June 17, 2014

525,600...

I have the song Seasons of Love from the musical Rent rolling around in my head...how do you measure a year, in daylight, sunsets, in midnights...Fitting lyrics for this post considering lavender was in full bloom when last I wrote. 



I guess this is how the year will be measured...

An impending arrival...

Cups of tea 

The last moments of being 3

Exploring the magic of Padstow

Gracie-Pops-a-Doodles arrives on the scene. She is loved.

Grace and Grandpa

My sweet blue eyed girls

Creating so much yummy love. Nanny makes holidays wonderful in so many ways. 

Grace surrounded by her people

Grace is our smiley snuggly girl

Winter walks and flood waters

Fly away Bea...glitter paint, it had to be!

This year offered up a journey home and it shed light on who we are as a family and as individuals. Travel has a way of changing things...

Screens and sunlight

'Oh my gosh, she's British, that little girl has a British accent.' Such a strange moment for this American momma. 

Exploring her world. 

Front porch moments

Contemplating the state of affairs on top of Hanging Rock

Four generations

The two Beatrices and Grace

Grandma magic... Bea making a REALLY long road with chalk!

That's my Florida girl... Even the Gulf wasn't warm enough!  

Catching a ride

Poetry in motion

Walking up the hill to catch the 'J' bus 

Rocking chairs and ice cream, winning combination. 
The blooming lavender marks the end of a year and an end to living in the city. We are leaving our sweet Victorian terrace. We have loved this house and will miss it. It is the first house we owned as a married couple. When we left the hospital with the girls this is where we brought them. This particular harbor is where our adventure really took root. It is where laughter has been heard and tears have been shed. Babies have cried in the night and slept soundly too! Loved ones from near and far have found shelter here. The kitchen has seen triumphs and tragedies as the art of nourishing our family has been discovered. This place we have called home for the last eight years will have a special place in my heart.  



August 03, 2013

Sweat Shop Gramma...

Have you ever stared at something in your home as you go about your daily round and thought, if I don't do something about fill in the blank I'm going to go crazy! That's the relationship I've had with our living room curtains since 2007! I know, 2007! When we moved into our new house I didn't even want to rehang MC's bachelor curtains. I knew what would happen. We would have lots of other house projects to do. The curtains weren't loved but were 'functional' so replacing them would get pushed further down the to do list. '2007' is still shocking me as I type this in 2013! 

Anyways...My mom hopped the pond for a summer visit and kindly offered to make a roman blind for our bare dining room window. We had some fabric I had originally purchased to recover our living room chairs, 4 metres to be exact. This was more than enough fabric to make one blind. Sooooo, I suggested we make the living room blinds first. I like how I use 'we' as if I had anything to do with this sewing project, besides getting my mom cold drinks and telling her she was doing a great job! 

This would be a good time to mention that the summer of 2013 has been record breaking warm! Like almost every home on this little island our house has no air conditioning. By the end of my mom's week of sewing we were calling her 'sweat shop granny'! My poor mother sat sewing with a fan blowing on her in our kitchen with temperatures soaring to 90F! She deserves a medal, or at least a trip to Highclere Castle, a place she has been wanting to go to for quite some time. I promise, the next visit...we are so there! 

Our '2007' curtains...Even then I was pushing them out of the way to get a better look at that beautiful Victorian woodwork!  


Our 2013 curtains...






Gramma always comes baring gifts...Bea and MC staying cool in the blow up pool my mom packed in her suitcase and brought with her from the States! 






We love you Gramma! You always know exactly what were gonna need before we do!  





"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. 
Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust 
over the lives of little children." 

~ Alex Haley 


July 31, 2013

Order of Play...

The wonders of life as explored through science and technology are breath taking! MC and I are expecting our second baby in October. We recently had an ultra sound and saw our little one's heart beating. How amazing is that! I must be getting old! In the past few years the new technology that surrounds us impresses upon me beyond youthful expectation. Bea thinks nothing of touch screen technology or chatting to her grandparents on the other side of the pond via Skype or FaceTime. These tools that keep our family close are much appreciated but sometimes it's nice to take a step back...


With a bun in the oven, MC and I decided to take a couple days to ourselves and head to London. We scooted by The Natural History Museum on a recon mission to see if the museum was age appropriate for Bea. Being 'toddler free' for a couple days in London is always a treat. Even if you find yourself in a very family friendly spot like the NHM! We had a moment to explore the museum's bones both literally and architecturally. I have an enduring love of Victorian architecture and the NHM did not disappoint my adoration! The attention to detail is almost visually overwhelming! 








I like how London offers up little gifts to us every time we visit. A new restaurant, an enchanting shop or just a beautiful scene. On this trip into the city I discovered the hidden streets that make London unique. In the more affluent neighbourhoods of this world city mews were streets of stables or carriage houses that resided behind grand homes. After WW2 many of the mews houses were converted from stables, carriage houses and garages into small but fine homes. If we ever moved to London, with some money in our pocket, I would want to live on one of these inviting little streets.      






Growing up on 'the grid' in a new world country has given me an appreciation for old world city streets that curve and seem to disappear before me. I feel a bit like Alice chasing that rabbit. Curiosity always gets the better of me on streets like this... 


One of the reasons we visited London was to not only wander aimlessly through the city but to also take in a bit of sport. Tennis anyone...Attending Wimbledon, particularly this year, was fantastic! The grounds of The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club are beautiful and the matches we saw weren't to shabby either! I liked seeing the scenes that happen in 'real time' like the ball boys and girls in the midst of a crowd...


...the line judges actually moving...


...and of course, the sport...


...it wouldn't be Wimbledon without a rain delay...



...You cannot be serious! Oh, but I am! We saw the Macs in action...



So this was our final little getaway before our second one arrives on the scene in a few months time. MC and I had a lovely time wandering, spectating and discovering new places in our old town that never disappoints. 


"The fairies, as their custom, clapped their hands with delight over their cleverness, 
and they were so madly in love with the little house 
that they could not bear to think they had finished it." 


~J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens