Hello! It’s been too long!

Yes, I see the last time I posted over here was in July. My goodness!

Truth is that I hate editing photos and I would rather being doing other things. But, one of the main reason I have this blog is for family that lives in other places and for us, as a keepsake. So today I grabbed some photos from the past month to show what we have been up to.

I have a bunch of photos to edit from our summer vacation but they are on my big camera (my real camera as I call it!) and it’s just a matter of sitting down and editing. It’s always hard when you try to edit your own pics and decide what to show when you want to show it all! Maybe later this week–it’s only been four months after all!

We got back into the swing of lessons and some winter prep with herbal concoctions. Plus I got some time to do a bit of other things with the boys and for myself.

There are a lot of photos:

Busy with herbs. Tis the season!prep fire cidreherb infusionssmudgeLove our sunsets!sunset at Shubie Happy!boys jump shubieThe season for knitting!yarnyoga socksWe have spent many a day outside enjoying the fall weather.pixie cupsmushroomsmushroomred leafPretzel making!pretzel makingpretzelsThe Lunar Eclipse was a big deal for us. The boys stayed up late to watch. Totally worth it!
eclipsesclipse morningThe moon the morning after the eclipse.moon eclipes morningLessons!fortMore fun outside.bball stuckbballLove all of the colours!leavesTrying to catch the leaves as they fall.
catching leavesChipmunk!
chipmunkFeeding the chickadees is a favourite pastime of ours. It never gets old!feeding chickadeesWe love the hemlocks at our local park. So big and beautiful!path of trees hemlockWe went to a friend’s house and picked cranberries in her back yard! How cool is that! Thanks, Dawn! xxpicking cranberriescranberriesLove Dawn’s yard. There is always many a treasure to be found.salamanderMy bit of time to make some fun art. (more on my blog)my doodleart girlBirthday Lego making together. :) bday legoNew socks!pikachu socksMore outdoor fun!steve levitatingjumpHalloween fun!witchesSplatoon Inklings! I had to take a quick pic as they rushed from house to house!InklingsBrains!brainshalloween candy Who doesn’t love Pop Rocks?!pop rocksWeekday mornings. Someone always end up getting rolled up in the yoga mat – yoga sushi!xman sushilessonsMinecraft Lego table making!lego tableIt’s always a lot of fun outside. The boys loved raking the leaves and even went out to do it of their own accord. This may be why…it’s fun to bag them…or fun to play with the bag!leaf funThey also decided to whittle the hammers they made a while ago so that the handles were rounds and then filed smooth. Love this stuff.boys and wooden hammersWith all the leaves we collected I decided to frame them. I love how they look. framing leavesNighttimes consist of games of all kinds. :) scrabbleeye see youHome made bread. Oh man, that’s good.
challahEek! The Eyes of Cthulhu!chthulhuOne of our bridges is being completely redone without closing it down. Amazing, right? the big liftHe loves tamari almonds and loves making them almost as much!
tamari almond preptamari almondsThese are a couple of big camera pics – as in the real thing and not my phone. Love these guys.

06Nov2015_Boys and leaves_03 06Nov2015_Boys and leaves_17 06Nov2015_Boys and leaves_10Hope you’ve had just as wonderful a fall season as we have. Yesterday we got our first taste of snow. It was a quick one and nothing stayed on the ground but still exciting and beautiful.


Our week in review | July 11 pt1

This week was all about bugs for us as we are joining along in the Mud Puddles Summer Nature Camp! The camp is spread over a month and each week there is a different focus. This first week was all about bugs! It’s always fun to hit the outdoors and see what we can find!

IMG_6462IMG_6467IMG_6465IMG_6480IMG_6469The boys really got into drawing and labeling bug parts after reading about bug anatomy in the Summer Camp pdf.
IMG_6501IMG_6504IMG_6506Later in the we learned about making a bug hotel! There were some great ideas posted onto the Mud Puddles Pinterest board. The boys had a great time hunting around for bit of bark, twigs, pine bundles and dead leaves.IMG_6526IMG_6527IMG_6528We had a great time with the first week of the Nature Camp and the boys were excitedly asking what we would be doing for the next week!

Other goings-on: I have had a pile of my husband’s old t-shirts laying around waiting to be repurposed into a rug. This was one of my tasks for this week and the boys helped me with the prep. Well, they kind of helped! Ha! I cut up strips of t-shirt and they pulled on the strips until they curled in on themselves and then rolled them into a ball – or onto each other. Fun!IMG_6531 I wish I had counted how many t’s I had before cutting them up. It would have been nice to be able to gauge how many t-shirts it takes to make a certain size rug. I’m guessing there were about 12-15. IMG_6546 And so it begins! I will post the final rug next week. Xman was interested in learning to crochet as he sat next to me watching. He caught on quickly and will be helping me finish the rug. :) IMG_6549 While mowing the lawn this week I happened upon some little mushrooms as we have a lot of shade in our yard. I decided to pick a couple and make some mushroom prints. I wasn’t sure which colour of spores these wee ones would have so I used a sheet of black and a sheet of white paper.IMG_6560

IMG_6565 IMG_6568 IMG_6567We also spotted these love bugs…on our hike yesterday. Amazing colours! Wow! IMG_6558

To see more from our hike go to part 2!

