Sunday, 30 June 2013

Quote: Vincent van Gogh

The way to know life is to love many things.

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch painter, 1853-1890)

Friday, 28 June 2013

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

A visit to the botanical garden, part I

Last Saturday, my mother and I visited a beautiful botanical garden, located in Lelystad. Lelystad and the town I live in are built on new land, land that was conquered from the sea almost 40 years ago. Most of this new land Flevoland is polder. That means open spaces and lots of wind. You would not expect a botanical garden in a place like this, but there is one, and a very beautiful one. The owner started over 20 years ago with his vision, and he created a little paradise here.
We had a tour of the garden and it was beautiful, despite the rain.
The botanical garden (where you can also have tea) is called 'The wind in the willows' and more information (in Dutch) can be found here.
Here are some of the photographs I made, more will follow coming Friday.



Sunday, 23 June 2013

Quote: Anton Chekov

Any idiot can face a crisis, -it is day to day living that wears you out.

Anton Chekov (Russian writer, 1890-1904_

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Places to read

I love reading, and sometimes I see these amazing places to read, lovely reading spots. I am very happy with my own settee, but don't you just love these readingspots?
This is usually the kind of reading spot we have, a favorite chair, surrounded by bookcases.
But some have reading spots that are even more inspiring and amazing. Photosource here
I just love this view, with a view like this, I honestly would not get any reading done!

Very tranquil and comfortable. Absolutely lovely

High bookcases, comfortable pillows and a beautiful window with a tree outside, what more would you want?

I can totally imagine having this amazing place to read, with a beautiful window, looking over de rooftops of the city.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Quote: Meister Eckhart

God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk

Meister Eckhart (Theologist and philisopher 1260-1328)

Friday, 14 June 2013

What greater gift than the love of a cat, part 2

Actors are not the only ones who are inspired by their cats, authors also love cats and happily have their picture taken with their furry friends.
Barbara Pym with cat.

Gore Vidal with cat

Ruth Rendell with her cat Photosource

Jean Paul Satre Photosource

Ernest Hemingway with one of his cats

And another photo of Hemingway and one of his many cats Photosource
Suddenly, he looks kind of lost without the cat, and vulnerable in a way I never thought Hemingway could be.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

What greater gift than the love of a cat

When I was little, we had cats, and when I moved out, the first thing I wanted was a cat. First, I had Floortje, a fierce cat, but devoted to me and very lovely. She died and now I have two cats, Corrado and Silvia. They come from a shelter and I had to take both of them, because they love eachother. I gave them the names of two characters from the Italian series  La Piovra; (The octopus) Corrado Cattani (played by Michele Placido) and Judge Silvia Conti.
My cats are amazing. I absolutely love them and they get away with murder!
The title of this blogpost is a quote by Charles Dickens by the way.
Silvia (l) and Corrado (r)
I am not the only one who loves cats, a lot of famous people also adore cats and are photographed with them.

Nicole Kidman with cat. Photosource

Steve McQueen, the King of Cool being even cooler with a cat in his arms. Photosource

Marilyn Monroe with a white cat. Photosource

Gorgeous Audrey Hepburn with an equally gorgeous cat. Photosource

Sean Connory, license to purr. Photosource

James Dean and his Siamese. Photosource
Marlon Brando with his cat. Photosource

Jane Fonda even did yoga with her cats. Photosource

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Agatha Christie

One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.

Agatha Christie (British author 1890-1976)

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Not just a house, but a home

It is quite easy to live in a house and never think about the furniture or the things that you have to make your house look beautiful and look like you. We all want to live in a house that is comfortable and that gives us what we need.
For me, there are three things important in a house; plants, books, and light. When I have these things, my house stops becoming just my house, it becomes my home.

Plants make youre house more beautiful and more alive, more lived in.  Green plants or plants with flowers, I like them all. Because I have no window sills, I do not have as many plants as I would like, but I am thinking about ways to have more plants in my house.
Not all of us have a garden or a greenhouse, some of us must do things a litte simpler. Although I do love a greenhouse like this, it makes me want to dig into the earth immediately.
Photosource here

I just love these shelves with the little potplants. Ony difficulty with these small pots is you have to water them almost every day.
But it looks absolutely amazing.
This room divider is a clever way of stacking some books together, and putting several plants on top.

I know it is oldfashioned, perhaps, but I can't help it. I love this room and I would live in it very happily.
Photosource here

Oke, this is a bit too much, perhaps, but still good fun and somehow, despite how much is going on, there is still an air of tranquility in this room. Photosource here
But light also plays a huge part in a good house or room. A certain kind of light can make or break a room, and can completely transform it.
Imagine waking up in a bedroom like this, with windows like these and light like this.
Photosource here

I love the cleanness of this room and how the light makes it warm, instead of cold. Very beautiful.

A round window, gorgeous.

Again a very white room, but the light makes it cosy and warm. I love this.
Photosource here 

And books, of course, no room in my mind is complete without books. Yes, not just a house has to have books, but ideally, every room needs to have books. I have books in all my rooms, except the bathroom of course.
Love these high bookcases.

Beautiful light and bookscases, (and a little plant on the table, what more do I want?)

Amazing place to sit and read and enjoy your books.
photosource here
The other photos are from tumblr and flickr.
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