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It’s amazing that they are not completely annoyed with me taking pictures of them.  These were taken on our holiday in the nation’s capital.  I love that they love each other – possibly more than they love us.  And that wolf shirt.   Let’s talk about that.


swiss family robinson

This month’s Mother-Daughter Book Club was out at the farm again. The piglets trickled out of the big barn to say hello.   I love them so much – if I could have pocketed one, I would have.  All I had to do to suppress that hankering was to look over at the hog pen.  The … Continue reading



We have the prettiest pink hydrangea bush outside my office.  When I left work on Friday, these two branches had fallen to the pavement.  I picked them up and brought them home to brighten up the mantle.


The Farm

A friend invited me to an afternoon Champagne + Lemonade party at “The Farm”, so I threw on some knickers and a gingham blouse, hopped on my bike, and hit the trail along the Thames.  Ten minutes later, I arrived at her community garden plot and an intimate crowd of friends and family celebrating her first … Continue reading


curtains + blankets

I have no curtains on 3/4 of my windows.  I relented and hung very dark, very heavy curtains on our bedroom’s windows because Josh sleeps during the day when he is working.  If he ever goes back to working days, they will come down.  I love sunlight.  It also helps that our house is surrounded by trees … Continue reading


this day has beaten me

Rainy Sunday Recap: 8 a.m. Josh and I clean up a flood in the basement. Josh takes Ella to work. Josh goes to sleep so he can go to work again tonight. I am on flood patrol all day – seriously – five loads of laundry, empty the dry vac 12 times, frozen lasagna in … Continue reading


christmas in june

Every Christmas I ask my parents to spend an ENTIRE DAY with me – we hike, visit wineries, picnic, and do tourist-y stuff. Today was no different – we hit a bakery, then popped into Vineland to sample some Rieslings (and bought a couple of cases), drove to the south terminus of the Bruce Trail … Continue reading


nuit blanche v.5

Another lovely night full of art, lights, dancing, music, poetry, making, writing, friends, hugs, smiles, laughter, learning, strolling, and showing the love . . . to falling into bed exhausted, but so content.  Oh my, how happy this night makes my heart.  Why must it only be one night a year?


peony time

We have two kinds of pink peonies.  I love everything about them – including their colour, the way they burst open suddenly, and how their sweet fragrance fills the house when I bring them inside.  Makes me wonder why we don’t plant more and call it a day. I’ve been listening to a lot of … Continue reading


camp coaster craft

This year’s camp craft project was a bit glammy.  Taking little chunks of sculpey, you roll each colour into a long tube, then twist all your long tubes together, roll out your twisted tubes until smooth, coil into a circle, and then roll out flat.  Bake following the instructions.  Most importantly, finish the edges with … Continue reading


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