Happy week everyone!

Our week in review | July 11 pt2

Yesterday we decided to take a morning hike along the Salt Marsh Trail. The trail extends for many kilometres and there are many parking areas along the trail depending on where you want to hike. We decided to make it a short walk as we ended up getting out just before noon and it was already hot.

It was a beautiful walk and I am glad that I brought my DSLR to take some photographs. The quality far, far outweighs my handy phone or even point and shoot. I get lazy though, some days and want to travel light. The camera backpack made the walk that much hotter but it was worth it.

11Jul2015_Salt Marsh_01 11Jul2015_Salt Marsh_02 This part of the trail consisted of mostly wooded areas so we super sprayed on the diy bug deterrent. 11Jul2015_Salt Marsh_03X-man loves the ferns and so do I so I needed to take a quick pic of them all gathered together. So pretty.
11Jul2015_Salt Marsh_04 At one point in the trail the woods open up and you see Cole Harbour. What a beautiful site. I asked the boys to hold back so I could take this shot.11Jul2015_Salt Marsh_05 11Jul2015_Salt Marsh_08 I love all of the wildflowers in our area, from the buttercups and horse vetch to the lupins (now fading) and daisies. Plus, the little islands that are scattered about our province as so lovely. 11Jul2015_Salt Marsh_09 11Jul2015_Salt Marsh_10 11Jul2015_Salt Marsh_11 We happened upon these hug dandelions – at least that what I figure they were but the seed pods were as big as the one of the boys’ fists!11Jul2015_Salt Marsh_12 11Jul2015_Salt Marsh_13 11Jul2015_Salt Marsh_14Love spotting the wild irises!

11Jul2015_Salt Marsh_16It was a great week that ended nicely with our walk. We were happy to head back, though, to the coolness of our home because the heat and bugs were getting to be too much. The rest of the day was spent tending to the garden, drawing and watching a movie.

What was your week like? :)

Our week in review | July 4

Stephen was waiting for his new Merrill running shoes. He got a hole in the sole early on and Merrill helped him into a new pair – awesome customer service! He was like a child waiting for Christmas day:  he kept checking the tracking on the package and when the day came for them to arrive he was looking out the window more often than not in hopes of seeing Joyce, our postal deliverer (she’s awesome!). When Joyce did arrive she joked with him saying she expected to see him in a moment running in his shoes on the next street over!

IMG_6339 IMG_6341Arriving a Cleveland Beach with some friends. The best sunscreen. ;)
IMG_6342 Okay, so Xman and I found this mushroom and it’s for sure the best find in a long time! Look how big it is! On returning home I found it in our mushroom book as being a fly agaric, it’s poisonous/hallucinogenic. How ironic since I had commented on it being a very Alice in Wonderland ‘shroom that the caterpillar would love! ;) Seriously, the coolest!IMG_6345 I love the rocks, the seaweed, the coral, the shells and more. Always good finds at Cleveland Beach.IMG_6350 …and good friends make it even better! :) <3IMG_6351 Dawn and L found this awesome jellyfish on the beach. They are called comb jellies or Sea Gooseberries. I found an interesting article here about them hereIMG_6353 When we first made our way to the beach we all had on sweaters or hoodies but once there the sky opened and the weather was beautiful.IMG_6358 F found a crab with eggs. Geez she find the coolest things!IMG_6366Fun in the water!
IMG_6367 Saying goodbye to the mushroom. It was like a beacon along the path. Thank you, Mushroom! IMG_6368 IMG_6372 Another morning, making the most of the weather: enjoying a bit of breakfast with my basket of things and my bullet journal while listening to the birds sing. IMG_6374 At one point I got up to survey the garden and saw a spider’s web alight in a neighbour’s tree. At another angle I wouldn’t have seen it!

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Car wash!IMG_6380Fun with Dixie Cups!

