Sunday, August 18, 2013

Medieval Fair and a Castle

Castle Horst in Holsbeek (near Louvain), Belgium, "home" of the comic book character "The Red Knight".

The name Horst was first mentioned in 1263 when Jan van Thunen settled here and called himself Jan van Horst. In 1488/89 the castle was burnt down by the people of Louvain during the war against Maximilian of Austria. Around 1490 the castle was rebuilt by Lodewijk Pynnock. The last owner who actually lived here was Maria-Anna van den Tympel who inherited the castle in 1630. In 1987 a group of people started an organisation to maintain the history of the medieval castle and called themselves the knights of Sir Pynnock.

Each year, the knights of Sir Pynnock are having a tournament and a medieval fair at the Castle

This year there was a fire show

And some Bards were singing

A demonstration of the Spinning Wheel

And some Big Birds

And of course the Knights of Sir Pynnock were fighting

And that's how we roll in the shire how we spend summer!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Happy Belgium Day

Today is Belgium's National Holiday and today we get a new King. So here's a video on Belgium - enjoy!

Saturday, May 25, 2013


Is this the real life? Or is this just fantasy?! My design 'On The Road Again' is featured by RedBubble on the Father's Day promotion page. I don't know what is happening but it's awesome!

In case you like it : the design is availabe as a photographic print and on t-shirts, iPhone and iPad skins and cases and as a sticker. I captured this picture on a parkinglot in France a few years ago, added some textures and used GIMP to create the design.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tomato and Garlic Curtains

 If you know me, you know how much I love my homegrown tomatoes. A while ago, I have designed some  FABRIC with a picture of my tomatoes.  Now Deborah has made an awesome curtain with  this fabric combined with her ‘Garlic Star’ and a piece of honeybee ribbon trim designed by Laura Foster Nicholson.
It's really fun to see some of my work in use like this, thank you so much Deborah for these pictures!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

About Gardening

I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation.  It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green.

- Nathaniel Hawthorne -

Mosses from an Old Manse

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Heirloom Tomatoes

Spring is playing hide and seek this year, feels more like February but it's definitly April so that means tomato-sowing-time. It will be hard to find a spot for all of these but I can never resist when someone offers me a new variety, so this is this year's list so far :

Cherokee Purple
Cherokee Chocolate
Pol Robeson
Summer Cider Apricot
Indigo Rose
Siberian Superior
Brandywine OTV
Giant Belgium
Banana Cream
Rutgers New Jersey
Japanese Black Trifele
White Currant
Ananas Noir
Cowlick's Brandywine
Everett's Rusky Oxheart
Gildo Pietroboni

and still waiting for some seeds to arrive...
To many plants as allways but I just love growing tomatoes.  Even looking at them makes me happy! So here's for all tomato-lovers out there : some fabric I designed  from a photograph of last year's harvest

fabric available at spoonflower

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dark Sky

When one day it's 15°C/59°F and the next it's 33°C/91°C this is what you get :

I am so happy the leak in the kitchen roof was fixed yesterday!

There will be storms all night and tomorrow will be about 20°C/68°F again which is much better when you have to sleep in a house without air conditioning. I'm getting so tired of this extreme weather changes, even the plants in the garden look stressed.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Wonderful Weeds 1 : Fireweed

The rains came back with wind and thunderstorms.  Everything started to grow like crazy, including the weeds and I'm thinking of writing a book about weeds.  But a book take's time, so in the mean while I'll do a series of 'wonderful weeds' on this blog.

The first one : FIREWEED (Epilobium angustifolium or Chamerion angustifolium), also called great willowherb or rosebay willowherb and the dutch name is 'wilgenroosje' which means little willow-rose, because the leaves look like willow leaves.

It grows espescially on places where there's been a fire, hence the name fireweed. The young leaves are edible (raw, cooked or as a tea).

This cute one is very interested ...

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Crazy Amounts of Snow

Never ever in my lifetime did we have this amount of snow and we do not yet see the end of it. Good thing is it happened during Christmas holidays. My car is not prepared for these streets (there's no more salt left so the streets are very slippery). On top of that both of my children have the flue...

Somewhere underneath this whiteness are the stairs to our front door!

Now where is my ball?

Since when do we have a mountain in front of the garden shed?