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Antwerp, Belgium
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!


Heaven is in Belgium

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Midweek Blues, Bad Habit?


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I bought these cute little mini buckets for next to no money on a flea market many years ago, and they still make me smile. I use one to keep my toothpicks in, and the other two usually hold tiny bits and bobs like elastic bands or in this case a tiny block of alum and a mini nutmeg grater. Both of which I never use. I keep the alum to stop the bleeding when I cut my finger, but I always forget to use it! The little grater was packed with the nutmeg I bought and I cannot bring myself to throw it away!

I know, I know… I will throw it away after this post. I never really thought about it until now. ”Stuff” that lingers around can be such a bad habit!  



Midweek Blues is hosted by Rebecca at the Dusty Cellar.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Rubies from Bruges




I found lots of ruby photo opportunities in Bruges.

Along the canals …



medieval buildings …


quaint little houses …

or charming hotels …


Oh and always remember to look up!

Find more Ruby Tuesday posts at Mary’s Work of the Poet.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Macro Monday, Meet the Easter Bunnies



These cute little Easter bunnies have been adorning my coffee table these past few weeks. I cannot believe this is the last week before Easter already!




More Macro Monday close ups and macros at Lisa’s Chaos.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Weekly Winners, From Bruges with Love …




This week I made a two hour photo walk in Bruges, the city where I was born.



Follow me …


Over bridges

through tiny alleyways …

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She was determined to build a nest right next to the fence!




Weekly Winners is hosted by Lotus, AKA Sarcastic Mom at I am Lotus.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Weekend Reflections, The AIDA Blu.



The Aida Blu cruiser with a reflection of the Cathedral of Antwerp.



Weekend Reflections is hosted by James at Newton Area Photo.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Friday’s Fave Five, Family …


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Another week has gone by, the month of March is almost over…
I can never believe how quickly time flies! Friday again, time to list some of the favorite things of this past week. 

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1. New clothes. I went shopping for some new clothes last week and bought some new things in lovely Spring colors.
2. Little surprise gifts from my husband. When he comes home, holding his hands  behind his back with that little twinkle in his eye, I can be sure he has a little surprise gift for me. It happened three times (!!!) this week! This time he got me the butterfly and the dragon fly garden decorations and a peony tree for the patio.
I’m such a spoiled brat!
3. A two hour photo walk in Bruges,
4. and a visit with my parents. My parents and my family all live in Bruges and the distance between us can be hard. You just don’t pop over for coffee anytime you want to. But this week I could, and I was able to surprise them with my visit. We had a lovely afternoon together.
5. My patio has really burst into color this week. Some of the daffodils are blooming for the second time, I had no idea this was possible!

Friday’s Fave Five is hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thursdays is for Doors …


I know I promised photos from inside the castle, but it will have to wait just a little while longer. I visited my family in Bruges yesterday, so I was out all day and I had no  time to edit the photos. Instead I’m sharing this lovely door I discovered on one of my recent photo walks in Antwerp. 


Look at that detail …



More Windows and doors at Window Views ( … and a door too).

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Midweek Blues, The AIDA Blu


I came across this cruise ship quite unexpectedly when I was in Antwerp last week. It was due to sail off to Rotterdam only a few hours later. When I saw people boarding the ship I enquired if it was open for visitors. Unfortunately, the answer was negative.
Too bad, but never mind, at least I tried! I had fun anyway.
I hope the pictures give you some idea how tall that cruiser really was.









Midweek Blues is hosted by Colleen at The Dusty Cellar.
More photography by me at Heavenin365.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ruby Tuesday, Countryside Rubies



Spending some time in my grandmother’s village is always a treat for me. 
My grandmother passed away many years ago, and my family does not live there anymore, but I’m so fond of that pure and unspoiled scenery that I love to go back there and let the memories carry me back to my childhood. 
The weather did not really cooperate, it’s a little gloomy and gray, but still…
I hope you’ll enjoy my rubies …


Knotted willows …



and ruby fences.


The church is never far away.

Oh and cows, I LOVE cows!

More Ruby Tuesday posts from all over the World at Mary’s Work of the Poet.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Macro Monday, Easter Chocolate Eggs




In case you’re wondering, I still have not eaten the chocolate eggs I bought. They’re so pretty I just cannot gobble them down like that. They’re part of my Easter decoration for now. But I did have some fun photographing their lovely detail. 
Don’t worry, you won’t put on weight just looking at these!









More Macro Monday at Lisa’s Chaos.

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