Ship Ahoy!

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Hello and thanks for stopping by. My boy turned 5 yesterday! Here in the Netherlands it is tradition for the children to take a treat into school to share with classmates, sugary food is of course not a good idea so fruit is a good alternative. We checked out Pinterest last week for ‘traktatie’ (treat) ideas and Dexie chose a Pirate Ship melon! I was kind of wishing I hadn’t shown him the internet but it’s good to challenge yourself (apparently) so we went shopping for a boat shaped melon at the weekend. Turns out October is not the best time to shop for watermelons in this neck of the world.

Sunday evening I set to (fortified with a glass of Sauvingon) with my carving knife whilst the other parent made the pirate flags (good job one of us is a professional). It takes patience but it’s not that difficult (working out the best way to cut the sails and get them to stay up is the hardest part). So I say, “give this one a go!”.

Thanks to the teacher for taking the class room photos! Better than my grainy efforts. *note to self – take the time to photograph these things better!

Time for coffee and cake now… got a lion cake to make for Sunday!

#keepthekidsawayfrompinterest

cafe*Delicious cakes and coffee at RumBaba in Oost.

 

Berry Berry good

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It was the perfect Sunday afternoon family activity for today… berry picking! The kids loved discovering all of the different varieties, picking (and eating… sssssh, don’t tell) the raspberries, blue berries, logan berries and honing bos (not sure what these are in English), very delicious, kind of sticky to the touch. I’ve never had such fresh blueberries. All these berries were picked right here in Amsterdam for just €8.00.

We are having ours served over Greek yogurt and drizzled with organic honey.

Colour Explosion!

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Last week we went to the beautiful Dutch Tulip gardens, the world famous Keukenhof.

Only open for a few weeks each year, with months and months of planning and planting before hand, it’s no wonder that thousands of people flock from all over the world to visit. I think the photos speak for themselves, but really the place needs to be experienced first hand – the colour around every corner makes your soul lift up and do a little happy dance.

A top day out for sure!

*This years theme was Van Gogh.