Meet Cedric & Mushroom

It been a ridiculously long time, since the last time I posted something here. You know how it gets sometimes, you neglect your blog for a while, but the stories and the photos keep building up and before you know it your a couple of months later and you sit down on a sunday evening and just decide to start.

So, let me start and the part that has changed my life in the last couple of months. As you might have read here back in March, I had to part with my sweet friend Brandy after 16 years of companionship. Losing someone, even though if it’s your pet, is so hard and the weeks that followed you noticed how empty the house is when you come home, or when sitting on the couch at night while watching tv.

But then my cousin, told me that her boyfriends cousins cat (do you still follow?), was expecting kittens. Since it was still a couple of weeks, I still had time to think about it. But then on May 18th, I got a message that 6 kittens were born. 3 weeks later my boyfriend & I got in the car, “Just to have a look”….. hahaha!

Like who could ever go and have a look at kittens and then just leave…. So 15 minutes later Andy & I were both sitting with a tiny fur ball in our hands.

When I saw Mushroom I knew that she was meant to be in my life and Andy chose one of the ginger males, and called him Cedric.

Since the end of July Cedric & Mushroom have been living with us and every single day we’re having so much fun with them. So I think you can expect some (or a lot) of kitty photos now and then.

Ode to my Brandy

Dear (Blog)friends,

As you could read in one of my more recent post, lady luck did not smile upon me when this year started. However hard to deal with the breaking of precious things, in the end stuff is stuff and with money you can get your stuff repaired or replaced.

Brandy - Copyright @ LosAngelas

Brandy - Copyright @ LosAngelas

It was a whole other story when I had to take my dear Brandy to the vet, when I thought she had a small infection and it turned out to be a uncureable tumor, with the message of “days maybe weeks” and tears in my eyes I left the vet.

The days that followed I cherished my time with Brandy, and made sure that everybody in my family got the chance to say their goodbyes to her. Luckily the days turned into weeks and I have been happy and thankful to have those last moments with her.

Unfortunaltely, irreversible means in this case irreversible, and at one point I had to make the hardest decision of my life, on someone else’s life.

Goodbye my dear friend, I will never forget you!

Brandy - Copyright @ LosAngelas
Brandy – Copyright @ LosAngelas
ps. after this loss, it was hard to be inspired to blog for a while, but I’m sure that I will soon be surprising you with some delicious and colorful posts 🙂

 

 

A series of unfortunate events

Neither technology  nor luck has been on my side lately.

This is what happened:

A couple of weeks ago  my friend N, called me “I’ve got two tickets for the Efteling and I thought this is a day I should spend with you” First of all if you don’t know what the Efteling is, it’s the biggest themepark in Holland. So you can imagine that I jumped through my living room!

A week and a half ago the big day was there, we left the house early, for a girlie day filled with roller coasters. To make a whole day of it, we would stop half way for a cup of coffee as you do when you take a day trip. But somewhere in between getting out of the car and into the highway cafe (which was according to us more likely the waiting room for death) my iphone slipped out of my hand, and met the pavement. Luckily only the glass cracked and it still worked, this was not gonna stand in my way.

An hour later we strolled through the park on our way to our first roller coaster, we were in luck as we got front row seats of our first ride. 2 terrifying minutes later I knew that I I definitely got older since my last roller coaster ride. But it’s just like riding a bike and before I knew it my screams of terror turned into laughter for more.

To get a good impression of the day I, of course, packed my camera, always looking for blogworthy opportunities.

Unfortunately I forgot I also had a can of soda in my bag; that + the camera + a roller coaster ride = disaster

Drying and sweet words did not tempt my camera to switch back on…. so I packed him warmly in my scarf and we continued our day. Like 12-years olds we summed up all the rides we wanted to go on again before, we had to go home or better said before the park closed.

As it was Saturday night, when I got home there was nowhere I could get my camera, so I put him in a container of of rice and hoped for the best.

And what was I to do but get on my laptop, checking my blog and serving the web, when disaster stroke again. My laptop froze, and was non responsive to anything. And after switching it off it would not switch on again.  Desperate and sad I sat on the couch, afraid that the roof would come down.

