Monday, August 25, 2008

L.I.N.E. and Di-rect

Festival at the market - Day 2

Three rock bands from the Netherlands were playing at the market last Saturday. And with free entrance it's always fun to have a look around. We had a family party first and got home a bit late, so we missed the first group and arrived halfway the performance of L.I.N.E, a good band with nice songs. Because there was no rain tonight, I decided to test the manual mode of my camera and I liked that a lot!

Krystl from L.I.N.E

The third band that night was Di-rect. In the Netherlands they are very well-known, I don't know if they are known in other countries? But I don't really like their music and it was too loud. But again, I could test the manual mode of my camera! :D

Spike from Di-rect

Tim from Di-rect

I think I'm 'going manual' more often! (Are these the first signs of wanting a digital SLR camera?)

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Pink Floyd - The Wall

Festival at the market - Day 1

The Wall is a rock opera presented as a double album by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released in late 1979. More information on wikipedia.

Yesterday this rock opera was performed in Hengelo on a huge stage at the market place. Pink was played by Nikolas Shannon, a fantastic singer from the USA who lives in Germany. He played the character Pink in a very convincing way. The rain helped him though. Depressed, lonely and confused he sat at the edge of the stage, getting really wet and looked even more sad.
A lot of people from Hengelo, some of them we know, played a role as well. The choir, the kids choir and the orchestra were from Hengelo.

The audience got pretty wet as well, but despite the rain, the market place was full of people. During the short dry period of the concert I managed to make a few pictures, like this one:

I wouldn't have wanted to miss this! And I didn't know I'd love music from Pink Floyd...

Friday, August 22, 2008

House number 7

We visited "house number 7" today. According to the estate agent 7 is a lucky number. But probably not our lucky number, I think. A really nice house in a good neighborhood, but it needs too much work which makes the house too expensive. Maybe our lucky number is 8? I surely hope our lucky number is under 20...

Monday, August 18, 2008


Und weil ich gestern mal was ganz anderes tun wollte als das Suchen nach einem Haus, habe ich den ganzen Abend voller Freude mit meinem Videostudio gekämpft und ein tolles Video zusammengebastelt ;)
Das wollte ich schon längst mal machen! :D

Like Mount Everest

Finding a house is like climbing a huge mountain. We almost thought we reached the top of the mountain, but suddenly we were falling down. And it was a long fall... Damn!! It's actually stupid, that talking to one woman can make such a difference. We're doubting more than ever now and that means: The search goes on...

One day we'll reach the top.

Friday, August 15, 2008

A bit quiet

It's a bit quiet here. But a lot has happened in the past few days. We spoke to several people who advised us about different things. Today we visited the house a second time, together with our personal professional adviser, which was nice, because he really knows a lot more about houses than we do. We got to know a lot more about the house. Now we have another weekend to think things over and the next decision has to be made before Tuesday. If possible, keep your fingers crossed!

PS: Sorry for not/barely writing e-mails these days. My mind is too busy...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Time to think

This weekend we stayed at "our" campsite in the north of the Netherlands. Time to think things over concerning the house we are interested in. And we had time to relax. We enjoyed the sun and we enjoyed the Shakespeare open air play in the rain. Dutch weather proved again to be very changeable! But we had a great time! Martin and I also celebrated "our 11th birthday", which was special, because it all really started at this campsite.

Our camp in one of the corners of the campsite, with five tents, belonging to my parents, my brother and his wife and son, my sister with her boyfriend, our friend Remco, Martin and I

Now, we are back home and we contacted our financial adviser about our mortgage, another objective adviser about building a garage, the estate agent of the house to show our interest and we are probably going to look for an estate agent later this week who can negotiate about the price for us. We have also done some research on the internet and we still have a list of things we need to know before we can really make a decision. So we're pretty busy right now :) If all works out well, we might buy a house soon......

Thursday, August 07, 2008


Today we might have found our new house! We like the place a lot and we have a really good feeling about it. Now, all we have to do, is to figure out some financial things, to see if our plans can succeed. For instance: what are the costs of building a garage?? Anybody any ideas? Then in this case we could build one next to the house, just like the neighbors on the other corner already did. Most of you know: we really need the garage...
I'm curious if we feel just as positive after the weekend as we are feeling now. If the answer is "yes" then this house could be the one! But first, we have to pack our bags for another weekend camping with my family and (for me) the 14th visit of the Shakespeare theater. This year, they're playing MacBeth. Probably the weather will not be as good as last year, but I'm sure it'll be just as much fun! The only bad thing about it is: After this weekend, holidays are really over until Christmas.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Salad is ready!

See you within an hour!

Would you like a fruit salad next time? I made one last weekend, when we had friends coming over for dinner:

Tuesday, August 05, 2008


It will be number six next Tuesday. The sixth house we'll visit. Will this be "the one"? I really, really don't know. Martin and I have said it before: "This could be the one...." and then it turned out otherwise. We'll see. My brother tried to comfort me with "We visited 16 houses before we found a good one". Sigh...

I just got invited for another balcony-barbecue-lunch tomorrow at Martins work. Do they like me joining them or do they just want me to bring them another salad? Hmmm... ;)

Friday, August 01, 2008

A definite "no"

Why was the "cheap" house so cheap? Because they are now selling the house and the garage separately. Which is bad for us, because we want them both. This information was not yet changed on funda (funda is the main website in the Netherlands with an overview of almost all houses for sale). We've learned from it and from now on we will also check the estate agents' website as well before visiting the house.
Apart from that, the house needs so much work. Not only the kitchen and bathroom need a complete make over, all the window frames need to be renewed and so on, and so on. Definitely, we don't want this house!

We'll continue searching on funda now. And I don't know how many kilometers we've been cycling through the city in the past week, just to watch houses for sale from the outside and to get to know the neighbourhood. I'm glad it's summer ;)