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When walking down the main street in the small village of Vlieland, I encountered all kinds of sweet details. Windowsills, doors and museum birds and powders. I brought along my Pentax and an expired film. I am in love with the colors in these photos, which I have in no way edited, the pleasure of film experiments. I have another piece of expired film with {hopefully} photos of the sea and dunes of Vlieland, but it has yet to be developed. Can't wait!

November

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Boy do the months fly by or what? I seem to begin all the monthly posts like this. It's December, the last month of the year, how did we get here? November was a beautiful month with warm days still, and beautiful sunsets.

Darker days are now officially here, and a cold wind travels through the Netherlands. The cats have taken almost permanent residence on the heater while softly snoring. I've indulged myself in the warmest winter coat and 'wintervacht' gloves (made from an old wool blanket). Slowly my thoughts have began turning towards Christmas and decorating the house. I'm looking forward to it.

Last weekend I took a little trip on my own, to the beautiful Dutch island 'Vlieland'. I met up with a group of people to practice mindfulness and meditation. Meanwhile the island called for me and I walked among the sea and dunes. I even got to marvel at a seal family that recently had a perfectly white seal baby on land. It was cold and my fingers were frozen, but it was also perfect and a lot, and I miss it. I miss the big wide open and the calm. Especially when I was at home again and our neighbors started their noise pollution again, very disturbing. I want to make December a month of me-time, pampering and cherishing. May I begin the new year fully loaded :).

Cats, my friends

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Ik heb vandaag een hoop poezen ontmoet. Ik heb voor ze gezorgd en hun vachtjes gekriebeld. Met ze gekletst en me zorgen gemaakt. Sommigen wilden heel hard heen en weer rennen, eventjes een gevoel van vrijheid misschien. Anderen kwamen op schoot liggen en konden niet hard genoeg spinnen. Poezen die niet welkom meer waren. Dat het bestaat. Toen ik thuis kwam begreep onze Moos er niks van, al die vreemde poezenluchtjes. Ik geniet vanavond extra van ons eigen poezengeluk, en hoop dat de a(siel)zieltjes snel langdurige liefde mogen ontvangen.

Och... hadden we maar een landhuis of boerderij.

October

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Some moments I'd like to share. The past month has been like usual. Cats, plants, thrifting, home improvements.... I've seen a lot of my little niece Eva which was a pure joy, she's becoming quite a character. I've been working on my health and making a plan for taking baby steps in reducing my medication. We had beautiful weather up until now! I've collected big woolly scarfs and coats though, I'm ready for the cold.

September

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September has come and gone, I think time might be going a bit too fast! Some things I liked last month: Finding new cute plants, fitting new cute pants, discovering our home in Flair magazine while at the grocery store (I didn't know when the article would come out), visiting the Snor Festival and greeting/meeting all the lovely people there (and buying stuff, instant happiness), beautiful mailbox presents like the garland in the last photo from Ruth Hengeveld, the beginning of Autumn, nature's presents and the mild weather, watching and reading my new addiction Outlander (swoon), getting an organic fruit and vegetable subscription, discovering new recipes and making little improvements in our ever changing home. Hello October!

Couch Magazine

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In June I received this lovely magazine in our mailbox. Couch Magazine, and our humble abode was in it! Complete with interview, a little ground plan, styling rules and a page about how to 'copy' my style, so cool ;)! Here are some wonderful lines from the article:

'Not much room? Look at this! Nikki shares her space with her fiancee, three cats, a canary and a good amount of bric-a-brac.'

'Playful: a big heart for odds and ends.'

'My style is inspired by fairy tales and nature. I love it when a piece of furniture or accessory is so silly that no one dares to look at it.'

'I love to combine opposites: rough furniture with dainty china, dark earthy colors with sweet pastels. Everything is allowed as long as you love it!'

Meanwhile many things have changed in our home and I'm collecting color samples for a new project!