Three of our very favourite people came to visit last weekend. 5-year old Jacob is fun-loving and precocious, and has an incredible imagination. One afternoon, a couple of visits ago, he came down the stairs, sword in hand, knight helmet (picture Shrek) on, and roared ferociously. […]

By | September 28th, 2010|Categories: Blog|4 Comments


By | September 23rd, 2010|Categories: Events|0 Comments

Park Mom

Our neighbourhood playground was dismantled today. Yesterday afternoon the construction fence went up, this morning the bulldozers arrived, and by suppertime there were only piles of weathered wood and primary-coloured slabs of plastic, remnants of the slides, lying in the rain. It happened so fast that I didn’t have time to get sentimental, to think that I’d actually miss it. […]

By | September 15th, 2010|Categories: Blog|0 Comments


Yesterday morning I went out for a run. To be perfectly honest I was alternating walking for 60 seconds and running for 90, but it sounds so much more impressive to throw out the words “a run”. I downloaded an app called Couch to 5K – a lovely voice interrupts your music to tell you when to run and when to walk and it’s incredibly freeing to not have to look at your watch. Smarty pants Apple people. […]

By | September 6th, 2010|Categories: Blog|2 Comments

And Then There Were Four.

After weeks of excited anticipation, Paul, Janice and Sebastien are here.  They arrived from England yesterday after a schoolyear in Oxford and almost a month of traveling through Europe.  They’ll be staying with us as they reorient themselves to a life here again, and I am thrilled.  […]

By | August 26th, 2010|Categories: Blog|12 Comments


I love coming home to good mail. Blair’s still-sparkly-eyed 96 year old grandma has a mail system that I’ve adopted: handle each piece only once if possible. Since I’ve gotten serious about it, a lovely paperless-ness has settled over our kitchen. Yesterday was a very good mail day – I came home to a big brown Chapters Indigo box. […]

By | August 20th, 2010|Categories: Blog|24 Comments