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Have a good weekend

The weather will be great this weekend so I will spend most of my time outside, soaking up all the sunlight. What are your plans for this weekend?

Hope you all have a good start of the weekend, enjoy every minute of it!

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Growth

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Since we moved into our apartment in Haarlem I’ve gotten very interested in plants and how to keep them alive. I always thought I was very bad at caring for plants, but it seems that I’m not! So far I’m doing a good job because not one of them is showing any signs of death. Yes, I am a little proud of that.

Besides buying plants, I wanted to grow some plants myself. I started saving my avocado pits to grow some avocado plants and planted some herb seeds like chives and basil. It’s so lovely to see them grow by the day. The herbs are growing so incredibly fast that it won’t be long before we can use them for dinner. The avocado pits are all splitting open this week which means they will finally start to grow. It took them around three weeks to show any signs of life and I have been refreshing their water on daily basis.

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My love for maps

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If I should tell you one thing about me, you should know that I love traveling the world. Seeing new places, getting to know new cultures and meet interesting people, I simply can’t get enough of it. There are so many beautiful places I would like to visit one day that I often daydream about it (drooling at pictures on Pinterest as well). As a profound lover of travel I’m always on the look-out for some pretty looking maps. This week my eye fell on several foldout maps of big cities. These maps are foldout guides made by different designers from all over the world for Herb Lester. For example there are maps of Copenhagen, Berlin, London and New York. Have a look at Herb Lester for the complete collection.

In december ’12/january ’13 I was in New York. The first 10 days of the trip were spend in Park Slope, a great neighbourhood in Brooklyn which happens to be full of hipsters. It was there and then that I started to develop a deep love for Brooklyn. When I saw the Herb Lester fold out map of Brooklyn, designed by the New York based Two Arms Inc., I knew that was the one that I had to bring home.

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Weekend Scenes

Saturday I’ve done completely nothing! I wasn’t lazy though but I just spend the day reading the Book Thief, working on a new sketch of a bearded man and just enjoying a day of rest. Most of the weekends are filled with all kinds of fun stuff and I really enjoy those things but sometimes when the weekend is over, I have the feeling that time totally passed me by. Staying inside this saturday has been a good choice and it felt refreshing, like my battery is recharged.

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Yesterday Rene and I went to Amsterdam to visit the Neighbour Food Market (remember this post from last month?). The theme was Le Jardin, which means the garden in French. The market was held at an other location at the Westergasfabriek as the last time. Besides food there were a lot of stands that sold products for the garden; from books to plants to seeds. We didn’t like the location as much as the other one, it was quite small and there were too many people so I didn’t get a chance to take some nice photo’s like last time. We do enjoyed a nice piece of lemon cheesecake and after that a slice of a Portugese vegan quiche.
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After we had some food we went to the Espressofabriek (Gosschalklaan 7) for a cup of coffee. Their cups are so lovely!

coffee espressofabriekWe did some shopping on the Haarlemmerdijk and the Haarlemmerstraat. Finally visited Concrete Matter (Haarlemmerdijk 127), a gift shop for men where I fell in love with this deer.

concrete matterWhen we were back in Haarlem we treated ourselves to some ice cream at tante Saar (Spaarne 42). It actually was my first ice cream of 2014! Can’t believe it has been such a long time since I ate ice cream.. especially since I’m quite of an addict. I even ate strawberry ice cream for breakfast last summer.

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How did you spend your weekend?

Portrait, a concept store in Haarlem

Portrait 1This afternoon I visited a new spot in town; Portrait (Haarlem, raamvest 29a). Portrait is a concept store where you can shop for amazing design items, work or just have a coffee. They are situated in an old building in the city center that once was used as a horse stable. Thanks to a big renovation of the whole building, I have to say, it looks pretty amazing! I had a cappuccino and Rene had a latte macchiato and we shared a brownie together. The coffee was great, too bad they didn’t have latte art (yet?!) and we got some tiny Tony’s chocolates on the side (they scored some serious points with that). Lovely spot to hang out and get some work done. I guess I will be hanging out here a lot, especially since it’s yet another lovely spot just around the corner of our house.

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A Pretty Little Thing Called Life

DSC00021Today is another pretty, feels-like-summer day containing lots of sunlight and deep blue skies. The garden is coming to life and reveals her prettiness, like the flowers above. Can’t be too long before these daffodils (under) will bloom.

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Inside this pretty azalea that I got from my mom is showing off her pretty pink flowers:

DSC00028I had a lovely lunch today featuring bread with some homemade avocado spread, boiled eggs and green onions. Delicious! This weekend I started reading the Book Thief, I want to read it before I’m going to see the movie later this month. I heard a lot of good things about the book on Instagram today so I can’t wait to start reading again later today.

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Weekend scenes

We asked for an early spring but we got an early summer weekend instead! Saturday was the warmest 8 March ever in the Netherlands! Today was even warmer, the temperature climbed to 20 degrees today. If someone had told me last weekend that I would take a barefoot walk on the beach this weekend I would’ve said that they were completely insane. I wore my summer blouse at the beach (no sleeves!). Wow, I’m still amazed how you can go from wearing a sweater, wintercoat and scarf to this amazing beach weather.
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Saturday started with breakfast and this hairy beard man doodle. We had our garden doors open for the first time. After breakfast we went to the saturday market to do some groceries. We worked in the garden for the rest of the afternoon (it needs some serious work!) We had a lovely dinner using some of the groceries from the market and enjoyed some beers. The rest of the evening Rene played a game while I read a book on the couch.

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This morning I read the wonderful weekend issue of Kinfolk in bed while looking at Rene, who was still asleep. We had a bowl of Honey Loops for breakfast and made ourselves some yummy sandwiches for the bike ride we’ve planned. We had a nice bike ride of 40 km in the dunes and stopped at the beach of Noordwijkerhout. We ate our sandwiches while we sat at the beach and enjoyed the warm sun rays.

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Apartment corners – March –

Last december, Rene and I moved to our new apartment in Haarlem. It’s a nice space located at the edge of the city center with a big living room, one bedroom and a garden (which needs some work before spring starts). Since we moved here I’m pretty obsessed with decorating the house. My main source for inspiration is Pinterest, there are so many different spaces on it with such a great decor, I love it! I decided to do a monthly blog post about our apartment featuring some nice corners and new stuff.

Let’s start with the bedroom.

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And off to the living room! This spot on the couch is my favourite, that’s where I’m lying around like a couch potato while reading a book. 

couch Kitty - Inside WandererThese shelves are our newest addition to the apartment. Since some of our walls are made of concrete we were unable to hang them ourselves because we were lacking the right drill to do so. Thanks to Peerby we found someone who had the right drill and he came to our house last week to help us out. Peerby is a website where you can borrow the things you need from people in your neighbourhood. Simple as that but apparently very effective! 

Shelving - Inside Wandererkitty likes the lamps - Inside Wandererapartment cornersAn other new addition are these chairs, we’ve got two of them. Kitty loves to curl up in these.

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Goodbye February, Hello March

February is always such a short month, I don’t think I will ever get used to it. I am very glad we proceed to march and hopefully we’ll get an early spring. I’m craving for some warm sun rays and sit in the garden or at the beach with the company of a good book.

Here are some of my favorite pictures I took last month.

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