Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Walk through Gent and my new favorite antique shop

Ok, week two is still in the archives, waiting to be posted, but I thought I'd share some pictures from the other day as we walked around town, stopping every hour or so to have a coffee (more caffeine) at outdoor cafes which are everywhere.

A medieval canal runs through the oldest part of Gent, which made it a seaport.  Here are a few pictures along the canal


...sigh...I would love to jump in this boat!

 A wonderful weeping willow next to an outdoor cafe.

Window boxes are everywhere. I could do ten blog posts
just on them....hmm...lol

This shop window caught my eye right away, with all gorgeous wool roving.

The ancient cathedral towering above the city...
and the pagan Greenman who guards the entrance to the crypt, the oldest part of the cathedral.


There are medieval towers just about everywhere you look.

A little outdoor market with fresh herbs...

This was a tiny medieval door I was DYING to open....

And now, my new discovery, only blocks from my house.......!

where on my first visit, I bought a sweet little old watercolor box from Paris
and then.........on our second visit, we bought this "thing" that we thought would be perfect for my studio upstairs.  After we got it home, we realized what a monster it was.  It has 40 drawers which are beyond perfect for someone who LOVES drawers and organizing things IN drawers.....

There is NO way we can get it up the stairs, so Plan B is somehow getting it up to the second floor outside from the back garden.  This means shoving it up a ladder with ropes (I think..lol) and having someone on the second floor roof...a couple "someones" I think, who will then grab it and hoist it through a HUGE window that goes into the studio.  That's the plan anyway.... If there's any way, I'll try to take pictures of this.....it ought to be interesting.

We have four little adorable kitties here, so I'll end this blog with a few pics of the kittens.




17 comments:

~Judy~ said...

What INCREDIBLE pictures!! How lucky to live there. I hope you can get all those drawers fixed and working. Love the kittens....too cute!!

Katrina said...

Love the pictures! Ghent is gorgeous, I shopped for tapestries there :-).

Deb said...

What wonderful pictures. It looks like a wonderful place. Love those drawers you found! Definitely a wonderful find. And just the pictures of the kittens. Precious!

mainely stitching said...

Enjoyed a fabulous holiday in Ghent with my DH shortly after we got together - we still talk about it.

That Greenman is seriously, rockingly COOL.

Your kittens make me come over weak at the knees. They are far too cute. Littermates??

Michele said...

What lovely pictures! I especially love the greenman and the sweet kitties!

Melissa said...

Oh I love the kittens - they are adorable! Your photos are lovely and show what a lovely place this is!

I would love those drawers at my house too!

SharoninStLouis said...

What an absolutely gorgeous place to begin your new life. Enjoy every minute of it. I see lots of exciting new design ideas in your photos. Hope you get that terrific cabinet where it needs to be.

sylvia shenk said...

Anne,
Are you going to release any more oop charts?

Anne Brown said...

Sylvia, I'm not sure yet. I plan to but really have no idea when it will be. Probably not until fall, when things settle down a bit. :)

Jacque said...

wow -I am envious...of everything on this post (except the challenge of getting the cabinet inside.

lucky you - enjoy.

SilkLover said...

I love all those drawers! And the kittens are so cute.

pj said...

Anne, thanks for sharing such great pictures with us. Yes, we are still waiting to get some of your OOP designs. I know you had promised a few before the website went down but I will be patient. Of course, everyone has stash! Enjoy your new city and explore all you can. pj

NIKY said...

Welcome in Europe my friend, I can understand that you're having wonderfull time!!please think about coming in Italy too to visit me one day.

~mj~ said...

Oh, that cabinet of drawers!!! I covet it...

Annemiek said...

Your kitties are adorable Anne, I hope we'll see more of them. And that 40 drawer thingie, my gosh, I'd love to have that. What a stylish way to get organized. And remember, if you ever decide to travel up north, just let me know.

lenna said...

Gent is pretty awesome. I think the Greenman would make an incredible stitchery. When you have it designed let me know and I will be one of the first to buy it. So glad marc is doing fine. You live in a beautiful city. Your pictures are great and your little dog too. I am now a follower and your blog is very nice.
God Bless and good luck with everything.
Lenna

AliceKiss said...

Beautiful photo))))