Posts Tagged ‘ holland ’

I find myself near a field of swans

I’ve not had much time to take pictures, or write about my days here in the outback that is rural Brabant. I’m having too much of a good time relaxing and spending time with my family to actually think about things like this. There are things that I think I should be remembering to write about but in this state I forget to take these things down.

Wednesday I spent my day travelling from the port to my family’s house, from there to Oss to see what has changed since I was last there, and to Eindhoven to see my friend Frans and to attend the Ill Nino gig in the Effenaar. After that, we went to The Rambler for some after-gig drinks and chats with old and new friends till about 4 o’clock in the morning.

The new county council building in Oss

We didn’t get back to Frans’ place until quite a bit later, had a ham and cheese tosti to quench our hunger and finally went to bed around 4.45 or 5.00. My alarm went off 3 hours later, as I had to haste to Oss to get a lift back to my family’s place. Needless to say, I spent the rest of that day taking it easy..

Yesterday was another relaxed day of spending time with the family, a Burger King brunch, and a night of Hertog Jan beer with Vera in Oss. Even though it seems that this time, I am here for a reasonable enough amount of time to see my friends and family, I still feel like I could do with a few extra days!

Friday afternoon

This morning I watched my little cousin pass his swimming exams. On our way back to the house for some celebratory cake and coffee, we drove past a huge green field, covered in white swans. I’ve never seen anything remotely like that and I wonder why there were all there. Unfortunately I didn’t think to take any pictures, but the sight was amazing.

In a few moments, we’ll be off to Eindhoven for our family ‘day’ which will be a BBQ and a surprise activity which will take place in the dark.. I’m excited to find out what it is!

Chrisje x

Hup Holland Hup!

Last Friday I went into our local 99p shop to buy some planting pots and garden feed for my strawberry plants. For some reason they are the only shop in Witham I know (except for the garden centre of course)  that have started selling these products so early on in the year. When I finally took my place in the queue, something caught my eye. To my surprise, I saw this:


Not only was I so surprised to see orange Pringles tubes in the 99p shop; they’re also DUTCH Pringles, to cheer on the DUTCH team during the last World Cup. How would they end up in Witham, of all places? And can you even still eat them? And also; Paprika is not considered a flavour in the UK, last time I checked. I’m slightly confused.

Suffice to say, it needed to have its picture taken, but I was somewhat hesitant about actually purchasing a tube or two. Maybe next time I drop in I might be convinced..

Chrisje x

A fresh start

Hi guys,

I’m back! Sorry for the long period of white noise, so much has happened that the blog just got put further and further down the list. I am hoping to get a reasonable output of posts out from now 🙂

Actually, I’ve been back for a couple of weeks now but I wasn’t sure about my first post in the New Year. I’ve decided not to bore you with the formalities and negativity of what has kept me away from here, and to start off on a more positive note.

I’ve decided to take up a degree course this year. Next month I will start a BA/BSc in Design and Innovation at the Open University, so that I can keep working. In the mean time I’ve also changed jobs and I’m now working closer to home (10 minutes on the train to be exact) so I’ve got shed loads of extra time. Yay!

With all this extra time, I’ve had more time for hobbies, and one of the things I’ve picked up is genealogy. I’ve been working on the family tree on my mum’s side for a few months now, and have managed to grow it to 340+ members. When my nan passed away last Christmas, this gave me the opportunity to speak with family about our family and it’s members, and I’ve managed to obtain a lot of documentation, stories and pictures in a space of just a few days.

Me & my sister at our grandparents 40th wedding anniversary

One of those pictures is the one above. I never knew pictures were taken at this event; I could only vaguely remember it from memory. Don’t we look cute? 🙂 I know the family tree building sounds really boring, but it’s really quite addictive!

Working on the family tree and seeing these beautiful, delicate, and well preserved little tokens from the past have given me so much inspiration to start anew this year. Hopefully I get to start a little vegetable garden on my window sill as well this spring! I’m so excited!

Soon enough I will be able to show you some snippets of the results that this new found inspiration has brought me. Until then I will leave you with this lovely cover of Crazy, performed by Ray LaMontagne.

Good night!

Chrisje x