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I’m in bed with the snowflakes dancing outside of my window. It’s so peaceful, which is what I need after one of the most hectic months and years I can remember. Perhaps not surprising I feel fluish and decided against having another working Sunday. Instead I will put on the Crown which has just premiered it’s second season.

Before going offline, some snapshots of yesterday’s evening. We don’t get much time to have a 3 hour dinner with the family, so very happy for this treat. Thanks Victoria and RP for making it memorable.

Dogged tired but managed to scrape up well with my beautiful daughter as companion

good company, conversations, food and wine

special evening

100 year anniversary menu ending with a delightful dessert

The Groenendaal manor in full Christmas glory

A late but wonderful Sinterklaas celebration. And he had prezzies for everyone. On that note I can’t wait until it’s Christmas!

❤️ Sibling love ❤️

who is the boss of the prezzies?

…and more Lego. We have quite some building to do this weekend

It feels tremendously good to be home after a hectic week and a conference in Helsinki. Although extremely cold when I arrived home, I found beautiful gift from the kids in the shape of an Advent Calendar by Rituals. Very thoughtful and I am already using the hand cream :). As I was away they had fun with morning gift openings leading up to Sinterklaas. And from what I can see their Advent Calendars were quite a hit too!

First morning of December

Surprise, surprise!

Advent Calendar by Rituals



I have written endless perfume posts, some venturing into that of the carnal, esoteric and forbidden. Because perfumes are all of those and so much more. A quality fragrance will smell like sun drenched skin, the peculiar scent of ozone, with deep notes of civet, amber and musk. And a good perfume will age with grace, dignity yet revealing depths you can’t recall since you last cracked open the bottle. TABU is one such fragrance, originating from 1932 by the legendary perfumer Jean Carles who famously was told by his contractor (Dana) to “make a perfume a prostitute would wear”. I can’t attest to if it’s living up to its ideals, but it certainly is a perfume that is worn best with silk and lace under the glow of candlelit chandeliers and classical music.

Should you ever look for good quality vintage perfumes in Haarlem, then make sure to stop by the obscure but lovely perfume store “Perfumes of the Past”. Caron, Schiaparelli, Lanvin and of course Dana are all on the menu. You won’t be disappointed.

We might have a hectic schedule, rendering precious little family time, but luckily Sinterklaas and his helpers haven’t forgotten us. A few more weeks and it starts looking like Christmas. Can’t wait!

kids were happy 🙂

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