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Little Moments #9

Week #9: it was such a fun week (in which I finally managed to bring the camera with me outside again) that I ended up with several nice photos. A small summary of the best things: I went to a paper plants workshop in the Snorfabriek in Utrecht (which was super fun!) with sweet Marlou, went for 4 longer walks (above 10 km each), bought my first tulips of the year, went thrift shopping, practised my piano playing with the help of this video and started watching Sherlock on Netflix with Rene, who hadn’t seen it before and then on a sunny Sunday morning we had a nice breakfast in bed. Such a great week! Hoping for more of these kind of weeks especially with the arrival of Spring in mind.

Little Moments #8

Week #8: remember me talking about Spring last week? Well, Spring was far out of sight this week. We had to deal with the worst wind gusts, rainstorms and drizzle- really depressing weather. Then there was one sunny Friday which I spent in Utrecht but totally forgot to bring my camera. So here are some moments that enlightened my week a little besides that lovely Friday. A tartlet with raspberries from the French bakery and this beautiful new travel/culture magazine called Boat that I recently discovered. Reading in bed with a cup of coffee is the only thing I want to do when it rains and storms outside. I finally got myself a nutcracker and I love it! Although it can be quite the challenge to open a walnut without making too much of a mess. Hopefully I will be an expert soon!

Little Moments #7

Week #7: the sun was out and it even felt sort of like Spring (also really love this new print from Fine Little Day). On Tuesday it was Valentine’s Day and we celebrated our love with our favourite tradition: eating a piece of cheesecake together. A new tiny baby joined the plant family, because you never have enough plants!

Little Moments #6

Week #6: I started reading the Goldfinch (that so many people have been recommending to me) and although I only read a little more than 100 pages I’m hooked! On Friday it started snowing a tiny bit but it was more like powdered sugar than actual snow- but then on Saturday morning the powdered sugar turned into big snowflakes. The kind of snow I’ve been waiting for all winter long! We quickly bundled up and went outside for a walk in the park and afterwards drank our coffee outside, because drinking coffee in the snow is the best.

Little Moments #5

Week #5: there were warm croissants and eggs for breakfast. I bought a vintage West-Germany vase and found some lovely craspedia at the local florist to put in the new vase. Also bought a letterpressed card made by People I’ve Loved featuring a quote by William Morris- ‘Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’. 

Little Moments #4

Week #4: It was a busy week in which I mostly worked and hardly got outside of the house (note to self: go out more, even if it’s a busy week!). Luckily there were still a lot of in between breaks with coffee, good food, books and late night serie watching in bed.

Little Moments #3

Week #3: Blue Monday was not so blue for us as we spent our day wandering around in sunny Cologne where we spotted lots of vintage Volkswagen busses and colourful houses. As I’ve mentioned earlier I’m in love with 3191 Miles Apart and their newest book (A Year Between Friends) is a masterpiece to me. Especially loved to read the letters they have send to each other every month. On Sunday we slept in, had a slow breakfast and baked a mini apple pie in this cute ceramic skillet pan my sister gave me for my birthday.

Little Moments #2

Week #2: Some small moments that I really enjoyed this week include getting a lovely postcard in the mail from Marlou (+ confetti!), white flowers and a record collection in our Airbnb apartment in Cologne and looking up while we were standing in a hidden courtyard (can you spot the cacti collection in one of the windowsills?).

 

Little Moments #1

For the past few months I’ve been playing around with the idea of keeping a visual diary. Inspired by the beautiful photos on blogs like 3191 miles apart and Babes In Boyland, which capture simple moments in the most perfect way, I decided to start off the new year by keeping a visual diary. I’m giving myself the challenge to take three pictures (with a decent camera, no iPhone cheating) every week of moments that describe the past week and also have a similar theme.

Week #1: There have been a lot of dark and gloomy days around here for the last couple of weeks but this week the sun came back, casting beautiful shadows around the house.

A Sunday In Amsterdam

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Sunday was the perfect Indian Summer day. As last week was pretty cold and we had to turn on the heating again, I pulled all my chunky warm sweaters out of the closet. I’m the kind of person that is always cold so I love to dress up as warm as I can. Yesterday however, the sun came out and the temperature was suddenly hitting the 18 degrees. It was the perfect weather for a long walk outside so we decided to take the train to Amsterdam and walk along the canals. The trees along the canals are slowly changing colours and you can already spot some beautiful tints of yellow, orange, brown and even red.
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The light was gorgeous, the sun at a low angle creating these beautiful long shadows. I love to walk down these narrow streets full with parked bikes. It is this time of the year that Amsterdam is looking it’s prettiest. number-27urban-garden

Urban gardens are found on almost every corner and I always have to stop and look at them. egelantiersgrachtcat-egelantiersgracht

The Egelantiersgracht and Bloemgracht are two of my favourite canals in Amsterdam. They are smaller than the big ones, less touristy and so pretty. Spotted this cat at the Egelangtiersgracht enjoying himself while observing the life around him.life-on-the-canalsmonks-coffee-roasters

We walked all the way to Amsterdam West where we stumbled upon a fairly new coffee spot called Monks Coffee Roasters. We drank a cappuccino, shared a piece of caramel shortbread and flipped through some books that were lying around. The interior at Monks is industrial but cozy. The owner happened to be Australian and very friendly and the coffee was really good so go visit if you’re in the neighbourhood! (Bilderdijkstraat 46)cart-monks-coffee-roasters