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Welcome to the new, and improved version of Heaven in Belgium. I am Jientje. "Jientje", like the boys name Gene, followed by "chu"? "Gene-chu", that's how you pronounce my name. Yes!!!!That's it!! So now you know huh? I am an addicted blogger. I was born and raised and am still living in Belgium. Yeah, the "this-is- Tuesday-so-this-must-be-Brussels" kind of Belgium .. There, you see? Maybe you couldn't find it on the map, but at least I'm trying to change that a little by sharing lots of pictures. I really love to cook and create new things, like this blog for instance. I am a mother, not a grandmother,I don't know if I'll ever be, but I'll let you know in due time! Oh and um ... I am a wife too! They say I'm a traveler, and a photographer. Well that's just what they say, I love to make pictures, but I am far from professional ... If my English is not perfect, that would be because it's my second language. I do hope you'll forgive me any possible misspellings or strange vocabulary ... Now, as a result of all of the above, I get way too little sleep and my days are always much too short!

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Monday, May 31, 2010

Macro Monday, Changing Colors

 

 

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Each year in Spring I look forward to see my Rhododendron burst out in blooms.
It’s always fascinating to see how the colors of the flowers evolve …

 

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… from dark fuchsia pink

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to bright pink …

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… fading into a more creamier pink

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cream with a pink blush

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to cream

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and cream with little brown spots on it. It will be sad to see them wither.

 

Macro Monday is hosted by Lisa at Lisa’s Chaos.

Visit my other blog, Heavenin365 for a photo a day with the Canon D40.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Weekly Winners, People

 

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I know Weekly Winners is supposed to be about your favorite photos of the past WEEK, but I’m cheating! For this week’s edition of Weekly Winners I am publishing some of my favorite “people” photos I took in the month of May.
I like to keep my posts themed, so please forgive me!

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I have enjoyed pointing my camera in people’s faces on various occasions this month.

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My lovely daughter, to begin with …

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The actors at Bokrijk Museum Park ...

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At the costumed event in Hingene …

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and a day at the beach …

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No. This last one is not proof people still wear wooden shoes over here. But he did!

 

More Weekly Winners at I am Lotus.

Visit my other blog, Heavenin365 for a photo a day with the Canon D40.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Weekend Reflections, Monsieur le Marquis

 

One of the actors at the costumed event in Hingene last week. The reflection in the mirror looks as if his twin brother is in the next room!

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Weekend Reflections is hosted by James at Newton Area Photo.

"Weekend Reflections" rules are simple:
1) Post a photograph taken by you that contains a visual refection.
2) Add your name, country and link to MckLinky
3) Be sure that your link goes directly to your Weekend Reflections post.
4) Link Weekend Reflections to your post so others will know where to go if they want to join
5) Comment on other Weekend Reflections participant’s blogs.

Visit my other blog, Heavenin365 for a photo a day with the Canon D40.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday’s Fave Five, Nice Weather, Good Company and Excellent Food …

 

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The title says it all! It was a lovely, mostly sunny week filled with very nice activities, good food and good company. What more could I want?

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1. On Saturday we attended the eel festival in Mariekerke. We found a nice little restaurant where we could eat baked eel and it was delicious. The best baked eel I ever had! After that we visited an event in Hingene, a neighboring village. The costumed actors around and inside the castle setting were a photographer’s delight!
2. The next day was spent in my friend Annie’s kitchen. We both love to cook and we tried some challenging new recipes. We were joined by our husbands later that evening so the four of us could enjoy this lovely meal together.  
3. While I was cooking my hubby installed a new tap in my own kitchen. The next day I rearranged some of the stuff in my kitchen and I love how I seem to have a lot more working space on my kitchen counter now.
4. Tuesday was our wedding anniversary. My poor hubby had to work but we were still able to have a glass of champagne and a mini celebration later in the evening.
5. On Wednesday I prepared lunch for my friend Nana. It had been some time since I last saw her so we had quite a bit of catching up to do. The weather did not really cooperate, so we were stuck inside, but that did not bother us too much. We had a lovely afternoon together.

