soldiers. 

^ Shanghai skyline.

^ The watertown Zhouzhuang was a highlight
 and very quiet on Monday morning.

 ^ We tried to avoid these (not always successfully).

One thing we didn't like was the attention 
we had as a "patchwork family". 
It was really bad, especially for our son
 who was photographed all.the.time. 
Sometimes they asked if they could take a picture
 (and I said "no, but thank you for asking"),
 but most of the time they did it secretly. 
We were so surprised because Beijing
 and Shanghai are huge cities, they must
 have seen dark-skinned people somewhere,
 if not in real life, then at least on the internet??!!

Like I said, it was an adventure, and we loved it. 
(Another three weeks before school starts 😊).

Sunday, July 22, 2018

A new bookcase

I needed a bookcase for this special corner
 between the back door and the window. 
I searched for weeks and finally found this
 Globe Wernicke style, painted, used wooden
 bookcase. As you can see it's a perfect fit,
 almost as if it was made for this corner.
I totally love it!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The first brocante this year

The brocante in Arlon, Belgium, starts the
 first Sunday in March, but in July was the
 first one we actually could go to (or it rained). 
We found some little treasures.

The buckets will be used as planters.

I have 100 great ideas on how to use this wooden box 
(but a cat bed was not one of them)

And two French enamel signs. 

Brocantes are the best!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

My Yankee Candle cabinet

I found a nice, small, old, glass door kitchen cabinet
 in the Netherlands for my candles. 
It holds all the Yankee Candles I own and as
 soon as there is no more space left in my cabinet,
 it's time to stop shopping and start burning :)

When the kids bring home their friends,
 they usually start smelling my candles.

Friday, May 25, 2018


I love peonies...

...and so did my great-grandfather!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

My daughter's new room

After 25 years it was time to sand and reseal
 the wooden floor in my daughter's room and
 then paint the walls. We brought all her stuff
 to the room downstairs for the time being. 
But having done that we were surprised by 
how much easier bedtime became, just because
 they were not sleeping on the same floor anymore.
 It was the best idea ever! 
So we decided that she is going to stay
 downstairs and the room upstairs will be a
 second guest room. 

^ These are the best. 
We have them in almost
 every room in the house.

^ The old glass front cabinet holds a lot of her
 books and drawing/painting stuff.

^ Little dress we bought in South Africa.

^ Wearing the dress :)

^ Mannequin head painted by Magda Rust from
 Nostalgic Corner.

^ Dance shoes.

^ Books, books and books.

^ The Underland Chronicles, 
her favourite series of all time.

^ A basket from Africa, given to her by her
 godmother for her First Communion.

^ Art made of used tea bags bought in Cape Town.

^ Wooden crates upcycled with chalk paint 
and enamel numbers.

^ Old French hooks.

^ Old pillowcases.

Have a nice Sunday!