Category Archives: Family

Family and Friends

Summertime is perfect for gathering with loved ones and so we took advantage of time with visiting family for a few photo ops. Kids and grandparents are the perfect subject matter. And so are good friends! Happy Summer!

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Welcome Clara Colleen!

  On Saturday, August 8, little Clara burst upon the scene and our world will never be the same. Congratulations, Brendan and Andrea on the safe and joyous arrival of your darling daughter! Already she has niggled her way into … Continue reading

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A few years ago — I’m thinking 30 — when camping still seemed like a viable holiday option, our family ventured east with another family, our besties. First stop was near Kamloops, where tumble weeds tumble across an arid landscape … Continue reading

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The thing about going home is that it’s just so normal and ordinary that we don’t think to take photos on our way there. Perhaps a plane shot over the left wing with Mount Baker in the distance glowing white … Continue reading

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Berlin on a Sunday

Sunday is a quieter day, even in Berlin. The German History Museum was open so we spent 4 hours there to start things off, then strolled the laneways and parks along with Berliners. The photos show some of what we … Continue reading

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On the Topic of Food

I may have mentioned this in an earlier post, but in case I haven’t — a necessary aspect to travel and key to experiencing foreign culture is eating in it. Robert Farrar Capon in his book, The Supper of the … Continue reading

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In Vienna

Our favourite site in Vienna was that of our son, Brendan.  I know it sounds cheesy but we can’t help but be fascinated by our children and our youngest happened to be working in the city this week so we … Continue reading

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To Terezin

I was 15 the first time I heard about the Holocaust. My reaction was disbelief. Understandably. I suppose it’s only normal to seek an explanation. Books and films help, and if you have the stomach for it, a visit to … Continue reading

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Welcome, Ian James Smoker!

I am astonished the way new life comes. And that it comes to us again and again and again in the hope-full creation of a child. Our family is blessed to welcome Ian James Smoker into the fold, doted upon … Continue reading

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Summer Visitors

A lovely day brought lovely extended family for a visit this morning at my halfway-between-Cumberland-and-Pender Island house in little Lazysmith. It meant a game of hide and seek in the garden along with a read of one of my favourite … Continue reading

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