Thursday, September 24, 2009

Nerding out for Fall

Well friends, it's Fall again, and as always I am in love with the season. Actually, truth be told, I am impatient for it to get started. Not sure what's up with the weather here in Montreal but it seems like we've gotten off kilter somehow... it took forever for summer to start (which I was fine with) and now we are still living in summer-land when it should be all golden and autumnal. Sheesh. 
But, even though it remains warm (and even a little humid some days - gross!) my brain has gone all blackberry bushes and acorns. Actually my brain has gone all exhausted and useless! That's right - more schooling for me. All done online this time, which is both wonderful (lots of flexibility) and a huge challenge (discipline? what's that again?). 
ANYWAY. When I am not working or doing homework I am (naturally) searching for lovely fall images online. In doing so I discovered a series of childrens books that I somehow missed when I was little: Brambly Hedge. It is really sweet - and everything I always loved in picture books: a whole warren of tiny houses and rooms inside of trees and hillsides full of mouse-people and mouse-sized furnishings. Oh, the detail! I will certainly be putting a few of these books onto my Christmas list. 


*All images belong to the Brambly Hedge creator - Jill Barklem

**Update to add: When I posted this I had completely forgotten where I originally found this wonderful series. Since then I've rediscovered the source. A little bird told me. 

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Thrifty treasures

Who doesn't love a good day of thrifting? There is, luckily, a decent second-hand shop near where I live. Decent because I always find something (usually more than I can carry, so I have to put some stuff back) and because the prices could not be better. (New(ish) dress for 5.99 anyone? Fall jacket for 9.99? Purse for 4.99?) But not MAGNIFICENT because the location and the ambiance of the shop itself leaves much to be desired. It is one of those "get a buggy and wander the aisles" kind of places. Warehouse-y, not boutique-y. Hence the prices, so of course it's worth it, but you cannot be rushed. If you were you would miss out on things like pretty summer dresses, short trench coats (really cute, but my photos didn't turn out, so maybe later), and apatasaurus brooches. I can't quite figure out where that could possibly have come from ... a dinosaur museum? Who knows. I love it though. Mostly because I think it's hilarious, but also because dinosaurs are rad. And I actually think it's kind of pretty. A bit heavy though, so I will have to be careful about where I pin it.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Simple summer supper

Warm late summer salad
  • salad greens
  • cubed cucumbers
  • sliced heirloom tomatoes
  • freshly cooked corn, cut off the cob
  • one green onion, chopped up
  • 1/4 of an avocado, sliced
  • a bit of aged cheddar, crumbled
  • olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing, drizzled
  • two poached eggs, just a bit of runny yolk in the middle
  • salt and pepper to taste