Hello beautiful ladies,

Can you imagine that tomorrow it is July? Half of 2014 is already behind us. Wow, I feel as if I only just packed away the pine cones and faux snow….

But let’s not dwell on that and enjoy the here and now.

This weekend I was in vacation mood. Not that I already have vacation, there are still two deadline-filled weeks of work to go, before I can retreat into my hammock for a few weeks.

But luckily enough I live in a part of the world that makes it so easy to go on a mini vacation for a day.

Yesterday we crossed the border into Belgium, it meant we crossed a language and cultural border too. And the sun shone down on us and I felt like I was a million miles away.

Want to go on a mini vacation with me?

The sun is shining so we need a hat….


Summer hats at market Aubel


I’ll think I’ll give that stripy one a try….


And of course we definitely need a nice big  new summer bag too.


Summer bags at market Aubel


Aren’t those cheerful colors just wonderful?! I withstood the temptation, but I am already sorry about that. Maybe we will have to go on a mini vacation next weekend too……

Every day needs some flowers, don’t you think. And there are plenty to choose from.


Flower Market Aubel


And who wants to cook while on vacation…..

Let’s grab some local delicacies for tonight’s dinner.

Sunday Market Aubel


Hmm, these coconut macaroons were so tempting…..


sweet treats at market Aubel


All of these images were taken on the Sunday market in Aubel in Belgium. It is only half an hour away from where I live, but on this sunny Sunday in June it felt like walking a market in the south of France.

Back home I did a bit of this….


mixing color modpodge



Mixing some colors for a craft project I’ll show you soon.


And mixing some ingredients for this:


banana bread chocolate chips


Banana bread with chocolate and walnuts to serve to a dear uncle of mine who came for a visit.


And then we had to get ready for this:

Orange flower bouquet



Team orange had to play a game. Oj, and what a game, the saving goal in the last 8 minutes and the wining goal in the overtime. It was a close call, but we made it through to the next round so my sports garland can stay up a bit longer.


And now it is back to another week of work, battling the deadlines before summer break starts.

How was your weekend? What did you do?

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  1. says

    What a lovely way to spend a Sunday!
    I really enjoy your blog, Marianne. I love your relaxed, descriptive style of decorating, Sundaying and writing!
    My new blog is totally different from yours and probably serves a different purpose for me than maybe yours does for you.
    Thanks so much for sharing about the area in which you live. It is incredible to me, here in isolated Australia, that you have so many different countries’ borders so close to you that you can go for a Sunday drive for 30 minutes and be in a ‘different world’!

  2. Gwen says

    What a delightful post. Leisurely. Colorful. Sweets on display but your banana bread looked the best. Have you ever picked up walnuts? We’d get $8 a bag. But one must wear gloves!! Walnuts come wrapped in a blackish skin surrounding the shell. It stains your hands!!! It took me as a kid a l-o-n-g time to fill a bag!! My girlfriends did it for the one parents to earn money. Walnut trees do not flower like almond. But oh how beautiful they grow. Whitish bark. Thick smooth trunks. Almonds grow about 20 years and are replaced. Walnuts are kept much longer. They are grown about a hundred miles north of me. The weather is the same so I wonder why not here. Maybe established there. Olive trees were taken out near me and lemons and pistachios put in acre upon acre. Corporations own these. Pistachios grow almost like a cluster of grapes on the tree!! Pecans are not grown here. Mostly in the south. Lots and lots and lots of grapes too. I love the look of the vines. I have one. We usually feed the birds. We miss picking
    time!!! Right now closer to my folks peaches are starting to harvest. Apricots are done. It is very, very hot. 104 F today. May be up to 108F this week. Your pleasant jaunt looks beautiful!!! My sisters old beau was born in Belgium to a Belgium Mom and American father. They lived in my hometown in CA. She ( this boys Mom) was so very sweet and kind. She’s the only person I knew from Belgium. It seemed such a pretty place when she spoke of it.
    Thank you for sharing !

  3. Emilou says

    Hi Marianne, wow!! Thanks for taking us to Belgium with you. Wonderful, colorful photos. Did you buy the striped hat?? Pretty cute! But, oh your banana bread with chocolate and walnuts. I can smell it way over here and it smells just so yummy. Over the week-end a friend come by and we got my horse out, groomed her, saddled her and rode her. Then we came in the house where I made coffee from freshly ground beans, and if you were here I would have made you some tea which would have been perfect with your bread. Hope your next two weeks go smoothly at work and looking forward to your new craft project with such pretty colors. Blessings and smiles for Oregon, Emilou :-)