perfect pumpkin bread…….

Ok time to play catch up.  Sorry for the silence over the last two months but life has been swim crazy and those posts have stayed firmly in my head rather than safely ‘wordpressed’ on my laptop.  Time to make amends, especially as now the wifi seems stable, D the nocturnal geek has upgraded the … Continue reading

recircle image and stamp bw1


REcircle, our creative re-use centre, (based on a decade of dreaming and the long term vision of my good friend Julie-Anne Verbeelen) is about to go live.  We’re finally down to the last 6 days of a 21 month countdown, which started with a dinner including 30 inspiring guests, to help and lay down the … Continue reading


Halloween Horror……

… Halloween Horror hits the vD household once more, as Inigo walks off with first prize at the Middle School dress up day………this is how to do Halloween in style! ….  


Wild swimming near Mevagissey……

During our stay in Cornwall over the summer, we had the pleasure of meeting up with old friends from Brussels who by co-incidence were holidaying in our home county.  It’s so cool to just touch base by FB on a regular basis and then hit the jackpot when you realise you’re in the same location … Continue reading


Janine’s baked salmon…. with a goats cheese and sundried tomato crust

I’m thinking a lot about my Brit’any pal Janine this week, as she prepares her son George for local boarding school.  It’s only up the road and not a posh ‘public’ school, just a great one that is way way way oversubscribed.  And in the mad lottery postcode set up of the UK, if you … Continue reading


Wild swimming

Wild swimming is a great way to just get outdoors and enjoy the bracing fresh air and cool waters of our coast, rivers, lakes, inlets and pools.  I didn’t realise until recently that my morning cravings in Concarneau (to swim to the buoys on the beach in front of our holiday home) was actually a … Continue reading


Back to my roots…….. life in Cornwall

After 6 weeks in Brittany in my ‘twin home town’ of Concarneau (which is covered in The Beach House blog by the way!), I’ve finally arrived back in Penzance, Cornwall.  Aside from the Cornish weather (boy you think it’s wet in Brussels – well no-one does sea mist any thicker or wetter than the Cornish!), … Continue reading


Travelling with Tweeners……..

The kids were excited.  The first past of our mega long summer together (ie my 9 week parental break from work, at the same time as their annual 2 month holiday from school!) was going to be celebrated in Paris.  With the added bonus of a place to stay, with Hubbie’s cousin Mark and his … Continue reading


Monsieur @ Parc de St-Cloud

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Paris last week.  At the recommendation of Marc and Rosanna, our Parisian side of the family, we headed into the Park St-Cloud on a balmy Friday evening. St Cloud is a classic park overlooking Paris and was the site of an old Monastry founded by … Continue reading


City Chicks, en Vacances!

In the final stages of holiday packing and planning, it was the turn of the chickens yesterday to leave on their luxury summer vacation to the seaside! The coop was packed up, the chickens huddled into a box, and off we headed to Lieve’s house in Assenede on the north coast of Belgium, where her … Continue reading


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