About Me

Hello there, and welcome! This is where you will get to know me a bit better.

So, my name is Sjoukje. If you're not from The Netherlands or any Dutch-speaking country, you probably won't be able to pronounce that name. The only explanation I can give: the 'Sjou' part is pronounced like the 'show' part in 'shower'. We pronounce the 'kj' part like we pronounce the 'qu' in 'queue', and the 'e' is pronounced like the 'u' in 'mum'. Showqueu. Sjoukje. Alright.

I have written a few guest articles for Teske (www.teske.nl) - a Dutch blogger/YouTuber. If you're from Belgium/The Netherlands/other Dutch-speaking parts of the world, you may know me from there. In that case: hoi! I will keep on writing articles for her website, as long as Teske allows me to.

I don't have specific hobbies - I'm not part of something special like a cool theater group - but when people ask me about my hobbies, I usually include photography, drawing and writing. Those were the main reasons for me to start my blog - which carries another name that is hard to pronounce. Lying in bed all day watching Modern Family and New Girl is another favorite of mine, but including that wouldn't be socially acceptable so I usually leave that part out.

'Lemontierres' is not a word, so you don't have to worry about an insufficient French vocabulary. I made the word up, after finding out that the original name of my blog (I think it was something like Paperlemon) was already in use. I didn't want that - I wanted something unique - so I made this word up! I think lemons are cute (this image will make you feel the same way) and 'tierres' doesn't have a meaning (according to my beloved Google Translate app - if it does actually have a meaning, my whole life has been a lie) so I usually pronounce the 'lemon' part really clearly, to be followed up by the not really definable 'tierres'. (Just kidding.) Update: a reader told me it was related to the word 'terra', as in 'earth'.

I have always been interested in photo- and videography: when re-watching old videotapes from when I was four I always see my little hands reaching out for the video camera, trying to take it over from my mother. I never really liked being in a photograph or on tape but I've enjoyed capturing moments, still- and moving-picture wise for as long as I can remember. The first 'proper' camera I bought was a Casio point-and-shoot, I must've been ten years old around that time. I then bought a Fujifilm DSLR-like camera which I didn't know how to use because of the many buttons. This triggered my interest in DSLR-photography and I taught myself the basics, after which I quickly changed to a Nikon D3100, and after that, my current camera - a Canon 60D. I kept on exploring, trying out new things, doing little projects on my own - and doing that is still one of my favorite things to do.

I'm Dutch but I chose to start an English blog. Some people might find this a strange choice - but it was a natural decision for me. Languages fascinate me and writing in a language that isn't my native one is quite challenging. Even though I love writing in English I recently started blogging on www.lemontierres.nl as well - as a little extra for my Dutch readers.

I hope you feel like you know me a bit better now. If you have any questions, make sure to leave a comment!

love, sjoukje


  1. I really enjoyed this article! Good luck with your blog, I am definitely following you :D




  2. This was a lovely post to get to know you more. I even caught myself sitting here trying to say your name out loud a fews - I am not quite sure if it was right or not! I think watching your favorite shows in bed is perfectly acceptable but it looks as though you have hobbies even though you might think that you do not! (photography, drawing, AND writing are definitely hobbies, and all three together means you actually have quite a few!)

    Rae | love from berlin

  3. Hello :)

    a really lovely post and cute idea! i really like your new banner !

    Love from Germany

  4. I really love this post! It's so nice to get to know the person behind the blog.

    Nik x
    NIKJAMESS | Fashion & Lifestyle

  5. So nice to finally 'meet' you properly! Abi :)

  6. Great post!! I'm glad I got to know you better, you've got a very cool story :)

    Fabi | www.agirlandherstripes.com

  7. This is so cute. I love the lemon haha. I can kind of relate to the whole language dilemma: I am fully bilingual and speak english every day, but sometimes I feel like I should be blogging in french, because not many francophone bloggers are out there, and I find blogs are often very inaccessible to non-english speakers.
    Marianne :))

  8. Lovely introduction! It's always interesting to get to know the blogger behind the blog. And I totally understand your choice of writing in English instead of our native language. I did the same, and this is really hard sometimes. Anyway.

    xoxo, Renaud

  9. Modern family and new girl are shows I definitely want to qatch! I love to see more photography kinda posts if that's one of your main interests x


  10. So nice of you to explain the pronunciation of your name. I love it!

  11. Lovely post! I have to admit I actually typed your name into the YouTube search bar to find out how to pronounce it as despite the Dutch course I went to about a year ago I just wasn't sure (and it turned out the way I thought it was pronounced was wrong). I think it's a really beautiful name, by the way :)
    I really like how rambly this post appears when you read it while it still contains a lot of personal information about you. x


  12. Hello!

    Loved reading this, it's great to see the real you! Looking forward to reading/seeing lots more from you.


  13. Thanks for the introduction. I feel like I know you better now! You have a very good command of English, by the way.

  14. Heyyy! (forgot how to to pronounce it already) I love this post, ive been following you for some time and I feel like i know more about you which i love :)


  15. This was such a great post! (Finally I have some time to catch up on my blog reading!! I'm so far behind!) We are so much a like it's crazy. I really love this introduction to yourself, it's perfect. That is so funny about your blog name!!! HAH! Lemons really are adorable. Next time I say your blog it will be "LEMON..tierres" lololol. ModernFAMILY IS LIFEEEE.

    Much LOVE!!
    -Stephanie Eva

  16. Mooie blog Sjoukje! Keep up the good work!

  17. Somehow this introduction made me feel so close to you (I hope I don't seem too creepy) :)

  18. Hi! I've been following you for a while and it's really cool to get to know you a little better :) Also, and I promise I do not intend to be rude, just helpful, tierres is a word! It's Asturian, and it is the plural form of tierra (which means as much as ground/floor/earth) :)

  19. lovely photo..


  20. Hey, you have such a beautiful name! And that's a hell of a introduction. Very well done :)
    I used to live in The Netherlands (in Terneuzen which is in Zeeland) and am completely in love with that country!
    I will be following your blog from now on, you can bet on that! You rock :))

    May I ask you one thing tho? Why aren't you on Twitter?? Was looking for you....!

    Cheers from Germany!
    Milly (blogging in english)

  21. I nominated you for the Liebster Award! If you wish to pass up on the challenge, that's perfectly find; I just wanted you to know that I adore your blog :)

    Nihaad - the little blog of STUFF

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  23. I absolutely LOVE this post. So cool and personal. Also, i really enjoy your writing. I honestly can't even tell English isn't your native language.


  24. This is the best introductory post I've ever read. It's like you're sat right next to me!

  25. Nice to meet you :) I am the same, so many photos, so few of me. If you didn't tell me you weren't English I wouldn't know because your English is written perfectly.


  26. What a lovely introduction - nice to meet you !

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