Looking Back on 2014

Madrilicious Amsterdam

It’s quite funny but when you have a blog it is much easier to look back on what happened this year than without one. So writing a post about this topic starts with going back about 22 pages and reading my first blog post of the year. This year started with Essentials and after moving from Madrid to the Netherlands in the middle of the year, I had to size down on a lot of stuff to make it there sane. It went much easier after I found a good and cheap shipping service but many things didn’t make it here. Essentials have become my favourite words when it comes to have a functional wardrobe and home. Even now I hardly buy something without asking if it is really needed and where it is going to be stored.

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Daily Luxury #1

Daily Luxury

If there is one thing I wouldn’t give up in my every day life is the sense for luxury. The urge is probably a better workd but I rather keep my sense to find luxury. Luxury for me is the ability to enjoy certain things without the pressure of time. To create a space and life where there are no limits to your own happiness. The true luxury is timeless and without borders. You could even say it is beyond dimensions. But instead of going into the relativistic theory of luxury let me tell you about my daily luxuries…

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Around the world in 80 gardens: Monty Don

Manzanares El Real Madrid

I am totally fascinated by this BBC series written and stared by Monty Don, the British gardener. It takes us to the 5 continents and 80 fantastic gardens and gardeners who share their passion for their local surroundings. It’s backyard gardening but on the international scale with national characteristic to each of them. I love the jungle garden in Mexico, the desert cactus garden and I really want to jump into my screen when Monty Don visits the Taj Mahal in India. When you think that one of the seven wonders of the ancient world were the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which we have not much of an idea of how they exactly looked, traveling with Monty Don to see all these gardens makes me realize why a garden can be a wonder of the world equally important as the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Colossus of Rhodes or the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

For someone like me who spends her summer vacation in the North this is just the right distraction from rainy days and an inspiration to work my little garden.

There are 10 episodes and one prologue.

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BBC French Gardening

Garden Visby Gotland

I have been literally cleaning the house, feeding the cat and watching garden shows…well the good kind of garden shows and working the ground a bit. There is this French Garden Series by Monty Don that is really amazing. You have to watch it just for the beauty of it. Visit the old lady that works her garden for 39 years all alone among many others, the garden of Claude Monet and Versailles vegetable backyard…

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Why you must be yourself #3

Albert_Einstein quote

Have you seen this old Kung Fu movies where the young climbs a mountain to find a wise old man and asks him for the meaning of life? I did and there was never an answer but the advice to go out and find it for yourself. For the last quote on Being Different I give you some wise words I like very much. They don’t tell you the meaning of life but might help you find it.

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