zondag 16 november 2014

A new crochet project

In my last post I told you I was working on a new crochet project. The colours of the Zinnia's and Dahlia's in my garden and an old painting I found in the thrift store, inspired me to pick up my crochet needle once again. I hope my little project turns out the way I imagine. If not, I am not going to show you ;-)

The little fluted domes you can see on some of the photo's are called 'Cannelés Bordelais'. They are delicious French fancies, made of a sort of pancake like batter. They are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside and totally addictive. I am still working on the perfect shape, so forgive me if they look a bit wobbly.

I received some happy mail this week: the Christmas edition of Victorian Homes magazine with twelve pages of my photo's inside. I am so proud. I added a photo of one of the pages below, so you get an idea how it looks like. The Victorian Homes magazine is available at Barns and Noble and select book stores in the USA. I am not sure if you can buy it in other parts of the world. Sorry!

Thank you once again for leaving comments on my blog. I read them all and appreciate them very much.  I am not always able to visit your blog, but I do try. Sorry, if I haven't popped over lately.

Wishing you a lovely week!

Madelief x 

* I added two photo's of my home town, Rotterdam. The most beautiful and inspiring town there is.


zondag 9 november 2014

Ready for winter

Lucky me to for having no appointments today. With a blue sky, mild temperatures and bright sunlight, it was the perfect weather for working in the garden. I still had to plant the tulip and alium bulbs, and that's exactly what I did. Because I am not the sort of person to plant neat rows of tulips in the same colour, I tossed the ones that I had into a basket and put them in the ground at random. Let's hope they will give me a pretty tulip field next spring. It will definitely be a surprise!

Cutting of the water supply turned out easier than I thought it would be. One of my colleagues told me how to do it and within five minutes all the pipes and the toilet were drained. The garden and the little house are now ready for frosty nights.

Before going home I picked all the flowers I could find: some dahlia's, roses, chrysanthemums and zinnia's. It will be a long wait until spring, but I look forward to spend some time indoors, baking and cooking and visiting museums and concerts. I even picked up my crochet needle after a year to start a new project and finish an old one.

Wishing you all a good week!


Madelief x

woensdag 5 november 2014

Tea anyone?

It may be that you see this post for the 2nd time. I posted it last Sunday, but somehow it did not appear in my time line. Don't really know what happened. Apologies and thank you to the sweet ladies who left a comment and to those of you who already had a look.

Before I start this post, I have to tell you that I am not that much into advertising on my blog. With a job and a busy private life, I don't like to have too much obligations.

However, when Golden Tips tea from India asked me to taste their tea, it did not take me long to decide. Being a huge tea lover. I prefer to drink my tea with milk. Or as they say in The Netherlands, the English way :-)  Ever since my early teens I have had a passion for tea. You can imagine my excitement when Golden Tips sent me an email.

The tea arrived in a sealed box. As I am not that much of a green tea or Chai tea lover, I was sent several varieties of Assam and Darjeeling. The tea came from different estates in India. I enjoyed reading the details on the packing, like the date the tea was picked, first flushes or second flushes, sort of blends, the grades and speciality. It made the tea come alive. The teas have names like: Mankota Exotic Assam, Goomtee Darjeeling Arya Ruby Darjeeling Castleton Moonlight. How romantic can tea drinking be :-)

I was really curious to see whether I would taste the difference between the tea I normally drink and Golden Tips tea. I could not have imagined the difference being so great. The taste of the Golden Tips tea is so much better!  Some blends have a fruity flavour, while others have a distinct nutty taste. The words that describe the way I experienced the tea best are 'delicate' and 'aromatic'.

I can very much recommend them to you. For more information about the tea, please have a look at the website of Golden Tips. You can order the tea online.

I added a few old and new vintage teacup finds to this post. Hoping you would like it.

Wishing you a Happy week!


Madelief x 

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