The New and Improved “My Netherlands’..?


With the clocks going back last weekend I can quite honestly say I’ve felt a difference. My mindset feels different. I think that comes with feeling content with the way things are going at the moment. As we push on towards the end of the year I can’t help but want to look back across 2015 and start lining up my resolutions for 2016. As I’ve mentioned before I have to be careful with what I set myself as I usually complete them!

I’m thinking of updating my blog for the new year. Ashamedly my Dutch lessons really are a thing of the past and swirling around in my head I’m toying with the idea of designing my own language refresher course but I just don’t know when i’ll be picking it up this side of the new year. My blog started out as being the conduit for my lessons and my opinion on many topics surrounding The Netherlands but I can’t help but realise that there’s more to me. Hell i’m one opinionated woman! Hence the need for a revamp.

I love The Netherlands, I would be there in a heartbeat given half the chance but the reality is I’m a working woman in England who gets her Dutch second hand. So as much a I love the Dutch I’m going to be throwing in a bit more ‘normal’ stuff in the mix too. I want us to use this space to natter about real life things and normal topics. Of course my ear is firmly against the Orange Ground so all bases will be covered. I just need something for the ‘no news days’ plus I like talking to you lot!

Stick with me yes?


Autumn Days – My favourite season

Today marks the Autumn Equinox. The day when both the North Pole and South Pole are fully alined giving the northern and southern hemisphere the same hours of daylight. As we leave the summer behind and embark on the change of seasons into Autumn I thought we would all like a bit of a summer wind up, a chance to look back and look forward. I LOVE autumn. Its my favourite season for so many reasons. Summer is great; light nights, warm air, holidays etc they are all great but in my opinion you just can’t beat a thick wolly jumper, a scarf, a hat and a hot cup o’ cocoa. As the leaves change colour and everything retreats to prepare for the cold to come my inner granny comes out and I’m not complaining, cozy nights and candles become family favourite and soups and stews replace bbq food.  In this post I’m going to wrap up my summer, forecast for the autumn and share what I love most about this time of year.

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Day 17: Favourite Bloggers

I’ve talked many time about my favourite bloggers, you can read them here, here, oh and again here, not to mention here aswell.

Special shout out to my all time faves:

Charlene –

Maria – Cat Eyes, Red Lips

Niki – Life in The Hague

Life in Orange

Keep writing ladies, I’ll keep reading 🙂

Day 8: Current Goals

Well as I’m on day 11 at the moment and writing up day 8 its clear my August goals have gotten a little lost somewhere along the way.

Here is a little update on how far we’ve come:

30 Day Blog Challenge – I’m currently 3 days behind. Its not through not wanting to write, my goodness I do its the lack of time thats getting me. I’ve really got to find a way to stop this adult life interfering with my other little hobbies!
IMG_622910K Steps – HA! I am currently 50,136 steps BEHIND schedule! With just 20 days to go it means I need to do at least 12,506 steps a day to catch up. I’ve had a good stepping day today, one can only hope to continue a good streak!

Water – I’ve not been too bad at this really. I’ve had 1 day that has been particularly bad and my goodness did I suffer the day after from dehydration. I’m finding 5 glasses a day easy, its the extra 3 that prove particularly difficult! IMG_9037

No Spend Summer – Now this is what I’ve managed to keep up. I have made NO unnecessary spends thus far however today whilst out at work I managed to loose a £10 note out from my picket. I was NOT impressed!

So there we have it, a nice little update 🙂

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

How exciting is it to wake up to an email with the news that the lovely Jenny has nominated me for a blogger award?! I was awfully excited by it. I’ve been nominated twice before Sisterhood of the World Blogger and Creative Blogger but it always gets excited and I am so flattered that normal people like you read my ramblings and whats more you like them! With blogging there is a tendency to type and type and type and forget that its out there for everyone. So, more about Jenny – in fact summed things up rather nicely in her post.

Maria Victoria Smith – I actually first found Maria on Instagram when we bonded oer our mutual, and somewhat unusaual affinity for The Netherlands. Her blog is well-written, engaging and it was so nice to find someone who liked the Dutch as much as me!

There’s a hidden Dutch-wannabe community that I feel like I am almost tapping into which means I find people like Jenny! If i have any words of advice that I think more people should live by its this: If you have a fascination or an interest in anything go out and find other people who like it too – they are there if you just look! Now on to the rules…

ONE. Thank the blogger who nominated you. – CHECKblogger

TWO. List the rules and display the award. The rules are in the post – please just copy and paste and get nominating!

