Spring is here! It was Winter a few weeks ago; now it’s Spring, complete with blossom and warm sunshine. Perfect for a walk or bike ride in the South Limburg landscape and to enjoy nature!

Winter in Noorbeek

Hopefully these photos prove that every season has its charms. After a warm Christmas, nature surprised us by clothing itself in beautiful white winter plumage! It’s perfect weather for a walk in the snow with maybe a break in one of the many cozy cafes for a cup of hot chocolate and a delicious piece 

St Brigida den

The 2nd Saturday after Easter was the time for hauling the Brigida den, this year for the 382nd time! Here are some photos of the day. As usual, the horses were beautifully decorated for their task!

Autumn colours

Yes, Autumn is here. The days are shorter and there’s a definite chill in the air.  The colours, though, are magnificent; all can be enjoyed just a short walk from the Lodge.  

Summertime and the livin’ is easy…

Summer’s here and that means enjoying a lovely trip into the Heuvelland (literally “Hill country”). Shine up your old-timer or rev up your Harley. Get out there and feel the wind in your hair!

Winter is upon us (almost)

The leaves have fallen, the nights are long and crisp, winter is on our doorstep. However, we still get gloriously sunny days, and when we do (and if we have the time) we like to go for walks in the neighbourhood. Today we went on a 6km walk. Starting at our house and doing a 

Autumn approaches

And that means walnuts, and plenty of them. We’re being inundated with walnuts. Who knew a walnut tree – which looks medium size to me – could produce so many walnuts? Every morning we do ‘walnut patrol’ to see how many have fallen in the night. Often we see evidence of some critter or other 

Bevrijdingsfeestnoorbeek (Liberation Party, Noorbeek) – convoy of Allies

As part of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Noorbeek at end of World War II, a convoy of Allied vehicles progressed through the main street of Noorbeek, turning right into Vroelenstraat just next to our Lodge. It was quite an amazing sight and drew a large crowd of onlookers.

Pumpkin has arrived!

After an arduous and long flight from Melbourne, our cat Pumpkin has arrived in the Netherlands. We drove from Noorbeek to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport to collect him. He looked a little spooked, but instantly recognised us. On the return drive to Noorbeek, he was uncharacteristically quiet. We’ll have to keep him inside for a few