Sunday, 29 December 2013

snow snow snow.

the snow is still falling in nova scotia.
december has been a month for soft sweaters, tufty boots and toques.
taking wintry walks down the tree lined streets.
resting for cocoa at some small cafes. 
then heading home again as a four before the next snow falls.

Friday, 27 December 2013

a christmas of two parts.

christmas passed by so swiftly. it was filled with cc's excitement though. it seems he is the perfect age to share that wonderful christmassy feeling and that endless anticipation.
snow was falling all through the holidays making it seem like a christmas of two definite parts. those bitter snowy walks with cc's pa snapping away on his camera. and our snug hours spent as a four inside - toasting clements first ever christmas and getting carried along with cc's wonder, from finding santa claus had been: 'look he ate some muffin. and the reindeer pooped by the fire.' to the 'presents, wow presents.'. it was a simple and truly special christmas.

Monday, 23 December 2013

sneaky the fox.

sneaky the stuffed red fox moved in a few days ago.
a christmas gift for cc from his lovely little pre-school.
and one he seems so taken with.
cc settled on naming him 'sneaky - sneaky the sneaky old fox' straight away.
taking him outside to prance around and perform a miniature show in the snow.
and making the funniest mr fox voices as only this three year old little mister would.
merry eve of christmas eve.
from cc and his treasured sneaky.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013


sometimes an adventure is needed. and when cc has his way that means traveling by automobile. so a little over a week ago cc's pa rented a car and the four of us set off down the highway towards the valley.
cc sang along to some christmas tunes, stopping now and then to talk about the towering trees outside ('lets pick that one for chripsmass please!') while little clement slipped in and out of sleep alongside him. we rested at a town called wolfville, where one after another of the tumbledown wooden houses wore for sale signs. cc's pa chose a pub for lunch, then on our wander about the town stumbled across an amazing antiquarian bookstore. the small car trunk was soon filled with cinnamon buns, wonderful secondhand books and two fine christmas trees.
thank you for a fine visit wolfville, will be back soon. we promise.

Monday, 9 December 2013

around mabel.

the soft snow has fallen. and for the first time this winter everything is white once more. still sixteen days to go until christmas too. so it seems the nova scotian winter has settled in and there will be months of minus temperatures ahead now.
mabel stands handsome in the snow. the antique radiators are tinking and clattering as they warm tiny sweaters and dry out damp snow socks.
these are some pictures from around mabel this week. cc is in wonder that his little brother is now trying out some solids, so tries to sneak him titbits each mealtime. "clement you want my spinach? its warm. good for making your tummy warm clement. try it then you say mmmm, more please." 

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

clement on a tuesday.

sometimes his sore gums trouble him.
and his tongue pokes out.
sometimes he tries so hard to sit up on his own
then topples right down.
normally his snoozes are short lived and take place on his mamas front.
and he feels sure night times are made for nursing.
mostly he watches his big brother nonstop
and smiles contentedly each time he is smiled at.
this is the world of mister clement frank.

Monday, 2 December 2013


sunday morning we stood around the stove turning cottage cheese pancakes. cc's pa made strong coffees. cc hummed the 'abc' song and stomped his bare feet 'til it was time to sit down and toast the start of advent with the first breakfast of december. 
the afternoon was spent making toasts too - marking hannukah with cc's little friend zev and his lovely folks. their table was filled with traditional fried foods and nova scotian wines. brown parcels holding tiny toy animals were passed out to the little ones. games were played. then these two boys clambered into zev's toy box for a round of tickles and happy hannukah squeals. cc was in heaven.