donderdag 25 december 2014

Merry Christmas

Everyone here at Pale Rose Cottage wants to wish you a very Merry Christmas & all the best for a Happy and Healthy New Year!! We are keeping things simple and just have a nice day with the family...

zaterdag 20 december 2014

Family Time for Tea

We spend a wonderful Saturday at my sisters house. Went to a few shops, bought nice buns for lunch. Drank lots of tea, chatted & had an amazing tine. It had been a while since we saw her and it was so nice to be all together again, just like old times...

dinsdag 16 december 2014

Happy Birthday Jane

It's Jane Austens birthday today & I'm going to celebrate by watching Pride & Prejudice again :D Some films you just can't get enough of & anything Austen is one of those for me...

dinsdag 2 december 2014

Hottinger Gnomes & Knitting Away

Mom's been super busy knitting away in order to make us a new Hottinger gnome. She used teal and blue yarn that go wonderfully by our Lapis Lazuli/malachiet stone...

vrijdag 28 november 2014

Baking Bread

Baking bread is one of the best things to do I find. It's become a hobby of mine & I like noting better than turning the heat up (in this weather) grabbing a bag of flour and knead...

zondag 23 november 2014

Almost St Nicolas

Saint Nicolas is in the country again & to celebrate his arrivel we decorated our nature table in style with a little Sinterklaas en two Pieten that mom made...

woensdag 19 november 2014

Blini's & Gnomes

Mom has been really creative and knitted, between attaches of coughing, some acorn men named Gnome Oakies. We got the pattern from Ravelry & they are really cute! They are made of Multi colored yarn in blue and teals...

zaterdag 15 november 2014

Mittens and the Flu


We are all sick at the cottage, the flu has taken over all the residents of Pale Rose. I got it first, next Charlotte started to sneeze. Then Mom got sick & today Dad confessed to have been taking aspirins for two days...

dinsdag 11 november 2014

St Martins day

Today it's St Martinsday & at Pale Rose cottage we decorated our nature table in style. With a lantern, small dolls that hold paper lanterns ( my mom made these) & our wooden house that can hold an incense pyramide...

zondag 9 november 2014

A Special High Tea

On Saterday my friend S. came to Pale Rose cottage, we drank a cup of tea. Had a brief chat & then she drove us to the nearest city, for our special day. Like last year, we were going to have a High tea...

maandag 3 november 2014

Muffins & Mandalas

When you cannot eat any Sugar & have a sweet tooth, such as I. Finding a muffin recipe that is allowed, ingrediƫnt wise was a wonderful thing...

vrijdag 31 oktober 2014

Carrot bread for Halloween

It's that pumpkin time of year again, and here at Pale Rose we have eaten our fair share of pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread & pumpkin mash. So by the time it was the actual date of Halloween, we had something else for lunch...

maandag 27 oktober 2014

Acorn and Liguster

We got something wonderful in the mail from our dear friends J and H. Besides a pretty card two small books with flower fairies in them. Little poems and beautiful picures...

vrijdag 24 oktober 2014

Thinking Back

I had a lovely birthday this week, we celebrated it at my sisters house. She baked me a fabulous cheesecake, decorated the diningtable really really pretty...

dinsdag 21 oktober 2014

Birthday Wishes

Waking up on your Birthday is always a bit different from waking up on any other day, isn't it?! I woke up knowing straight away that it would be a special day & a special day it will certainly be...

zaterdag 18 oktober 2014

Potter, Popcorn and other Pleasantries

I went to my friend S.'s house, as we had agreed to watch a movie together. She's been to Pale Rose a couple times in the past weeks. So it was time for me to visit her place now...

maandag 13 oktober 2014

Ladies Day(s)

My sister invited me for the weekend, I would sleepover at her place & we'd go to the ladies day. She did not have to ask me twice & so I packed my bag, grabbed my camera and toothbrush...

woensdag 8 oktober 2014

Bagels and a Bundtpan

You might have read all about my bagel adventure her at Pale Rose a few weeks ago. Well, the story continues as Mom and me decided to bake some more...

zondag 5 oktober 2014

Fabulous Food

I've always loved food, to eat and to make or bake. When I open the fridge door and see so many vegetables and other ingredients my hands start to itch to turn them into great dishes...

donderdag 2 oktober 2014

Super cute fairies, Sunflower & Sewing


Autumn is in full swing, the leaves of our tree are changing color. Now a bright red, bringing a jolly look to Pale Roses garden. In which our only sunflower showed it's bright yellow leaves with pride.  During our visit to the army library we spotted a bunch of interesting looking items. Acorns and propellers, a little husk of a beech tree. Mom immediately knew what we would do with them => make fairies...

