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

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//Reed: enveloped in soft, summer light — he could spend all day standing in thresholds, watching life in motion around him

//Finnlagh: our beach king splashing in the waves, and looking as though he is surrounded by thousands of shimmering diamonds

//Alina: never without a book — ever. She fell asleep (as she does each night) reading one of her favourites, which depicts a land where it rains lemonade and gold-horned cows produce soft-serve ice cream like milk.

//Baby #4: snapped on-the-go, geometric wrap dress and all, on an early Sunday afternoon… and I do believe the belly has dropped a wee bit  (36 weeks + 5 days)

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Wishing all the fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers of the world a most wonderful Father’s Day today! Hoping that you are all feeling sufficiently appreciated and adored.



Joining in with Jodi of Practising Simplicity



Friday Favourites

Brown-eyed susansHello friends!

It’s been a rather up-and-down week around here. We are in the throes of ‘June Gloom’ as they call it here in Santa Barbara: days start out grey, cool and uninspiring, until mid-afternoon when the sun burns through and the cloudless sky turns a brilliant cornflower blue. Strange to think of Southern California without constant sunshine, but we’re enjoying this change in the mornings and using it as an excuse to stay in bed just a tad bit longer.

Being nine months pregnant certainly knocks things off-kilter. I’ve been vacillating between bursts of energy (read: incessant nesting and toilet-scrubbing), coupled with bouts of intense exhaustion that leave me sat on our sofa or up in bed, streaming episodes of America’s Test Kitchen and The Good Wife. In an effort to really use up what is in our refrigerator, every meal period has felt like I am a contestant on the Food Network’s Chopped, and there are many texts to Chef Grant throughout the day exclaiming, “What is there to eat in our house? What can I feed the children?!” Thankfully, the kids and Grant keep me in good spirits, and entertain my many meals of rounded-up pantry fare. I can’t wait to get to the farmer’s market this week-end and fill our baskets with fresh produce and other delectable goodies.

Here are a selection of favourites that caught my eye this week (mostly in the wee hours of the morning when I can’t sleep and reach for my iPhone to keep me company)…


On the road with Chris Burkard via Artifact Uprising. His travel photography will blow your mind.

These 2014 iPhone Photography award-winners will make you rethink your all-mighty DSLR.

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Lego-styles.

Unsure what to get your dad this Father’s Day? Esquire’s got some ideas.

17 bookstores that matter.


Happy week-end to all!