June 2015

One year ago today, we arrived in PEI:

Prince Edward Island - day 1

*happy sigh*

We’re still a few weeks away from embarking on our PEI 2015 adventure, in that delicious time when you can actually start thinking about all the things you want to see and do, but before the panic of packing and attending to all the forgotten last-minute details.

I think the thing we are most looking forward to during our PEI vacation this year is exploring. It was our favourite part of the trip last year. There is something delicious about turning down a random road and wondering what’s around the next bend.

The Points East Coastal Drive site lists eight suggested routes for easy PEI day trips, conveniently arranged by subject matter. Like bays, beaches and boats? How about lighthouses? Or maybe a vineyard and distillery tour is more your speed? I love the chatty, colloquial but richly detailed nature of these articles – it’s like having an Islander as your navigator, pointing out things that only the locals know.

Speaking of Islanders, how fun is this? Tourism PEI has launched a program called Ask an Islander. They’ve engaged several PEI personalities to be ambassadors, including Chef Michael Smith and photographer Dave Brosha. I love this idea, and keep going back to the site to see the new questions and answers as they are posted.

Have a favourite PEI day trip to share? I’d love to hear your suggestions!

Disclosure: Points East Coastal Drive is a sponsor of this blog. However, my love affair with PEI is 100% genuine and I’d be happy to talk your ear off about the Island any day of the week.


This photo session for a colleague and his family was supposed to take place on Father’s Day, but we got rained out. Today was a perfectly perfect day for pictures, though, and you couldn’t ask for three funnier, kinder or more patient subjects for family portraits!

Three handsome fellows

Adorable, right? They were wonderfully patient with my ideas and let me boss them around a hike that only got us a little bit lost. This was my absolute favourite kind of family portrait session: casual, playful, and with lots and lots of laughter.

Kind, funny and photogenic, too – I can’t wait to show you more photos from this fun afternoon!


Technically this photo is from yesterday, but I loved the poignant moment so much that I knew you wouldn’t mind if I shared it as today’s photo of the day.

Saying goodbye

I swear, I never leave the boys’ school without a smile on my face and respect in my heart for the hard work these people do. We’re lucky to be a part of such a wonderful community. Every time I look at this photo, I can’t help but smile.

Now it’s time for a summer of beaches, parks, family visits, road trips, and adventures big and small. BRING IT ON!


You can pick out more than a few changes from September 2014 to June 2015, not least of which are haircuts, growth spurts, and the fact that mom remembered in June what she forgot in September – to turn on the autofocus!

First and last day of school!

They’re growing up WAY too fast! Simon in the bottom photo is the same age Lucas is now, and if you look close, you’ll see they’re coincidentally wearing the exact same t-shirt. Hand me downs FTW!

first & last day of school

First and last day of school

First and last day of school 2011-2012

188:365 First and last day of school 2010 - 2011

And just like that…. it’s summer! 🙂


Can you tell I’ve been having fun in the garden lately? Not actually doing any work like planting or weeding or pruning, mind you, but poking around with my camera, exploring the shapes and colours.

Purple clematis up close

This is a purple clematis that grows over a chain-link fence near the driveway. I love it because it grows vigourously year after year, with big showy flowers, with no intervention or attention from me whatsoever. That’s my kind of garden!

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Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings…

raindrops on roses

These are a few of my favorite things!


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In which she fights the urge to wrap her boys in bubble wrap

18 June 2015 Mothering without a licence

Help me navigate this one, oh wise and experienced bloggy peeps. I’m trying to be free-range relaxed, but my inner helicopter parent is screeching for control. As I’ve mentioned, we’ve signed Lucas up for soccer. He’s loving it and to my great surprise, so am I – so much so that I regret not caving […]

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Photo of the day: Nature’s paintbrush

13 June 2015 Photo of the Day

I was creeping around in the garden this morning as the sun came out after all that infernal rain recently, and found this baby clematis just waking up. Pretty, heh? And I really didn’t do much more than adjust the exposure a bit and add a light gradient to the bottom corner because the green […]

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Photo of the day: Tristan’s big race

12 June 2015 Photo of the Day

They say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but sometimes it rolls out of the orchard, down the farm lane and clear into the next county. We were bemused last year when Tristan placed well in the school’s track and field events, as he’d never really expressed an interest in running – […]

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How to manage your CSA share (alternate title: Learning to love the chard)

10 June 2015 Eating and thinking and thinking about eating

I am pretty excited that our community supported agriculture (CSA) share will start arriving soon. We’ve signed up for a half share, which means we get a massive load of fresh, local organic veggies every two weeks from June through October. I laughed when I saw a recent post on Apartment Therapy with tips about […]

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