Summer in BC, 20/30

I finally finished Alice’s baby blanket! I used the Double Seed Stitch Blanket pattern on Purl Soho’s website and really like the way it turned out. I double knitted the blanket (this refers to using two strands of yarn at a time, instead of the usual one) to make it thicker and softer and that worked well. On these pictures the colour looks redder than it actually is – it’s closer to fuchsia in real life.

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And one of our favourite activities lately is reading the original Winnie the Pooh stories together. They’re so funny and the characters are wonderfully imagined; you can just picture bumbling Pooh, timid Piglet, practical, no-nonsense Rabbit and morose Eeyore!

June was having a rough afternoon, so she and Puppy snuggled up for a listen.

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Summer in BC, 18/30

James discovered the timer feature on his watch today, so we’ve been having races from the overhang to the barn and back. Such fun! Jeremy won by a mile (9.70 seconds), I was next (11.35) and James was right on my heels (12.84). June’s time was atrocious (25.22) because she stopped by the barn to pound it over and over before returning!

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Summer in BC, 17/30

I spent a good portion of today resting in bed after a minor stomach bug. And now Jeremy and the kids are in bed, so on tonight’s leisurely menu is some cheese, peppers and homemade prunes (courtesy of Jeremy – he used this recipe and they’re incredibly – and surprisingly – delicious!) and a new Jane Austen movie. 🙂

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Summer in BC, 16/30

I came home from work today and Jeremy mentioned that Alice had figured out how to stand on her own. What?! This little love has been walking around furniture for a few months already but hasn’t shown any interest in standing solo – in fact, every time we’d coach her to stand alone, she’d just immediately flop to the ground.

I had to see this new skill in action, so Jeremy stood Alice on her feet – and she got a determined look in her eye – and she stiffened up her legs – and she let go – there she was, standing on her own!

And then she took her first steps, too!!!

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I was pretty pleased she saved that wonderful moment for when I was home! 🙂

Summer in BC, 15/30

It’s a cooler day today, so the kids have been playing inside for a while. While James has been busy constructing Orthanc, Alice has been working on stacking blocks together. She is not interested in help; she wants to do it herself and will try over and over until the blocks are stacked correctly. Totally adorable to watch. 🙂

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And the delight that comes from success!

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Summer in BC, 14/30

Our plum tree is heavily laden with juicy fruit! We picked 1/3 of a bucket yesterday and barely made a dent in harvesting the tree. So, today we’re enjoying plums for coffee time, with a side of plum cake and plum ginger crumb bars (both delicious) – but I still need more recipes! Have you made plum jam before? Plum pie? Please send me your recipes! 🙂

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