my view…
Posted in amsterdam, pia's photos, the houseboat November 12th, 2009 by pia


This is the view I seeĀ  everyday while I sit at my desk and type away. As the boat windows are below street level I can glance up and see people coming and going with their bikes, chatting, etc. All the while I sip my tea and get back to the words on my screen. The words are getting plentiful now, I’m on a roll. And rolls are good.

I shall not digress, but I just wanted to stop in and say hi.


PS I did digress a little though, and posted in the library what I’m reading now, it’s a really good book.

PPS For Amsterdammers, there is an upcoming event organised by a friend of mine. It’s called swap and the city where you can exchange your perfectly good items that you never wear for fabulous fashion finds. There are heaps of fun things organised for the afternoon too. Sounds pretty cool, read more about it here. It’s on November 29 from 2-5pm so gets your tickets soon if you plan to go!

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  1. Ann Marie says

    what a lovely, calming, simple little view! so glad you’re on a roll!

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  2. kaylovesvintage says

    I want to try that swap in city, thanks

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  3. Sarah says

    You know, I had not realised that you live on a boat! I am so jealous. Is it as romantic as I think it must be? I like the view from your desk and I enjoyed your library blog too. THat book sounds very interesting.

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  4. amanda says

    Oh my, that is the perfect image, Pia!
    So yummy!

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  5. Brittany Noel says

    beautiful place to be able to see while you work. my desk sits in front of the second biggest window in the house. i love it!

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  6. Victoria says

    Lovely view! Come visit one day, it would be nice…

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  7. silvina says

    great pics .
    in a future vacation if you want to exchange homes, i live in pamplona, spain…(my home is bigger then yours, but not so beautiful) I love your blog!

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  8. Etincelle says

    hello there! my message has nothing to do with the pretty picture of what is above your desk…
    I was just going again through “Paris, handmade by hand” this evening and tried to check the websites available. Something really disappointed me from most of the shops/ artists: almost none of them are selling online, and some are obviously not updating their website… what a pity!
    I still love the book, it is just ‘une petite remarque’ and I am looking forward to the other 2 books!

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  9. Pascale says

    What a lovely and inspiring spot… And what caught my eye immediately in this picture is the red and white string you have on your windowsill. I’ve been looking for it for the longest time – Any hints as to where to find it?

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  10. pia says

    Thanks guys! It’s no fancy view but I love it all the same.

    Pascale – me too, I was looking for it for ages, and then I found it but now can’t remember for the life of me where it was. If I remember I will let you know.

    Etincelle – thank you for your comment. The idea of the Made By Hand books is to feature ateliers and boutiques that are hidden away. Most of these hidden away places do not have websites, and certainly no web presence, otherwise they would not be hidden away. I’m sorry this was disappointing for you. Maybe in time these places will develop better websites.

    silvina – how very tempting, thank you!

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  11. Pascale says

    Thanks, Pia! And good luck with the new books! I’m really looking forward to them! I love your photography style – eye candy to me, really…

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  12. vintage simple says

    Good luck with the roll – and so glad you stopped for a moment to say hi. I love the photo.


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  13. Cindy says

    I’m a Dutchy and I also used live on a houseboot at one time. It was on the Weepserzijde, near the Centuurbaan bridge. Live was great on it and just like you say in your blog….Unfortnately my marrige ended and I had to leave…I now live in Hoorn, Amsterdam in miniature but in my heart I still am a Amsterdammer and long for the city, but it’s to crowdy now for my likes…I miss the Sunday morning walks on the canals and visiting the Albert Cuypmarket and having a “Patatje met” (Frenchfries with majonaise…)Your blogitem brings back many lovely memories…

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  14. Bukola says

    I second the notion with Pascale. I too would dearly love to know where you found the lovely red and white string on your sill. I have been looking for one as thick and lush as yours for a while. What we have here in the US is mostly anemic looking ones that are very thin. A resource would be much appreciated! Thanks for your lovely blog Pia as always…

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