THREE. Share seven facts about yourself. 1.

1. I love karaoke – not necessarily partaking it in but the whole idea of it, I just love it. I sing a lot, my life is lived to a soundtrack of music and that’s always been important to me. I’m really lucky in my current job that I get attend a lot of community events and recently they have been in the form of period events and choirs. I’m in my element. I was in a number of Theatrical productions and music concerts when I was at school and haven’t done much on stage since. There is a community starting up soon and I seriously considering it!passion2. I love watching people – I am such a people person its painful at times. I can happily sit somewhere with a cup of tea and watch the world go by. I do have my favourite type of person to watch and I’m going to share that with you.  I like watching people talk about something they are passionate about. There’s a huge difference between someone giving a speech they’ve rehearsed or been told to talk about compared to someone speaking from the heart. I can spot people who are passionate about what they talk about from a mile off. Their eyes glisten, they stand taller, their chest expands and they smile – a proper full face smiles, possibly even a bit of tooth as well.3. I’m a little bit of a tea hoarder. I spoke recently about the importance of tea. It is important to me. I have two tea chests full of varied flavours. I also have quite a lot of teapots too. I just cant help myself. I’ve actually been banned from buying anymore as I have currently taken over the top two shelves in one of the kitchen cupboard. I drink a lot of tea but I simply cannot drink it quick enough before there’s more. Plus I have this terrible fear or fancying a cup and not having it in stock! I just couldn’t cope with that.

4. I am an organisation freak. I love nothing more than scheduling, planning, highlighting, listing, my life. I have something in the pipeline about this coming very soon. Keep your eyes peeled in August for more on this. I’m learning to harness this obsession.

11041811_10203785563862710_5927413345970586327_n5. I’m a little bit of a Female Empowerment Advocate. Not in any massive way, I prefer to bubble along rather than be a campaigner on such topics. I am a massive believer in equal rights for men and women but not in the sense of making EVERYTHING the same for men and women. I’m more the type of person who wants to redefine expectations of individuals. I believe that everyone should have the right to be or do whatever they feel they can. I don’t think we should force equality but simply be less judgmental with our expectations. I think women should know they are beautiful, there is no definition of beauty, its is who we are rather than what we are. I think women shouldn’t be judged or given a hand up – women, like men, should have to work for what they want in life. I believe there should be no special treatment for one gender over another and mostly I don’t think anyone should feel any less for knowing and embracing what they are good at, what they are bad at,  what they like or what they dislike. I know what I want to accomplish in my life and my gender doesn’t even come into it. I also happen to think I would have made a kick-ass suffragette back in the day!


6.  I’m not very creative. Try as I might I cant draw, I cant sew, I cant make anything in that sense. I can cook and I happen to think I have a good eye for a photograph but as for anything else on the creative side with my hands I just cant do.
7. I used to read… a lot. I could finish a book in a week easily, I could speed read whilst on holiday and read literally everybody’s book around the pool. Nowadays, one book takes me months, nothing is inspiring enough and those books which I feel are exciting just aren’t igniting that excitement within. I’m currently reading To Infinity – Jane Hawkin’s Story with Stephen. Its a wonderful story, I loved the film and I’m about half way through now.  Slow and steady. I’m after a few good ready for my summer holiday at the end of August. I welcome ANY suggestions. I like crime, romance, not so much on the history and I’ve read most of the classics, I like chick-flics and true stories. I think I need to redefine my niche!
There we go then, finally I got to 7!
Now on to the fun part –

FOUR. Nominate other amazing blogs and comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them: 

My three nominations for very inspiring blogs are:

  • A Linguist’s Journey – My learning has slacked somewhat recently and every time I check my reader I see another post about something new. I admire anyone who learns lan learns a language let alone someone who has ideas to tackle 8! I wish I had your drive for learning and your commitment!
  • The Ninth Life – Yesterday I Was, Today I Am, and Tomorrow I Shall Be… I can’t quite remember how I managed to come across this blog but I am so glad that I did. I actually think we are scarily similar too. Her posts are so varied and so inspirational. I think I’ve read everything on her site and could quite happily read it all again. You know when you get that feeling that someone is just a lovely person? I get this feeling from her!
  • Bitterballenbruid – I’ve followed Hayley since I started blogging about all things Dutch. With a name like Bitterballenbruid theres no question as to why I LOVE her blog. I can relate to so much of her blog and always learn something new. Never stop blogging Hayley you alway put a smile on my face when I’m missing those Orange Lands!