It’s blue Monday and we’re thinking of the fun we had at the weekend…
Sarah & her 1 yr old, Elliot had an early morning front room disco to Head & the Heart videos.
Wandering through cobbled streets with good ones.
“It’s great!” to spend some quality time with the beautiful niece. Sarah & Eve.
Hot buttered popcorn, m&m peanuts & binge watching ‘Borgen’. Perfect.
Celeste has been tucking into ‘Fifteens’, a Northern Irish delicacy, in an attempt at assimilation.
But not forgetting where she comes from, getting some Aussie grog in celebration of Australia Day.
Happy last week of January! (Yikes!!)
- Tracks of Foxes
The first weekend in December! Yikes!!
Christmas is coming & so Hanna and her husband picked their tree complete with complimentary mulled wine!
If that doesn’t get you into the spirit?
First christmas in their new home.
Sarah & Simon spent the weekend partying with their one year old.. look at that smile!!
& catching up with a lovely friend visiting from Vancouver
A breakfast made from whatever there is in the fridge turned out to be surprisingly tasty… even this one wanted a piece of it!
The V&A Museum of Childhood has all sorts of nostalgic goodies including this guy!
& to ready herself for her big move to Belfast, Celeste kept warm with a little Guinness at Broadway Market.
Hope you all had beautiful, warm, bright & advent-ful weekends!
- Sarah, Hanna & Celeste
Hope you all had a weekend full of merriment – ours consisted on house renovations, mooching around a beautiful blustery Edinburgh, and enjoying coffee & banana
bread in the new and lovely Wild goose bakery (https://mobile.twitter.com/WildGooseBakery) in Leytonstone and Celeste has indulged her tom Selleck infatuation for a good cause and has become a mo sister :
Hope your week is full of rest & play
-Hanna, Celeste & Sarah
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice-
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations, though their melancholy
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen branches and stones.
but little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do-
determined to save
the only life you could save.
Mary Oliver, Dream Work, Grove Atlantic Inc., 1986 & New and Selected Poems, Beacon Press, 1992.
When the temperature drops, I throw on my long johns, knitwear, hat, scarf and mittens and look for some tunes to warm the cockles of my heart. Bowerbirds have been doing the trick these last few icy days. I can’t feel my nose but my ears are happy.
No surprise that I like this one. This southern girl, she knows the Northern Lights.
Bowerbirds casually making music in the canned goods section.
If it doesn’t warm you enough then maybe add some whiskey?
For the last little while I have had more than a little obsession with Scandinavia. In part to do with some particularly beautiful music (The Tallest Man on Earth, Mew, Olafur Arnalds), Nordic Noir and more than a healthy amount of Scandinavian chums.
All this to say, after being on my ‘wishful thinking’ list for last 5 years, I actually get to make a little trip to ‘the land of Ice that’s very nice’! (A little Mighty Ducks quote there for ya!)
One of my favourite regular coffee drinkers is a little bit of an expert on Iceland and when I asked him for tips this brilliant itinerary is what he came up with. This actually made my day! It’s too good not to share.
And now to the Northern Lights, the elusive Celestial treat, I know I’m not meant to get my heart set on seeing them but I can’t help it. I’ve wanted to see the Northern Lights ever since Joey and Dawson watched them in Season 3. (Don’t judge me.)
Until after Iceland!