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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,a grandmothe and 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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Friday, December 11, 2009

Every little detail counts…

The rooms inside the lighthouse were not only very well furnished, they were also very nicely decorated.


Children’s toys


   and kitchen utensils…


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just a couple of simple items IMG_2499

made this lighthouse a light”home”

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The lady responsible for the decoration was Anna Weems. She was born there in 1906. (She was almost the same age as my own grandmother who was born in 1907)

She lived there with her parents and her grandfather, who was the keeper of the lighthouse. When the lighthouse got turned into a museum it was decorated the same way she remembered it from her childhood years.
She did a wonderful job preserving this unique piece of American heritage.


Heidi said...

What lighthouse is this, Jientje? We have several in Michigan, but I don't believe you came here. Glad you enjoyed your trip!

Have a wonderful weekend-

Wanda..... said...

Jientje, your post makes me think of my grandmother. I have some of the iron skillets she used on her wood burning kitchen stove, her oil lantern and some embroidery pieces.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I love the simplicity of this.

The French Bear said...

Isn't that amazing! What incredible stories there must be amongst the walls in that light house. Your pictures are so good, it's like I am right there! Have a great weekend!
Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway, good luck!!!
Margaret B

moneythoughts said...

Enjoyed your pictures, thanks for sharing them. That kitchen utensil is a coffee grinder, just in case you didn't know. : )

Nessa said...

Beautiful. I wouldn't mind living there.

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Gattina said...

Beautiful pictures ! I have the same coffee mill on our mantle piece, it belonged to my grandma !

Betty W said...

Wanda already wrote what I wanted to say. These items remind me so much of my grandmother. Very similar and brings a smile to my face!

Unknown said...

That's what's always so wonderful about your photos - every little detail.

kayerj said...

the details are perfect and the history of Ms Weems is a little bonus.

Unknown said...

First I must apologize for being so far behind, blizzard, hubs home and underfoot, grandkids spent a night, and gingerbread houses have left me little time on the computer over the last few days.

I love the toys! Fun shots! My parents have one of those grinders, but they've never used it that I'm aware.

Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

Wonderful description, I am glad you took time to make this post. Looking at these pictures I am also thinking about my Gram.

Thank you for sharing.

Suburban Girl said...

Wow. I love it kept this way as a museum. How wonderful.

Suki said...

How thrilling it must have been for the inhabitants who lived in the lighthouse!! Your photos are simply brilliant!

Dr.John said...

I appreciate your sharing part of our heritage that I otherwise would never gewt to see. Great pictures.

Unknown said...

I bet you have so many wonderful memories of your visit to the states! and this is on the tip of the iceberg as they say! Cant wait to hear about your other adventures!

Robin said...

Beautiful images of a wonderful slice of Americana.

spacedlaw said...

I love the old coffee mill!

Unknown said...

Very Americana. I love how your shots capture the austerity of the time. So simple. Handmade toys and blankets...compared to then, today life is so complex and fragmented.

Libby's Library said...

She certainly did a great job. Thank you so much for sharing. This is almost as good as being there in person:-)

Unknown said...

Beautiful photographs. This is the Drum Point Lighthouse, built in 1883 and is now part of the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Maryland, USA, about an hour south of Washington, D.C. You can learm more at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com
Thank you for visiting.
Doug Alves, Director.

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