Nothing much

A day of nothing much. I went out for a walk. I got myself an icecream, a hamburger, a vietnamese spring roll. I sat and watched. Talked with a few people. I read a sentence on a shop window which didn’t make any sense to me. I talked to the person inside the shop and hey, i was right! It was wrong. There are no tree letters.

I also popped in the Albert Heijn, got me raisins and two bottles of Westmalle Tripel.

It was sunny today. Not too warm, i think around 18ºC. Warmer in the sunshine.

A lovely day.

Published on April 17, 2018 at 6:00 by

Park Pompenburg

Hard work
Very hard work
To do
Young nettle
Grape hyacinth, the Muscari
An allium flower
The pear tree in flower bulbs
The almond trees loosing their blossom
The hedge
Working in the drizzling rain
Coltsfoot seeds
Purslane and purple deadnettle
A bumblebee
Potatoes for tomorrow
Goutweed for Daniël's favourite pesto recipe together with wild garlic.
Published on April 13, 2018 at 6:00 by


When i woke up, set up my oatmeal porridge to cook for around twenty minutes, i watched the first episode of Onbehagen: de nieuwe wanorde, Discomfort, the new disorder. Bas Heijne looks into this feeling of discomfort and division.

After opening the Tuin op Hofbogen i went to the Vredestuin, the Peace Garden, to empty my bag with sawdust and cat’s pee. A man and his young child were sitting there. He said a friend of his worked in the old Shell building. When he visited him on Monday, he saw the garden for the first time out of the window. So today he went to see it up closer. his little girl gave me a seed of a avocado. Do you know what that is? He asked. The seed of a avocado i replied. You’re right he said.

Rombout came by. He came to the garden to get a soil driller, een grondboor. I assume that is the English name for it. It is not in my Dutch – English dictionary.

Back home i played a little World of Warcraft. I’m level 109 now, soon to be 110. I do enjoy playing the game. Very much on my own, but that is ok.

I saw on Facebook that Bram Ladage was selling potato chips for fifty cents between 13.00 and 16.00 hours today. I couldn’t resist it, shortly after 13.00 i went out and walked to the Markthal. They had made a waiting row before the Bram. I got a chips with fritessauce and peanutsauce. War.

On my way back i went into the second hand bookseller De Slegte. Philosophy, gardening, cooking, history, fantasy, science fiction. Just before the entrance i saw a couple of books written by the Dalai Lama. I bought the one called Meer Liefde, More Love. Not sure why. But i do feel love is extremely important. Anytime anywhere. I already read a few pages. I like the style of the book. A good one to read for me right now.

After that i walked home. On the Binnenrotte two young people approached me, asking if i would like to sing a few songs for the radio. FunX. I sang two songs: Lauw from Boef and another one. I forgot the name. It’ll be broadcasted next week. Not sure i will remember to listen. I enjoyed it though!

Added Thursday morning: after closing the garden yesterday evening, I walked past the Vredestuin. I saw Hilde working there, rooting out the grass in the grassfield surrounding the Vredestuin. I sat on the edge of the round square and we chatted a bit. She called herself weird, raar, for working in the garden this late and all by herself. I said it was remarkable. We all are remarkable.

Published on April 12, 2018 at 6:00 by


The bed Lydia and me seeded with wild flowers last Sunday. What you see growing is of course the weeds.
Almond flowers. Will enjoy these as long as they grow.
A coltsfoot spreading seeds
Another seeding coltsfoot
Not sure which tree this is, the apple? the pear? the cherry? I think it is the cherry!
Three daisies
A dandelion?
Three doves enjoying the sunshine
A big snail. I also saw the first butterfly, a cabbage white. And the first humblebee of the year.
A prunus?
Wild apple tree
Magnolia Stellata
A weeded branch in my house flowering like mad 🙂
Published on April 11, 2018 at 6:00 by

Gevuld speculaas

Today i went for gevuld speculaas. This is almond spice between two layers of speculaas. Speculaas is a spiced cookie dough. It might seem a bit like ginger biscuit, but there are more spices in it: pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom and nutmeg.
I went for the filled with almond paste version. One my alltime favourite cookie.
The coukie dough is like a short crust pastry.
Last Friday i got the flour and spices. It was dumpster dived.
At the back there are a couple of recipes for speculaas.
The almond past goes on top of the first layer of speculaas. On top is the final speculaas. Yummy!
A whisked egg is spread on top.
A cross section. I have way too much. Tomorrow i will bring most of it to the garden to share.
Published on April 10, 2018 at 6:00 by


Julien and Diamela are weeding
So are Sanne and Lydia
Ronald is harvesting some leek
Young broadbean
Blackthorn in bloom
Almond flowers, can't resist adding a few more photographs
Daffodils, no idea how these got here
This daffodil we planted ourselves
Daniël and Gaay working on the greenhouse
Young leaves
More young leaves
White flowers, the blackthorn again?
I love spring
Adore it even!
Hilde mowing Park Pompenburg
Lydia weeding
Julien smiling 🙂

I completely forgot to make photos of the new bloom bed i seeded in today together with Lydia. I’ll make photos once the seeds start sprouting.

Published on April 9, 2018 at 6:00 by