Posted by: Jaap | March 26, 2015

A Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

As our due date approaches, we continue to pray for the health of our baby. Thank you to everyone who has kept us in their thoughts and prayers.


O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother.

O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succor me in this my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein that you are my Mother.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us that have recourse to thee. (3 times)

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands. (3 times)

Posted by: Jaap | March 15, 2015

Baby clothes

Baby clothes on the wash line, so cute.
Our baby is going to be totally 80’s vintage.


Posted by: Jaap | March 15, 2015

Baby room

The baby room is almost ready…




With forest friends.

Posted by: Jaap | March 9, 2015

32 weeks now

32 weeks pregnant at the theme park “De Efteling”.



Posted by: Jaap | February 22, 2015

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Baby shower

Baby shower

Posted by: Jaap | December 15, 2013

One photo-a-day challenge: October

Here comes October…a little late and a little short. It was hard to take pictures when a dear friend passed away in October. Joe, you’ll always be in our hearts!

Posted by: Jaap | November 9, 2013

One photo-a-day challenge: September

September, a little late being posted…but it’s finally here.


Posted by: Jaap | September 1, 2013

One photo-a-day challenge: August

Ah August, the time for summer vacations. We spent the first two weeks of August in the south of France, so no issues with photos during that time!!! We also took a mini-break to Munich, Germany this month as well. The rest, well, I suppose you still need photos of the ordinary day-to-day activities. I have to admit, taking a photo everyday was a little harder than I expected! Thanks to Jaap for filling in some of blanks. The photo challenge continues…

Posted by: Jenn | July 21, 2013

One photo-a-day challenge: July

Have any of you ever written your bucket list? Well, I actually love the idea and have scribbled a list of goals and ambitions to achieve in the coming years. Mind you, “ambition” and “achieve” may be lofty terms because my goals include making a kite from what I have laying around my home and plucking a chicken (sorry vegetarians…). My list is always growing and open to new experiences and I was intrigued wwhen I read about a challenge to take one photo a day everyday for a year. The point is that life goes by pretty fast, so let’s capture those moments from the mundane to the exciting!

Posted by: Jaap | November 19, 2011

Lady’s View on Canvas Print?

(by Jaap) My dad made a panorama picture of Lady’s View in Killarney the last time he was in Ireland. I think it was 6 or 7 photos he then afterwards stitched together on the PC. So the final picture is 17818 by 2739 pixels, or a jpeg file of around 41 MB.

It’s a very nice picture with a lot of detail. The last time I was at my parents place I was looking for a good picture of Ireland to frame for Jenn’s coworker and I came across his handiwork so I took it with me to see what I can do with it.

Ladies View, Killarney Panoram. Scaled because the original is too large

So, if I wanted to decorate one of my walls with this, how would I go about it? I’ll never get a thin frame like that so Jenn suggested I make panels. The panels would be photo-on-canvas because I don’t want a frame in between. Most Canvas shops only supply in certain sizes so I need to chop up the panorama in parts. The aspect ratio is 6.5:1 and that doesn’t easily divide to something that makes sense. I stretched the panorama to 6.25:1, which can then be divided in 5 equal parts each with an aspect ratio of 1.25:1. It’s easy to get a canvas with this aspect ratio, for instance a 50 cm by 40 cm (or 20″ by 16″ for the metric impaired). The photo above is actually after stretching, I don’t think it is very noticeable.

Also, à la ‘where is waldo’ (of de muisjes van strandpaviljoen Caricole in Cadzand) there is a touring bus somewhere in the picture. Try and find it.

But how would it look on the wall? Would it look to big?

I decided to figure that out before I spent something north of E250,-. I took a picture of one of my walls, this was difficult because our whole house is messy and I don’t have a large angle lens so the camera doesn’t get it all in. I measured something that was hanging on the wall and used that to set the size of my wall photo. I then imported the panels and set the size of each panel to 50 by 40 cm, and aligned them a bit.

The following is the result, I’m sorry about the messy room. Well, actually I don’t really care.

So, what do you think? I probably wouldn’t hang that on this wall, but it was the only one I could get a good picture from with my back against the wall. I would prefer to hang it on a larger walls.

This is how it would look like.

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