Not So Perfect

This is not a book review. I finished reading My (not so) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella a couple of days ago. Occasionally when I’m reading I like a bit of chick lit, as I often go for quite serious historical fiction. It’s a bit of light relief. Anyway, I’m not going to tell you…

The Life in Life Group

On our one and only flat windowsill in the house I have tiny pots of seedlings. Shoots are springing up, but the chili seeds are very slow. There’s not been a sign of any life until this morning.  When I pulled up the blind this morning there was the first little shoot in one of…

By the river

Thinking of ideas to write about tonight I went down to the river. At least I could take a picture and post it, I thought. We’ve had persistent rain all day, but it seemed to brighten up with that strange evening light. The river often looks stunning in the evening. If I had the time…

Almond Croissant Weekend

There are times when making daily meals is downright boring, but then others when I love it. When I enjoy it most is when we have friends and guests over. I think it’s because there’s an excuse to be a little more creative than usual…and I’ve planned much better. This weekend we had friends to…

Spring to Life

Every year I am amazed life survives under the ice and snow. This winter was long, so long, hanging onto the year with its icy grip. Last weekend we had three inches of snow fall. When I woke up on Saturday morning, I took one look outside, then dived back into bed and under the covers. I couldn’t take…

Good Morning! Good Friday!

It’s a tradition for me to get up super early on Good Friday to make Hot Cross Buns. I didn’t feel like it last night when I’d fallen asleep reading on the couch and woke up at 11.50pm. I debated with myself whether to measure out the dry ingredients before bed or wait until the morning. In…

Brooklyn Boot Camp

I don’t know if I can return to normal life. I don’t know if I want to. I’ve been booted up the backside, well and truly. This past week I’ve been in New York – Brooklyn to be precise, at Metro World Child with a team from our church family. When I’ve read about Brooklyn…

Going Away ‘Mom-guilt’ Baking

‘What are your plans for the day?’ I work part-time so there are days in the week when I’m off. Sometimes, on these days, when my hard-working husband asks that question about my day, my back goes right up. I’m not sure why I get offended by it, as most of the time he’s just asking out…

Delays on the Journey

I like to be moving forward. When we lived in England I liked to travel on the trains. I would rather find a train that was running and jump on it even if it took me on a longer route than wait for a delayed train. When there’s a destination to get to I’m going to…

Sewing Lessons

I’m making another dress. I’m not the fastest dressmaker. If it’s a costume to be worn once or twice I can improvise and make-do something fast, but a proper item of clothing to be worn not as part of a performance or any kind of joke takes a bit more time and care. I read and…

Family Stories

This February marks living in Canada for seven years and my son’s twenty-first birthday. Around these celebrations and anniversaries many conversations round the dinner table start, ‘Do you remember when…’ We recount the memories surrounding previous birthdays and the stories surrounding our move to Canada. In fact, all year round we do this. ‘Do you remember…’ is…

Frozen Opportunities

Winter is driving me crazy by the time we get to February. We’ve had snow on the ground since November – there’s still a couple of months of winter to go quite possibly. Those who can escape south for a week or two. Those who can’t (us among them) endure the cold and dream of summer. Meanwhile,…