The boys are getting used to their new bikes and the best place near us (since we live on a narrow street with rushing cars!) is the nearby parking lot. The day went from sun to rain quickly but the boys were having too much fun to stop and the rain was warm. The pavement had been hot from the day’s sun so when the rain came it started to condensate on contact. Very cool!IMG_6383 IMG_6387 My witchy Willow ordered from the local comic book store. The boys love Lumberjanes so we are in there on a regular basis. If you haven’t heard of this comic book series you should check it out. It’s great for kids (I laugh my head off!) and all about the girls!IMG_6398 We visited a friend at work and the boys got to test out a demo toy to see how well they could understand the directions and construct it before it went out to stores. Very cool stuff! Plus, she showed us their cool 3-D printer!IMG_6400 A relaxing evening at home. Love.IMG_6401 Happy Canada Day fireworks! It’s hard to see but just to the left of the fireworks is a white dot in the sky – that’s Jupiter. Venus is hiding behind it all. IMG_6450 Some hopscotch fun at the local ToysRUs…IMG_6455 …a little Pikachu drawing…

IMG_6456 …and more hopscotch.

IMG_6458We had a great week and we hope you did too! Again, if you’d like to share post your link in the comments!

Here’s to the week ahead! :)


Forest Friday – Oakfield Park

We had a wonderful day today at Oakfield park as part of Dawn’s Forest Friday group where we get together and learn about nature while going on a walk through the woods. It’s always a lot of fun for the boys and myself – I always have my trusty iPhone and rubber band macro handy (so much easier than my DSLR for these kinds of things!).

Warning: I took many photos and most of them are included! So fun!

Since reading Gathering Moss I find I am more in love with mosses if that’s possible.
IMG_6288 Lady Slippers! I love Nova Scotia for its abundance of this beautiful orchid – you just have to know where to look…IMG_6289 I am a big rock lover and in turning one over I found some busy ants. I think I made them busy by exposing them! They hurriedly carried all the babes into their underground home. Mama was a big one and was the first to disappear down the hole!IMG_6291 British Soldier lichenIMG_6293 Irises – I just love wildflowers!IMG_6294 IMG_6295 Spiders are the coolest. IMG_6297 IMG_6299 Dawn created this super fun exercise where we place masking tape (or duct tape) on our wrist or onto a sheet of paper sticky side out. Then we find flowers, acorns, whatever strikes our fancy and stick them on.  IMG_6300 IMG_6303 I enjoyed this so much that I wore my ‘bracelets’ into the grocery store and Tim Horton’s afterward!IMG_6304Lightening bugs mating! Summer is the season of love…! ;)
IMG_6306 This guy was hanging around the lovers. I dare say he was quite the voyer!IMG_6308 IMG_6309 IMG_6310 I bought a bird/nature journal a couple of weeks ago. I could have used a basic journal but this one has some great quotes and nest illustrations in it so I couldn’t help myself. I think I will use it for a flower press too and then write down what happened on that specific day. :) IMG_6313 A wee little daddy longlegs.IMG_6317 I love this guy. He hung out on my thumb for a long time. We played together: I would gently raise his leg and he would hold it there. I’d raise it a little further and he’d still hold it there. I’d lower it down and he’d again hold it there. I think he was humouring me (simple human…).IMG_6321 Mushrooms! Love mushrooms! I haven’t checked the type of this one yet but had to show a couple of photos for details of the gills…IMG_6322 …and the webbing across the top…IMG_6323 The kids became completely absorbed in playing in the woods and surrounding field – as kids should and it makes me sooo happy! Xman was in the woods and found this dragonfly just coming out of its nymph skin. I have never seen this before. It was THE COOLEST thing I’ve seen in a while. I’m sure I will see something just as cool tomorrow because Nature is that way but for today, this was THE BESTEST.IMG_6326 Beautiful life. IMG_6328If you aren’t familiar with Dawn’s Forest Friday and are in the Halifax, Nova Scotia region you can find out all about it here.

She also has a workshop coming up on her and Annie’s Mud Puddles to Meteors site that I am so excited about called Mud Puddles Summer Nature Camp. It’s an online workshop so you can be anywhere in the world and still participate. It’s gonna be awesome! Hope to see you there!


Gathering Moss

I just finished this book and loved it so much I had to share. I originally mentioned it on my art blog so I did a review post over there too. Click on over if you’d like to read about it. I hope you will. :)

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Conrad’s Beach

One of THE BEST things about living in Nova Scotia is that you do not have to go far at all to find yourself in a natural surrounding. Yesterday morning we went with friends to our usual park and trails and this afternoon to a beach.

Oh, what a great day! I’m pooped! But it was worth it because the weather was amazing and we were in the company of good friends. What could be better?

IMG_6075 The water was freezing but that certainly didn’t stop these boys!IMG_6076 IMG_6077 IMG_6078 IMG_6088 Digging, digging, digging! I love that they still become so enthralled with sand and all of the things you can create.IMG_6095I found this amazing shell with some coral anchored into the top. Nova Scotia coral is often white and very small.

IMG_6082 IMG_6084 After taking a good look I had to bring it home to draw. It reminds me so much of a heart with all of its veins and arteries. Goodness, it’s just the coolest.IMG_6083And then there was this guy making the most of an amazing day. Totally.IMG_6100