Cap Gris Nez


D and I went to Cap Gris Nez, France with a couple of friends this Sunday. It was a wonderful day-trip of Northern France with its breath-taking sceneries, seafood platters, war bunkers and grazing animals. I was so delighted to be able to see the White Cliffs of Dover from across the English Channel!

By the end of the trip, I petted a couple of friendly donkeys. One of them even nibbled on my fingers while I was feeding it.



Our backyard is dotted by random clover patches. The typical gardening norm is to spray and kill these with chemicals. Since that is a big no-no for me, I just use a hand held garden fork to remove and reduce the clover patches. This manual activity is surprisingly therapeutic and ensures that the patches do not get out of control. I really do not mind the clover patches in the lawn. Especially when honey bees and butterflies are attracted to the flowers.

Belgium, Events


Today is Dag van de Landbouw (Day of Agriculture). D and I visited a cow farm, a technical school surrounded by an apple orchard, and lastly a hop farm which is also a brewery. After that we went to the city centre of Popperinge for Lekker Westhoeks. That means more eating and drinking…

It was a Sunday filled with enjoyable activities.

Food & Drinks, Health

Grape Juice 3

This afternoon, D and I went to the parents and harvested a whole lot of grapes. I got the biggest pot out, cleansed half the harvest, and boiled the first batch of grapes. I am currently filtering the juice with a cheese cloth and sieve. Pouring this into little jars and placing them in the fridge for now. By tomorrow, I shall have enough grape juice to supply the entire neighbourhood!


Fifteen Years Ago

Fifteen years ago today, I was finishing my graphic design homework and preparing to go to class in the afternoon. Later, I was glued to the television, seeing images that will be stuck in my head forever. After finding out that school is closed for the day and next, I tried calling a friend who lives in Manhattan, but the lines were down. To my relief, J replied my email two days later saying that she is alright.

Fifteen years ago today, I was in the same time zone when the towers fell. Fifteen years ago today, my future shifted.