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Meandering in a Dutch Garden and a Smoked Salmon Brunch

I love when a rather uninteresting day turns into something special through a simple twist of fate.

It was a dark and cloudy day in Amsterdam – rather like today in Australia – and my brother and sis-in-law were in dire need of light fixtures for their new flat. So we piled into the car and headed waaaaay out into the country to a spot that boldly proclaimed itself as having the largest selection of chandeliers in Western Europe – the Kroonluchter Atelier De Rode Hoeve.

Fully expecting a gray, austere warehouse filled with gaudy lights, we were absolutely delighted when we turned down a tree-lined country lane and pulled into the prettiest little spot plucked right out of a scene from the English countryside.



The “store” was a collection of beautiful old homes and cottages connected by winding stone paths, overgrown gardens and all manner of unique odds and ends.

I left my sibs to their shopping and spent a very happy couple of hours wandering and photographing.



Everywhere I looked was a treasure trove of delights: a cast iron stag head mounted on a wall, lichen-covered statuary almost hidden in the bushes, and lovely old urns and pots holding carved boxwood.



I loved the many clever containers used to hold the numerous flowers: rusted cast iron baskets, stone boxes, and battered old pots that looked perfect on the mossy pavers.



There’s something nice about being “forced” to stay in a place for hours on end. Often when I visit a garden, I motor on through, retaining only a cursory memory of loveliness. Not here. While my siblings hemmed and hawed over styles of lighting, I really got to know this garden. And I loved it.

The exquisite hodgepodge of manicured hedges and wild undergrowth made my heart happy and gave me all sorts of ideas for a garden of my own.



This ivy-covered arbor and gate-way was so wonderful it made my heart ache a little. Can you imagine traipsing through that to get home each day? Bliss.



On such a day I would love one of my brother’s famous brunches.

We’d start off with a bowl of fresh fruit: kiwis, plums and oh-so-ripe peaches, followed by perfectly toasted grainy bread, and scrambled eggs studded with sun-dried tomatoes and topped with luscious slices of smoked salmon.

Afterwards we’d linger over steaming cups of strong Dutch coffee topped with froth so thick you can spoon it up like cream.


I can’t wait to show you more of this gorgeous Dutch garden.

Where is your favorite garden?

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Cailins - Lovely photos – as always 😉 xo

Krista - I’m so glad you like it too, Zita. 🙂 I was so happy to find it. 🙂

Zita - Krista! This place is a hidden gem! You were lucky to be there!

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Krista - Oh Valerie, I’m SO happy to hear from you again. 🙂 I’ve been wondering how you are and what you’re up to. 🙂 Thank you for your truly kind words. You never fail to cheer my heart. 🙂 xo

Krista - I would LOVE to take you with me, Hila! 🙂 I’ll find all the pretty spots and YOU can tell me wonderful stories. 🙂

Krista - Ohhh, wouldn’t both be absolutely splendid? 🙂

A Canadian Foodie - Now this is really the secret garden. And, you are back in Amsterdam again. Love how you travel and there is no website I love more than yours for the photo art… your photos and the realestate you have for them on your site are second to none. Love the top banner with the changing photos now, too. Hope you are well and life it treating you as good as you deserve. I can picture you wrapped up in a blankie on your brother’s couch on a rainy day in Amsterdam watching movies and drinking lots of hot tea.

Margo Millure - I suddenly have craving for smoked salmon and a house with a thatched roof!

Hila - oh that’s not fair, how come I never stumble upon these kinds of scenes in Australia? Sigh, you’ll have to take me with you next time!

Krista - I’m so happy, Melody! 🙂 I’m not a manicured garden girl either – though I don’t mind looking at them. 🙂 I prefer a tumble of this and that. 🙂

Krista - I’m so glad you love it too, Abby. 🙂 It was such a happy and inspiring day. 🙂

Abby - You’ve outdone yourself with beauty on this post!! From the lush gardens and flowers to that amazing lunch… just gorgeous!

Melody Engels Goff - I love these gardens! My favorite type of garden tends to be the “tangled” look. I have no idea why but the less manicured the better I like it. I am not about overly manicured gardens that look too stiff and starched, if you know what I mean. =) I do love these pictures. =)

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