I just started a new job and I wanted us all in the group that had started in the same time to feel that appreciated after the first week of training. And as I love to bake I made a Red Velvet cake for the first time ever and it was a success. My kitchen on the other hand was not a success as it looked like i killed someone in there. My god what a mess.
This cake was amazing and this weekend I went to the baking store for more supplies and today its lazy Sunday so I though i would make some cup cakes just because its fun.
Its Thursday again and one of my favorites days as I get to participate in Norms Thursday door challange and this week I have a blend of old doors for you from the East Indian trading company located in Hoorn, Netherlands. This is history when it is the best.Enjoy.
These are their warehouses locate din town. 1606 is the year on these buildings.
The buildings here below are the east Indian company warehouses down in the inner harbor. So many small icons, decorations and signs on the house. Notice how many small doors all over the fasade. One is from 1606 and one house from 1618.
This is just a normal Wednesday to me. On the waterways again. 🙂
Whats getting closer? SUMMER!! yes that’s right baby, we are not alone out there anymore, there are other weird( read passionate) people that like to freeze their butts off and we like it, welcome summer, you getting closer 🙂
The Dutch landscape is flat, flat and again flat. I get amazed every time I go through these tiny canals in the middle of the fields, and this early morning gliding through the flat landscape and only us and the cows awake.
In the boat world you meet a lot of different people and I love that. people you never would talk to otherwise you hang around with and have the same interest, boats.
You have the stressed vacation sailor, the old couple that been out for decades, the young boys and girls with loud music and the rentals….. Yesterday was no exception when we met a German couple that were adorable. My German is crap and my understanding is so and so and their English was the same as my German, so a mix of German, English , Dutch and the body language we had a nice chat and a coffee. 🙂
After that we left the harbor and tied up outside one old classic boat called a Skutsje. Two gentlemen form the little club was very friendly and invited us in and we sat down for a while and got some history about the boat and how the life was on board 100 years ago when a family live there with as much as 10 children! these were old school bulk carrier for inland water use and especially canals ways and shallow waters. It was like a tiny cabin and one of the cutest boats I ever seen inside. There are 14 clubs that owns one each of these and every year they have a big sailing competition where they sail from town to town.
We said many times that its always fun to make your own things and not have to go and buy things all the time. This is not just cost saving but also loads of fun and you learn instead of relying on some shop or other person all the time.For weeks I have been looking for Dutch blue tiles for making my own trivets as I had some old ugly once with a fish on that I always did not like but they were handy many times. Today I went into a flea market and found some tiles for only 2 euros each! I bought the set of 6 and made my own trivets with a nautical theme of course. I think they came out pretty nice, don’t you? 🙂
When out on the water I often see all these different clouds. This was just the other day and this is pictures 360 around me. Lovely clouds and such a different sky. It was a crazy mix.
There are canal ways like no other where in the world in The Netherlands. We are discovering new ways every time. We are going to explore Friesland for a while now. Friesland is a province in the north of the Netherlands with Leeuwarden as capital. It wa s a lovely summer day today and so warm and nice, the very first real summer day of the year. Jackets are off! 🙂