Thursday, September 18, 2008

Finding new things in favorite places...

Well, if I could show you something that represented how Jos and I felt last week being able to spend the entire week up at Cranberry Cottage...this photo is it! We just enjoyed 'being'. Enjoyed sitting in the garden at times...enjoyed working in the garden...enjoyed watching the birds...enjoyed cooking and eating delicious meals...and enjoyed being a bit lazy like these old goats. *grins*

Often times, we go on Saturdays to the village of Dwingeloo. It has a wonderful atmosphere. There is a brink (village green) and we have coffee or tea on a terrace and take a walk around the brink to look at all the beautiful old houses. I love old buildings.

This time we noticed that one of the historic farm houses was now turned into a shop. I just had to go in and take a look. I thought you too might enjoy seeing this one. Even outside the shop, there is so many nice things to see and a few places for husbands to rest while waiting for their wives to come back out again.

I spoke for some time with the shop owner Carla and she is the nicest lady. I think she has done an amazing job with her new shop. She kept telling me things were not quite as she wants them but I overheard three couples walking around saying this was not a was a museum.

Of course, it does feel like a priveledge to be able to glimpse inside such a wonderful old farm. The building dates back to the 18th Century. Many things are in tact like the old fireplaces, the floors and old windows, and even the old water pump.

At the moment, there are autumn accents around the shop but Carla says she will be adding more gift items geared to the people living in the surrounding area once the tourist season is ended and, of course, she will be decorating for the upcoming Christmas holidays. I am really looking forward to coming back for that.

Everywhere you look, the shop oozes with charm. I was very happy to see we have gained such a nice place up north and cannot wait until my next visit to De Juffer van Dwingel. If you are in the area, it is worth a visit. The website is here.


Shari said...

your pictures look heavenly Heidi! I want to go somewhere like that NOW!!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

Pondside said...

Now that's a shopping trip I'd like to take! I'll bet Christmas in that shop will be enchanting.

Kim~"HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

What an adorable certainly is charming, Heidi!

Nancy said...

What a neat shop. Can't wait to visit it. I love the canisters in the window and then later saw them in red and white in another picture. She sure knows how to set up a neat shop. Your kind of place, Look out Jos. What did you buy????
Love Mom

Sweetie said...

I loved Cranberry Cottage. And --what a wonderful shop! I looked at the pictures once and scrolled slowly and looked at them again. Did you buy anything?

Annemarie said...

Oh wow! I've never been to Dwingeloo, but it definitely looks like a place I should visit. My parents will be in the neighbourhood next month, so I'll tell them to go there!
Last week, I went to Lage Vuursche to eat pannenkoeken, and I was amazed at the beauty of the place. There was one wonderful shop, though not as gorgeous as this one... Oh, and the pannenkoeken were heavenly :o)

Barbara said...

Now that is my kind of shop. I love it when I find a shop like this. I can hardly wait to see Christman photo's of this wonderful store.


Carolien said...

Oh, what a lovely shop/museum, Heidi! Thanks for sharing all these beautiful pictures with us! Glad to read you resembled these old goats during your week off, grin! :)

Hugs, Carolien

Happy @ Home said...

That looks like a really fun place to shop and gather decorating inspiration.

Thanks for sharing, Heidi.


Ginny said...

Oh, wow! What a fabulous place!! It's too bad I live in the United States.

Tone said...

I had a good laugh reading your "places for husbands waiting for wifes shopping...." - same in all countrys I guess??
In this case, I think an overnight place would be good for my husband, - Icould really spend hours in the shop you are showing us. So many nice things!

We are going to the mountains to our cottage this weekend- looking forward to nice autumn colours and fireplace and redwine...
Have a nice day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Heidie,
It looks like you had a wonderful week at Cranberrie cottage.Sitting in you garden and relaxing and doing some nice things, like visiting that wonderful shop !!!
At Christmanstime it must be great, would love to go there then.
Are you going to Cranberrie Cottage this weekend ? I thought it was near Appelscha isn't ? My mother told there is a autumn-market and she will be there with the choir she sings in to cheer up the market, hahaha.
Greetings and have a nice weekend.

Elly said...

I'm glad you had such a nice week, the weather was also good. The new shop is very cosy and looks indeed like a museum. Most of the time you don't need anything from it but when I see such a shop I always took a look because you never know! What did you buy this time :)

Andylynne said...

Love your photos, and love the shop. Could you pick up the brown goat for me. Oh and the checked clothes in the shop, and that dear white hook on the wall. Well maybe two of those come to think of it. Thanks your a dear!

You don't mind do You :)

I'm glad you had such a good time. and found such a charming place. It is even better when the owners are kind, and interesting to talk to. Plus the buiding is the intitial draw. Looks like you will be back to visit her.

Anonymous said...

Hello again Heidie,
How nice to hear you are up north again :). I just phoned my mother to be sure about the market; well she has to be there on sunday afternoon. I don't know if you're going but you can also come this way...we're at home all weekend :)
Groetjes, Janneke.

Nan said...

I'd like to live in that shop! :<)

Judy said...

How awesome. The pictures are beautiful. I'm ready to go shopping now!!

Fete et Fleur said...

The shop looks like a wonderful place to visit. I can't wait to see photos of it decorated for the holidays.


Jo said...

What a beautiful shop, wish we had one close by.

Mary said...

Carla's shop looks like a great place to spend a few hours - Bob could join Jos on the bench outside while we treasure hunt!!

Glad you enjoyed your restful week at Cranberry Cottage Heidi - know how you are able to relax there in fresh air and pretty surroundings. Hopefully you are feeling better after resting your overworked self from all that painting and decorating.

Yes, I'll be off to France soon - looking forward to it all but of course will miss home and decorating more for Fall. When I return I hope I can still find some lonely pumpkins waiting for me!

Enjoy this weekend dear. We have perfect weather - at long last - I plan to get out and walk now it's cooling off a bit.
Hugs - Mary.

jeanne said...

Heidi, I came over to your post from Mary, Across the Pond. I enjoyed your post so much. The Cranberry Cottage sounds like a little piece of Heaven. The store would be a great place to browse. Your photos are so inviting.

Have a great day.

Hugs Jeanne

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

That is the most charming photo of the two goats! They look so very comfortable.

Melissa said...


I love that shop. I wish it was here, or that I was there.


Elizabethd said...

Heidi what a gorgeous shop. I'd love to visit it.


Hi Heidi! what a beautiful shop...I love all the candles and the gorgeous cupboard they were displayed in...what a treasure you found near your getaway...a whole week away, what fun.

Suzann said...

What a lovely shop. So charming and full of goodies.

Marsha said...

What a beautifil shop. I wish I could shop there. You must tell the owner she has done a marvelous job on it.