Archive for November 2010

snowed in

With at least a foot of snow in the village, let alone on the surrounding hills, I don’t think we’re going anywhere for the next few days. Thank goodness for snow tyres, hot chocolate, and sleds.

We did make it out yesterday before more snow fell overnight, back to a favourite hike (the same spot as the photo we’ve been using as a header design for the past 11 months – New Years day 2010 looks a lot like November 2010, full circle in 11 months). Cory’s thrilled because the hill that defeated us last year with regular tyres was no problem this year, the first purchase from my back-to-work pay turning out to be very very useful.


wavy lines can be tricky to sew


… but oh so lovely once finished.

A new baby with two big sisters needs to have a few very special things just for her. Hopefully this will be one of them, a playmat for now, a mini-blanket for summer picnics, and later a comfy spot for snuggling while watching TV. I love the way the colours turned out – but then green and duck egg blue are the colours of my living room so perhaps it’s not a surprise.  The wavy lines were based on a pattern by Denise Schmidt but done completely freehand – the thought of cutting out pattern pieces fills me with dread when I can just slice away creatively (and quickly). I loved the use of colour in Jane Brocket’s quilt book too but again her description of cutting out pieces and laying them all out individually sounds far too dull – and for me one of the joys of quilting is how pieces can be combined almost randomly for an overall effect that surpasses any calculated choice I could make.

a year in reading


Jen’s embarking on a year in reading – asking all her friends for suggestions for twelve books to read throughout the year. It’s a brilliant idea, but I’ve struggled to think of the 12 books I’d recommend more generally than my personal tastes (older books about domestic life from the early part of last century in preference – although I might have to branch out a bit now that I’ve read most of the Persephone catalogue.) Since I’ve put together my list I thought I’d share it. Links are to because Jen’s in Canada.

January – Three Day Road. To start, something serious, beautiful, and horrible all together…

February – Diary of a Provincial Lady Light, glorious, and witty from the 1930s.

March – The Help If you haven’t already read it…

April – The Enchanted April
Because it lifts you up beyond the wet, grey weather to something altogether more optimistic.

May – Bel Canto Precisely because it’s so different than most…

June – Swallows and Amazons
Because June can be a busy month for teachers (which Jen is) this is a children’s book but a lovely one full of imagination and summer.

July – A Suitable Boy Very very long but I loved it – so I’ve picked it for July where the heat of the summer will hopefully make India seem closer…

August – I Capture the Castle A classic for any time of year…

September – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie It has to be a book about school for September…

October – All Things Said and Done which is written by a woman who’s blog I used to follow – she’s captured the feel of adolescence and my early twenties so well here – I hope she tackles motherhood next (she’s two boys about the same age as mine).

November – Miss Buncle’s Book. A delightful Persephone book to make you smile in an otherwise dreary month.

December – A Christmas Carol. It needs no introduction – I read the book every single year to start the Christmas season. Or even better – go to a reading!

hiking is cool

hikingiscool Sunday was brilliant, bright and frosty, so we skipped church to go on a winter version of a 2009 summer walk. (I can’t believe how much bigger the kids have grown in 17 months – Cory’s even carrying Duncan then – we wouldn’t want to do that now.)

It was a gorgeous day, and there was even puddle-jumping, made twice as exciting by the thin ice on the top. Although our lunch break was very chilly, we were more than warm enough while we were walking and there’s something really special about getting outside on a bright crisp winter day and getting away from stress and cities. (I know it’s only November but it felt more like January – and with spring arriving so early compared to Canada, it seems reasonable to let winter arrive early too).

And we’ve a new photographer in the family – maybe we’ll finally get a few more photos of Cory and I together.