Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Long weekend

Hi all,

Our long weekend was great ... There was plenty of sunshine and according temperatures, we BBQ'ed three times in a row and took a dive in our swimming pool (not the rich man's stuff only an inflateable one) ... life is/was good ... today it's back to work :-(

Stitching wise I finished the other three panel outlines and now it's only special stitches left. I'm not happy with them I can tell you ... First of all there were the hutt's roofs and now I'm considering of doing the panels' "roofs" in another stitch. I really don't like the large algerian eyelets that should be stitched on the three sides of the panels (one batch in the "roof" and the other two in the flanking borders). I'm OR going to stich smaller algerian eyelets OR rhodes stitches with one ply ... Still undecided!

We also went to the bookmarket in open air on Sunday ... This event falls makes part of a bigger one that takes the whole weekend namely the "Palingfestival" which means "Festival of Eel" where you can eat the local specialty of cooked eel in a savoury herbs sauce.

Paling in 't groen is a Flemish regional dish, mainly from the area along the River Scheldt between Dendermonde and Antwerp. The Dutch language name (literally 'Eel in the Green') means 'eel in a setting of green plants' and refers to freshwater eel in a green herb sauce. The traditionally home-made meal is also sold fully prepared but still uncooked by some fishmongers' shops or market stalls, and can be enjoyed in specialty restaurants.[source: Wikipedia].

You could also opt for a bicycle ride on the numerous dikes/embankments, do a historic vapour train ride or go for a boating excursing. We kept things calmer and tasted delicious pancakes and bought some reading books at highly reduced prices - including one interesting cookbook called "One month in Marrakech - A Food Journey to the Heart of Morocco".

On Monday we went for a stroll in the zoo in Antwerp (not the one we visit regularly but one a little bit further away). This is really a green oasis in the middle of the city! Really special and worthwile a visit when visiting Antwerp.


And ...my eldest DD lost her first tooth later that day. This means another milestone in her young life ... she's getting big! In September she'll also be going to the "official" (and obliged) school, so kindergarten will be definitely behind her!

For the rest there's nothing to report! ;-)


Carol said...

First of all congratulations to your daughter!! That's a big day--losing her first tooth :)

Hope you can figure out what stitches you want to use on the roofs, Ann. I'm sure whatever you stitch, it will just add to the beauty of this piece.

What great photos of Antwerp, too...love all those zoo photos and the pretty gardens. (Not sure about eating eel, though!! Yikes!!)

Dani - tkdchick said...

What a milestone as a mother for your child to loose their first tooth!

I hope you're happy with whatever you hope to do with the hutt roofs!

Giovanna said...

I think your Serengeti looks lovely already! I hope you'll find an alternative that you like.

♥ Nia said...

Your stitching is looking so pretty :)
Beautiful photos!! Thank you for sharing! I love the last one :)