Friday, August 10, 2018

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

French Weather

Climate change on Planet Earth? Sometimes I am afraid species 'homo sapiens' changed climate on our planet "irreversible". What we changed can be unchanged, in time, right?

This summer #2018 it's South of France kind of weather in The Netherlands. Hot. Very hot. And in France and the rest of the countries around the Mediterranean Sea? Very hot. Too hot. Slowly changing into a desert?

Anyway I changed our menu this summer. More cool, wet and fresh salads.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Like Blueberries

Others surprise me - over and again. They say, "Just be happy!" I hear and read it everywhere all my life. As if it’s a law of nature. As if everyone knows what happiness is and know its definition by heart. As if it’s ready to be picked like ripe blueberries on a bush, ready to be eaten.

Sometimes I feel as a stranger in the desert. Whispering in the wind: the definition of happiness is historically and culturally biased. As if not a single person is listening and realizing the impact of that truth. It should make us 'homo sapiens' more humble and less selfish.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


One of the films that impressed me most when I was a little younger was 'The Sure Thing' (1985). How I loved the story, the ups and downs, attract and repel, Ivy League school, the adventure of being on the road together. Being young and full of dreams. Windows of opportunities. Looking for love - not lust only.

P.S. I guess I was in love with Daphne Zuniga. So charming.
P.P.S. The full movie: here. I just checked out the last 10 minutes. It made me cry.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

That Would Be Nice

That would be so nice. Walk a little. Eat a little. Read a little. Sleep a little. Make love a little more. Stroll over Santo Antão Island and São Vicente Island. Enjoy the smells and warmth.

Sunday, June 17, 2018


or 1. Changing light
or 2. Waves
or 3. Sun
or 4. Changing colors
or 5. Clouds
or 6. Seafishing on coast Scotland
or 7. Silver lining

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Outside and Inside

Last week I was outside.

 Yesterday I was inside.

Its owner paid for a couple of archeological expeditions and in return recieved some replicas of findings. E.g. replica of Nefertiti her head.

Couple of ancient Egypt inspired objects in his house.

Everywhere pictures, drawings and paintings.

Over 4,000 books in the house. Couple in french, mostly german and a notable amount in English.

Now I am curious for his:
  • Travel schedule. He was travelling 10 out of 12 months a year.  Owned 60 houses and a big yacht
  • The languages he spoke
  • What he read. An analysis of his library
  • To what amount he felt in exile in The Netherlands

P.S. He is: here. House is: here.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Yesterday at 18:11 hours - I remember looking at the clock because I promished to start cooking dinner at 18 sharp - I finished my book on the Cape Verde Islands. After three years this transcription and translation of 17th century Dutch documents reached its end.

My foreword ends with this. In a nutshell it tells it all:
"The main goal of this annotated translation is to unlock this unique and beautiful 17th century Dutch treasure to humanity. To remove the veil from the Cape Verde Islands. In a time that information and products floated over the seas with – take a deep breath and try to visualize – the speed of a sailing ship. With sailors on them of whom roughly 25% would never see the habour again they started their voyage from."

What is left is checking foot- and endnotes and editing. It will be published as a print-on-demand book.