Happy Spring! The earth laughs in flowers!

Since it’s the first day of spring today, I thought it’d be the perfect occasion to have a blog post with tons of flower photos.  Last Easter my mum came to visit me in The Netherlands and Keukenhof was on the top of the places-to-visit list.

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Keukenhof basically translates to kitchen (keuken) and “garden” (hof), and in 15C it used to be countess Jacoba van Beiren’s garden for growing herbs, while her nearby castle was used as a hunt lodge.  Today Keukenhof is a grand flower exhibition full of tulips, hyacinths and narcissi, etc.  Just imagine flower galore.

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You might be thinking that it’s bit touristy to visit a tulip garden in Holland, but being there twice myself I must say I really enjoyed it both times.  The first time I was there I visited as a tourist and I was just so blown away – Picture-perfect Holland with windmills overlooking stretches of colourful flower fields in full bloom.  Indeed, I loved it as a tourist.  The second time I was there I was more of a local expat, still loved it.  But this time besides enjoying the sheer beauty of the flowers, what I enjoyed even more was the variety.  Young tourist-me just found all the flowers beautiful, but “seasoned” local expat me realized that some of the tulips were “artisan” tulips that were quite rare and were not everyday tulips that you’d come across at the local supermarket or Saturday flower market.

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Colours of Spring

Living in The Netherlands fresh tulips are easy to come by.  I live in Utrecht, and every Saturday at the Janskerkhof square there is a flower market (Bloemenmarkt) to buy bouquets, potted plants of different sizes, garden plants and bulbs at cheap to reasonable prices.  This weekend for 5 euros I bought 3 fresh bouquets with a small bunch of narcissus flowers on the side.

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I’m always amazed at how a simple addition like a fresh bouquet can liven up the atmosphere of a room so much.  These vibrant colours are much needed especially when winter still seems to be clinging on…

 

December frenzy!

What have I been up to so far in December?  A big highlight was visiting Oslo, Norway for a weekend, which was awesome btw.  A small highlight was being commissioned to make some Christmas decorations.  And finally, a SUPER highlight that is yet to happen is that I’m flying home for Christmas next week!

Rather than putting up Christmas lights, I like to light up candles around the apartment. With the left over glass balls that I had initially used for making hanging terrariums I decided to turn them into these Christmas decorations… I think they would look gorgeous if you hang them up by the window.

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Photo Credit: Ed Gregory

It’s not a Sunday until you waste it completely then start feeling really sad around 8pm

Well, thank goodness we changed the clocks this weekend to go back an hour so now it’s actually only 7pm.  I took these photos in my neighbourhood just 2 weekends ago, and already there’s a quite a change… the trees are pretty much naked now!

It’s been very busy since I came back from Paris last weekend, and this week I’m going to Marrakech!  Lots of exciting things going on, and I hope to sort out all my pictures asap, so do check back for updates!

Hello World!

After more than a year of leaving Seeking Hedonia to collect dust on my  WordPress space, I am dusting off my blog and giving it a new beginning.  I hope to redirect the focus of blog to more exciting content in addition to writing my day-to-day (the good, the bad, and the ugly) encounters.  Not that I would brand myself as a photographer, a foodie or an travel blogger, I would nonetheless love to share my stories and experience in food, travel and creative projects.  For the time being, I would like to share a photo from my balcony taken earlier this year.  For the next post, it’s London calling!

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