Oh what a birthday I had!

On the day I turned 32, all sorts of beautiful things conspired to find me being handed a set of keys to our very own beautiful vintage AIRSTREAM!!

Do you ever get so excited about something you feel sick? Well, for me this is one of those things.

More to come on our Airstream Dreams soon…..

On my birthday, we drove up north a few hours and a ferry ride away to pick our vintage beauty up. 23 feet of adventure, a home on the road, the wind at our backs, the sun in our eyes, a dream come true. She is a 1971, 23 foot Airstream Safari. I wanted to sleep in it right away, so on the way home we stopped at Rathtrevor Provincial Park and slept amongst the towering pines and cedars. I loved being able to pull in and open the door to our cozy little home. Sophia was enchanted to wake up amongst the forest.

When we arrived back home, one of my dear friends was napping in our house. She had brought along a birthday gift: Wound Powder (and in a re-used tin that says “heaven”.) The perfect gift for a future family of road gypsies….wound powder! Who knows what cuts and scrapes await us out there on the wild strip of highway where we will sail?

Actually, this will probably come in handy more often while we are roughing it on Lasqueti Island for the summer. Life on the road is soft compared to life on the rock!

Wound Powder: Usena, Yarrow, and Turmeric. Dust into fresh cuts and scrapes for speedy recovery.

And eating local is slowly getting more exciting as spring un-folds. Fresh from a local island farm, these are the best asparagus I have ever tasted. Lightly steamed, with a drizzle of lemon juice and a pat of butter.

Basking her little bum in the sun while playing with the shoes. I love how the light makes her look like a little glow worm. We haven’t had a whole lot of sunny days yet this spring….lots of April showers….bringing May flowers we hope!

Sophia making yet another cameo appearance in one of my many smoothie photos….

And to finish:

Happy Earth Day!

Sophia celebrating with some flower pot bandit experimentation, getting down and dirty with some soil.

I love you Mother Earth. May my love and respect for you continue to inform and inspire my life and actions. May I be so blessed as to dance and sleep in your arms for many sweet days and nights to come……


Saturday night….

Grey, foggy, winter days, let me shine so bright with all my might! (It has been a few days of winter blues….but not without some wonderfully bright moments…..)

~ I absolutely love this, and feel so blessed to be a mother in such good company….

~My diva-licious friends Tera and Shannon, creators of the Raw Mom Summit, have gathered up yet another beautiful basket of wisdom, all there waiting for you to pick it up and take it for a picnic in the sunshine….please be sure to listen in starting March 8th.  More information HERE.
WISH Summit

~We went for a another photo-wander, this time through Ruckle Park, and took some of the last photos our beautiful Canon will see for awhile…NOTE: Do not try to put a broken lens on your camera thinking that you might get some creative shots, it might get jammed on and you will have to take your camera in for servicing! Ah, such is the way it goes….I am going to embrace the breakage as much as I can, and go ahead and use our little point-and-shoot for my 365 until we get our Canon back.

I returned to Sarah Janssen’s  post on “Capturing Life”, along with her beautiful iPhone Love album, and realized that this is the perfect time to put the philosophy I was so inspired by in her blog to task! And on the bright side, as someone who is so new to the technicalities of photography, I will hardly notice the difference (although I am getting really excited about experimenting with f-stop, bokeh, dof, etc.) Thank you Sarah for being such an inspiration, and for bringing “The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You” to my attention!

Here are a few moments from our wander through the park…

Have a beautiful Sunday!

Another welcome home David post…I love you so much, I am so glad you are home David my beautiful love!

(not a fantastic photo but a beloved moment…)

While we were waiting for Dada to arrive…..

(I’ve been playing around with processing my photos just a little bit just with the levels on iPhoto. It is something I’d like to explore more, I keep seeing all of these incredible, textured, colored, dreamy, creamy photos on Flickr and I want me some! Any suggestions on what program to use?)

….Sophia picked out an orange for me (Buck Brand are the best ever)…..

…..and the tulips faded away.

Goodnight, sleep tight! Tomorrow it is going to Cacao D’Arco Rain!

Reflections of the weekend…..

It was a glorious weekend. The sun came out to play…

My mom leaped playfully into her 59th year….

My sisters came to visit and Heather has a fabulous new red coat….

We had dinner and a beautiful mandarin orange/chocolate cake made by Heather, all raw, all amazing…

The next morning we went to the beach and some of us went for a winter dip in the sea…

And we had a beautiful Sunday breakfast….

Now it is Monday, and this morning as I was trying to get out the door with the diaper pail and the compost bucket with Sophia in the Ergo, somehow our beloved 50mm lens got knocked off the counter and broke in two. Here I am after putting Sophia down for a nap, attempting for a second time to take the diapers to the wash and empty the compost, 50mm lens-less.

Oh well. I will continue to enjoy my love affair with photography with out a 50mm for awhile….I really have been LOVING getting back into photography. After a brief period of photography seriousness in my late teens and early twenties (lessons in cameras and darkrooms), I started using a point and shot and didn’t think much of it. This year my plan is to take my photography skills to the next level, and I am starting with a commitment to Project 365. I am now 25 days into it and loving everything I am learning. My project is getting me actively shooting pictures daily, and the best lessons often come from action.

I have been spending WAY too much time on Flickr, wandering around in other people’s colorful photo gardens, finding inspiration, insight, and more than a touch of vicarious emotion. I love that about photography, its ability to speak soundlessly yet so crystal clear.

In my Flickr adventures I came across this glorious set of photographs titled  “Unschooled”

Being from a family of four myself, all of us home-schooled for most of our school years, this beautiful album was a joy to find. It reminded me of what an amazing childhood I had, exploring, playing, dreaming, creating, studying bugs….. I highly recommend it to anyone who is inclined to keep their children out of the school system. David and I are planning on home-schooling Sophia and any other children we may be blessed with…more to come on the topic of home-schooling later.

David is still in Vancouver and I keep forgetting to ask him about his Cacao D’Arco Rain recipe (can I share it my love?) Our time on Skype has been pre-occupied with much more important, and I could even say sweeter things…. He gets home on Wednesday, I’ll ask him then.

Sweet dreams!