Sunday, 9 March 2014
So here he is, Jenny: a broodje Mario. It's an Italian kind of bread with cheese, salami, chorizo, a mixture of bell pepper, carrot and celery and a few (mild) green peppers on top. This may not sound too spectacular, but what if it is served on a slightly crispy and warm Italian round bread? Yummie ... The picture isn't great, the bread is also quite big actually - one broodje Mario and you have a big lunch, but you have an idea. The bread is so delicious! They bring it over to the market stall in big baskets with some cloth on top. Warm from the oven, the bakery is nearby, they just cross the bridge over the Old Canal, de Oudegracht.
As I told you in my last post: before leaving Utrecht we visited the quiltshop, Carol Cox. We couldn't stay long, but I managed to buy quilting pins and ... ahum ... three pincushions. I don't know who made them, but my, I loved them! A little variation on the magpie and jewelry theme ;)
Sofia said to me in a 'dry voice': "Mom, can't you make them yourself?" A very practical and true remark. Yes, I could make them. And I know I already have some nice pincushions. I have! But look at this ...
Aren't they beautiful? They make me so happy. It's a totally unnecessary purchase, but wait!
I can use them, I have a pincushion for every type of pin now. Quite sensible! LOL And the one with the little birds, well you wouldn't want me to torture those birds, would you?!
Let's simply state that I sponsored the shop with these purchases. I managed to stay strong on the 'buying fabrics front'. I told myself I didn't need any fabrics right now. Strong or what?! ;)
Yesterday the fine weather broke the records. Since the start of the Dutch registration of the weather (in 1901) we didn't have this warmth on March 8th before. I managed to dry my laundry outside yesterday, tralala ... and this evening we had our first dinner outside. How lovely that was!
Fleur and I started on our herb-garden-to-be. It doesn't look impressive now, we're working on it ... We planted rosemary, thyme and lavender. We transplanted the lavas, chives, parsley and celery (they survived the winter, never had that before).
The winter pansies are busy with their come-back too. I tended them a little and they are doing their very best indeed!
I did buy some seeds and small onions to plant. These onions will be the next ones when having cleared another part of the garden ... It's quite a project to transform the garden, but bit by bit ... I look forward to it.
I started another small stitching project. It's a freebie from Ria Lanser. I'll adapt it a little. After an afternoon of digging etc., it's great to pick up that needle again!
Have a nice evening, happy stitching and gardening and whatever other nice things you can do ...
Dutch greetings, Carolien
Saturday, 8 March 2014
Yesterday we had our day out in this crocus holiday! At coffee time we arrived at uncle Daan's home, in the nice little farm in Wageningen. We had a little present for him: a cookie jar with cookies, homemade by Fleur. 'Heavenly cookies' mix and yes they were great, Fleur! The cookie jar matches the other Boerenbont pottery, plates etc. that has always been used in my grandparents house.
When entering the living room, I spotted a familiar quilt. Dear uncle Daan has put it on his couch, how nice! And even the pillow with the crossstitched sheep was still there.
It's always wonderful to be back in Wageningen. So many fond memories, it feels like coming home.
The interior of the house has changed a little over the years. See the black wood and coal stove? In the 'old days' it was standing in the kitchen. The first thing my grandfather did in the morning was to start a fire in the stove. Wood and coal, the warmth was unbeatable, so lovely ... Of course they had a furnace, but the stove was used for cooking too.
Since the lambing has started we soon headed to the stables to see the first lambs of 2014. Here you can see the ones who were born the day before yesterday. When we saw them they were just one day old. So small, so cute!
The little ones were fast asleep and the mom's could rest a little too. Chewing hay, lying down, patiently watching the visit of human beings ...
They were really fast asleep! Tiring job, entering a new world ...
These lovely ladies were 'in' already, they will be in labour soon. It's all registered in the computer, not many surprises nowadays ;)
My uncle, who used to be a family doctor, is having the best time of year now. He has a camera installed in the kitchen, from where he can see what's going on in the 'labouring stable'. During the night every two hours he sets his alarm to check on the sheep. Is he a dedicated doctor or what?!
