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 shop...it 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.
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*