zondag 12 juli 2015

Dreamy spring days

Only two more days to go before my summer holiday starts. I am looking forward to spend some time with my daughters.

My two youngest daughters and I will be off to the UK soon. We rented a cottage near Bakewell in the Peak District and another near Thirsk on the North York moors.  If you have any suggestions of special places to visit, fun events, good antique centres or hip cafés, please let me know. They are very much welcome. 

Today's photo's were taken during a short trip to Cambridgeshire in May, which I made in the company of two sweet friends. The countryside looked dreamy, with large clouds of cow parsley swaying in the wind. The photo's show what I think is important in a holiday: to spend it in the company of people that you love, to enjoy the beauty of nature, to roam the countryside, to discover new places, read a book or two or to just lay on the grass and let your mind wander and imagination fly.

Wishing you all these things and more. Have a good time. See you in a couple of weeks!


Madelief x

* Callwey publishers kindly permitted me to give away one of their books 'Decorate with Flowers' by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring. The book is in German and absolutely beautiful. I will tell you more as soon as I get back. So stay tuned!

The photo's above the text were taken in Cambridge, the photo's below the text at Wicken Fen nature reserve and at Anglesey Abbey and Gardens.

56 opmerkingen:

  1. Dearest Madelief,
    sorry that I needed such a long time to visit you!
    I'm glad that you are still at home today and I can "catch" you there and wish you great holidays with your daughters! Your May-photos of your days in UK are so pretty and I am sure that you will now have the most wonderful time, too!
    Sending lots of hugs and Küschelbüschels to you, my dear!
    And whenever you want to see my new bathroom - here is the link:

  2. Prachtige foto's! Wat een mooi land is het toch. Ik kijk nu al uit naar je foto's van de komende vakantie.
    Ik wens jou en je dochters heel veel plezier. Geniet van het mooie land en vooral van elkaar!
    Groetjes van Aleta

  3. My only suggestion - take plenty of pictures so we can all enjoy your visit too. Jack

  4. Have a wonderful time in England and enjoy the time with your daughters, Madelief! Hope to see pictures on Instagram? I stay tuned :)
    Lovely greetings from Barbara

  5. Lieve Madelief,

    Heerlijk dat je over een paar dagen de deuren van het werk even achter je dicht mag doen voor een paar weken vakantie. Gezellig dat je met je twee jongste dochters op pad gaat. Jullie hebben gelukkig allemaal een passie voor Engeland. Ik wens jullie een heerlijke tijd, lekker genieten van elkaar, veel nieuwe indrukken opdoen, de camera vaak inzetten om alles vast te leggen en gezond en wel weer veilig thuis komen.

    Ik wens jullie enorm veel plezier!! Veel liefs, Ingrid

  6. Do try an authentic Bakewell pudding and a delicious Pork pie - love your photos of Cambridge and Anglesey Abbey, and have a wonderful time♡

  7. Have a wonderful holiday Madelief, it's been a few years since I visited Bakewell but it is beautiful! Enjoy!
    V x

  8. My nephew was there in Cambridgeshire last December for a training for Univ. of Cambridge Press and said that it´s so full of wonderful buildings and gardens... Do have a nice holiday in the UK Madelief!

  9. Dearest Madelief,
    No doubt you all three will enjoy your vacation to England and being surrounded by beautiful gardens and historic buildings.
    ENJOY and inhale its beauty so you can rejuvenate your soul for making it through the stretch of winter again.
    Sending you hugs,

  10. Have a wonderful vacation in the UK with your precious daughters! I look forward to seeing the area through your eyes...

  11. wow super mooi fotos van cambridge ziet er prachtig uit lekker zomers
    leuk die studenten door de straat zo engels is dat heel veel vakantie plezier in the peaks
    erg mooie omgeving een fijne vakantie gewenst groetjes leon10

  12. Wie wunderschön idyllisch es da ist! Ich wünsche Euch eine traumhafte Zeit!!

  13. Have a wonderful time ... I do hope the sun will shine for you ... it's a bit grey here tday! M x

  14. What beautiful pictures, Madelief. I have never been to Cambridge, but it looks dreamy and lovely. The Abbey and gardens look very special too. Have a restful and great time on your holiday. xx

  15. Ik ben ook heel nieuwsgierig naar die tips, want wij vertrekken a.s. zondag voor een goeie week naar het Lake District en Yorkshire... Zo' n zin in... kan niet wachten.
    Ik wens je een paar fijne laatste werkdagen toe Madelief...