In the meantime I have visited the tech. centre of Nikon, and the very nice man who was kind enough to have a look at it immediately, informed me that the camera was beyond repair, but luckily for me they had 1 occasion which happened to be the D80, the same model as my just diseased one. I took it straight away, as I have no idea how to live without one.

Also my laptop has been fixed, the only thing was that they had to replace the hard drive. No problem, as I had made regular back ups, nothing was lost right? WRONG! After re~installing my data I found our that almost all my photo’s have vanished! so for the last day & 1/2 I have desperately trying to retrive whatever can be retrieved.

So if you are still reading this: STOP! and make a back-up now. and just in case save all you precious documents, somewhere else…

Hopefully this can all be resolved and I can give you that impression of the Efteling.

Wish me luck!!

Everyday is a Sunday

Recently I came to find out that, after three years of working at that company, my contract was not renewed. This was of course not the best news to receive, and so it was that I found myself sitting in my living room in the middle of the day on a weekday.

I realized that I needed some well deserved rest, therefor it took me a while to blog about something, basically because I didn’t do a lot the first few weeks. But now I have decided to treat every day like a sunday, and take it as it comes… and so I started to bake again, which will follow later…

Now I get the chance to do things I could not do before, such as visit the secondhand shop around the corner of my house, where I scored these beautiful cups, as I was looking for some plates and cups for when I photograph food. I love the finesse of these cups, they’re all hand painted, and at least 30 years old.

At the moment I use them, when I have an afternoon cup of tea, read Haruki Murakami‘s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles, while Miles Davis fills my house with Jazz.


The garden chronicles – all about rain

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I live in Holland, actually in Haarlem to be exact, which basically mean that the summer is a hit or a miss… this year it started beautifully, blazing warm days, but unfortunately before we had time to get used to the actual sun  in July the rain came and it rained and rained and rained a bit more…

This is the only joy a I got from my garden back then; looking at it from the couch with the backdoor open, looking how the sky watered my plants for days and days.

Thank God, we have had some dry and sunny days lately, which I will post about later

 

garden & rain 11 - copyright LosAngelas

garden & rain 12 - copyright @ LosAngelas

garden & rain 15 - copyright @ LosAngelas

 

 

A four day weekend!!

4 day weekend - Copyright LosAngelas

Yes, I’m looking forward to a four-day-weekend, I’m the luckiest girl in my garden! 

In four days I’m sure gonna find the time to cook  or bake something, so I treated myself to a glass of wine and cheese and already did some investigation and inspiration…. hopefully I can show you the results later on in the weekend…!!

four day weekend - Copyright LosAngelas

my cookbook collection

As I have mentioned before I have a weak spot for books, ( actually also for magazines, but that pile grew and parting with them wasn’t easy so I forbid myself from buying any more).

But books, well you can’t ever have enough of those right?

As I was reorganizing some cupboard, I found out that I had collected a great deal of cookbooks over the last couple of years

and that for a person who only recently has made a serious commitment to the kitchen… 🙂

It made me realize that I have to broaden my horizon on the culinary front.

So hopefully I could show you something non-chocolate related

Enjoy!

We can’t eat unless it’s blogworthy

*** update : visit this post at my moved blog : HERE ***

Everybody knows Nigella Lawson, the domestic goddess, she makes the most delicious looking sweet things!

So, when we Recently we had some friends over for a sunday dinner, I decided to make her chocolate and raspberry pavlova for dessert.

before we could cut even one piece, I had everybody wait for me to take some pictures, as I said, we can’t eat it unless it’s blogworthy….

so this time not a series, but a single photo, of what is a simple but really nice and sweet dessert.

the recipe you can find in Nigella’s Forever Summer, and there is even a clip of it on you tube.

Enjoy, and if you’re gonna make this, have fun!

Heartwarming

 

Candlelight….. Although the days are longer, still, when you have a glass of wine in you hand,

the cozy candles add so much more to your evening.

Over the last couple of weeks I have made this collection of candlelight photo’s.

Particularly proud I am of the beautiful Bokeh results, especially the hearth shaped ones.

ps. I’m also happy to say that earlier this week I reached the 1000 on this blog,

therefore thanks to everybody and thanks you for all the positive comments!!