With Kerstie, Adam and our little girls; a long weekend round up

May 25, 2016

Little girls in the morning!
That’s always so wonderful for me.
There’s nothing like the pitter patter of little feet, and believe me, with our three it really is nothing like pitter patter. It’s more like a mini elephant stampede. Lol, but we love it.

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Soon they settle into breakfast and a some serious play with the Playdough.

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This is Mouse.

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This is Charley.

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Kerstie was showing me her little garden and telling me how much she loves growing a few veggies for the girls and I suggested we recover an area of grass by the side of the house for another little vegetable bed.

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So off we went to the closest garden centre for some manure and a few veggies. (One more tomato, because you can never have enough, an eggplant, two peppers, two zucchinis, and an African basil plant.

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It didn’t take long to remove the grass and clover and enrich the soil and soon we cleared a good sized area as a start to the new veggie bed. (And we saved a lovely rose there as well)

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By the time we had enough gardening, Adam came home, the little Ziglet went down for a nap and Kerstie and I decided to drive out to their property and have a hike over their land.

They just had the road put in and the road company placed this beautiful boulder at one side of the drive as a marker and future house number sign. Also, Adam is Irish, so loves having his own Blarney Stone.

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We walked up the new road to a large cleared area where their camper is for now. Right now they come to camp on their land. This will be eventually replaced with a small house, possibly a mobile home, while they rent out their current home and build their forever home on a beautiful plateau above.

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I’m so happy for them that they managed to buy this beautiful piece of land. They have 180 degree views of the lake and orchards and vineyards below them while only being about 15 minutes out of town, on 20 acres of privacy and tranquility.

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With wild flowers!

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Kerstie and I started hiking up.
My word 20 acres is a long stretch!

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And here we are. The perfect plateau for the house.

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With wildflowers!

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On the way back home we stopped by the neighbourhood winery for a bottle of wine.
This is Gray Monk Estate Winery.

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A seriously award winning boutique winery.

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Kerstie and I stood out on their patio looking out over their land, (also 20 acres, almost next door), and imagined how her future home and gardens would look like. 😀 And, while she may not plant a field of vines, lavender at the entrance and spilling down the slopes is a definite possibility.

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We got back home to a wonderful surprise. Adam baked a beautiful loaf of mango bread.

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Fortified with a slice of hot, buttery, and sweet mango bread, we started supper.

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And after supper, and after we put the children to bed and I read them several bedtime stories, we got into our comfies, turned on the original Ghostbusters movie, and played a game of Jenga.

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We played that game to the finish. To a standstill. We played till absolutely no more blocks could be be moved.


And we stayed up way too late into the night catching up.

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Got out of town…to my cabin

It’s a bank holiday weekend here and I’ve been dying to get away for a few days, and I wanted to visit my daughter Kerstin, but I also wanted to spend some time at my cabin. I decided to take the very long way…

May 22, 2016
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Friday random

Friday always seems like the perfect random sort of day to me. Does it to you? I mean, the weekend is almost here, and anything can happen. I love the weekend! I bet you do too. Friday evening usually finds me right, here at…

May 20, 2016
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Pizza, family and friends

What is one of the simplest things to make for supper when you have an impromptu get-together at the end of a very busy weekend? Pizza! While the little ones were busy with snacks… …and toys, we welcomed out friends Warren and Taven and…

May 16, 2016
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A Sunday painting en plein air with Opus

Hey, I was just so excited for today to come because today is the Opus outdoor painting challenge day. I already scouted the Opus painting corridor and decided that I loved the quiet of this little creek in the green space. The theme was…

May 15, 2016
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Eric’s art challenge: sky

Helloo, helloooo! Long time, no DC. I’m so happy that Eric has called a new DC, Drawing Challenge, which has now been renamed AC, Art Challenge. (And it’s our 194th! WOW) It’s so lovely, and I think Melodye suggested it first, but it’s true…

May 14, 2016
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Painting on ephemera workshop day

Hi everyone, It’s been a wonderful week round here and lately I’ve done all sorts of things which have taken me out of my comfort zone…and survived them! Last night I was asked to teach a painting on ephemera workshop at my local Opus…

May 13, 2016
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Painting while Primavera smiles

Just today! I stepped out of the front door and look at these amazing orange poppies! It’s hard to believe that when I first moved into my home, now five years ago, the whole garden was various shades of pink! Now there is an…

May 10, 2016
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Catching up…in an artistic way

Hi everybody! I know I’ve been bad this week and practically ignored the blog, so sorry about that and thank you to all of you who emailed me to ask what the heck was going on. 😀 It’s been an unusually heavy week of…

May 7, 2016