Book 1: Lost and Found

 Well, the first book of 2016 is a fact!
And it was one that put a smile on my face, and made me think.

Brooke Davis’ debut: Lost and Found is the story of Millie Bird who travels all across Australia looking for her mum, who left her behind in a department store after the death of her husband.

On her somewhat surrealistic roadtrip, Millie is accompanied by her elderly neighbour Agatha and Karl the typist, each of them struggling with the loss of their loved ones and with life itself.

The story of their journey is told from the perspective of Millie, and of her two elderly companions.
I took this book along from the library, mainly because I fell for the cover, and the brief description on it. I had no idea there was a complete website behind the book (which is where I found this little film too).
If you are looking for a book that will put a (sometimes sad) smile on your face,and will keep you reading, here is one.
What’s the first book you’re reading this year?

New years resolutions

A new year, time for some resolutions!

What is it with January that it makes one want to start all over, do things differently…and better?

While I write this post, my two youngest kids are cleaning out their bedrooms, spontaneously and all by themselves. Must be those January vibes, because this is so unique!

I sit quietly, afraid of spoiling the magic, thoroughly enjoying the sight of those little kids walking through the house with the vacuumcleaner, and a smile on their faces.

A clean slate, a fresh start……….. So, why don’t I share some of my resolutions with you?

In 2016, I want to:

  • Reduce the amount of plastic used in our household. I’ll try to keep you posted on my successes and failures. Any suggestions on how to go about are welcome!
  • Craft more. It is hard to find the time in between work, kids and household, but it’s such a necesary thing for me to do. I just feel better when the creativity is flowing. So why are my crafty moments always on the bottom of my to do list?
  • Read more. More even than crafting, reading is a life necessity. I can’t be happier than when I’m lost in a book. To keep me reading, I will keep track on this blog of the books I’ve read. I’d appreciate it if you’d share the most beautiful and inspiring books you’ve read in the comments below to give me some reading inspiration.
  • Blog more frequently.
  • Take further steps to reduce our ecological footstep and live a greener life.
  • Discover new recipes

And in 2016, I will go to bed on time, keep up with the laundry, be a patient mom, start running again, spend more time with the kids, read them all those nice childrens books that are still waiting for them, participate in their school activities, sew their carnaval costumes, plan their birthday parties on time, and cook them wholesome meals they’ll eat with a smile……………Ok, wait….let’s not set the aims too high, let’s go with the flow, see how we roll?

Either way, let’s have fun in 2016!

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What are your resolutions?

 

Cherry blossom

The big advantage of living in an old town? There’s always so much beauty around…. however when you’re busy doing the day to day things it’s easy to rush by all those pretty sights.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA When I cycled by the Museum of Ethnography, I decided to stop rushing and take a break to admire the blooming cherry blossom, and the works of art in the garden.  It was peaceful and quiet and I  saw two elderly ladies sitting in their chairs beneath the blossoming trees: watching Jimmy Nelsons portraits and just chatting the day away.

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I wish I had their peace of mind to just sit. watch and wonder.

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Het voordeel van wonen in een oud stadje? er is altijd wel iets moois te zien. Alleen zijn we vaak te druk om er nog bij stil te staan. 

Vanochtend reed ik voorbij Museum Volkenkunde en besloot om zomaar, even maar, van mijn fiets te stappen en te genieten van de kersenbloesem die in bloei stond.  Onder de bomen zaten twee oudere vrouwen, te praten en te kijken naar de portretten van Jimmy Nelson.

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Soms zou ik ook zo graag die rust hebben om gewoon te zitten, te kijken en te mijmeren…..

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