Saturday, July 31, 2010

i'm going on a journey and take with me

bikini (scored at H&M sale for € 3,50)
sunscreen factor 50
Ray Ban (seems to be the best investment of 2010; bought out of boredom, during an 'ash cloud' delay at London airport)
a small library
Mr. Hook (you never know)
map of Crete
lots of good courage (for there is no drop of fuel left on the greek island and we need to drive with a rental car from the airport to holiday destination)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

seize the day

tea-plantation, originally uploaded by wood & wool stool.

This time of year I pick all the flowers from the garden of Villa Augustus on my weekly 'flowerday'.

There is so much in bloom in the garden right now and it's not necessary to get flowers at the flower auction.

It's a little party to take the pruning shears and walk through the garden to pick flowers legally. Sometimes I see people watching from the terrace with a glance and hear them think; is that allowed?

August is the name, because it's the best harvest month and if you plan to ever visit Villa Augustus, this is the moment!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

warm and soft

wood & wool blankets, originally uploaded by wood & wool stool.

Sometimes I receive special orders with personal and beautiful stories and requests. This happened a few weeks ago. Lianne, mother of two, asked me if I wanted to make a comfort blanket.

They just had to say goodbye to their sweet and faithful Labrador Bodie and put his blanket with him in his grave.

She liked the idea of a comfort blanket for her children. I was impressed by this request and started the next day with the blanket. One night when I was working on it and watching a movie at the same time (women can do that). Actually I started in the middle of a movie and found it quite striking that the main character was a Labrador. The film has an emotional final 'blanket' scene in the garden.

The Bodie blanket was made in no time and I packed it with mixed feelings.

Yesterday Lianne sent me this sweet note; "Warm and soft, like Bodie, it feels like a comforting blanket..."

Friday, July 16, 2010

p for

His 'little' sister Pippa made this beautiful profile photo of her big brother this morning. She wanted to have a nice picture of him, because he will be in Italy with his friends for the next 2 weeks and she's really gonna miss him.

Wednesday Minne received his Foundation Course Certificate. He finished his first-year study journalism and I'm really proud of him.
The text on the screen 'I can listen to others' is Minne's quote.

Paper round;
During the tropical heat of this week, I discovered Minne sleeping in the garden, early in the morning. After he finished his newspaper round (to finance his Italian holiday) he decided to have a nap in the garden instead of jumping back in his bed. Such a sweet sight!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

suzanne with the beautiful eyes

Last week in the shop window of OXO in Den Bosch there was this cheerful orange plant showcased. I told the saleswoman and my friend Yvonne, I remember my daddy used to call this plant 'Suzanne with the beautiful eyes'. Since then I have visited a few garden centers to buy my own Suzanne, but didn't find her anywhere. Yesterday Yvonne stood at my door with two surprising suzanne's! She made me laugh showing me the label on the pot; thunbergia alata - suzanne met de mooie ogen.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

cool shadow

cool shadow, originally uploaded by wood & wool stool.

By far the best place to spend a hot summer day, is in the shadow of a tree.

The garden poem on the fence suddenly looks like a riddle;

None can have...
unless he...

Friday, July 2, 2010

four 4 florida

four 4 florida, originally uploaded by wood & wool stool.

These four multi colored wood & wool stools fly across the ocean to their new home at the beach in Florida.