Category Archive: Autumn

hello, monday

It’s Monday. Two words: tea and coffee … Winter is afoot. I can feel myself bracing for its arrival. Scarves and hats are sitting in a basket in the hall. The damp mornings… Continue reading

autumn | inside and out

Last week, with time to kill before a bus arrived, I wandered into one of those ‘house and home’ stores. Without fun money to spend, browsing was where it was at. I opened the… Continue reading

stepping into the unknown

This past weekend brought with it some acceptance. I’m laying this hiring nightmare (the “when difficult employers happen to good people” fiasco!) to rest and stepping towards what lies ahead. I’ve stopped dismantling these past… Continue reading

autumn | bringing the outdoors in

Lately, I’ve been scavenging on our ravine walks, gathering fallen leaves, branches and acorns, snipping rose hips and dried grasses and laying them gently in a worn, cloth bag which bears the ravages of… Continue reading

sunday slowly

It was a weekend with few shoulds or must-dos. A chance to sink into pillows with coffee and a book late into the morning. When hunger lured me from bed there was French… Continue reading

the weekend in bits and pieces

My Saturday afternoon walk came to a perfect end at the row of flower shops on Avenue Road below Davenport. The very ones where Zoë and I spent a morning choosing blooms for her wedding. The flower… Continue reading

summer’s remains: alexander muir gardens

Moving back to Toronto has meant that each day brings something incredibly new—and old—my way. Alexander Muir Gardens, my neighbourhood park, is the same park I ran wild in as a child. I’d leave… Continue reading

my lately

There’s an ancient, sprawling oak tree just beyond our living room window. Its acorns are tumbling like mad, ricocheting off fences, roofs and blanketing every inch of ground. Fall has arrived and we’re… Continue reading

weekend comfort

Chicken and leek pot pie. Hot chocolate and all the marshmallows. Books and bed and bed and books. Walks in dappled sunlight. Pie pumpkins in a row. Blankets, slipper socks and no alarm.… Continue reading

cold comfort

Today was a day for bundling. Leaves skittered across sidewalks and lawns, and the wind made cheeks bright. Mitten, scarves, flannel shirts and quilts all came out of hiding. I zipped between appointments… Continue reading

into the woods

This is the time of year for goodbyes. The final remains of summer’s warmth yields to jackets and hands stuffed in pockets by late afternoon. The leaves fall quickly now, gold and burnt… Continue reading

retreat

Last weekend we ventured deep into the woods with friends we adore. The cedar trees were pungent, and gossamer strands of milkweed floated delicately on the breeze. We picked apples along the way.… Continue reading

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