the sense of never being at home anywhere is very real Reading this great article helped me understand why we struggle every day to fit in and reconnect with people. We are not at home in our own country and long for being back 'home'. Yes we talk weird, we don't have an accent but use the wrong words and basically many times translate from [...]

remodelling, not renovation

By the end of July we realised we were not doing a house renovation. According to the experts renovation means to do the cosmetic touching up without making any changes to the underlying structure. We were REMODELLING the house! Demolishing walls, rerouting the piping system, changing the entire floor and structure, is not renovating, is so [...]

It’s happening

It’s happening again. Right outside my front door, under a thin layer of leftover snow, the snowdrops are pushing their way up into the sunlight. The sunny places in the garden are thawed and messy, the roofs are dripping. Some stems of daffodils push upward through the earth.   Allium fortis et liber A brave allium got a head start. I strolled [...]


Legend has it that the amaryllis began as a shy, timid nymph. Amaryllis fell deeply in love with Alteo, a shepherd with Hercules' strength and Apollo's beauty, but her affections were unrequited. Hoping that she could win him over by bestowing upon him the thing he desired most - a flower so unique it had [...]