“Do you mind if I take a picture of your 2 lovely dogs?” I asked the owner.
The owner smirked. “No, not at all. Please help yourself. Our dogs are used to it. Actually, they’re waiting for you to take that picture, so they can strike a pose.”
What a cuties, I thought, when I looked into their hopeful and curious eyes. And just when I about to take out my camera, they sat up right, with their nose in position, striking a pose. Can 2 dogs even get more adorable?
In the Netherlands it can be considered a sacrilege if you decorate your house with Christmas decoration before the typical Dutch festivities of ‘Sinterklaas’ is over. Traditionally, it’s only from 6th of December till (the very least) 6th of January. Basically: if you wave the saintly Sinterklaas goodbye on December 5, the day after you may decorate your house in Christmas style.
I broke with that tradition, since I don’t celebrate Sinterklaas (no small children in my life and no celebrations with friends this year). I have visited a Christmas country fair today and bought some pretty Christmas decorations. But I didn’t feel like keeping it in the attick until the 6th of December. So after the fair my house kinda looked like a winter wonderland. Ah well, not that extravaganza look, since it’s only a few items on the side-table and in my ‘branch tree’. But this year my PIL and I want to celebrate Christmas someplace else, I’m not going the whole nine yard with decorating. But it looks so pretty!!!
The Christmas country fair itself was amazing. It was in the garden of Castle ‘de Haar’ in Harmelen, a small village just 30 minutes of cycling from where I live. And of course we took the opportunity to visit the castle itself. It’s a shame taking photo’s inside the castle is not allowed, but I assure you: it sure is pretty. (Again that word ‘pretty’, for the lack of a better word, at least a word that I know of).
This will make a lovely and easy DIY for Christmas tables
Look at that little angel on the right, isn’t it cute?
I wish I have such a vintage sleigh, it will look lovely in my backyard.
I bought this beautiful centerpiece whenever I feel like having a minimalistic white and silver Christmas
Red is still my favorite Christmas color.
It was such a lovely fall weather that I had to go out for a walk in the forest to practice my photographing skills. So I went to Amelisweerd, a forest near Utrecht, where I took some – imo – wonderful shots. The forest itself with all her inhabitants are so photogenic, so it was easy for me to shoot.
And after the forestwalk we ate some yummy pancakes in the pancake restaurant nearby.
I never knew Fall could be this beautiful.
Inspired by the ‘Being Blank photo diary’ of Birgitta de Vos, as seen in Happinez magazine 4, I took the liberty of taking pictures of only white things. What better way than to start at the national museum of – and the botanical garden in Utrecht, where the nature is in bloom. All things white, a wonderful white world. Suddenly I saw the world with different eyes. For the first time in my life I can’t wait to have a white winter. Thank you Birgitta, for the inspiration.
The pictures below are my own. For the Being Blank serie of Birgitta de Vos, you can visit her website here.
Last moodboard, clockwise:
- Jan Schoonhoven, “R9 – 33” – 1969. Painted paper-maché on hardboard, Central Museum Utrecht.
- Henry Moore, “Locking Piece” – 1971. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
- Tom Claassen, “Twee Heugemer Pony’s” – 2008 (2 Heugemer Pony’s). Kröller Muller museum
- Woven fabric
It’s been a few days since we’ve returned home from our vacation in Indonesia. We’ve had such a great time.
I keep the vacation spirit alive through the hundreds of pictures I shot there. It’s so much, how can I possibly choose?
There is one picture, though that really reflects our vacation spirit. It’s from our trip to the Komodo Islands, the islands near West Flores, where the Komodo dragons roam. We went on a boat trip. The view of the endless ocean, and the barren Sunda islands, are mesmerizing. I love my family, but during the 3-day trip to Komodo we were on our own. Far from ‘civilization’ and our natural habitat. This is what freedom feels like. In a way that trip was unforgettable. And this picture is the one that represents best.