Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Thursday, 24 December 2009
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
I must admit that I am amazed that these remain unscathed throughout the Christmas season, although I did notice a couple that had found their way onto other trees across the road.
They are such a cheering sight on these cold, dull winter days. On the day I took these photos, the sun did put in a brief appearance, but most days have been overcast and bitterly cold. The wind chill was -18 C when I went out this morning!
Monday, 21 December 2009
Ring out these bells.
Ring solstice bells.
Ring out these bells.
Ring out, ring solstice bells.
Ring solstice bells.
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Saturday, 19 December 2009
Friday, 18 December 2009
Thursday, 17 December 2009
I love getting out favourite Christmas decorations and this little house is definitely one of those pieces that I search for as soon as the boxes come out. It certainly adds a little festive cheer to my December.
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Considering the problems we had and the number of times that this tree was handled, I don't think that it looks too bad.
Sunday, 13 December 2009
Friday, 11 December 2009
I had an opportunity to take these photographs, including one of another house along the street.
Monday, 7 December 2009
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
I'm not sure how I managed it and it was touch and go at times when I was too tired to make the effort and I realised that I hadn't posted that day, but I didn't want to give up on this challenge.
So now I can sit back and relax (in between studying!) and think about Christmas, which is fast approaching. I haven't written a single card and I feel overwhelmed by the prospect of trawling through that card list again and sending cards to people who don't make the effort to keep in touch. I spent $50 on postage stamps and then realised that sometimes, it is time to let go. So I am thinking that this year, I will review my list and send cards to those people who are really important to me. Do other people feel like this?
The picture at the start of this post is my Advent calendar. I love opening the little windows every day on the approach to Christmas and although small, this is such a sweet design. It is from Rachel Ellen Designs and is a 'stained glass' window. I had a similar one last year and it was such fun. I delayed opening the first window until I had time to scan the card into the computer to share with you, so now I'm off to open that window...
Monday, 30 November 2009
On these cold, dark evenings, I like to get snuggled in at home and enjoy a bit of comfort and warmth. There is nothing quite like the touch of flannel on your skin when the thermometer starts to dip and I found this great pair of pyjamas to lounge in last year. Featuring Snoopy in his hat and scarf and a scattering of snow, they are quite seasonal.
In keeping with this month's gratitude theme, hosted by Ginny, I would like to add, thank goodness for flannel pyjamas!
Sunday, 29 November 2009
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Friday, 27 November 2009
Taking Chance is the true story of Lt. Col. Mike Strobl's narrative of his voluntary mission escorting the body of a fellow Marine Lance Corporal Chance Phelps, who was killed in Iraq in 2004, on his journey home. Mike volunteered for this duty when he realised that they were both born in the same home town in Colorado, but it was only once the mission had begun that he learned that Chance grew up in Wyoming and that it was his family's wish that he should be buried there.
I cannot find the words to describe the emotions that I experienced watching this film. In a way, it is about bearing witness to the fact that there are service personnel dying every day in conflicts around the world and especially in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Although some may be put off by the content of this film, if you have not seen it, I would encourage you to watch it. We owe so much to young men like Chance, who gave their lives in the service of their country.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Warmest Thanksgiving wishes to my American readers, in particular to my dear friends Tracy at Pink Purl and Heidi at The Cranberry Chronicle. As they originate from adjoining states, it could be said that they are neighbours!
I know how hard it is to be far from family and friends at times of special celebrations such as this and hope that the message of friendship across the miles will warm your heart and brighten your day.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
An envelope arrived yesterday and these beautiful Christmassy coasters were inside ~
~ accompanied by a note from Heidi on a card depicting Auguste Renoir's painting of The Cafe.
The attention to detail continues on the reverse ~ just look at that beautiful gold fabric.
Thank you Heidi for bringing some seasonal cheer to the dark days of winter.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
The English Home was a bit of an indulgence though ~ I couldn't resist the traditional Christmas scene on the cover, so I treated myself to this one. I love the idea of a real fire, but for the time being, I will have to make do with reading this.
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Saturday, 21 November 2009
Friday, 20 November 2009
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
This left me in a kind of limbo where I call myself a Registered Nurse who trained as a Midwife in the U.K.
All of a sudden, I am on a course working with midwives from across the globe and we are talking about midwifery and our varied experiences.
For those of you who are wondering why I am taking a midwifery course, it is a requirement in Canada that internationally trained midwives complete a bridging programme in order to be eligible for registration.....
Monday, 16 November 2009
Lake Erie is divided between Canada and the United States and the opposite shoreline is Ohio. Though the smallest of the Great Lakes, it is renowned for its ferocious storms, due mainly to the fact that it is shallow (for a lake).
We journeyed on to Port Stanley and had lunch at this little bistro/restaurant. It was getting late, so we didn't have time to explore the village, but we intend to go back in the future and have another look.
It was a wonderful day and a real adventure. Sadly, we had to return to reality and go home, but I look forward to more days like this next year.