This weekend, Blue has been working on a school project. The remit was to produce a two-minute presentation on any king or queen, and […]
An on-the-road Monday for our family and the skies were wild above us. One moment, we were deafened by pummelling rain, unable to see […]
This time last year, I was part of a travelling Palm Sunday play with the Spark Festival of Worship and the Arts in Edinburgh. On […]
Easter comes and goes too quickly. After Lent’s long weeks and all the services of Holy Week, Easter feels as short as an Ottawa springtime. What if we could take more time and think of Easter not as a Sunday but as a season?
Plum has been coughing in the night a lot of late which inevitably means I get more night-time visits. Often, I’m indulgent and we […]
Last night was beautiful. It might not have been. I very nearly got in the way. You see, earlier in the afternoon, we’d had a […]
Every Tuesday, Blue goes to Reading Club after school, and it’s one of those clubs where parents are supposed to tag along. I was hesitant […]
As an adult, Palm Sunday feels different. I’m not sure if it is awkward because waving at parades is out of character for most Presbyterian congregations or because we know all too well where the week ahead will lead.
Ah, the end of love month and in a leap year to boot. I’m thinking about wedding rings, though I’m no fan of the […]
I’ve been making a fair bit of bannock recently and, though it wasn’t a deliberate Lenten decision, it fits in well with the season. […]
Last week, I wrote about our family Lent book and this week, I want to open up the book that I will be reading […]
Since living with small people, I’ve learned that books make very good place-holders. Some hold a feeling, a mood or a thought, keeping it […]
Tomorrow is Candlemas. Isn’t that a lovely name? For me, it conjures old stone churches and ancient winter festivals. But not Christmasy – this […]
Maybe it’s that half-light creates liminal spaces where imagination opens more easily. Think romantic candle-lit dinners for two. Or the way your children’s faces change in the light of birthday candles.
Plum and I went to the market today. It looks like it’s going to be an inside-is-best week, so I thought that Monday should […]
This week, I read about beautiful things happening in Birmingham Cathedral. As part of the 300th anniversary celebrations, the cathedral community commissioned artist Jake […]
We didn’t count down to midnight this year. The stars should have been aligned – my parents were staying with us and our youngest […]
The Spouse spoils me and here’s my Christmas present – a timely guest blog post from a reputable source. My parents have been staying […]
But the New Year brings, as it always must, a return to routine. Auld claes and porridge, as my Scottish mum would tell you, and that’s frugal January.
These are Plum’s presents to his Granny. The one on the left is a keychain he made at the school’s Christmas fair. There was a police booth there – one of those friendly community outreach efforts – where kids could get fingerprinted and create a memento . Easy-peasy toddler present and he was over the moon about it.