Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Like a Virgin

A month ago we (finally) left for our honeymoon, to the Green Island (Sao Miguel, Azores). It was my first „island holiday”: I arrived like an island virgin & left like an island lover. The wonderful landscapes, the total absence of city life (no shopping to do, no m’as-tu-vu spots) and laid-back lifestyle (which I suppose is typical of small islands, far away from hectic mainland life) made this vacation one of the best summer breaks ever. Still this doesn't mean that Le Hubby and I have been lazy bones. On a scooter we explored the island, to enjoy the wonders of nature it has to offer. 

One week away from the mainland felt great and I came back reloaded, ready to do some city tripping (Paris and Lille) before going back to work mid-August. 

Santa Barbara Beach, Baby. Splendid surfing spot.

Lagoa de Fogo, having our heads in the clouds. Literally.

Gorreana Tea Plantation, the one and only in Europe so far.

P.S. The sun sets a little earlier every day now, time to start to get ready for fall. 

Monday, 24 July 2017


Let's go swimming in the pool, in Brussels' one and only outdoor pool for example. More info: http://www.pooliscool.org

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Belgium's got talent

The "oldest fine leather goods house in the world since 1829" (i.e. Delvaux) proves that indeed, Belgium's got talent. 

Shopping window Delvaux store
Brussels (Galerie de la Reine)

Thursday, 6 July 2017


They have to stand in the corner, the bar, the "hurricane plant" and the new lantern. Not because of misbehaviour. On the opposite, they are doing well, being all nice together. Maybe I should be standing in the corner because the "Monstera Deliciosa" (i.e. the plant) ... Well, let's say I did not treat it properly: too much water, too much sunlight, no support to make it grow upwards and now it's almost dying. Actually I had to put it in a dark corner of the living room in a desperate attempt to save it from losing more leaves or worse ... from dying. The rescue resulted in the cosy corner you see below.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Tis still the Season

Christmas Eve was cozy, Christmas Day was great and second Christmas Day was lazy. After three days of merriness one would think we're done with it, with celebrations, dinners and merry decorations. One would think, indeed because in fact the holiday season is not over yet. It's vacation and the Christmas lights and other decorations make our home the perfect staycation location.

It's the perfect time to enjoy the gifts that we have received so far, to sit back and relax and also the time is right to get into some serious decluttering. (Which is kind of hard for people like me suffering from collector's mania.) However if I get to the phase of throwing away things you'll definitely hear about it. You see, to me decluttering basically means replacing stuff and reorganizing closets.

P.S. Happy Holidays, once again.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Tis the season, and other (Christmas) clichés

Wauw, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I guess we can all agree that it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Moreover tis the season to be joly and the season that jingle bells rock. Obviously, like so many others, I am dreaming of a white Christmas … Not to mention my biggest Christmas wish: joy to the world and peace on earth. 

I could go on like this for some time but I guess you get it: tis the season to talk clichés. It’s that time of the year (described as the most wonderful for a reason) when everything looks just fine, warm, cozy and joyful. And I have to admit that I like it. A lot. It’s nice to see that we all seem to find some distraction from the misery that is going on in this world. (Check Facebook and see how many „friends” post their beloved decorated trees and other Christmassy affairs.) FYI: this doesn’t mean that nobody thinks about the unlucky ones in this world. After all isn’t the end of the year the time that people become (somewhat) generous and donate to charity more than during the rest of the year?

Christmas plants may be a better description for our „trees”, right?
Okay, enough with the moral lessons. Back to the good things in my world, to all that Christmas stuff like for example the trees. This year I decided (Le Fiancé doesn’t have a say in this matter, I have to admit) that two decorated pines would enchant our living room. Tiny ones as a tiny home simply calls for tiny trees.