maandag 29 september 2014

Dragon Bread at Michaelmas

It's Michaelmas today and here at Pale Rose we celebrate the feast if St Michael by decorating our nature table in style...

zaterdag 27 september 2014

Gnomes and Gerbera's

Mom's been busy knitting, knitting a little hat. A jacket, some shoes. In beige, yellow and a rusty brown shade. All super tiny & when combined, stuffed and sewn together... Turn into a little house gnome :)

vrijdag 26 september 2014

Loads of Lemonade

My friend S came to visit & brought me a bag full of magazines to clip pictures from & a giftbag she brought from her vacation in Italy. Inside the giftbag was a wooden pinokkio and a jar of honey...

vrijdag 19 september 2014


Friday evening I stood with a bag, bursting full of clothes, toothpaste, soap and extra socks on my sisters doorstep. I waved goodbye to Mom and Dad, as I was the only one as a "guest" at her home for a sleepover...

dinsdag 16 september 2014

Banana Bread & Mango Soup

We made a lovely banana bread this week. I got the recipe from my friend S. Who had baked this for my sisters housewarming and given us a slice aswell. It was delightful and had blueberries in it. Ours did not as we followed the original recipe...

vrijdag 12 september 2014

Mushroom Madness

There are loads of mushrooms growing in patches of grass, in the village where Pale Rose cottage stands...

maandag 8 september 2014

Bubbling Bagels

I had made a copy of a bagel recipe, from a library cookbook. Place it in my recipes-yet-to-try folder & left it untouched for months. Then at the beginning of this week I rememberd the copy tugged into said folder & searched for it. Time to make bagels!!!

donderdag 4 september 2014

A First Step

Pale Rose cottage is the best place to be, or it is for me, as it's my home. But when Autumn is taking it's first step. By growing rosehips, long grass & the sunflowers forming seeds. Going for a walk is rather  lovely...

maandag 1 september 2014

Sunflower Power

My friend S rang the doorbell yesterday, and handed these beautiful large sunflower heads over, bursting with seeds. First I made a funny face on one of them. Seen in the picture above....

vrijdag 29 augustus 2014


Tea is drank here at Pale Rose cottage liter after liter. For some reason the teapot is always full and ready to pour. Not that we mind it in the slightest, cause we love our cuppa :) Like CS Lewis, we can never get a cup of tea large enough to suit us. When our teacups were full, conversation started & Mom and I sat cozy together in the kitchen...

dinsdag 26 augustus 2014

Durum, Dolls & Doing my Nails

When you live in a cottage the small size of Pale Rose & are on a matching budget. It's important to watch your wallet and plan meals according to the season, thus the price. Being thrifty might be nessesary, it can also be a challange that's a lot of fun...

zaterdag 23 augustus 2014

Needlefelted Globes & Knitting Away


Me and Mom watched one of my DVD's today, we opted for Julie & Julia. A great film with lots of beautiful pots, pans and other fun kitchen accesories. When you watch a favorite film a second time, there are so many things you has not noticed the first time round. So I rather enjoyed looking at all those details and the brief glances of a French market...

maandag 18 augustus 2014

a Friendly visit & Raisin loafs

My friend S. came to visit me this week. Because I've been ill we have not seen much of one another. So when she came on her bicycle, with a bunch of sunflowers. A box of fresh fruit, blueberries plus melon & a packet of tea. It almost felt like Christmas had come early. The same exiting butterfly flutters in your stomach & oh what a wonderful day it is feelings ;D

vrijdag 15 augustus 2014

Crafting on a Rainy day


With lots of grey clouds gathering in th sky. Charlotte sleeping on the purple blanket in her wooden "basket" & some time on our hands, we felt like crafting. The tea was ready to drink, it is vacation time, nothing stoping us from having some fun :D

dinsdag 12 augustus 2014

Day in my French Kitchen

Hello again :D You might have wondered what happened to the weekly updates of life here at Pale Rose Cottage. I've been ill for a long long time, but it's slowly getting better & now I'm able to welcome you in my French kitchen...

dinsdag 6 mei 2014

Clouds & Poetry

I like watching clouds :D I remember laying down on the grass as a child and trying to spot elephants or sheep. Clouds are never the same & cannot possibly bore me...

donderdag 1 mei 2014

Felt Good

So much happened in such little time, that I needed a moment or two for myself. When your head is full, your creative heart stayes silent & so few projects from my crafting closet took shape. Until now, and what better day to tell you about it all, than on this merry first day in May...

zaterdag 26 april 2014


It's Kingsday today, well actually it's tomorrow. But as that is to be a Sunday, Holland celebrates it today :) I cannot remember the last time our country had a King, instead of a Queen. My whole life I celebrated Queensday and this year I will be celebrating Kingsday for the very first time. It feels a little special to me, so special in fact that I dressed a little Dutch for breakfast...

zondag 20 april 2014

Easter Greetings

How's your morning been? Found any eggs in your garden? I haven't, but as that was to be expected I was not disappointed at all ;) In fact I was very happy that we would just be cooking, quickly displaying & than eating our very own Easter eggs...

zondag 23 maart 2014

A Springweek Break...

