zaterdag 29 december 2012

Oud en Nieuw

Dear Louise, this is what we eat in Amsterdam on newyears eve :
Yes, oliebollen!

donderdag 27 december 2012

Christmas is over

Since my laptop was infected, I couldn't blog for several days. Here the last Christmas image to say goodbye to Christmas and wait for oliebollen and fireworks in a few days.

maandag 10 december 2012

Waiting for Christmas

15 Days
Waiting for Christmas at Damsquare in Amsterdam

zondag 9 december 2012

zaterdag 8 december 2012

Waiting for Christmas

17 Days

The Snowman was adapted as a 26-minute animated film by Dianne Jackson for the fledgling British public-service Channel 4. It was first telecast on 26 December 1982 and was an immediate success. It was nominated for the 1982 Academy Award for Animated Short Film.
The film story is told through pictures, action and music, scored by Howard Blake. It is wordless like the book, except for the song "Walking in the Air". In addition to the orchestral score, performed in the film by the Sinfonia of London, Blake composed the music and lyrics of the song, performed by a St Paul's Cathedral choirboy Peter Auty.
The film ranks 71 on the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes, a year 2000 list drawn up by the British Film Institute, based on a vote by industry professionals. It was voted number 4 in UKTV Gold's Greatest TV Christmas Moments.

(click on "original version" to read in English)

woensdag 5 december 2012

Waiting for Christmas

20 Days

Today is an important day of the year for all Dutch children. It is the birthday of Sinterklaas (St Nicholas).
Instead of giving him presents, he gives presents to the children. Three weeks ago he came to Holland with a steamship from Spain, together with his zwarte pieten (black helpers).
From that day on children put their shoes next to the fireplace every night. They put a carrot in it for the horse of Sinterklaas and sing some special Sinterklaas songs. If they are lucky they'll find a little present in their shoe together with animals or letters made of chocolate and also pepernoten. (tiny speculoos cookies)
Tonight many doorbells will ring and families will find presents on their doorstep to celebrate "het heerlijke avondje" (a wonderful evening)

vrijdag 30 november 2012


For lalalalouise because she is one year old today

donderdag 22 november 2012

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

and though they are with you, and yet they belong not to 


You may give them your love, but not your thoughts.

For they have their own thoughts

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you

cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them 

like you.

For life goes not backward, nor tarries with yesterday.

Khalil Gibran...♥

from :

dinsdag 28 augustus 2012

wedding II

Louise as the youngest flowergirl at her parents wedding
mom and dad just before trowing the bouquet

                                            The flowergirls

Little girl Louise and aunt Emma

donderdag 23 augustus 2012


Lou's mom and dad are getting married
 this weekend


 These knitted pigeons are made of really soft alpaca from Bolivia . For sale at


Little girl Louise is trying on a hat

zondag 5 augustus 2012


OILILY is a famous Dutch brand of children's clothing these are the video's for their  wintercollection 2011 and 2012

zaterdag 30 juni 2012