August 2013

oh August i think you might be my favorite month so far this year – sunshine, peaches, road trips, lake swimming, ocean views, tenting in thundershowers, visitors and gatherings…

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Adam & Lene visiting from Denmark;

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we met 23 years ago – our grandmothers were good friends;

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our home away from home for much of the month of August;

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biggest cousins; 

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establishing their own easy going rules;

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me & M go way back to 1980;

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flickr friending face to face – it was so amazing to sit and have our coffee together in person and watch our not so little boys become fast friends too;Ella&Michelle

last of summer days with 3;

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and now we scoot right into the September’s back to school rhythm and routine…

 

Victoria

adventuring & exploring,beaches,travels | Friday, August 16th, 2013

ferrying away for visits too short and adventures aplenty;

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We took a step back in time to 14th century England at the Midieval Village. The actors were actually camped out for the week churning their own butter, baking bread in their clay fire oven, demonstrating weaving, pewter button making, hide tanning for parchment…it was really amazing to see them keep up their roles and carry on as we wandered about and peeked in their tents. 1 very young actor took a liking to the littlest A and played along in the rock maze;

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Fort Rodd Hill – a coastal 19th centuray artillery fort is not really my thing but the boys were into the tunnels and stairs;

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Fisgard Lighthouse – the first lighthouse on Canada’s West Coast and still a functional beacon. This place makes me dream of living in a converted lighthouse;

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When i used to live in Victoria i only ever drove short portions of the scenic marine drive. This time i had 2 tired wee folk in need of naps so i made it from Fisherman’s wharf past Willows Beach when they both conked out and i turned back to park and explore with my older boy these beckoning blue chairs with a stellar view of ocean, horizon and seals.

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Beacon Hill Park – touristy but it’s my old back yard so i like to see how the old hood is growing and changing;

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Ocean View Beach is soooo awesome. Half way out to the ferries it made a great 3 hour play stop before the long trek homeward;

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shouts out for some favorite local businesses;

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bowsXarrows

ride scooters

smiley faces and selfies

beautiful people,Okanagan | Thursday, August 15th, 2013

A big part of this trip was to include reconnecting with familiar faces as i most often do when i return to my home town but this time coincided with my 20 year grad reunion! ack. i am happy to say that we are all as gorgeous and young as we always have been. haha! So fun to see all those beautiful genes passed on to the wee ones too.

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all of these edited photos are credited to Tracey and her kids. This big smile shot makes me laugh and think of our moms who planned for us to have braces together;

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soul sistah xoxo;

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photo credit – Rio;

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xo M you are a total catch and your children are gorgeous too;

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a couple of many goofy shots sent home to papa;

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heading back next week for more love, sunshine, SUP and peaches!

campfire

brothers,learning all the time,Okanagan | Monday, August 12th, 2013

With pine cone starters and scrap wood the boys started a small fire in the pit -just big enough to roast some marshmallows.

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in the end Little M is not a fan of marshmallow.

grandma’s hood & neighbors

family,farmers,nature,Okanagan | Sunday, August 11th, 2013

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I didn’t expect to find cherries but there were enough to munch and then some for drying. We just used an oven with low heat and still it seemed ridiculously hot to run an oven like that in summer. I’m interested in a food dehydrator in the future. Does anyone have a preference/recommendation?

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back garden surprises;

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up the hill…

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…and through the corn…

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…to the cabin on the hill…

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…where these guys are working to carve a sweet little corner of the world.

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these guys! mama, daughter, son. xo.

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hen and chicks in abundance so very unlike the Coast;

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these little ones made their way back to my  home via mini van cupholders;

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