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Month: February 2011

Bageltastic

Bageltastic

Who loves Bagels?  We all do of course!   Yum to the max.  But also there is the ‘How Much?!’ element to them.  So I was very happy to see a bagel recipe in my new bread cookbook (Chrimbo pressie from mon papa) The River Cottage Bread Handbook.  We’ve had good luck with the scones and a nice loaf of bread so I thought we’d give bagels a try.  If you are looking to make some yourself there are many…

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A Single Moment

A Single Moment

  Joining Amanda at Soulemama in this Friday ritual.  A special, ordinary, exceptional  moment from the week.     Small contemplations looking forward.  My frustrated heart hopes for peaceful days.   Happy Friday!

Listening to the world

Listening to the world

Yesterday, in the midst of a very (very) long stream of consciousness talk on the subject of towels Huwyl told me “Then I lay down in the sunshine and I closed my eyes and I just listened to to world!”  This had me dragging my attention away from online research on windows and looking into a glowing face filled with happy.  The sunshine outside had warmed our deck up enough to justify a good block of outside play and the…

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Family Day

Family Day

Here in Ontario we enjoyed a public holiday today, Daddy got to stay home with us and enjoy Family Day.  Of course, because we are a real family and not picture perfect, we had moments in the day that were annoying, loud, messy and not what we’d hoped for.  But as I review the day’s photo’s I see a delicious breakfast made with love and Daddy expertise, time to take a warm bath filled with the goodness of oats and…

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Plans

Plans

My brain is full.  And obsessed.  The other night I had a dream about windows and landscaping, that is how extreme it is.   Right now much of our spare time is being taken up revising building plans, interviewing prospective suppliers and researching our little botties off regarding the various benefits of this window or that door. We have a budget, we have a plan, we even have someone who’s agreed to build it all for us.  There are many,…

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Say what you see

Say what you see

Unsurprisingly, given our homeschooling vibe, we are working on Huwyl learning to read right now.  He is 5, I’m a literature lover, no surprises.  I’m trying to take a reasonably child-led approach with a bit of nudging and encouragement from Mummy and Daddy and so far, so good.  I love that Huwyl is beginning to notice words all around him (in the corner of a tv show, on the coach in the next lane of traffic, in the books we…

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Winterlude

Winterlude

This is how we spent our anniversary this year, We had a lovely afternoon out in the fresh air.  Winterlude is a festival held in Ottawa every February and it always reminds me that winter is fun!  The boys had a wonderful time sliding on the ice slides, eating Beavertails and running around on the assault course.  Particular thanks to the Canadian Ranger who helped Neirin around the course so that he could be just like his big brother.  That…

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16 years

16 years

It’s been 16 years since I walked into your room, your life, your heart.  16 years since you looked up, your eyes met mine and…well that was that wasn’t it?  There have been ups, there have been downs but through it all has been us.  We’ve wandered the earth apart and then together and here we are.  Here you are, the man of my heart.  You really are everything to me, my beloved. This one’s for you babe.  Happy Anniversary….

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The day today

The day today

A few moments from our day, captured on the fly as we moved through the hours together. Is it a coincidence that all of these moments have something to do with food?  Probably not.  Today we enjoyed popcorn along with our film, Wind in the Willows (we just finished reading it and we couldn’t wait to watch the film version); bread rose in the kitchen as we went about our day.  This afternoon we made chocolate and nut banana bread…

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Feed the Birds

Feed the Birds

I saw this lovely craft on Gardenmama for making natural bird feeders and thought it would be a perfect activity for a cold afternoon.  The combination of seeds, pine cones and peanut butter was sure to delight with the added bonus of creating some nice feeders for hungry birds. Nicole’s pictures are always so beautiful they inspire me to emulate her projects, or at least entertain the possibility, but of course my reality is never quite as picturesque as my imaginings.  My…

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