what I make, thrifting and more

Snapshot

Snapshot

Old snapshot in the paper

hair verso

wedding suit on

looking like an actor in a silent picture show

who is this man

I know him not

what did he contemplate

what did he envision

familiar visage

but he knows me not

squandered time

dissipated hours

voiceless picture

chilled hearts

irreclaimable love

missed chances

conjectures formed

nothing resolved

played with the damsel

never with the butterfly

doing chores together

growing seedlings

somewhere it went wrong

it got stuck

but why

seemed to love the damsel

wants nothing to do with the woman

forever looking for approval

feels like a piece is missing

why not see me as I am

image in the paper

just a man in a snap

don’t really know him

before long you will be doddering

soon we will be alien eternally

squandered time

dissipated hours

voiceless picture

chilled hearts

irreclaimable love

missed chances

conjectures formed

nothing resolved

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Hi everyone!

Last saturday we made a trip to the thriftshop to get a new ashtray and found the following items

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A lovely cake plate from Flora Holland for just 1 euro

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This beautiful champagne glass with ribbons and birds engraved on it for 50 eurocents

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And of course the glass ashtray we were looking for 75 eurocents

the doily I made the other day

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Looking at the photo I think I should block this actually, it looks a bit crumpled this way.

Around my new home

Hello dear readers,

today I’ll give you a glimpse into my new surroundings:

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View from upstairs at the back

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We plan to close the bit to the right by the shed with a door and windows

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Path towards the pond-area

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The garden is divided up in to seperate ‘rooms’

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Son 4’s handywork

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Another ‘room’ surrounded by hedges and white roses, behind the boys another ‘room’ with a small shed

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To the front there’s no garden but this is what we see from our bedroom

All the photo’s were taken last spring, this lovely garden was all ready made for us when we moved in. Nothing much to do but clipping hedges and a little bit of weeding. Sadly that means no real gardening or planting of vegetables for me : there is simply not enough room.

But I have started a small herb patch just beyond the seating area and I might try to squeeze in a few bulbs here and there and fill some pots.

The sun is shining and the washing is outside for the first time this year.

Hope you are having a wonderful day.

Knitting words

Stitches

Knitting knitting
one stitch at a time
thread binding the hours
looping my days
into an endless array
of colours
connecting my thoughts
arranging concepts in my mind
nothing else to do
but pass the time
sitting
knitting
words fall into place
they gather in my head
like the stitches on the needles
connecting
emotions into words
that gather in my pen
and flow unto the paper
knitting poetry
clicking words
time will pass
pain will pass
and I will still be here

New neighbourhood

Hi readers!

Last november I have moved to a different part of town to move in with my husband and give our marriage a second chance.

I was not sad at all to leave my old neighbourhood as too much drama had taken place there over the last two decades. In the time we lived there there had been drug abuse, terminal illnesses, broken relationships, suicides and murders among the people living on our street. Writing this it looks like a real bad place but it is a decent part of town with average families. I have had the feeling that something must be wrong with the spot itself for a while and the relief I felt once moved away confirmed this for me. I haven’t been able to find enough information to be sure but this is a bit of land that used to be outside the city-walls and could well have been a place where either a plague-house stood or worse a location where people were hanged. I do believe it is possible such strong emotions connected with death and illness can linger and stick to a location, disturbing the present.

In the new house there is nothing sinister, it’s just a lovely small place from the fifties and a big garden at the back in a quiet street.

The only thing we miss sometimes is the park I used to go to to walk the dogs. Although we are still on the edge of town there is not much opportunity to walk in a ‘ natural environment ‘ as we are surrounded by the town centre and shops, the railroad and the freeway.

This is as natural as it gets:

The freeway to the left, the road into town straight ahead and our neighbourhood to the right and behind me the railroad tracks.

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This is how far I can walk now, although I have to rest for a while on a bench near those houses both ways, but I hope to get better and get beyond the bend in the road that leads away from town  in time.

I take Binti with me when I go here and she has a great time sniffing around in the grass, the wind in her hair.

Binti

Hi I’m back

After a long period of having nothing much to say I feel I am now ready to start posting again.
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The Shifting Sands

Shifting sands are moving me around
I’m shifting at the speed of sound
Turning and twisting
I’m searching for solid ground
The world is moving underneath me
I can feel it speeding

Shifting shifting shifting
Gliding along
Shifting shifting shifting
Just sand and a song

The shifting sands of life
Are like a fickle wife
A cheating husband
Building your house on the sand

Shifting shifting shifting
Gliding along
Shifting shifting shifting
Just sand and a song

Where will the sands move me
Will there ever be steady soil
Are there peaceful times in store for me
Or will I find only turmoil

Shifting shifting shifting
Gliding along
Shifting shifting shifting
Just sand and a song

birthday 2012

Hi, how are you today?

Long time no see. Sorry about that. I’ve been very busy these past few days. On saturday son 4 had his birthday party: a mini lan party with some of his classmates playing soccer on the playstation.  The livingroom was a mess of tv-sets, playstations and power cables all over the floor, boys scattered around the place on various chairs and hardly a place left to sit down. They had a lot of fun according to the noise levels 🙂

Halfway we left them to it to go and buy my birthday presents

This lovely pink case

to hold this

lovely pink camera

They are both pink because I like the colour but also because the boys will be less tempted to borrow it from me! Hopefully it will result in better quality pictures.

On sunday was my actual birthday – 48 already. We had a fun afternoon with the family. Do yóu think we are a bit goofy?

On monday it was Queensday here and we were off to the “vrijmarkt” (on Queensday everyone can sell their goods and food in the streets) We needed lots of household items for the new place to furnish. We went to Kapelle first and bought a car load of stuff for next to nothing. The whole family helped out, pairing up in teams with different shopping lists. It worked very well; we got most of what we needed. In the afternoon we went to Heinkenszand and Wolphaartsdijk where we found some more items. By three in the afternoon we were very worn out and needed a rest and some food. We had a sit down at the village hall for a drink and some french fries. It was very crowded and a band was soundchecking to play later, also people were drinking heavily so we didn’t stay long.

When we came home we had to sort through a mountain of stuff in the living room. Luckily we had some boxes and the kids helped so things were soon organized and the boxes put in the car to take into storage the next day.

I’m still recovering, my muscles ache, my back hurts. I’m so glad the boys are home (spring break) to help out. No walking the dogs for me this week.

Now I’m off to make breakfast. Fedde’s coach is coming this morning. Later today we have a dentist appointment I’m dreading: there’s always work to do on my not so sturdy teeth.

have a great day.

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