What’s better than a nice flowey dress on a summer day in the city? Right, it is the best! This dress is an old time favourite from Indiska, but with some new accessories like earrings, a nice bag and sunglasses, I tried to spruce it up a little. These nude heels are also my new favourite shoes. They are so comfy, they go with everything and I love the wooden heel.
This summer, after our big trip to NYC, which you can read about here , we decided to switch things up and go on a holiday in our own country for a change to unwind and relax to the fullest. So, I booked a tiny house in the Ardennes, the most foresty area in Belgium, without a wifi connection. It was delightful! We slowed down, we read (lots), we cooked, we hung around, we went for walks, we watched dvd’s, we did all the things that disappear too easily from daily life because a to do-list gets in the way.
The place we spent these 5 days at, was perfect for it. I booked with two very friendly people called Chantal and Salva, who have converted this trailer into a proper tiny house for two. They paid attention to every small detail and almost everything is made out of wood. Cozy for sure, comfortable , yes, that too! The trailer is located in a small village called Trou de Bra, which is part of Lierneux. Not too far away you can find Spa, Trois Ponts and Coo. Although close to the renters, we were surrounded by nature. The garden that they created is perfectly suitable to enjoy these surroundings too: there’s a hammock, a barbecue, picknick table, etc. There was also a cute wood stove in the house which we didn’t use (30°C was plenty, thanks) but who knows, we might go back in winter to do it all again. In case you’re interested, the place is called Coeur de Roulotte and you can find more info about booking here.
Despite the small digital detox (I did log in once or twice when visiting the cities), I did take lots of photos because it’s what I love doing. An impression of our stay is what follows. Hope you enjoy! :-)
If there’s one thing Gillian and I like to do, it’s try new places to eat. Especially meals that I wouldn’t normally cook at home or that are really hard to recreate. Umamido is one like that, as it’s a Japanese noodle (ramen) restaurant. I’d driven past here a couple of times on my way to work and last week we finally got to try it. My favourite bits were the edamame and the gyoza! There’s plenty of locations too, if you’re interested in your own bowl of asian goodness. You can find their menu here.
One of my ultimate favourites, I’d have to say, is a classic apple pie. I love that there are so many different types and that it’s one for all seasons. You can have it hot with ice cream or cooled with a nice glass of iced tea in summer. Yum!
375 g or 2 ½ cups of flour
4 teaspoons of baking powder
225g or 1 ½ cups of melted butter
200 g or 1 cup of caster sugar
20 g of sugar
1 bag of vanilla sugar
3 spoons of soy milk
6 big apples
3 teaspoons of cinammon
60g of raisins
1 pie tin
1 rolling pin
Making the dough
Mix the caster sugar, baking powder and flour
Add the butter and soy milk
Blend until a smooth dough that doesn’t stick
Put a towel over the dough and put it in the fridge
Making the filling
Peel the apples and cut them into little pieces
Regularly add lemon juice and stir
Add in the sugar, cinnamon and raisins
Put the filling in the fridge
Making the pie
Preheat the oven to 180°C or 350°F
Put some baking paper to fit the pie tin
Roll out ¾ of the dough and spread it across the pie tin to fit
First of all, thanks for reading! I don’t know if there are many of you out there, but I thought it’d be nice to keep you in the loop. So here goes. Recently I haven’t really enjoyed blogging. I feel uninspired and disappointed with what I’m posting. I’ve skipped the monthly overviews a couple of times. I’ve been putting off writing up the ideas I do have and sometimes it even feels like a chore to sit down and start. That is not how my blog started when I think back on it, and that is not what I want my blog to become either.
On the plus side, I’ve found so many other things I’m interested in offline (baking, reading, cooking, our garden, doing absolutely NOTHING AT ALL, friend, family, exploring more of Brussels,…) that I’m happy to just wander down that path for a bit too.
So…, I’ve decided to take a bit of a break and not make any promises as to when or what I will be posting. I want my blog to remain a space that I can pour my creativity into and not one that drains my energy. So no more weekly music video’s, monthly overviews, etc. I’ll be posting whatever I want whenever I feel like it. And that may be quite irregular. There may be weeks without a blogpost and then there may be a week with a few. Whenever inspirations strikes!
I still have some blogpost scheduled that you’ll see appear, but from then on it’s all question marks. I hope you can all understand.
Definitely “see you later” though,
PS: You can still keep up with me on Instagram and I’m forever available through e-mail, text or old skool letter :-)