weekend & past week






what a wonderful sunny weekend this was and what a week...
we had fantastic news with the birth of my little niece and also horrible news...

here is a picture of my beautiful niece katinka sleeping...aaaahhhh...

and the other pictures are of london this weekend 
(london at 8pm & the park - with some flowers)

have a wonderful week!!
xx

katinka


congratulations to my beautiful sister and her husband andre ("swaertjie") with the birth of their little angel katinka.  she is a healthy 3.12kg and 51.5cm.  i know she will provide you both with loads of happiness!!  i can't wait to meet her and see you all.  only 2 weeks to go!

looong weekend...

 
it was wonderful to get an extra day to relax and enjoy this weekend.  
wayne had to work on sunday but on saturday we went to sloane square, here in london.
sloane square and area is a very fashionable and upmarket district in london.  
we had so much fun walking around - even if we only did some window shopping.
the pictures above are:  
i bought wayne a little gift:  it's a little egg holder; then my little dream car (wayne said that he can see me driving around in this little car); our lunch in sloane square:  wayne had a burger and i had salad (bought this in die sloane square market); upmarket houses in a court yard; i'm getting attacked by a yellow oven glove; next photo:  i'm standing on chelsea bridge (over the thames); battersea tower; wayne drinking a milkshake; the sloane square market & the last photo is the 2 of us on the bus back to the flat.

we had a wonderful weekend, hope the same for everyone.  now the next long weekend is only in august....

europe day 1

 
sorry for the delay in putting these up, but finally here it is...
this is our photos from our easter 2009 trip to netherlands, belgium & germany.
this is day 1:  our trip from london to netherlands - our hotel was in valkenburg
photos:  wayne in the bus; a lovely house in valkenburg & wayne in front of a cannon

europe day 2

 
day 2 was spend in cologne, which is gemany's fourth largest city.  this city is famous for the cologne cathedral.
pictures:  cologne cathedral (which is huge) on the inside; cologne cathedral (or kirk) on the outside; the wonderful colour windows of the cathedral; another photo of the cathedral on outside; the 3 wise men (inside the church); lindt chocolate bunny on the chocolate factory; a street artist; wayne in front of the chocolate factory; statues on the cologne cathedral.

europe day 3

 
this was a very busy and exhausting day.  we started the morning of at keukenhof gardens - a huge tulip & flower park in netherlands.
then off to amsterdam.
pictures:  the small 6 flower pictures is only a few of the masses of photos i took of all the flowers, they has loads and loads of tulips and daffodils; then all the other pictures (except the animals & windmill) are from amsterdam.  
amsterdam had wonderful buildings but it was very dirty and sleazy.  the little alley is skinny alley in amsterdam - where there is about 10 'windows' with girls in.  very disgusting...

europe day 4

 
this was such a wonderful day.  what a lovely town bruges was.
bruges (brugge in dutch) is the capital and largest city of the province of west flanders in the flemish region of belgium.  
pictures:   one of the wonderful buildings in bruges; moerstraat; garden in a church courtyard; 
wayne on the ferry back to england; maria & child by michelangelo; more buildings; 
house in bruges; the oldest bridge in bruges; more buildings; river dijver; statues on
one of the thousands of churches

bruges was a wonderful end to our 4 day stay in europe.  we can't wait to go back to bruges.

today...


this was todays weather in london
have a wonderful weekend everyone
xx

quote of the day

But above all, watch, with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places -Roald Dahl-
image from flickr

best of...


like i said before... i absolutely love the photos from zarazoo.
this time they have 'the best individual wedding portraits' 
i struggled to choose my favourite but i think it's this picture; 
because of the big contrast between the wedding dress & background.

GO and have a look for yourself here...

paris, paris, paris...

how 'fancy' does this sound: we went to paris for 1 day?  
i got the tickets (with the eurostar) to go to paris in march and we decided that we have been to paris before so 1 day will be enough to see a few things and be back in london without having to sleep over.  and what a trip!!
 
the train journey (with eurostar) only takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes. 
pictures above: 
the inside of st pancras international - where we got the eurostar; wayne relaxing with his hot chocolate & waiting for the train; wayne giving me has 'angry' look - after i asked him for yet another photo; paris underground trains (metro) - we thought london's trains are a lot better, paris ones was stinky and full of graphiti; AND the last photo is the departures board at paris train station.
 
our first stop in paris was the eiffel tower - we've never been up there and took advantage of the fact that it wasn't raining.  we stood in the queue for over an hour but when you got to the top it was all worth while.
pictures above:
the eiffel tower; wayne playing hide & seek; the 2 of us (with almost a view); palais de chaillot; arc de triomphe; sacre-cour church; buildings of paris; wayne eating his yoghurt (still standing in queue); construction of the eiffel tower
 
after climbing the stairs at eiffel tower, we decided to walk all the way to cathedrale notre dame de paris, this is a few of the pictures i took on our way to notre dame.
pictures above:
saint micheal fountain; about 5 donkeys staring at the pole which they are tied to (was very funny, they don't move & just look at the pole the whole time); a petrol pump (in the street); les invalides (where napoleon's tomb is); a huge door knocker; paris station signs (metro); a building's doors; louvre (where the mona lisa is); louvre from the side with its statues.
 
the last place we went to see was cathedrale notre dame de paris (notre dame means 'our lady' in french - so actually the church of our lady).  the book hunchback of notre dame was written in 1831 to raise awareness & money to restore the church (they wanted to tear it down).  the cathedral was restored in 1845. 
the girl statue in the bottom (right) is of joan of arc. 

these are a few pictures of the notre dame on the inside.  by this time wayne was exhausted...  it is so beautiful inside with all the candles en chandeliers and windows...

 
more pictures of outside of notre dame.  the old man was busy feeding some birds, when i got these action shots.
this was such a lovely day out, paris has awesome buildings and architecture - it's just very sad that it's not very clean there.  they have grafiti everywhere.  

my beautiful pregnant sister

my beautiful sister and katinka.  can't wait for the little one to show up.  




A Baby Changes Things
A baby changes things;
They’ll never be the same;
Your life is filled with wonder,
Since your little miracle came.
There’s lots of things to do now,
But with the new tasks you face,
Your family gains more love,
And bonds time will never erase.
Congratulations on your new addition!
By Karl and Joanna Fuchs

here's to happiness

my lists of 10 things that make me happy:

1. hearing & saying 'i love u'
2. eating cotton candy (spook-asem)
3. hearing a song that brings back wonderful memories
4. wayne
5. having a fresh minty breath
6. hugs
7. family & friends
8. butterflies...on anything
9. books, movies & music
10. daffodils


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