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you have my heart, snowy amsterdam…
December 23rd, 2010

Amsterdam is so breathtaking these days, I find myself lost in its beauty. Icicles have formed on all the eaves of all the homes and all the boats. Our little boat looks like a floating gingerbread house, with layers and layers of thick icicles dangling down in front of the windows. Come dusk, the street […]

the snow is melting…
February 18th, 2010

For the last week here in Amsterdam, our canal has had a layer of glorious snow over the top of its frozen, icey surface. It has been reflecting a beautiful blue-white light into the boat that I have never seen before. Every morning I have been eagerly pulling up the blinds to let in as […]

a snowy stroll to the vondelpark…
February 10th, 2010

I am delighted, as you can imagine. How many times did I wish for it to snow when I returned to Amsterdam? Countless, I thought it was all in vain. But no! Because I woke up to a blanket of snow all over the boat. And as soon as it was light enough, I pulled […]

snow: up close and personal…
February 1st, 2010

Last week in New York, ten of Wilson A Bentley (a.k.a the snowflake man)’s incredible snow crystal photographs¬† – which date back to the end of the 19th century¬† – went on sale at the American Antiques Show. The vintage images are breathtaking… “Every crystal was a masterpiece of design, and no one design was […]

a snowy winter wonderland…
January 31st, 2010

While I’ve been sunning it up down under, I have been missing out on what has most likely been the prettiest winter in Amsterdam for years. In the last couple of months it has unusually snowed in my new hometown countless times, leaving a nice thick blanket over the cobblestoned streets, parked bicycles, canals and […]