Blog anniversary & our summer holidays so far

/Blog anniversary & our summer holidays so far

Blog anniversary & our summer holidays so far

Although I was planning to slow down blogging a little these days, I wanted to announce my 2nd blog anniversary today! I can’t believe I am blogging since 2009, July the 31st !!

And I want to thank all of my readers, followers and blog colleagues, for supporting me to go on with my blog and for all the nice comments on my posts!

Without all of you there would be no BELGIAN PEARLS blog at all !

So thank you so much!!  I hope to bring you more of inspiring blogposts in future!


As you know already we enjoy our summer holidays these days and I promised myself to spend not that much time on my computer because I really need to relax and to have some quality time with my family. We are not traveling, we hope to enjoy spending some time in our garden and inviting friends and family.

But today I wanted to post some pictures of the things that kept us busy during this first week of our holidays.

Jan’s daughter Nele, her husband Tom and the children Alexa and Tristan joined us for a couple of days. We were looking forward to their visit!


Foto 027The family (and the half of their household!) arriving at our home.


2011-07-31_152849 A drink on our time together.


Foto 011 Alexa was proud to offer Jan the drawing she had made for pappie and mammie (= Jan & me).


Foto 018 Alexa & me.


Foto 022 Preparing the meal.


The weather wasn’t that nice the passed days, but fortunately it wasn’t raining so Tristan and Alexa were able to cycle !




In the afternoon we went to my mum’s house, where there is a swing in the garden.

Foto 032 Jan and Anthony installing the swing for the children.


Foto 036 So Jan had to push his grandchild of course.


Foto 044 Anthony tried to teach his godchild Alexa how to use the scooter.


Foto 030 Aren’t they just cute ?!


The other day we went for a walk in our neighbourhood and had lunch in an idyllic situated restaurant ‘De Zwalmmolen’.





In the afternoon we all went to the manege ‘De Paardebloem’ where Nele and me wanted to practice horse riding.

Foto 053Tom and Tristan walking along the horse stables.


Foto 054 This is me on the back of Mango.


Foto 075 Alexa is watching her mum.


Foto 095 Nele and Mango.


Foto 082Jan is encouraging his daughter.



Foto 100 A future horse rider?


Foto 081 Alexa and me, Ralph and a friend !


Summer 2011

I hope you enjoyed this holiday post.


Talk to you soon!



By |2018-07-11T10:56:44+00:00July 31st, 2011|Categories: Belgian Pearls|Tags: , , , |40 Comments


  1. eclecticrevisited Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 6:27 PM - Reply

    Hello Greet,
    what a lovely start to holiday with your family..
    and so wonderful to be horse riding and jumping.. love to ride but haven't in a long time…
    best to you and your family,

  2. Casa di Caro Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 6:30 PM - Reply

    Happy Anniversary!

    Inspiring blog which I have followed for some time 🙂 Enjoy the rest of the holiday with your beautiful family, and hopefully the weather will improve!

    Love from Casa di Caro in Norway

  3. Acquired Objects Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 6:31 PM - Reply

    Awww, Tristan and Alexa are so cute and that picture of you and Alexa is wonderful. It’s always a good time when you get to spend quality time with family and having so much fun. You look like you’re really enjoying your holiday. Happy Blog-a-versary!

  4. Anna at the Doll House Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 6:35 PM - Reply

    Hello Greet
    I think making the most of the best weather at home with family and friends is a wonderful way to spend the the holidays.


  5. aBroad Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 7:05 PM - Reply

    I loved this post !
    Happy Blog-versary !!
    The babies are adorable and I love how much they look alike !
    My grandfather put me on a horse when I was 3 and that was all it took ! I have been a horse lover and rider ever since.
    Enjoy your holiday with your loved ones ~

  6. Julie Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 7:07 PM - Reply

    Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Chizwa Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 7:10 PM - Reply

    wow, your family seems wonderful. Happy blogversary lol, and thanks for sharing such wonderful pictures 🙂 keep them coming.

  8. The enchanted home Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 7:17 PM - Reply

    Love this..what a beautiful vacation you are having, who can complain about quality time spent with family? Thats the best and happy two year anniversary! That is so exciting! It is well deserved…….you do a wonderful job and are a special person and addition to blog world! Enjoy your time off….glad you came back for a little to say hello.

  9. bee bon Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 9:32 PM - Reply

    I like the look of the meal, what were you cooking?

  10. Ann at PlumSiena Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 9:34 PM - Reply

    You look like a happy and healthy family in beautiful surroundings!

    It's hard to believe two years have passed already. Enjoy the precious time- you deserve it!

