Sunday, August 31, 2008

What a wonderful weekend!

I don't think we've had a weekend like this for ages. One where we truly had fun just about every minute. I say just about solely because when travelling with 3 kids there are bound to be "those moments." But overall, a fabulous weekend.

We went to the Netherlands for my penpal's wedding. Yes, I did say penpal. We have been corresponding for 24 years...can you believe it! Prior to this, we had only met once and that was 15 years ago. I guess you can imagine my excitement to see her again and especially for such an occasion.

We stayed in a gorgeous B&B, D'n Beererijer, in Oostelbeers, right near Oirschot. The couple who run the B&B were so kind and despite the language difficulties we managed to get by quite well. We had a little house all to ourselves with views over the countryside and paddocks - a bonus for our equine loving children and country-loving me. There was even a cow with its calf, and although our daughter was slightly distraut to find that it wasn't a milking cow but rather meant for other uses, it all seemed to work out in the end. This adorable b&b felt like a home away from home, complete with Leopold losing his doudou (appropriately called "oh-oh") in the innkeepers' private quarters.

The nearby town of Oirschot is definitely worth the detour. Gorgeous Dutch architecture, cobblestone roads, and bicycles everywhere. We're already planning a return visit and with a bit of luck, I may just stay. Although, I admittedly may want to improve upon my Dutch to be able to say something more useful than Goede morgen meneer. U schijnt erg vriendelijk. Ik ben droevig mijn zoon uw koe deed schrikken. I'll let you figure out just what that says, but now that I think of it, they are actually pretty useful words in my world.

The highlight of the weekend was of course the wedding. It was absolutely lovely - so simple and just right. Ceremony in the quaint Mariakerk followed by luncheon at the family farm surrounded by friendly people. And for once this summer, the weather decided to cooperate. I don't think anyone could have asked for more.

So to the newlyweds, a huge thank you and an even bigger CONGRATULATIONS!

Fingers crossed it won't be another 15 years until we meet again.


ingermaaike said...

What a great time you have had!

Heli said...

Looks and sounds perfect! And those little girls are like little fairies :)

Ravenhill said...

How lovely a weekend! Such sweet darling girls!

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industrialpoppy said...

It has long been a dream of mine to go to the Netherlands-I am envious and am hoping for more photos! Great post!