Lemon cupcakes with blackberry buttercream

I have recently been on a binge. I am addicted to The Great British Baking Show on PBS, and I can’t get enough of sponge cakes, savoury pies and gingerbread. I’ve always liked baking, but failed to truly recognize the science behind it; how certain ingredients cause chemical reactions which either adds or takes away […]

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Sweet Saturdays

If you’re like me, you’ve set aside certain “duties” for a Saturday. This has come about through practice or years of training. When I was growing up, my sweet Saturday meant a slight sleep-in, and I mean “slight.” My mother had a list of chores for us girls and Saturday became the day that we […]

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The Ups and Downs of Still Life Photography

Being a photographer can often mean that you are working with the public. Family photography, portrait, and product photography for companies means that you must present yourself as a professional, in order to enlist business from clients. As a still life photographer, I work alone; never talking to customers or having to present myself in […]

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Perfect peonies

There once was a girl who loved flowers She’d gather in sun or rain showers As peonies were her best  Much better than the rest She’d play with their petals for hours…       Peonies are perfect, and have long been my favourite flower. It dates back to childhood over 50 years ago, when […]

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Wedding Bliss

Weddings are lovely and…..long. And they should be. It’s no small thing to herald  a relationship to the world. It takes time and planning, but it’s a joyful celebration of two souls, two hearts. This weekend we attended an extraordinary Sikh wedding, robust with ritual, tradition and colour! If you have never been to a […]

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Anxious rituals

Do you have any anxiety rituals? Do you do well living with chaos or a haphazard environment? Do you feel more in control when you have a tidy house? Do you feel a calming peace once you completed vacuuming or when your yard has been  mowed and your flower beds look pristine? If you’re anything […]

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Setting Goals

I am and always have been a goal-setter. My poor kids haven’t had a chance to be otherwise even though they’ve tried hard at times to do the opposite, but when your mother is an A-type, it really comes down to a coin toss as to which offspring will inherit that gene and which ones […]

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Weekly Pleasures

Another weekly pleasures post! This post always makes me smile because there is always something to smile about. If you can’t see the silver lining or recognize the amazing little moments, then it’s time to start! Life is just better when you can take note of worldly pleasures. And with that… Chamomile tea- I have […]

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With Health in Mind

I think we take our health for granted. At least, I sure do. When I’m feeling well, my focus is on family events, photography, travel, what we’ll have for dinner etc. Like many people, I don’t think about health- namely the physical issues, until they scream at me making their impact known. I don’t really […]

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Black thumb

I swear that I have a black thumb… While my mother makes magic with plants ( they positively flourish in her presence), I struggle to keep mine alive. The photo above is from last year, when I bought some darling succulents in an attempt to create a  display cluster of green on my kitchen window […]

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