Markets…

Something I love to do, no matter where it is in the world is to go to the local market!
I love the chance to be inspired by crafty stalls, eat yummy treats from another and to buy the best fruit and vegetables from another.

While in Cambodia the local markets were my favourite hangout, not only for the super cheap clothes, bags and shoes but also the ceramics, the silks and an occasional live fish jumping in a centimetre of water :) but its the interactions with the stall holders too…the haggling and encouraging beautiful products as a stallholder puts their creative wares on the table…

I loved the French markets too…. being out on a Saturday morning ready to buy the best cut of meat, slab of cheese and the yummiest wine.

Growing up I spent a bit of time running around markets as my dad was a stallholder. I loved as a child being given my two dollars to spend and looking from stall to stall imagining what I could buy and usually ending up buying a chicken pie :) Now days things haven’t changed much…I love to look for what treat to buy….hmmmm…will I buy the freshly baked croissant, the gluten-free cupcake or german sausage with sauerkraut?

This past Saturday while enjoying the local farmers markets, Dan, Noah and I were scanning the offerings at the market to buy some snacks. Unbeknowns to Dan and I, Noah too was checking out what was the best treat he could buy….he kept saying he wanted to a cupcake…so we went to buy a cupcake from a stall and he declared, “Not from this one!”….we hastily left and Noah showed us his favourite stall…which really did have the best cupcakes! Its good to see we have a discerning shopper on our hands!

~a little rambling post in ode to the joy of markets~

And then there were three….Mad dogs that is :)

A little project….that has multiplied! I wanted to sew Noah a Mad dog pooch for Christmas…then it was his birthday…still no Mad dog…then Easter and then on a sunny Saturday morning Mad dog and his siblings entered the world!!

Noah has named his new pooch Fen…

Fen has already been on a few adventures…a trip to church on Sunday and a few rides in the car but mostly he liked to be carried around. According to Noah, “Fen’s favourite thing to do is to sniff for worms….” in the garden that is! :)


A Sunday afternoon….in Hyde Park London

A highlight of visiting London last year was heading to Hyde Park and the weekly speaker corner.
If you had something to say all you need is a step ladder and a message and the beauty of freedom of speech is displayed!
The man above didn’t actually say anything…but he had a message :)

Dan got in a heated discussion with a heckler…at one stage the heckler was so heated that I thought he was going to lash out at Dan…so much for freedom of speech :)

The week that was….

Noah and I went for a train ride to the city….

Three stiches: Noah tripped and fell headlong into the metal base of a chair…
He wasn’t looking this happy when the doctor put three stitches in his head! Ouch!!

…a barbeque at the park…

…honey jumble cakes…

Random shots of our week!

Written in the sky…

As I gaze heavenward I am quietly and sometimes breathtakingly amazed by the splendour that is displayed for all to see…

Sometimes I am amazed as I am walking along heading to a party…

or sometimes its as I lay out in the backyard with Noah looking skyward to see what is passing overhead…

…other times there are messages written for all to see…
I think I can do this :)

Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.

A gathering by the river…

Last week I enjoyed turning one year older and I celebrated by relaxing in one of my favourite spots…

…down by the river…

…with some of my favourite people…

Psalm 126 – A Harvest of Joy

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
Then our mouths were filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”

The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in Negeb.
May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
bearing seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
carrying their sheaves.