Red and blue shirtTo be honest, I don’t know whether this is a red and blue shirt or a red and black shirt. To me it is blue as my blue trousers suit the shirt so well heh heh. The trousers are from the Max Mara outlet stash. I bought 6 pairs of trousers there: 2 blue, 2 black and 2 green. Greedy right? Over the top. Why? The price was low and the quality is soo good, they will last me for years.

The day was sunny and there was hardly any wind. Admittedly, it was cold if you weren’t standing in the sun, but that is the life of a “model” for you. There will be plenty of days to come with rain and snow and shoddy indoor photos. Kitty and I chose the estate Beeckestijn for backgrounds this time. There are quite a few posts on my blog with photos taken at this estate, but who would remember? We used to walk our previous dog Charlie here a lot, but now the dogs have to be on the leash, so no option for Dr. Watson our current dog.

Below: Arriving through the gates, this cute house is on the left.

Beeckestijn

Below: And right in front of us, is the main building. I wouldn’t mind living there.

Beeckestijn

Below: To the right is a building which is turned into a restaurant: Brasserie Beeckestijn. Of course we went there for coffee and lunch after the photo shoot.

Beeckestijn

Below: This is the back, the other side of the main building. You see me, still in my coat, changing into other shoes for the shoot.

Beeckestijn

Below: Wearing a white heat tech shirt by Uniqlo underneath the shirt. The pearl necklace is from years ago, a purchase from a friend of a colleague.

Red and blue shirt

Below: I love that the back is longer than the front. So much the rage these days and perfect for my figure. The brand of the shirt is French Connection. This photo was taken in the lane coming up to the main house. There are beautiful statues on either side.

Red and blue shirt

Below: Two of the statues. Holding my blue bag, a gift from Marianne (seen before in this post with my bright pink trousers).

Red and blue shirt

Below: The autumn colours with sun coming through the trees…. so beautiful.

Red and blue shirt

Below: The belt, knotted at the back, is stopping the wind from picking up the shirt.

Red and blue shirt

Below: Kitty made me stand here because of the grand autumn colours. Hmm… yellow leaves and yellow hair…

Red and blue shirt

Below: Picked up a few leaves with my heel. I seem to do that more often. The boots are by Essentiel Antwerp and my knee can handle them for a little while now. The knee is getting better but soooo slowly. At this pace it will take another year but I am a lot better than last year so you won’t hear me complain.

off-white boots

Below: A razor sharp photo showing my age haha.

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Below: I changed shoes and bag but I have to say I like the outfit better with the boots. With these heels the outfit becomes too classic for my taste.

Red and blue shirt

Below: Let’s go to the restaurant (behind me) and have a coffee. I am cold!

Red and blue shirt

Below: We did one more “stop”. Beeckestijn has several historical gardens, with flowers and herbs amongst others. The one we visited has two snake-shaped walls which retain the warmth of the sun. There are 8 of these walls in the Netherlands and two of them are on Beeckestijn. They used to grow peaches and apricots and other exotic fruit in this garden. It says on the sign that a fellow called Jacob Boreel once had peaches shipped from his garden to a dinner in London. We do these sort of unsustainable things all the time nowadays.

Beeckestijn

Below: Couldn’t resist the access gate to the garden.

Red and blue shirt

Below: Me in the restaurant laughing because they made reservations for “Gtje” and my name is “Greetje”. Oh well. (The sign says: “Welcome Gtje and guest”.)

Red and blue shirt

Below: View from the restaurant window. Doggies everywhere.

Dogs in Beeckestijn

Below: A rather successful photo of Kitty in my humble (not) opinion.

Kitty

Below: This is a full shot of her.

Kitty

Below: One last look and back home.

Beeckestijn

What happened in my life this week

Saturday: Anja is back in town. YAY. We had a good talk exchanging news. In the evening Ron and I had dinner with our friends Froukje and Petro. Petro cooked a lovely dinner.

Sunday was my day of leisure. Ron did phone me at half past 10 asking me to come to the beach as the weather was so soft and warm. I joined him (and dog Watson) for a coffee and apple pie on the beach terrace. Refrained from taking another picture of sparrows on the table picking the crumbs. Rest of the day ironing, clearing stuff away and such.

Monday: picked up the night retainers for my teeth. Below you can see my teeth before (top photo) and after the braces (photo below). It is a bit of a scary picture as the photos are so close up. I have plastic things in my mouth for keeping my mouth wide open. The colour seems different but that is just the photo, they weren’t bleached while I had the braces. I am pretty pleased with the result. The teeth weren’t too bad to start with, but they were gradually getting more crooked.

teeth

Tuesday: just work, nothing else. My successor said yes to the offer my company made and she will start per the first of January. I know her and she is brilliant and nice, it will be a pleasure to break her in.

Wednesday: lunch with my friend Yvonne at the beach. We hadn’t seen each other for so long, it is a shame. There was so much to talk about that I totally forgot to take a photo for you. So sorry. If you want to know what Yvonne looks like, you have to click this link.

Thursday: just work again. Some pretty heavy meetings.

Friday: and again just work.

I wanted to make this section of my blog lively and fun, but when your days are uneventful, there isn’t much to tell. To brighten things up a bit and by request of Lisa The Sequinist, here is photo of our dog (Dr) Watson, who is still very lively and very sweet. He got very high marks for his puber (=adolescent) examination. The marks you can score range from 1 (bad) to 10 (excellent, like an A+). Both master and dog did super well as you can see below.

Watson diploma

Greetje

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