Thursday, July 30, 2015


Summer has arrived and it is hot !! We have a heatwave with temperatures from above 40 degrees C in the shade! Sparta is boiling! Oh, how much I would love the be at the sea these days. 

To be able to take a swim, to feel a cool breeze, to hear the waves in the evening. The only air I feel is from the fan in the basement or the airco in the living room. I made some sea/beach blocks for the Greek QAL. That keeps me in the spirit and inside !!!

I had to go to Athens to renew my passport. Well, I was so happy to be back in Sparta, because at least, because Sparta is situated between mountains, it cools down in the night. Athens is a nightmare! It stays hot and if you don't have airco in the bedroom, you can't sleep. It is supposed to cool down after Sunday, so I just need a little more patience.

I made a beach bag for a friend. Thinking to make a few more, They are very practical and I have some nice bright coloured fabrics to use. I am very busy, though. Making a quilt for a double bed, a plaid for a couch, and some cushions.  This bag with the tablet cover went to a young girl, she loves purple.

I finished my two cups of coffee, to wake me up, so time to start working on the big quilt.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

My trip to Holland

About a month ago I went to Holland to see friends and family. Except from a visit to my brother and his family in Wagenberg, a small village close to Breda, I stayed in Ouderkerk a/d Amstel, a lovely place near Amsterdam. I love Amsterdam and this time I realized how green the city is.

There are lots of parks, small plots with shrubs and flowers, streets lined with beautiful trees. 

Above pictures are taken in the Rivierenbuurt in Amsterdam. 

With my friends I visited the EYE, the film museum, located on the river IJ. It is a beautiful building with a great terrace. We were there on one of the few sunny days I had during my stay! Below the interior and the fantastic view from there.

One of the things we need everywhere in the Netherlands is.....bicycle parking !

On another day I went to the Spaarndammerbuurt. One of my friends treated me on a lovely architecture excursion, visiting Amsterdamse School projects. But ...another blog about that !