In the distance (click on the picture to enlarge) you can see the lambs who were born earlier. Since we have such a mild Spring, they are already dancing outside. The sign for the neighbourhood to come over and have a look at the lambs in the pasture. Even complete kindergarten classes visit the farm. Uncle Daan is a great host and welcomes them with chocolate to drink and (yup, chocolate) Easter eggs :)
After our visit to uncle Daan, we went to Utrecht. André drove us the beautiful way, the old way from Arnhem to Utrecht, not the motorway. Love it! Many memories. As a child I used to go to my grandparents by bike, from Bunnik to Wageningen and that's exactly that old way to Arnhem that we drove yesterday. Tralala ...
In Utrecht we parked our car in the neighbourhood where we lived as students. We passed the house where André lived for some years. A lovely old arbeiderswoning.
Today there is living een heer van stand in the same street, how nice! ;)
We always love to go to Utrecht. We have lived there for many years and it's just a charming town ... See the Dom? It's the highest church tower of the country, 112 meters high. You did learn that at primary school. No permission to build a church tower that was higher!!!
De Drift, near some university buildings. This is typical for Utrecht: bikes everywhere. Bikes and everyone knows: the older the better, unless you want your bike to be stolen. It only happened to me once and yes, my bike was too shiny and new :)
It's lovely to walk in Utrecht. This is the Janskerkhof (the Cemetery of St. John, weird but true: it's the square near the Church of St. John, so I bet this will have been a cemetery once).
At the left you can see the statue of St. Willibrord, patron of the Dutch Catholic Church Province. He was the missionary who came by boat from Ireland in the 8th century and brought Christianity to the 'Low Lands', the Netherlands. He died in 739, November 7th. This day still is the Festive Day of the Dutch Catholic Church Province. Utrecht is the town of the apostolic residence, it's the only Archdiocese in the country and therefore the centre of the Church province.
On the same Janskerkhof there is the famous statue of Anne Frank. The girls didn't remember it from earlier times, so we visited it again shortly. It's well known in Utrecht.
Most days there are flowers lying at Anne's feet. On Saturday there is always a flower market on this square too ...
Since it was lunchtime we went to the Oudegracht (the Old Canal) to buy a 'broodje Mario'. Another tradition of Utrecht. Everbody knows what a 'broodje Mario' is and where you can get it.
Tadaah! De Dom.
The Oudegracht again, a nice statue and yep, bikes. You can't avoid them on pictures ;)
See? You want to make a picture of a lovely tiny house of 1651 and here's the bike again ...
We even managed to go to the lovely quiltshop, Carol Cox. More about that later. It was time to go to Amersfoort after that ... and half the evening we drove home to Zevenaar. A little tired from walking. Rosy. But happy, happy, happy! It was such a lovely, gezellige day together!
Till next time, happy stitching and many Dutch greetings,
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Good morning! It's a misty and quiet morning here in Zevenaar. 'The mist' will be in many heads too, I guess: Zevenaar has an active carnaval tradition. Fleur has participated in the celebrations of Paljas, the 'only true one' (of the seven) carnaval assemblies of the town. She was Robin Hood, by the way. Finally a hero in the family, joehoe! ;)
We weren't raised with the carnaval traditions ... so we don't really understand it LOL. It must be in the genes ... Anyway, the only impressive thing for me is how to avoid all the broken glass on the street by bike ... I'm no 'plastic throw away things' fan, but maybe during carnaval it would be nice??? I pity the community men who have to clean up this mess. Unbelievable ...
It's Ash Wednesday now, so the festivities are over. When the mist and hangovers will be faded, there's a lovely Spring though! They predict nice weather for the rest of the week.The Dutch crocus holiday really is a crocus holiday! Normally we have frost or snow or just a miserable rainy week, but not now. Have a look, they are flowering their socks off!
There weren't many bulbs in the garden, so I worked my socks off last autumn ;) And those bulbs didn't disappoint me: they pop up everywhere. I planted crocuses, irises and daffodils. I love it! I mean: any bumble bee would be drunk (or starving for tea) when seeing this Pickwick crocus, don't you think?