 

As you can see, I had a lovely week.
Friday’s Fave Five is hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.

Visit my other blog, Heavenin365 for a photo a day with the Canon D40.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Window Views, Inside and Outside

 

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The window of an old farmhouse at Bokrijk Museum Park,

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and the view from inside the house.

Window Views is hosted by Mary the Teach.
Visit my other blog, Heavenin365 for a photo a day with the Canon D40.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ruby Tuesday, The Bakery

 

 

This tiny little house is a bakery at Bokrijk Museum park.

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Let’s have a little peek inside, shall we?

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Ruby Tuesday is hosted by Mary the Teach at Work of the Poet.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Macro Monday, Dandelions

 

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Now I know you would not want them in your lawn, but they’re fun to photograph!

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Macro Monday is hosted by Lisa at Lisa’s Chaos.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Weekly Winners, Childhood Memories

 

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This peaceful scenery is an unspoiled childhood memory. This is exactly what I saw when my grandmother took me to church on Sundays. It’s a place I love dearly.

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Weekly Winners is hosted by Lotus at I am Lotus.

Visit my other blog, Heavenin365 for a photo a day with the Canon D40.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Weekend Reflections, At The Little Pond

 

Another reflection from Bokrijk Museum Park. Too bad it was such a grey day, I would have loved to have some blue sky reflected in there as well. Ahhh well, at least the sun is shining today! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Weekend Reflections is hosted by James at Newton Area Photo.

"Weekend Reflections" rules are simple:
1) Post a photograph taken by you that contains a visual refection.
2) Add your name, country and link to MckLinky
3) Be sure that your link goes directly to your Weekend Reflections post.
4) Link Weekend Reflections to your post so others will know where to go if they want to join
5) Comment on other Weekend Reflections participant’s blogs.

 

Visit my other blog, Heavenin365 for a photo a day with the Canon D40.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday’s Fave Five, The Sun is Shining Again!

 

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Because of a lovely day out with my husband I skipped last week’s Fave Five, so I thought it would be nice to do a review of the last two weeks today.

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1. I had a lovely Mother’s day. We spent the day at my parent’s house. The roasted chicken we had for our Sunday dinner was a simple yet delicious meal. After that we drove to my grandmother’s village to plant flowers on her grave. It’s something we do each year and I love the tradition. After that we had a cup of coffee in the little bistro across the church. That’s when my daughter joined us. Her company and her smile is all it takes to make me happy, but she brought me a lovely gift as well. She had already given me a lovely salad bowl for Christmas which she now completed with the spoons that go with it. Thank you sweetheart, I love them!

2. The reason why I skipped last week’s edition of Fave Five is because I had a lovely day out with my husband. We spent the day at Bokrijk Museum park. We had been inside for too long because of the poor weather we had lately. When we saw a ray of sunshine that morning we decided to make the most of it. Unfortunately, the sunshine did not last. In fact, it was very cold, but at least it stayed dry. Bokrijk Park is a museum where life around 1900 is being recreated. Old houses, reenactment scenes … a real journey back into time, and photo opportunities galore, I enjoyed every minute of it!

3. On Saturday we spent some time gardening. There were still some plants that needed to be potted and some tidying up to do. I love how it looks now. You can see more pictures of it here.

4. Strawberries. I buy the little ones whenever I can. They’re cheaper, they don’t rot as fast as the big ones and they have a lot more flavor.

5. My diet is still going well. Lots of fruits and vegetables, and no snacking in between meals has made me lose 6 kilos, that’s more than thirteen pounds! Yaaay!
I treated myself to a lovely artichoke yesterday. My husband does not really care for them as much as I do, so I prepared one just for me!

Oooh and we’ve had some lovely sunshine again this week. It’s good to feel the warm sun on my skin again, to be able to eat outside and spend time outside again after those cold and wet first weeks of May. It has really lifted my spirit!

As you can see, I had a lovely week. How was yours? Share some of the highlights from it and join Friday's Fave Five at Susanne’s Living to Tell the Story.

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