  16. Madelief, you have swept me away. England is my next stop, with a visit of course, to the Netherlands to see a very special Dutch friend, The Dutchess. OH how nature is so important in our holiday times....the peace in the pastures, the merging of old architecture with the sweetness of the season...enjoy yourself my talented friend! Anita

  17. Hello Madelief,
    Wishing you a great holiday. Your plans sound wonderful and I wish you good weather, friendship and lots of finds.
    Helen xx

  18. Derbyshire is wonderful, Cathsworth Gardens a must and The Vintage Rooms at Matlock is great too. Chalke a abbey is a fab National Trust place, beautiful gardens, we go often. Have a brilliant time :) xxx

  19. Stunning photos as always Madelief, thank you and God bless,

  20. Beautiful photos Madelief, this looks totally like my kind of holiday...vintiquing walks in the countryside, people watching and spending time with lovely people. Have a lovely time! Sharon

  21. Madelief, have a grand time on your holiday, and thanks very much for sharing these Cambridgeshire views. I agree with you that it is a very beautiful part of the world. Lots of historic places and wise and talented people have added to its atmosphere over the centuries.


  22. Those are wonderful images from Cambridge. The first one could almost be the subject of a painting! I'm sure you will have a wonderful holiday in the UK staying in 2 different locations. We visited the peak district many years ago and I would also recommend Bakewell pudding and visiting Chatsworth. Some other blogging friends recommended The Vintage rooms in Matlock. Sarah x

  23. Hi Madelief,
    Your photos are stunning! I love the first one especially.
    I hope you have a wonderful time with your girls in England
    and I look forward to your pics.

  24. Prachtige Engeland foto´s! Wens jullie een heerlijke tijd in noord Yorkshire wij waren daar vorig jaar. Speciale tips heb ik niet maar ben er zeker van dat jullie alle leuke plekjes en rommelwinkeltjes zelf wel weten te vinden. Newby Hall, Helmsley Walled garden zijn tuinen die je zeker niet mag missen, maar op de site van de National Garden Scheme kan je leuke privé tuinen vinden die op speciale dagen geopend zijn. Haha, hippe café´s kan ik je niet aan helpen, wellicht is er wel iets hips in York. Rivaulx Abbey is de moeite waard als je van Thirsk naar Helsmley rijdt. Thirsk zelf is een aardig stadje, waar James Herriot zijn veeartsenpraktijk had, leuk om even te gaan zien.
    Veel plezier samen met je dochters!
    Groetjes, Janneke

  25. Geniet van een Heerlijke vakantie lieverd heerlijk Engeland !...fijne tijd Met je meiden liefs Ria...x!

  26. Fijne vakantie met de meiden! Ik hoop dat je lekker in het gras naar de wolken kan kijken en genieten van de UK. Veel plezier, groetjes, Hetty

  27. This is a wonderful and charming town. The buildings and houses are so beautiful. Enjoy your holidays.

  28. Prachtig, wat een heerlijk sfeertje! Ik was ooit in Cambridge maar moet maar weer eens terug.
    Ik wens je een hele fijne tijd in Engeland! XX Esther

  29. Hello Madelief,
    I work in Thirsk and live about 12 miles away! There are lots of lovely places to visit: Sutton Bank (for walks), Rievaulx Terrace and Temples, and Rievaulx Abbey for the scenery, Helmsley for quaint English shops and Northallerton for a trip to Bettys - the place for afternoon tea and Yorkshire goodies. I hope you will enjoy your visit.
    best wishes,

  30. Dear Madelief …… as soon as I saw the first couple of photographs, I knew it was Cambridge. We go to Cambridge quite often as we only live about 3 quarters of an hour away. Also, my brother-in-law was at Cambridge university, doing his Phd { many years ago !! } and he and my sister lived there so we used to visit them a lot.
    Wishing you and your daughters a wonderful holiday here in the UK and I hope that the weater stays fine.
    Happy holidays. XXXX

  31. Have a lovely holiday! In the meantime, I am enjoying your photos.

  32. A lovely place and beautiful photos! I love all the bicycles parked together and the graduates holding on to their caps, and of course, the pretty countryside. Wishing you a lovely trip with your dear daughters, Madelief! Have fun! Hugs xo Karen

  33. Oh such beauty Madlief. I really need to venture out more and visit these places! You always manage to promote them beautifully!!!!!

