1. A mat-forming, evergreen shrub (Vaccinium macrocarpum) of eastern North America, having pink flowers and tart, red, edible berries.
2. The berries of this plant, used in sauces, jellies, relishes, and beverages.
1. A small, single-storied house, especially in the country.
2. A small vacation house.
cran·ber·ry cot·tage
1. A tiny house in the woods in the north of Holland.
2. Peace, quiet, paradise.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hey brothers!

This past Thursday was National Siblings Day in the US so in honor of my two brothers here is a song that really fits for us (listen to the words). This is for you both.....


 To big brother Bill...who we love so much because he is the BIG brother. He is a calm force of few words but loves his family. He is there for us when we need him. He is devoted to my mother and we are glad he is there standing by watching over her while we are so far away.

To baby brother Eric...who is a little one of the family with a big presence. He has found out that he also has nerve dystrophy which I had but was diagnosed fast enough to bring mine into the rest phase. I hope you always see the good in each day no matter how you feel. It brings you through and laughter is the best medication in life.

Happy Siblings Day (belated) to my two brothers.


Thursday, April 10, 2014


Take a peek out my window... 

Even kijken uit het raam...

A little closer...

Iets dichterbij...



In our tiny pond with a fountain, a frog has decided to make a home along with hundreds of spawn. Now there is a word for spawn in Dutch with is so much more fun...kikkerdril (pronounced kicker-drill). It amazes us that this mommy frog would choose such a small spot with nothing in the water but a pump to call home...

In ons piepkleine vijver heeft een kikker besloten om haar kikkerdril te leggen. Er is niks in het bakje behalve een pomp. Blijkbaar vindt zij het een veilig plekje...


Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring, spring, spring.....

It is spring! Just take a peek out through my window and into my garden to see...

Het is lente! Neem een kijkje uit onze raam...

We planted up more bulbs last autumn and are now being rewarded with beautiful colors. With our warm winter this past season, we seem to have more things blooming at once than normal.

Bollen planten in de herfst geeft kleur in de lente. Met het warme wintermaanden lijkt het alsof er meer dingen gelijktijdig bloeien.

My March violets have decided to do extra this year. They are seeding themselves in more places in the garden and seem to have twice as many blossoms as usual. The malus apple tree is blooming but there is a storm expected this evening so I have my fingers crossed that it and my other flowers will not suffer too much damage.

Mijn maartse viooltjes doen het beter dan ooit. De malus appel bloeit. Hopelijk de verwachte storm vanavond zou niet al te heftig zijn. 

I have started to decorate for Easter today. What better way to spend a Monday??? I am changing all the quilts in the room and adding some seasonal stitching.

Wat is leuker op een maandagochtend dan een beetje Paasversiering aan te brengen? Quilts en borduurwerkjes veranderen...

A bouquet of tulips indoors always creates instant spring. My Easter tree is ready to welcome the holiday. We did a little adjusting of furniture in our living room last week. I moved my antique sea chest over to by our couch. I also changed my curtains to my summer linen storing my brown heavy ones away until autumn comes around again. 

Een bouquet tulpen brengt de lente in huis. Mijn Paasboom is klaar. Wij hebben ook van meubels verplaatst en de lichte gordijnen hangen in plaats van de donkere gordijnen.

Then I moved my pine desk into the living room. Yes Silvia, we decided to do it after all. *grins* I was debating as it is pine and the other items in my living room are dark oak. But it works well. We are blessed with a very large living room which seemed to grow larger due to the new floor.  I have more than enough room for the desk. Jos was really pleased with how it looks now and likes the idea of being able to work here. This is now where I blog. 

Wij hebben een grote woonkamer die nog groter lijkt met onze nieuwe vloer. Dus ik heb mijn grenen bureau in de kamer geplaatst. (Ja hoor Silvia...toch gedaan.) Omdat ik donker eiken in de kamer heb twijfelde ik maar het werkt goed samen. Jos vindt het nu helemaal leuk want hij kan hier werken. Het is ook mijn plekje om te bloggen. 


Sunday, March 23, 2014

A short break at De Rieke Smit

Just over the border in Germany is a small village called Wilsum with a gem of a B&B called De Rieke Smit. We stayed here for a couple of days while away for my birthday. 

This historic farmhouse has been restored with great attention to detail. 

We were warmly welcomed by Jolanda en Rob. The rooms are very comfortable. It is such a pretty and quiet area. We enjoyed an evening of good food and conversation with them having booked Table d'Hôte.

I particularly enjoyed hearing a little about the history of the house. Jolanda showed me the old photos that are now a permanent part of the house. 

This was a perfect place for a short break!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Practice makes perfect.....

A piece I stitched years ago is the centrepiece of my display at my quilt wall in the living room. See the verse on the sampler?

Een geborduurde merklap is het middenpunt van mijn nieuwe hoekje in de woonkamer bij mijn quiltwand. Kijk goed naar de text.....

This was a quilt was the sample from a workshop I gave and it is still a favorite of mine. 

Oorspronkelijk gemaakt voor een workshop toen ik les gaf deze quilt blijft een lievelings quilt van mij. 

Practice makes perfect...oh so true!

Oefening baart kunst...helemaal waar!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Huis Singraven

We had a few days vacation this month to celebrate my 50th birthday. One of the places we visited was Huis Singraven in Denekamp. We were so fortunate that there was a guided tour on the day we were there. It is new this year to open the house at limited times in the winter season. The location has a long history dating back to the mid 1400s. The house itself was built in the 1600s and rebuilt many times in its history. The current house was lived in until 1966 when it was gifted to a foundation at the death of its owner. Small estates like this in Holland give a great look into the life of gentry of that time. 

The watermill on the estate is still in working order. It has been featured in a painting by Dutch artist Meindert Hobbema which is hanging in the Louvre. 

Although we did not go through the park to the sides of the house, the grounds to the front were beautiful. This garden would be beautiful in May when all the rhododendrons are in bloom. 

I would love to go back one day in the height of the gardening season. 


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Winter is finally here......

La Maison sous la neige (Henri Le Sidaner - 1936) was going to become the only winter scene we had this year. This painting was part of a beautiful exhibit in the Singer Museum.

We finally did see old man winter arrive this past weekend in the north of Holland. Cranberry Cottage became a white tipped painting. 

"What a severe yet master artist old Winter is....
No longer the canvas and the pigments but the marble and the chisel."
John Burroughs, 1866