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February 21, 2009

Marriage retreat ;) and stashshopping

Yesterday my DH and I came back from our yearly marriage retreat, so to say ;) From the year we met each other and fell in love until now, we declare ourselves a couple of days a year to be childless. Two or three days just for us, doing things together, such as take a walk in an unknown little town, taking some time in a welness swimmingpool, going out for dinner together. Falling in love again and notice we still can do things together in perfect harmony, even after 19 years of marriage.

We went to Schlangen, a quiet
nice little place at Teutoburgerwald, Germany. To our surprise it has been snowing for the last couple of days, and on the second day, when we came home from a cosy restaurant, it started snowing again. In normal life I hate snow, just because I have to go to work by bike, and the thougth of what might happen if I fell scares me. But now, walking with DH, in no hurry, I loved it!

View from the room of our appartment.

There's a great breakfast service at the appartment,
traditionally my coffee comes with a kiss ;)

After swimming my 1000 meters I can enjoy the much warmer
and bubbling water of the relax pool.

Afterwards we are sightseeing Detmold, a sweet little place.

Of course I took some time to stitch,
in the meanwhile DH enjoyed his beer and newspapers.

The next day, after breakfast, we went to Paderborn, were, from a former visit, I knew a stitchshop. I spent almost an hour there and ended up buying a nice chart of UB Design, Spaziergang durch unser Dorf. I think I can use some of it in my Family Neighbourhood.

In the afternoon we were back home, were we found out both children and the house were fine, as we expected them to be. Those children are like mum and dad, getting along without any fight!

Today I went to Zwolle, where the greatest needleworkshow of our country was held. I didn't buy that much, some buttons, some threads from Dinky Dyes, together with the chart of The Cat's Whiskers, Blessed with Happiness.

I also purchased a chart of Stickideeen von der Wiehenburg, Quaker Sampler I. I think this one is great doing next autumn or winter. Maybe even next summer LOL

Being tired and knowing my son is having his 17th birthday tomorrow, so I have to be in good shape to do some happy dances with him, I left in time and was home in the afternoon.


Vicky L said...

Happy Anniversary! The pictures looked like you had a great time, especially in the stash shop. I love the pattern you picked out. The little box looks like it will be fun to do. Good luck with them and happy birthday to your son.

DJ said...

Hi Joke! I am reliving fond memories. I went on a retreat to this very place when I lived in Germany, it was a very nice time! What a wonderful thing to do as a couple each year, I imagine your marriage is one to last the ages. Congratulations and enjoy your new stash acqusition! Hugs* DJ

Becca in MD said...

Thank you for sharing your happy anniversary with us. I hope that my husband and I should be so happy, for so long.


Pike said...

Congratulations to you both! You had a great trip!
I love that box, but I don't think I could ever get that finished... You'll surely enjoy stitching it!

Kate in UK said...

This is such a lovely thing to do Joke and your pictures show your contentment as a couple! How gorgeous to just walk and talk and enjoy each others company - this works for my Parents too - they are 87 & 84 and have been married for almost 66 years! Your stash looks great - and comes from a town where my school days penpal lived!

Ellen said...

Thanks for sharing your happy times with us. The pictures show a lovely place to relax and spend time together. Love your stash, especially the Quaker Sampler I.


Debra said...

looks like you had a nice time away. It is so neat that you get away together every year. I really like the box like pattern.

Kathy said...

It sounds like you and your DH had a wonderful time together. And your new stash is fantastic. I love the little box one. Especially the saying.
May you and your DH have many, many more years of love and happiness together.

Giovanna said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures - what a great trip! And what a lovely chart you bought.

Brigitte said...

A marriage retreat, what a sweet idea this is. Your seem to have had a great time.
I love your purchases. This UB village looks so great, it's really beautiful. Enjoy all your goodies.

Cindy F. said...

Happy Belated Anniversary Joke!
It looks like a wonderful retreat:)
And happy belated 17th birthday to your ds:)
Love your new stash!

Mylene said...

Belated Happy Anniversary!! Great pictures, thanks for sharing them.

Nana's Quilts said...

How absolutely fabulous. Many congratulations - both for achieving so many years but also how very clever of you both to be sure to take the time to notice, each year, how much you still love each other. Wow!

Hoera for you!

Ann said...

Happy Anniversary, Joke! The pictures are wonderful, thank you for sharing them with us.

I love the stitching box pattern you purchased--the saying on it is one of my favorite Irish blessings.

How interesting to read that you went to Zwolle--my husband's mother was from a small town in north Louisiana named...Zwolle. Yes, it was originally settled by people from your Zwolle.

Small world, in a way, isn't it?

too_busy_to_stitch said...

What lovely pictures - thank you for sharing! Loved the swimming pool - the one that I swim in is very 'spartan' in comparison!

Janaina said...

One word: darling!!!!!=)
What a beautiful couple! Look at those smiles! We can see you guys do enjoy each other and that´s such a blessing!
Many hugs from sunny Brasil!

theslowstitcher said...

Happy anniversary! I simply love that house pattern! I tried looking for it online and all the sites are in German though, which makes it a little hard to order. :/

Gaga said...

Happy Anniversary.
What a beautiful place you went to.
Your stitching is very lovely.
I am really sorry to hear about your uncle.