Monday, January 27, 2014

Busy in the country

Two things have happened:
I have been very busy in our country home and I have had 
no access to my electronic archives all these last weeks 
but it seems that things are henceforth going normally, 
at least let’s hope! I’ll be back commenting on your wonderful 
posts! So, we have started to renovate our country home 
which needed dramatic changes and required a great effort
 not only of layout but also of money. We decided to proceed 
slowly but surely with the big desire to revitalise this 
property which comes from my husband’s family and which 
is filled  with lovely family items, a great collection of my 
mother in law's embroideries and of course a house 
steeped in tender childhood memories.

I’m showing you some little details of the work I have done 
aided by an admirable “collaborator” of mine, a talented 
sweet friend who has “abandoned” her family on three 
successive weekends to give me a hand, advice and a healthy
 dose of good taste. Thank you Yolanda, you inspire me and 
transmit so positive energy around you!
The photos from our country garden were taken in late 
autumn, in glorious sunshine. It has been grey and dull lately, 
so no photo interest from outside.

It’s my first blog anniversary, a whole year has passed
since I traveled to blogland and I would like to 
thank you , my companions, for your love, 
kindness and support. 
It was such an enriching experience! 

Wishing you all the best! 


  1. Congratulation to your first year in the Bloggerworld.
    I have also birthday - it´s also my first year.
    It´s a wonderful and fabulous world here.
    Thank you for your wonderful pictures - they are so beautiful.

    Have a good week and I send you a lot of greetings

    Your Bluemchenmama

  2. Congratulations on your anniversary it has been a pleasure to follow you from your second post.It was lovely to see some images from your country home, those beautiful family items need to be treasured. Sarah x

  3. I will enjoy watching your progress as you renovate your country home.
    Congratulations on your first anniversary Olympia - I have really enjoyed your posts over the past year.

  4. Congratulations! Ik hope you stay in the bloggerworld for a long time. I always enjoy your beautiful posts! This post is also very colourfull. Ik love it. Specially in this dark days. I also want to tank for your nice comment on my blog! Greatings from Aleta

  5. Beautiful post....enjoy the week have fun Ria...x !

  6. Wishing you a very happy blog birthday, and well done on a whole year of blogging. I haven't got that far yet. The country home looks wonderful, how nice to be passed a family property to renovate. I do hope it goes well.

  7. Congratulations to your first anniversary, I am still happy we have found each others blog, dear Olympia. Your warm comments are a pleasure to read, thank you so much for that. It makes bloggerworld so beautiful!

    Sending hugs, Ingrid

  8. Hello! I am new to your blog but I just wanted to say HI! and wish you a happy blogaversary! I am looking forward to reading more from you and finding out about your house renovations, it sounds very interesting and exciting! xx

  9. Congrats Olympia ! Our "blog world" is richer , because You are here ! Great photos, as usual !
    Good luck with decorating your country home, I hope we will see some pictures after You're done :o)
    Hugs from here !

  10. Happy anniversary, Olympia! Your country place is beautiful. I always love to see how you've decorated and personalized your space, you're a natural with these pursuits.

  11. Dearest Olympia,
    What a sentimental period you have behind you and maybe the combination of not having access to your electronic archives for a while was good for the soul! We need such an escape at times.
    Your mother-in-law created some lovely crocheted lace doilies!
    Love that rose embroidery in the oblong frame. So many things, like your pillow and of course the photos from the fall garden give us some hope that winter will be over with one day.
    Stay well and congrats with your first blog anniversary!

  12. Congratulations, Olympia on your 1 year anniversary! I have loved your blog the moment I first saw it - so full of beauty and love. Your country home looks like it is coming together with tender treasures and much love. Everything is dear and sweet. What a nice friend to help you with putting everything right. I look forward to seeing your and your dear friend's hard work! So far it is lovely. Hugs xo Karen

  13. Congratulations on your first year of blogging, Olympia. I`ll look for to reading more about your country home and the new life you breathe into it.


  14. I follow youre progress about the country house. year blogging...I think it is a whole new world, and I like it verry much.
    Thanks for youre interesting posts.
    Have a nice day.

    Inge, my choice

  15. A very happy blog birthday, Olympia! I'm sure it has gone by very quickly. What a lovely way to celebrate the occasion by announcing the renovation of your home in the country; a new beginning for a treasured gem, to be cleaned, and shined and loved. How wonderful that your friend has devoted time from her weekends to create and decorate along with you. I love this process and have had the pleasure of assisting friends and family with their new homes over the years, too.

    Your images today are so beautiful and I can feel the warmth and serenity in the space, further brightened by the sun's generosity. The photo of the red teapot is extraordinary for its colour and light! I wish you the very best with this new venture and another spectacular year in blogging. Have so enjoyed my visits here, for your pretty photos and your things and thoughts!