It's the first week of springtime and in my garden Grapehyacinths have already started to flower. I noticed this when I was sitting at the kitchen table, finishing up a letter. Now I can see them clearly too, on our nature table. Mom's knitting a pretty green shawl. It's not a shawl yet but it's certainly becoming very pretty. As is the beautiful sight those small blue flowers make. Yet that joyful spring feeling is missing in my life right now.

Because I have not been feeling my best & our computer still refuses to cooperate. I decided to take a little break from blogging with you. I hope you have enjoyed our chats. I have REALLY enjoyed hearing from you! Thank you for your visits!!

Perhaps one day we meet again at Pale Rose cottage,
Jo's Daughter

zondag 16 maart 2014

St. Patrick

Aren't clovers absolutely wonderful? I sure think so!! Therefor I'm really happy that ours are still looking beautiful on St. Patricks day :) Happy St.Pats btw, almost forgot to say that. Guess I've been daydreaming a bit. We will not be doing anything special for this feast, but there IS something wonderful planned for this afternoon...

zaterdag 15 maart 2014

In a Pickle

Life often demands us to have courage. I realized that these last couple of days when things didn't go exactly as I would have liked. Several times I felt like I was in a pickle...

maandag 10 maart 2014

Catching Up on a Spring day

Mom and I went for a walk this week, the sun was out and warmed our faces. Still early in the day, so it was rather quiet outside. Many people have been enjoying the Carnaval and probably just got back to work, back to everyday life. Yet dozens of things reminded me about the fact that just a few days earlier three colors covered the village in which our cottage stands...

woensdag 5 maart 2014

Baking Blue news Away

It's been a strange week here at Pale Rose, the village got ready to celebrate Carnaval. Flags, balloons and silly costumes popped up everywhere. Cheery bright colors surrounded us, jolly music in the shops, yet we (my family) felt sad. Not because of the Carnaval parade (of which we take no part), but we got a call from a relative that was rather upsetting...

vrijdag 28 februari 2014

Simplicity is Best

At Pale Rose cottage, we ALL love the simple things in life. I thought to share a few with you today. We picked some flowers to put in a vase for our coffee table. Mom knows exactly what they are called, but right now I'm struggling to recall it. Can't ask her as she's busy right now writing to our friends J+H. They are a gorgeous yellow, look cheerful and Charlotte adores them (as do I) :D

dinsdag 25 februari 2014

Comforts of Home

Home is one of my favorite words as it holds so much meaning. My cat Charlotte sleeping on the chair making a soft squeaky noise when she inhales. The teapot dancing on a flame, promising a cup of nettle tea. Mom busy knitting socks...

vrijdag 21 februari 2014

Felting Falafel & Such Fun

In a brown paper bag in the attic we had kept our beautiful hand dyed sheepswool. Some of it we bought at a natural crafts shop in town. The blue, pinks and yellow we got as a gift. From the mother of my sister's boyfriend. She makes these colors herself, isn't that awesome. The wool was placed for safe keeping in said bag in the attic, because our Charlotte loooooooves wool :D 

maandag 17 februari 2014

A February Day of Spring

Springtime is often announced by bulbs & we have plenty of those here at the cottage. Most are still hidden in our garden, needing to popped their heads out from the soil. Some are very visible and beautiful, standing in the living room. Yes, we got loads new this year and they are hyacinths, daffodils and grape hyacinths...

vrijdag 14 februari 2014

Happy Valentine News?

Dressing up in floral prints & decorating my room with everything girly and soft pink is fun any day. Adding those extra bits for Valentine is even better.  So I got to it this morning & added my bird-line (see below) Reading yet another one of my favorite historical novels, I came to realize that I'm a hopeless romantic who was born too late...

dinsdag 11 februari 2014

Dad's Birthday Bash

Happy Birthday Dad, I called out early yesterday morning. Carrying a card, a BIG smile & a wriggling Charlotte. Who did not seem to understand why she had to be disturbed during her sleep, picked up & cuddled at this hour. Because it was a special day!! My father added another year to his life and there would be a family celebration everyone had been looking forward to…

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