Art journal page & Award

As you may know (or maybe not, ’cause I wrote about it in my last post
and if you haven’t read that, you don’t know… OH MY, that’s a verge joke…
OK, now you know the mood I’m in!)

Anyway, I was in Zeeland last weekend and we went to Middelburg
– the “big” city and capital of Zeeland – on Saturday morning.
Now you should know, I left my parents house when I was almost nineteen
and lived in Middelburg for 2 years before I moved to another province
(to study – but I still live there). Middelburg contains a lot of memories –
it was a very important and hectic time in my life – and I decided to make
an art journal page about it.
So here it is…


Painted background with acrylic paint.
Photo of the Jewish synagogue ruin (see journaling)
Lines & handwritten journaling with black sharpie


“One morning in Middelburg. The memories pounce upon me.
Behind every street corner and underneath every brick – there is one.
The City hall (1), where I married J. while my heart was in doubt.
My heart, already with W. There’s my favourite pub, where I spend 
the school pauses and evenings with friends. The owner looked like
Mark Knopfler from the Dire Straits. And the bartender J. bought me
a white rose on the market once, to appologize for spilling an ice cream
on my little white dress – he was in a silly mood then. The discotheques
– where I danced the night away – are all gone or changed owners.
Unfamiliar names glimmer on the frontage now. The shops are the same as
in every other city. Except for “de Drvkkery”. I love this bookstore that wasn’t
there when I lived here. In a little book that N. got for free I read that the
Jewish Synagogue in Middelburg was re-build several years ago.
I still remember the ruin. It lay behind old houses. In a backstreet.
Difficult to find, but what a beautiful place it was!
I made lots of photo’s there and one night I kissed J.W. in the moonlight
standing next to its old walls. The houses I lived in are still here.
Nederstraat. Stationstraat. Suddenly, I miss Lenny.
The carillon plays a song of longing.
Ah, “de lange Jan” (2) is still here.”


City hall
of Middelburg









“De lange Jan”
(Long John)
a very high
church tower.








and handwritten






I received this award from Denise today, thank you so much dear!

The rules (yep, rules!) are:
I need to pass this on to
five people.  Post on their blog
that I gave them this award,
and then I need to answer a list
of questions in one word.




Well OK, here we go…

  1. Where is your cell phone? Haven’t (and yes, I AM human!)
  2. Your hair? Thick, auburn & grey
  3. Your mother? Writer
  4. Your father? All rounder
  5. Your favorite food? Zeeuwse mussels
  6. Your dream last night? Ordinary
  7. Your favorite drink? Wine
  8. Your dream/goal? Giving workshops
  9. What room are you in? Home office
  10. Your hobby? Scrap booking/art journaling
  11. Your fear? Losing my loved ones
  12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Zeeland
  13. Where were you last night? In my bed
  14. Something that you aren’t? Simple
  15. Muffins? No
  16. Wish list item? The winning lottery ticket
  17. Where did you grow up? Zeeland (the Netherlands)
  18. Last thing you did? Look in the dictionary
  19. What are you wearing? Pyjamas
  20. Your tv? Too small
  21. Your pets? Spiders
  22. Friends? Mostly Online
  23. Your life? Fullfilling
  24. Your mood? Amused
  25. Missing someone? My son (oh, he just came in, so NO – nobody’s missing)
  26. Vehicle? Bicycle
  27. Something you are not wearing? Right now? Make up
  28. Your favorite store? Drvkkery (bookstore Middelburg)
  29. Your favorite color? Depends
  30. When was the last time you laughed? Too long ago
  31. Last time you cried? Saturday
  32. Your best friend? Soul mate!
  33. One place that I go to over and over? Zeeland
  34. Facebook? No thanks!
  35. Favorite place to eat? Home

So, I am passing this award on to (in no particular order)
I’m curious to see your answers girls!

Julie Ann 

I’ll be back on Friday again!
Je t’embrasse!

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