In the meantime I cultiveated my Spring mood by making some more stitches. It was fun to do!
I stitched it to turn it into a needle book and decided to make a scissor fob too. Chose the felt and ribbon in the one and only craft shop in Zevenaar yesterday. Biking home, singing tralala, tralala ... Such a joy to be pottering on like this in your holiday, these are really things which make me so happy! Sorry, that's just my silly me.
I ordered a matching pair of scissors. I can't wait for them to arrive ... Patience, girl.
And although the light in the room is a misty, light light ... here's the final result. When my pair of scissors has arrived, it will be off to ... To be continued ;)
And now I'm gonna make André a pot of tea. Lapsang, rose, Ceylon, melon, Turkish apple, mmm let's see ...
Have a nice day, happy stitching and take care!
Dutch greetings, Carolien
Friday, 28 February 2014
Good morning! Although the weather is a bit dull and gray here in Holland, we still have the 'Spring feeling'. Crocuses, birds singing and playing busy Lizzies ... The weather experts talk about the definite absence of winter and a hot summer to come, even hotter than last year. We'll see ...
Since the fresh colours of Spring appear everywhere, I took them out of my cigar boxes too ;) Yes, André used to smoke cigars and provided me with wooden cigar alias DMC boxes, very nice! He stopped smoking cigars just a little too early, I could use a few more ... joking of course LOL
I started on a freebie of Gazette94 that gave me a real Spring feeling. Although the author of the blog stopped some time ago, the blog is still there and I just discovered she added two small Amish patterns, surprise! So cute, must make them ;)
In the meantime I continue making rows for Sofia's quilt. The colours never tire me ... fresh colours too ...
I'm sorry the picture is miserable due to the weather, but I wanted to show you my 'framed twins'. They look lovely on the wall, next to the bookcase. A decent picture will follow.
The last picture of today. I don't want a dog, but if this one would stand like this on my doorstep, I would let him in, wink!
Have a nice day, I hope you can enjoy the signs of Spring. Till next time!
Dutch greetings, Carolien
Sunday, 23 February 2014
Hello dear friends! Time flies ... but here I am again. No new crossstitch projects yet, although I chose two patterns to make two 'little somethings'. I didn't have time to start on them though ... Itching fingers, as you can imagine! Maybe I can show you more in my next post.
This afternoon I was strolling in my computer maps and found these pictures of antique Dutch quilts again. I completely forgot to show them here. So silly!
Last summer I went to an exhibition of those antique Dutch quilts. They belong to An Moonen, a quilt expert in Holland.She even wrote a book about it. It's in my bookcase: Geschiedenis van de Nederlandse quilt. (The book is translated in English too.)
The exhibition was in an old house in Duiven, when I do recall it correctly. (Shame on me, I'm not even sure if it was in Duiven or Westervoort.)
The beams were a nice place to hang the quilts! An Moonen was present too, so I SAW HER! LOL ;) And it was nice to see the quilts that I before only 'met' in An Moonen's book.
It's very special to see the 'a bit faded' quilts, they have a special charm being that old ... Old fabrics, lots of old sitsen.
O dear, I can't help it, you're on my picture! Yes, I simply needed to take the picture of this quilt too. When I am correct, one of them is a niece from a family I know from Amersfoort. I used to sit near her aunt in church ...
The small quilts were so adorable! It was a small exhibition, but worth the drive, especially when you live almost around the corner ...
And this was my favourite small quilt. So cute!
On my 'quilting front' I can happily announce that I am halfway with Sofia's thimble quilt, the heen-en-weer quilt. I made 32 rows of thimbles, tadaah! I started it in Amersfoort.
I hope to finish it the coming summer, because it would be nice if Sofia could take it with her when she (hopefully) goes to Vlissingen and Antwerpen to study verloskunde en verpleegkunde. I will show you more pictures of the top later.
I hope you liked to see the Dutch quilts. See you soon, happy stitching and take care!
Dutch greetings, Carolien