Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas to you all !!!

I like to wish you a merry Christmas !
With love Jacoline.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Christmas in Summer ??

I still can't get used to the idea of Christmas in the summer, but for us it is real.
In my shop is it really busy at this time of the year, everybody is in the Christmas mood, buying presents and decorations. At home the Christmas tree is decorated and the 750 little lights are burning every evening. But still it doesn't make sense to me to celebrate Christmas in the summer.

Every day I come back from my garden with fresh flowers. I love to pick flowers every day.
My little girl is the same. On the school route there are lots of flowers to pick and 9 out of 10 she is coming home with some flowers as well. She told me : Mum when I'm a bit down I always pick flowers and feel great afterwards. Isn't that sweet.

Here are some garden flowers on my kitchen table.

For all of you who are in the Christmas mood, enjoy!

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Countdown till Christmas.

We always start our countdown till Christmas after Sinterklaas and this is how we do it this year. I made small houses and pinned them on a photo frame that I made myself as well. The girls are a bit older now but they still love there treat. And I love making things like this.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010


We had a great "Sinterklaas evening" last Sunday. In the previous year my mum all ways send us a box with dutch "Sinterklaas " treats, but now she is not with us anymore I made them myself. It is so different to celebrate a dutch tradition so far from home because you don't get inspired by others. We had some great fun and some tears when we went over the last year.

I made the filling for the almond cake myself with ground almond. It turned out really well.

Can't wait till next year and maybe the girls bring some nice boys home this year so we can introduce them to a great evening of fun.


This is the first time that I write in my blog.
I am Jacoline, me and my family emigrated to New Zealand from The Netherlands 3 years ago.
I can tell you, we went through some hard times in those 3 years, but we found our dream.

We bought a lovely home close to the beach. I spend a lot of time in our garden which has a lot of fruit trees, a nice vegetable garden and great flowers.

I love to shop in secondhand shops and garages sales are the best invention ever.
My days are filled with craft, cooking , baking and of course my 3 girls.
I try to have a beachwalk every day and on wednesday I join the quilt club.

We are still busy with rebuiling the house to make it a great home.
We like traveling and like to discover our new country.
I keep you updated with new stories, recipes, ideas and pictures every week.