    Have a lovely rest of a week!

    Vanessa xxx

  34. Such very beautiful pictures, Madelief! The top one is like a scene from a movie! All your pictures are dreamy and you have such a good eye for capturing interesting views. Wishing you and your girls a fantastic holiday.
    Helen xox

    les photos sont superbes
    j'adore les bords de rivières , plus jeune nous avions une barque
    et j' amenais mon mari à la pêche
    à très bientôt

  36. What beautiful pictures. There's nowhere more lovely than England in May.

  37. It´s something about the english countryside which I love so much...and your pictures makes me want to go there at once! I want to know where to find how you rent a house there and do you fly to London and then by train?
    Have a great holiday Madelief!
    Love Titti

  38. Wat is Engeland toch mooi Madelief! En ja dat is het allerbelangrijkst wat je opnoemt.
    Genieten van je omgeving en je vrijheid en de liefste mensen om je heen.
    En altijd die ene die erbij had moeten zijn stiekem toch erbij...
    Daar denk ik toch ook altijd aan Madelief...
    Ik wens je een heerlijke vakantie toe samen met je dochters en hoop dat jullie leuke en hippe dingen gaan zien.
    Mocht je nu ooit naar Schotland gaan...je dan heb ik genoeg tips voor je ;-)

    Fijne vakantie en lieve groet, MJ

  39. ps...en prachtige foto's heb je weer gemaakt!!! OFCOURSE ;-)

  40. Dear Madelief,

    Your holiday photos are perfection and how tranquil the English countryside is. Would love to be walking around the beautiful fields.
    Wishing you and your daughters a wonderful summer holiday
    take care

  41. Je ne comprends pas tout …. mais les photos sont magnifiques :)


    xxx Maria xxx

  42. Such lovely photos, really enjoyed looking at them all! No suggestions...... the UK is a very long way from Australia lol

  43. Ach, wat heb je dat weer mooi gezegd! Ik hoop dat jullie een heerlijke vakantie hebben in het prachtige Engeland. In gedachten loop ik even mee, nou, nog beter, in gedachten drink ik een kopje thee en eet een scone of twee, drie met jullie samen! Met dik jam en heel veel clotted cream!
    Liefs van een tuinsnob uit Drenthe,

  44. Wow! brilliantly clear photo's . Here in England we have the most amazing places to visit, so many to list......xx

  45. Your pictures are beautiful!!
    Many greetings from Germany

  46. Thank you Madelief for your wonderful photos ! I love England, his beautiful landscapes, cities, atmospheres, I dream to live in England.
    I wish you nice summer hollidays !

  47. You are such a talented photographer, Madelief! I hope you are enjoying your summer holiday. Look forward to your giveaway soon. Cheers from DC, L

  48. Whenever I visit your blog I just adore your photo's, they are lovely to see.

    Have a lovely holiday.

    All the best Jan

  49. Hoi Madelief,
    je bent nu zeker op vakantie of alweer terug?
    Hoop dat je n fijne vakantie hebt (gehad)!
    Lieve groeten,

  50. Hej Madelief, terwijl ik hier nog geniet van dit berichtje ben jij natuurlijk ook al weer terug van de zomervakantie. Hoop ook dat je een fijne vakantie hebt gehad en kijk weer uit naar je altijd prachtige foto's. Lieve groet,

  51. Fabulous photos as always Madelief, I hope you enjoy your holiday in the Peak District. Jane xx

  52. Ziet er prachtig uit Madelief. Volgens mij bij jij een Engelandtofiel???? Fijn dat je genoten hebt. Ik onthoud je adresjes, wie weet.

  53. These photos are really wonderful. I regret not having been in Cambridge when I spent some time in London last summer .... Next time I will go, sure!!!

  54. Just wonderful photographs. Stunning. Sorry I missed this post before, Madelief - but I'm sure you found some great places to visit anyway, helped with suggestions from all your blog friends.


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