zondag 14 december 2014

My Christmas tree is up!

Hi everyone,

Thank you for your kind comments on last weeks post. I enjoyed reading about your Christmas preparations. Unfortunately I haven't been able to pop around your blogs often and next week will be the same, but I hope you won't mind too much. I will be back. Promise :-). There is still so much that I have to do.....

I have been painting the kitchen walls today. I chose white for one wall and light blue for another. It looks really good. My painting skills are definitely improving! Tomorrow the builders will make a start on my new kitchen. Hurray!  It has been a good week, but nevertheless I look forward to cooking and baking again myself. With a bit of luck I can use my oven this Thursday. First thing to bake will be my traditional Christmas Bundt cake

At the end of January my kitchen top will be installed and the walls will be tiled. It took me ages to decide which tiles to choose. In the end I opted for small handmade Spanish tiles in different shades of white and blue. 

There is so much to think about when it comes to major home renovations like this. I hope I made the right decisions. I have always been a decisive person, but I miss my sparing partner very much.

Unfortunately I can't show you many photo's of my home (oh, the mess) :-), but I hope the few that I posted will do for now.

Wishing you a lovely new week! Have fun decorating!


Madelief x

zondag 7 december 2014

Let's get ready for Christmas

The day that Sinterklaas left, my youngest daughter and I fetched the boxes with Christmas ornaments from the loft. Over the years my collection has grown steadily. Name a colour, we have it :-). I thought about bringing part of it to the thrift store, but somehow I can't make myself do it. What if I want a purple three next year, or a fuchsia pink one? 

This year we chose for a white, mint green, baby pink and silver tree. Most ornaments are vintage ones, but there are one or two new ones in between. I wanted to show you how our tree looks like, but you will have to wait until next week. The light was so poor today, that taking photo's proved difficult. Sorry!

Meanwhile the girls and I are camping in our living room. Around us boxes with kitchenware are piled up high. It's luxurious camping thought. I fetched the refrigerator from the allotment complex and we have a microwave. 

Our old kitchen is gone and the walls have to dry before a new kitchen can be placed. It's not as bad as we thought it would be. Have to tell you though that so far we ate with family and friends. We were served the most delicious dishes. I think I may call the kitchen centre to ask if they can postpone our new kitchen for a while....  :-) We are getting quite used to it!

If you haven't decorated you tree yet, have fun!

A Happy week!


Madelief x

zondag 30 november 2014

My crochet flower patch

Two weeks ago I told you a bit about a new crochet project I have started. I hoped to show you the result today, but it is more work than I anticipated. My flower patch needs a bit more time :-)

I enjoy working with the colourful cotton yarn I chose. To me it's the perfect way to bridge the gap between autumn and spring. Not missing the flowers in my garden too much. I chose pinks, oranges, red and yellow, which combine beautifully. It's kind of addictive working on tiny rosebuds, daisies and even some zinnia's and ranunculus.

What I should be doing is to empty the cupboards and drawers in my kitchen, but my crochet work is much more fun! On Wednesday my old kitchen will be removed, to make room for a new one which will be installed the week before Christmas. Hope all goes well. If not I will have to fetch a Chinese or Italian take away for my guests on Christmas day :-) Once the kitchen is finished, I will show you how it looks like. That will probably be somewhere at the beginning of February. Please wish me luck. It will be terribly messy in my house the coming weeks.

Next week I start decorating from Christmas. I hope I can show you some photo's next week.

Happy new week!


Madelief x

* The flower patterns all come from the internet and the book by  Claire Crompton - 200 crochet flowers and embellishments

zondag 23 november 2014

The garden on top of the hill

It was at the beginning of June when I visited Kiftsgate court gardens in Chipping Campden (England) with my friends. I have wanted to visit Kiftsgate for a long time, but somehow it never happened before. I thought Kiftsgate would perhaps be a disappointment, having seen Hidcote which is close by (and absolutely beautiful) two days earlier, but not so. Kiftsgate is different and less grand, but it has lots of charm of it's own. 

The country house and gardens lie on top of a hill, with far reaching views of the surrounding countryside. The garden is part woodland, has some beautiful borders and terraces and even a modern water garden, which I think was out of tune with the rest of the garden and therefore not on my blog :-). You may like it though!

At the time of our visit, the late spring/ early summer borders just started to bloom. I can imagine that later on in the month it would have been quite a spectacle. I was sorry to have missed the famous Kiftsgate rose in all it's floral splendour. The bush was full of tiny buds, bot no flowers yet. 

Just before leaving, my friends and I met a lovely couple. They gave me their email address, but unfortunately I lost it. If you recognise them, will you please let me know? I would love to send them their photo! They both looked absolutely radiant

There is so much more I can tell you, but if I do, this will be a very loooong post. If you are interested, please have a look at the website of Kiftsgate court. You can find all the information that you need there.

Have a lovely week!

Madelief x


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