zondag 27 juli 2014

Vintiguing in Hastings

After a warm, delightful week in The garden of England, we arrived home last Friday. It feels good being back in town, but how I miss the English countryside. Imagine laying in bed with the curtains wide open, with a view of a castle and the rolling hills. Magical

It was a good holiday. We visited country houses, gardens and colourful seaside towns. I roamed lots and lots of charity shops and junk stores and found many treasures. Hurray! Although I have a small car in which the girls and I (and our luggage) just fit, I managed to leave a bit of room for my vintage finds. I have to add that when a girl wants to take something home with her.......there is always an empty space to be found ;-)

Hastings is super. Especially the old town stole my heart, with it's brightly coloured houses, it's many antique and junk stores and it's 'happy' feel.  I found some porcelain (show you later or have a look at my Instagram) and three beautiful 19th century French fashion prints, which will look perfect on my pink and white striped bedroom wall. Have to find some old frames first though....

Over the weeks I will show you some photo's now and then. Hope you don't mind?!

When you still have to go on holiday: have a great time! For those of you staying at home to hold the fort: have fun too!

Happy week!


Madelief x

zondag 13 juli 2014

Summer holiday


While my daughters were still fast asleep, I tiptoed out of the house at a half past seven, to go the garden. I had to do communal work at the allotment complex, which is obligatory (eight times a year). It was one of those jobs my husband used to do. I  wasn't that keen this morning, missing my workout at the gym with my friends, but I have to say that I sort of liked it. It was really relaxing.

I volunteered to tidy up one of the rosaries: doing some dead heading and getting rid of old wood and weeds. As it was a warm and humid day, I wore a t-shirt on my jeans only. Looking back, it wasn't such a good idea to volunteer to do the rose garden, wearing only this. My hands and arms are completely covered in scratches, as I forgot my gloves as well! Coming home, the girls asked me what happened to me. They thought I had been in a fight :-)

Afterwards I spent some time in my own garden. Cutting my way through the jungle, making lots of photo's and preparing the garden for our absence. Why do sweet peas always start to flower when we are going on vacation :-)?! The tomatoes are nearly ready to eat as well......

I am taking a blog break. My daughters, son in law and I are going on a summer holiday. No more working for a week or two......we are  going.....to the UK, to Kent to be precise, to stay in a cottage on a beautiful estate. I chose the prettiest cottage with the loveliest surroundings I could find. We all need lots of good vibes, this being our first holiday without Jan. It will be difficult, but hopefully it will be good as well.

Wishing you a wonderful summer! See you soon!


Madelief x

zondag 6 juli 2014

End of season party

In between work, watching football (Hurray to the Dutch national team for reaching the semi finals), I managed to spent a few hours in the garden. I had to prepare for the end of season party of the choir I sing in, which was held in my garden.

The only thing I had to to do was to lay the table for 21 and make the garden look acceptable (oh those weeds, they grow so fast)! The girls from the choir brought salads, quiches, soups and dessert. We had an absolutely delightful time, enjoying the delicious food and late evening sun. In today's post some of this weeks highlights.

Thank you for your enthusiastic comments on my last post too. I always feel sort of shy, posting photo's of myself, but the thing is that I like it when other bloggers do the same. I enjoy seeing the face behind the blog. Glad to read that you appreciated it too.

Wishing you a Happy week!


Madelief x