  11. Mary Anne Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 11:18 PM - Reply

    Congratulations! As you know, I LOVE your blog and you know who introduced me!! That wonderful girl Brooke. I love all that you post and you have successfully inspired me many, many times.

    I am coming up on a year and I can hardly believe that.

    You family is beautiful and those children too precious for words. Enjoy your holiday.

    Mary Anne

  12. Tricia Rose Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 11:26 PM - Reply

    Wonderful: cheering and heartwarming!

  13. Cindy Monday, August 1, 2011 at 1:10 AM - Reply

    Hello my sweet friend, I have now "known" you for two whole years, my how swiftly time passes.
    Congratulations on your second blog anniversary! I always enjoy a visit here.
    Your grandchildren are just darling, so precious! You must have enjoyed them so much, there is nothing sweeter than having little ones around.
    It was so nice to see photos of your country side, I have seen so little of your country in photos.
    Hugs, Cindy

  14. under spanish moss Monday, August 1, 2011 at 4:37 AM - Reply

    Dear Greet,

    Happy Anniversary to our dear friend. Thank you for the wonderful posts of inspiration and the timeless hours devoted to your readers!

    As you may or may not know we are avid horse riders and love to see others with the same passion, thank you for sharing such equestrian beauty with us.

    Go enjoy your family and cherish these moments and the memories!

    Big Hug and Kisses,
    Renee and Angela

  15. Linda in AZ * Monday, August 1, 2011 at 4:41 AM - Reply

    *** Oh, what BEAUTIFUL & WARM BLESSINGS you & your family have to enjoy, Greet! ~~~ Such wonderous surroundings, shared with those you love, is, in my humble opinion, the GREATEST BLESSING ONE CAN EVER HAVE!!!

    Thank you for sharing this~~~ And those CHILDREN are sooooo beautiful, too! (I always love to see "happiness" shining through, on the faces of people I see!!!


    Sending the very best to you all,
    Linda in AZ *

  16. Linda in AZ * Monday, August 1, 2011 at 4:42 AM - Reply

    *** P.S. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! ***

  17. Splendid Willow Monday, August 1, 2011 at 6:41 AM - Reply

    Happy Anniversary favorite Greet! You do so much for the blog community and for your country and I am so proud of you!

    Step away from the computer and enjoy some quality time with your gorgeous family! Anthony helping Alexa on the scooter is priceless. And you together with Princess Alexa – both highly enjoying each others company! You are very blessed my friend.

    Love to you,


  18. Concrete Jungle Monday, August 1, 2011 at 9:24 AM - Reply

    Wow ….how time flys congrats on two years! Enjoy the rest of the holidays it looks like fun!

  19. Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. Monday, August 1, 2011 at 2:22 PM - Reply

    Hello Greet, first a big congrats on two years of blogging. I'm always happy to see a notification of a new blog post in my box. I can always count on it being something very beautiful and of great interest to me. Looks like you are having a wonderful holiday with your very beautiful family. Good for you. Have a great week. Mona

  20. Luciane at Monday, August 1, 2011 at 2:23 PM - Reply

    Congratulations on your 2 years!!! What a gift you've giving to us, Greet!

    Gorgeous pictures of your family. The kids are a blessing! So cute! Horses? They're my passion. I was riding horses before I could walk, back at my father's farm in Brazil. Sweet memories! 🙂

    Wishing you a great week!


    Luciane at

  21. HI Greet!
    What a beautiful family you have! The children are so precious and you look so lovely and happy with them surrounding you and Jan.
    Happy Anniversary and Happy rest of the summer,
    Hugs my friend,

  22. The Paper Mulberry Monday, August 1, 2011 at 3:58 PM - Reply

    Dearest Greet CONGRATULATIONS on your Belgian Pearls second anniversary and a huge big thank you for so much inspiration and insight into your beautiful world. What fabulous family photo's and happy times ahead no doubt. How lovely to see you riding and as we say in England you have a very good seat! I wish you all a very enjoyable holiday and a well earned rest. Warmest of hugs and much love – Glenda xxxxxx

  23. El Monday, August 1, 2011 at 5:43 PM - Reply

    Lovely post and a lovely family. The little ones are absolutely precious. Congratulations on your 2nd blog anniversary. I hope there are many more to come.

