This first week of May- am hanging out on my other blog  CLICK!!
See you there – all the memes/challenges at the post May Studio Musings

This week’s link is from Sunday April  29 through Wed. April 2 till 7pm, Pacific time.
Much thanks for your beautiful and ingenious posts from last week! Loved to read all of them!

By now Kings Day in the Netherlands has passed. It is like Independence day, except everything, like the parades, games for the kids, and all the parties in each city and town is focused on  king Alexander.


Apple Torte with Chocolate milk, a common Dutch  snack. Even the doughnuts (CLICK ) get an orange glaze. Everyone tries to wear something orange, since the royal family is the House of Orange.
He spends his day making appearances with queen Maxima and their three adorable daughters. They will have sore arms at the end of the day from waving at the inhabitants of their country.

It’s challenging to explain the difference of how one in a kingdom thinks about the head of the country, versus a president. It goes beyond the political realm.
Politics can change every 4 or 8 years, but a king is for at least half a life time. A king does not have to show whether he is good enough for the job. His whole life is centered around preparing him to take the throne.
Even though a king or queen is nowadays more of a figure head,  it would be the biggest change I would have to make in my thinking, if I would change citizenship.



We had some time left, and  decided to take a detour on Sunday to Sutter Creek. One of the towns on highway  49, previously the main vein of the gold rush in 1849.

They kept the main street intact, which is seen in unexpected little steps on the side walks, higher or lower than the street. Also, the road and side walks are far from straight.
Two gorgeous blooming trees on the side of an olive oil store. The left one is  a Wisteria (my Wisteria just started blooming too this week!)



Thought this cute jewelry store was worth a shot.




No matter how cute, manicured, or impressive the little towns in our area are, there is still no place like home:)
Going down these steps on the back of the house, leading to my studio.


Whatever your favorite pastime is, or your favorite place to go, or if you have none, I hope you will enjoy the daily events in your season!
PS. for most of this week I’ll be hanging out at the Jesh Studio (CLICK) at the post “May Studio Musings” , so no weekly memes at this site:)







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27 Comments Add yours

  1. tgeriatrix says:

    Hi Jesh, we are travelling at the moment. You may switch to my travel blog if you like.

  2. The jewellery store window is very pretty…almost romantic.

  3. Carol says:

    Your dessert looks yummy and you know I love spring flowers. Have a lovely week!

  4. Dan Antion says:

    I liked the photos a lot. Thanks for bringing us along. This will be a very busy week, as May kicks off with a lot of work asking to be done. I will find time to escape – maybe I should follow a road into the past. It looks like an easy place to be.

  5. ARTantana says:

    What a lovely post! Thank you.
    Greetings from Sydney!!Have a beautiful sunday.


  6. Jackie says:

    Spring is late here, cherry blossoms should appear in a week or two.

  7. April seems to be the month of change here – from summer to autumn to winter. This last weekend we have been back to summer!

  8. That is a cute looking store. All it needs is a bench for hanging out. That’s a lovely plant going down to your studio. Would you happen to know the name? Our neighbor has a wisteria plant, which looks like it’s going to bloom again. Happy Week to you!

  9. Beautiful Wisteria, and little purple flowers by your studio!

    Happy Painting!

  10. FUN & GAMES says:

    Great post, Jesh, although Royalty seems a little anachronistic to me. Even presidents and such “figureheads” aren’t needed. Switzerland and its political system seem the most sensible to me, with their participatory democracy.

  11. AUTUMN FRUIT says:

    PS: Thanks for hosting!

  12. An autumnal palette from this week, Jesh.

  13. I’ve never seen a wisteria tree…it looks amazing!
    Thanks for hosting Jesh,
    Have a lovely week!

  14. Klara S says:

    Wisteria looks gorgeous and the store looks romantic. Good shot.
    Thank you for hosting.

  15. Jeanna says:

    Apple torte and chocolate milk you say, delish. I don’t know if that’s whipped cream or ice cream but pass me some. Another Dutch blogger, Ella, was also writing about King Willem Alexander. I didn’t know they were referred to as the House of Orange, much better than the face of orange, haha.

  16. Nice photos! I love old mining towns like like those on hwy 49. Ghost towns also. When I stop liking them is when they feel like they have to do some type of dramatization about how things were. The staged gunfights are the worst!

  17. Sara says:

    Aren’t the wisterias gorgeous plants? 🙂 I have them too in my post.
    Thank you for hosting!

  18. The food looks delicious, and the wisteria is beautiful!
    Have a wonderful week!

  19. Jill Foley says:

    Love the wisteria – it smells heavenly!

  20. betty - NZ says:

    Thanks for letting us tag along! Great photos, as usual 🙂

  21. Orange is a wonderful colour for celebration. It’s bright, bold and warm. Those trees are gorgeous. The door is beautiful, makes me want to sketch. I also love finding sweet little happy beauties around my home 🙂


  22. What a lovely door and all the blooming. And the floor pattern in front of the door is trippy! This blog displays okay but on the other the last post displayed is from February 14th. Were there more after that?

  23. jesh stg says:

    Thank you Manja. Remember the Dyad theme? When you log on, you scroll down the featured images – each feature image represents a post (so, don’t go to the marine blue section of the comments first -there, only certain posts are highlighted). Hope you understand what I’m trying to say:)

  24. jesh stg says:

    A random thought – I really appreciate your tenacity in getting to see more of my blogs – it feels coming from the heart! Have a great weekend, Manja:)

  25. Thank you and you have one too, Jesh. For sure it’s peculiar how I can see them one day and not the next! 😀

  26. jesh stg says:

    Thank you Deborah! Are doing any painting lately?

  27. Funny you should ask! I was inspired by watercolorist Nicola Blakemore’s videos to paint a pot of lavender in just 10 minutes. I did that this afternoon. I’m happy with it because you can tell it’s a clay pot with flowers in it rather than just a blob on the paper. 🙂
    I posted it on on Instagram.

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