  16. Congratulations dear Olympia for you blog birthday,I hope you will country house successfully thrive,thank you so much for sharing this beautiful photos.
    Many hugs

  17. Good luck with the renovation of our country home!!! And congratulations for you blog birthday. Hugs :D

  18. Lieve Olympia,
    Van Harte Gefeliciteerd met je eerste blogverjaardag!
    Het is fijn dat we elkaar ontmoet hebben. Ik geniet buitengewoon van je mooie foto's en belevenissen.
    Ik wens je ook heel veel sterkte bij de renovatie van jullie landhuis!
    Een mooie dag gewenst!

    Lieve groet,

  19. Cara Olympia . Insieme alla tua amica avete creato un'atmosfera bellissimo e romantico e di gran gusto , mi piace moltissimo ! Abbraccio e buona continuazione.

  20. Will look forward to updates from your country home. Congratulations on your first-year anniversary!

  21. Olympia,
    I am noticing all your mother-in-law's embroideries and loving the red roses on them. How funny, I visited my mother-in-law Sunday at her country home too. My father-in-law turned 90, and we spent the whole day there. Your flowers are striking with color, and the last one is unique and have never seen it before. Your country home is a wonderful place to get away from it all - just to relax and enjoy the nature around you. Have fun decorating the house and making it a special home for your family.


  22. Congratulations on your blog anniversary! The details of your country home are just beautiful. Looks to be a lovely place to be. So nice to have a visit from you!

  23. Dear Olympia,

    Happy blog anniversary and congratulations - always great to visit you and your lovely blog.
    The Country home looks beautiful and loved seeing your photos - have fun and good luck with the renovations.
    Enjoy the rest of the week

  24. Lieve Olympia,

    Je mooie kleurrijke en vooral bloemrijke fleurige foto's in blogposten geven mij al een heel jaar een gevoel van warmte....
    en jou altijd lieve reacties doen mij altijd goed.
    Van ♥♥♥gefeliciteerd met je een jarig blog jubileum!!!
    Hoop dat jij nog lang plezier mag beleven aan het bloggen.......☺☺dan geniet ik graag met je mee!!!

    Lieve en warme groeten uit een koud en winters Nederland!!

  25. Happy blog anniversary, Olympia! It is always a pleasure to visit you here! I loved this post....I love old houses and the family memories they will be so special for you and your family to renovate this country home. So many lovely embroideries too! I look forward to hearing more about it.
    Wishing you a happy week.
    Helen xx

  26. Hi I am new to you blog but think your photo's are lovely. We renovated our cottage five years ago now and are still tweaking bits and pieces as we go a long. You'll have a great time.

  27. Olympia!
    Your blog is always a pleasure to many lovely thing´s and ideas!
    Take care my friend...

  28. Thank you for your lovely comments, Olympia! I have had a little break
    in bloglandia, because sometimes I feel I have nothing to show you
    or write about. Therefore I am not so often here. But I read your blog,
    and enjoy your wonderful photos from your beautiful home.I wish you
    a nice weekend!

  29. I have just 'found you' through Vagabonde, Olympia, and I really like your blog!! Your posts are full of beautiful photos and good taste!
    Congratulations on your first blog anniversary!
    I wish you a nice weekend and a happy month!!

  30. Congratulations on the anniversary! I'll be waiting for the posts of the renovation. Romantic and beautiful pictures. Happy weekend, Olympia!

  31. Dreaming of summer when I see the gorgeous garden photos. What a little treasure trove of goodies you have in your country house. Enjoy decorating

  32. Oh, dear Olympia, congratulations on the anniversary!!!♥

    I really loved your third photo in above, it is sooooo amazing, atmosphere in the photo is just fantastic!!!
    Beautiful treasures in your beautiful country home!♥

    Many love for you from me,

  33. Congrats with one year blogging! Love the pics on your blog, beautiful colours!

    Have a nice day!

    X Pietrik

  34. These glimpses into your country home tell me that this is one special place Olympia! I loved every beautiful photo of every treasure in it.
    Wishing you all the luck in bringing it to what you want it to be.
    hugs from here...

  35. What a lovely home you have Olympia! It has a real vintage feel to it! The emboidery works look beautiful! It must have been a talented lady who made them.

    Good luck on your renovations!

    Have a lovely day!

    Madelief x

  36. Congratulations! Ik hope you stay in the bloggerworld for a long time. I always enjoy your beautiful posts! This post is also very colourfull. Ik love it. Specially in this dark days. I also want to tank for your nice comment on my blog! Greatings from Aleta
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  37. ~ Ooh happy of happiest first anniversary of being a lovely blog friend, across the miles...
    I'm so happy to have travelled along with you, Olympia...
    I wish you many more....
    Hugs Maria x


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