  24. Beadboard UpCountry Monday, August 1, 2011 at 8:23 PM - Reply

    How fun was that???????? Greet, it was a pleasure to see your family enjoying their holiday and a stove actually being used with hot food on top of it!!!!!!!!!!Usually there is NOTHING!!!!!!!!Also congratulations on your blog anniversary…….You have reached the stratosphere of blogging and I could not be more proud. I started in August the same year….Also I love the horse pics…. I used to ride Hunter Jumper myself and was trained on in and outs….. and small fences just like the ones you showed….. Keep the pace sister!!!Maryanne xo

  25. Donna in Potomac Monday, August 1, 2011 at 9:16 PM - Reply

    This is what PRIDE looks like. Thank you for sharing the JOY. Is that a budding chef I see in Alexa 🙂

  26. designchic Monday, August 1, 2011 at 10:34 PM - Reply

    Happy 2 year anniversary…what a milestone!! What a perfect way to spend your holiday with your precious family ~

  27. Lost in Provence Monday, August 1, 2011 at 10:39 PM - Reply

    Oh Greet, I truly hope that you won't be insulted when I say that, despite your many talents in several fields, that this was one of my favorite posts of yours. How heartwarmig and what a gift for you to have such a beautiful family.

    Happy Anniversary and looking forward to all that is to come!


  28. Velvet and Linen Monday, August 1, 2011 at 11:28 PM - Reply

    Happy Blog Anniversary Greet. Has it really been two years?
    Thank you for your friendship and for all of the time you take to create Belgian Pearls.

    I absolutely love this post. It is so wonderful to see you enjoying time with your gorgeous family. You all look so happy. This is what gives life meaning.


  29. Marianne {Style For Living} Monday, August 1, 2011 at 11:59 PM - Reply

    Happy Anniversary to you and your blog! Looks like your holiday is off to a great start spending time with family. I think staying at home instead of traveling can be the best holidays ever. Enjoy your time!

  30. noreen Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 1:09 PM - Reply

    Happy Anniversary Greet, thank you for always sharing such lovely posts. You have once again shared a lovely post on your family holiday – these are such precious times, spending quality time with your loved ones. All too soon they are grown. Love the pic of Alexa on your lap. And that landscape picture is typical of of how I picture the Belgian Countryside – the subject of painters. Take care

  31. Heather@SatisfyingSpaces Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 12:37 PM - Reply

    Happy blog anniversary! Love the holiday photos!

  32. Teresa at Splendid Sass Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 3:35 PM - Reply

    Happy anniversary, Greet. You have the most beautiful blog, and it was one of the first I visited!
    Look forward to future posts!

  33. Castles Crowns and Cottages Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 3:57 PM - Reply


    Oh dearest, what an enchanting and SPECIAL holiday you have had, and to share it with us, YOUR FOLLOWERS and friends….dear one, thank you for coming to visit me! I have been having a lovely summer and I see that in your part of the world, there is much to see that is like a fairy tale. Your children, your little ones, your HORSE! EVERYTHING and EVERYONE looks happy and wonderful. Your home of course is always as beautiful as a magazine picture, but YOU sparkle with the love of a woman who has much to be grateful for.

    Thank you for your visit my friend. I look forward to your posts! VEEL KUSJES, Anita

  34. Fashion Mom Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 10:04 AM - Reply

    Prachtige foto's Greetje! Wat leuk om je familie te zien, je ziet er prachtig uit en de kindjes zijn zooooo schattig. Proficiat met je blog, die is zo inspirerend. Wij hebben eindelijk een nieuw huis gevonden, ik kan nu jouw decoratie ideeën toepassen 😉
    Lieve groetjes en geniet nog van je verlof.

  35. Splenderosa Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 2:34 PM - Reply

    Happy blog anniversary, Greet. And, as always, I loved seeing your family. I do believe you can do anything! Riding hunt seat it looks like? Pretty awesome. And, that food cooking on top of your stove looks divine…wish I could have been there.
    Sending a huge big Texas hug from the HOT AS HELL

  36. Renae Moore Friday, August 5, 2011 at 2:04 AM - Reply


    So sweet the grandchildren are…and I know you and Jan enjoyed every moment. I didn't know you rode horses….


  37. Fer Friday, August 26, 2011 at 10:43 AM - Reply

    Dear Greet

    It has been a while since I have been here. I have been traveling a lot, but now I am back. You blog as always is an inspiration for anything beautiful.

    It is wonderful to see your family. The small things in life are are the big ones in the future.

    If you have time pass by my blog to see my daughter 's 7 th birthday party . It was a tea was a tea party for american dolls. Your granddaughter will love it.

  38. Céline Chollet Sunday, September 4, 2011 at 7:25 PM - Reply

    Chère Greet !
    Merci de ces photos de vos vacances en famille, vous êtes tous très beaux, et cela me fait plaisir de vous voir à cheval…

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