Monday’s Moment

A single moment captured in a photograph. Candid and fleeting, this will always be a special moment in time…

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In the early hours of the morning, as we scuttled all around preparing breakfast, packing lunches and organizing backpacks, there they sat quietly. Our two beautiful sons, poised and working peacefully in concert, one note at a time…

XO,
N&N

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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014…

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//Reed: what’s more adorable in all the world than a (blurry) toddler in his mama’s sunnies?

//Finnlagh: expressions of joy on an evening visit to the LACMA urban light installation

//Alina: sharing a candid moment with her baby brother

XO,

N&N

Rain dance

Strawberries+cream.2The all-year growing season in California makes it the top producer, producing over half of the fruit, vegetable and nut supply for the entire United States each year. With over 400 commodities, this results in an annual revenue for the state of $45 billion. Iowa, Illinois and Texas round out the pack.

As California battles raging wildfires in the foothills of Los Angeles County and ash rains down, the entire state is also facing its worst drought on record (since record keeping began nearly 100 years ago). Governor Jerry Brown has just declared a state of drought emergency, asking all residents to cut their water consumption by 20%. In fact, the drought is so expansive and widespread that it can even be seen from space.

The gorgeous local produce and milk we enjoyed as a snack today seem to belie the harshness of this situation – namely the very elevated threat of fire in urban and rural areas and the scarcity of agricultural and livestock production, which in turn, will affect the nation as a whole. But the signs around Santa Barbara brought me down to reality, as “Fire Alert: Extreme Danger Today” is all my eyes seemed to catch.

Praying for rain! Praying for rain!

XO,

N&N

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Monday’s Moment

A single moment captured in a photograph. Candid and fleeting, this will always be a special moment in time…

Alina+limeWe had almost forgotten what a magnificent thing it truly is to have a garden. For our family, gardens are an immensely satisfying source of beauty and comfort, a place in which to center hard work, patience and lots of love tossed together. In Southern California, the growing season lasts all year long – you can grow virtually anything here with much success. We currently are growing satsuma and cara cara oranges, limes, meyer lemons and avocados, along with a variety of herbs and edible flowers.

Here is Alina, taking in the scent of the first fruit from our garden – a very ripe lime (if you can believe it from that bright yellow colour). That lime was so amazingly juicy and sour, we threw it in fizzy water and ate the pungent fruit until we reached the peel…

XO,

N&N