At the nest. About moving, waiting and a mini vacation in Haarlem

Good day everyone. I am here! And you have no idea how happy I am about that. Lots has been going on behind the scenes, things have changed, the blog has moved and I have been away for a bit. 

But here I am, ready to GO again. 

You may or may not have noticed that I have been absent a bit and then my blog was absent, as in you might have not been able to reach it. That’s because I have moved the whole thing over to a new home on the web. And like every move, moving your blog involves so many steps, and so much can go wrong…. 

But we made it to the other end…….


I wrote this post Sunday evening. Thinking everything was all right. Only to notice on Monday that although the post was published on my blog, it wasn’t delivered anywhere, so no one was effectively seeing it. I have been working all week to try and find out what the issue was and resolve it. Since you are reading this in your reader or in your email inbox, I guess I got it to work. I hope……


Haarlem church


It was time for a change, but I dreaded it. So I postponed it as long as I could. Until things where starting the creek and crack at every turn, faucets started to leak and the roof blew a hole, and it really was time to relocate things.

This time around I decided not to DIY everything myself, so I hired some professionals. It was right after the end of my little lamp makeover series. I had not one but two projects waiting in the wings for you guys, but I thought it best not to move the furniture while the movers were packing everything up. 


Haarlem city hall


The movers were swift and efficient all right, except they started packing a bit later than I thought. Keeping my blog on holdup even longer. When my ‘stuff’ had moved to the new home, I had to do the unpacking, checking if nothing was left behind, figuring out in which box the keys were, sending out moving notices across the globe, and making sure everything was hooked up again.

And it worked! As always it was more involved than I thought beforehand, but I am so glad I did it. You may not see much difference but hopefully you will notice it. Because everything should be much faster and smoother for you guys too. 


Haarlem cobbled street


But sometimes, your forget a detail in a move like this. So if you notice anything wonky, or jerky or not working, please let me know so I can figure out how to fix it!


Haarlem Dutch houses


Anyway. All this back office stuff kept me from blogging for a week. And then my Love and I went away for a romantic weekend. 

So I unplugged myself from the laptop, only used my phone as a camera  and spent two days strolling the cobbled streets of Haarlem with my favorite guy. 

It was so wonderful.


Haarlem Ottomania 1


Haarlem is on the other side of the country and one of those truly old ‘Dutch’ cities as is clearly visible in the architecture. Yet it is kind of a provincial town too, with a walkable city center, lots of pubs and restaurants and even more lovely little shops to browse in. Perfect town for a romantic getaway. 


Haarlem Ottomania 2



Haarlem St Bavo church


 I showed great restraint and only bought a few little things. I had them all gift wrapped, just for me :-)

Do you do that? Have things gift wrapped even when you are buying it for yourself? I do it all the time.


Haarlem street organ


Anyway. I am glad to be back. And I will be back soon to show you those projects I had waiting for you all this time. In the mean time enjoy the music of the street organ…


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  1. says

    Hi Marianne, glad to see you’re back! Moving a blog can be somewhat frightening, good to hear that it went smoothly.

    Haarlem does look like a wonderful town for a getaway. I love the little side streets.

      • Gwen says

        Since I’ve lost “time” awareness, I felt like it had been awhile but then not THAT long so I thought it was just ME missing your cheerful notes to us via your blog. I’d been noticing weird things in the past so now I know to let people know that is happening on their blog. Today all is calm. All is bright!!
        So did you literally move from your house?? Or was this a play on words packing and making sure all is put back and not broken. You know me…
        I love posts of your country. Haarlem reminds me of the old sections of many places like Stockton, CA which is on a Delta so ships can get there from the a Pacific Ocean. The church reminds me of one (smaller scale but similar style) that my great grandfather built in around the 1870’s(?) as an immigrant starting new towns in the Midwest. The shops look so fun. Loved the glassware. No! I never have stuff wrapped for me but I’m going to do that!!! It will make it fun to arrive home and for me, I forget so it really will be like opening a gift!!! Hahaha. Thank you for sharing. I’m sorry you had such a hard time of it…all done for us. It’s very humbling to me. That you give this much of yourself for me and your other readers. I do not know how to express my heartfelt appreciation for your faithfulness to this blog. Reading blogs. Just a few. Has been re teaching me to read. Teaching me to try new things. So from the bottom of my heart, I say thank you. May The Lord make His face to shine upon you and give you peace. In your goings out and in your coming ins. And may He be gracious unto you. Love, Gwen

  2. Emilou says

    Hi Marianne, so glad you are able to send and receiving better as my last few comments didn’t go anywhere. I kept getting error message, after error message, after error message, so I am very glad to find you here again. Love your walk through Haarlem and thanks for sharing with us out here. Blessings and smiles, Emilou :-)

  3. says

    Everything looks wonderful. Sorry for the timing issues…but then again…as much as we fret and fuss…in the end…all is good.

    I’m enjoying your photos today. I’ve had the privilege to visit your fair country…but did not get to Harlem. Am I correct in remembering that is where the wonderful Droste’s cocoa is from? It’s been my favorite…like forever….and I even collect those lovely cocoa tins too. How wonderful to enjoy a romantic getaway there. Oh how I would love one of those with my sweetheart too.

    Best wishes for an extraordinary week filled with blessings and creativity!