just an old-fashioned girl

Hello and welcome. I'm glad you dropped by. If you´re looking for something a little nostalgic of bygone eras with a timeless elegance and a little modern twist – in other words, something slightly “retro” – then you should feel right at home here in my shabby chic room. Month by month, there will always be something new to see so I hope you´ll enjoy your stay and come back again soon.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

No Dogs Allowed

I was strolling along the beach in Domburg when I saw this row of newly built, as yet unoccupied, cabins looking quite surreal against a dark stormy sky. My first thought was what fun it would be to leap out of bed in the morning and run straight into the sea. My second thought was they were so close together it might not be such fun if the people on either side stayed up until the wee small hours partying every night. As it transpired, there was no decision to be made anyway when I discovered that dogs were not welcome but I really don´t care. The small cottage I rent every year where dogs are allowed has its own secluded patio and no close neighbours and is only 10 minutes from the dog beach. We´ll be going there in just a few weeks and I´m looking forward to sun, sea and peaceful relaxing evenings.

As you can see, I´ve altered the photo quite a bit by removing everything but the cabins themselves and changing their colour. In place of the sky, sand and sea I´ve used backgrounds from Jewelled Sea. As a protest I´ve included Dora and I´m sure that she wouldn´t mind a bit if that lobster dragged those dog-free cabins into the North Sea...


  1. I like this moody, rather surreal look at the beach cabins. I'm sure they would be much too close for comfort, so Dora and you will surely be happier in your nicer accommodations. Keep having to go back and check the raked sand look you've got fronting the buildings. Lovely if ever so slightly unsettling!

  2. How creative...love the play on the colors of the photo and the changes to the waves to match. Also love that you added Dora to the beach. I too agree the cabins are too close. You and Dora will better enjoy your usual spot!

  3. I love the way your page turned out... very creative and it looks like you had fun putting it together! I am sure you will have a great time at your usual spot too... Love the papers and elements you used from your Jewelled Sea kit. :)

  4. WAAAAY too close for comfort. If I'd want to be that close to my neighbors..... I'd stay home LOL
    It WOULD be fun to fall out of bedin the morning and be on the beach, and be able to hear the waves though.....