Monday, May 28, 2018
A mini photo report of the wedding of our friends Marieke & Stefan, or as we call them Marie & Steef...
Marieke is a wonderful friend and we share a lot of passions, like crochet, gardening (ginkgo's), Cuba, flowers, vintage, oldtimers and golden shoes.
Marieke and I met for the first time in October 2010, when she joined the crochet workshop for beginners I organized with Yvestown's Yvonne in Den Bosch, the Netherlands.
It was great fun and Marieke also joined the second crochet workshop in March 2011, this time for experienced crocheteers, haha.
From then on our friendship blossomed into something special.
Marieke joined me during the Cool Crochet workshop April 2015 with her niece Marleen. We had so much fun together and the three of us became soulmates! We share the same sense of humor and all three of us are equally emotional...
On Saturday we celebrated the wedding of Marie & Steef. Everything was right; the couple, love, fairytale setting, weather, atmosphere, live Cuban music, flowers (by Marleen), home baked cakes, champagne and all dear family and friends! And her husband Steef surprised her with a vintage Porsche on the wedding day, no doubt that almost everyone wanted to be photographed with that beauty!
Like Marie's father mentioned in his loving speech during dinner; 'Marie is a pearl!'
Friday, May 25, 2018
Sundaymorning in the fairy-tale garden of my friend Lammie. She knows like no other how to create a unique personal garden and the joy that it brings each season. A gardenista with great style!
As you walk through her garden, you will find surprising corners everywhere and in the middle of the garden there's a small greenhouse, hidden behind a rose bush.
This garden... (sigh) all the greens, so many colors, the different plants, trees, vegetables and flowers.
Thursday, May 24, 2018
New 'kiss-me-over-the-garden-gate' baby plants on the bench. I love the name of the plant and it is a very fast-growing annual that self-seeds in the fall. Once you’ve planted it, you’re likely to have the flower in that spot for years to come. While the plant can grow up to two meters high, it rarely, if ever, needs to be staked. They are seedlings from the Villa Augustus garden, where they returned a bit too abundantly.
And we've finally found a convivial parasol to replace the ripped Shady Lace umbrella, which broke down last summer after 13 years.
This May has been so good so far...
We already had quiet some breakfasts, lunches and dinners in the backyard. It feels like summer.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Wednesday morning, Venice-like Dordrecht.
Due to a sudden rain shower, the intended coffee on the terrace, turned out into a Vreeken Zaden visit.
Vreeken Zaden is a family business specialized in seeds since 1926. For years they have collected an assortment of seeds. In the old-fashioned cozy garden shop, you can find besides a large assortment of seeds, a lot of quality tools and special garden- and house plants.
For the shadow side in our mostly sunny backyard, we found a baby ginkgo, a peanut plant, a fern and a 'Lady's Mantle'...
Monday, May 21, 2018
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Curiosities & coffee at Lammie's Saturday Shop on the marina quay in Dordrecht.
Lammie sells the best stuff from her treasure hunts from France. The pink (plant) table and zinc flower vase were irresistible and went with home us.
During the first weekends in June, Lammie and her friend Maria will organize a sales exhibition of their French finds. In Maria's large house at the Sarphatipark in Amsterdam, they use the ground floor and the whole upper floor for this exhibition and their friend/artist sets up all the rooms. This tradition is a great experience twice a year.