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Gwendolen
Interests: I'm inspired by ships and mermaids, pirates and misty seas, aran and celtic knits, mossy forests, swallows, swifts, folktales, farmland and rolling hills, barns and front porches, old houses, and lemonade as the sun is going down.
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Surely nothing is quite as fun as naming baby lambs! Perhaps naming yarn colourways and babies, too. ;) So glad there are fluffy distractions from all of the other things. Get well, Soules!
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2014 on Act III at SouleMama
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Adorable! All of them! You just need to make a lambing smock now! :)
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2014 on on the way to spring at SouleMama
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So beautiful. Looking back, it's the huddles with my siblings that I remember most, not the squabbling. And, soon it will be spring!
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2014 on the weekend (huddle) at SouleMama
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I love the sweater but, oh, those expressions are priceless!
Toggle Commented Feb 12, 2014 on springtime, sometime at SouleMama
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Another beautiful transition at the Soule farm! I will miss Peach (even from the photos she just seems so lovely) but excited to see a pasture full of leaping lambs. Sweetness, indeed!
Toggle Commented Feb 4, 2014 on in the pasture :: comings and goings at SouleMama
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Then. The lights of the coziest of seasons. Soft little kittens to celebrate a festival of warmth: And a wee basket to tuck them into: Lanterns to mark our inner strength and goodwill to our neighbours: Winter and yule stories: Advent: St. Nicholas: Feasting and celebrating (and special new things): A gingerbread gift for the birds: Now. We stepped slowly through January. My goodness, we were all so sick throughout the holidays and I feel like our immune systems haven't yet bounced back. We've been enjoying lazy mornings and quiet days, and many suppers of brothy soups and home ferments.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at barn raising
Peach seems just lovely and, oh, all that milk! A couple of our "local" and dedicated farmers drive real milk into the greater Vancouver area every day and delivery Jersey milk to cow share members. As an urban dweller I feel so lucky to have access to such nourishing food. Enjoy your wintry Thursday!
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2014 on the milk update at SouleMama
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Yes, you're so right, we are never really "done". Which feels comforting...like there's no ideal place to "get to" and there's no "better" effort to be making. x.
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2014 on the beat goes on. at Live Free
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I just wrote you an email saying so much and then it wouldn't send to your email address and in the process of figuring out why I erased most all of my email. Gah! The essence was that some words you spoke in this post brought tears that have been lingering for the past couple of weeks. And choosing love, as it is the only path to travel (what you wrote), reminded me that I must let go in order to appreciate more deeply all that I have. Thank you for that reminder. xo.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2014 on the beat goes on. at Live Free
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I understand how difficult it is say goodbye to an animal you have made part of the family, having given up our beloved kittens last summer knowing that we were moving back to the city (and they were very much country cats). It was a tough decision made for the sake of their own safety and happiness, but it took much bravery from us all. Still, sometimes it truly is best for everyone. Welcome, sweet Greta- such a beautiful and fluffy addition to the Soule family! She is lovely.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2014 on Greta at SouleMama
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This made my heart ache a little (in a good way). Your voice mirrors my own...the excitement of time marching forward but the knowing that it is happening too fast for this mama's heart. Such beautiful moments over your holidays, Nichole. Just lovely. xo.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2014 on Christmas was at Live Free
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Aw, thanks Christine! Your comment got me all choked up! xoxo.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2013 on first haircut: a love story at barn raising
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Coco's nanny and great auntie were recently here for a whirlwind visit in the city. It was my mum's first trip to visit us since we moved back and I was so excited to show both her and my aunt around our sweet house- the things that are the same, the many things that have changed. It's so good after a move to fill up a house with family and friends and, in this case, gregarious family spirit. Such things soak into the beams and rafters and become the very mood and culture of home. With some city errands taken... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at barn raising
Dear Grace...don't listen to what anyone says. What you did and all you did was perfect, despite the not so perfect result. But then again, it is perfect, isn't it? A beautiful baby at the end of it all is the beautiful part of birth, after all. When Chloe was born she was early, I had been on bed rest for 6 weeks, my amniotic fluid had been leaking since 27 weeks, and immediately after I was whisked away to surgery after hemorrhaging when only part of my placenta was birthed. She spent 2 weeks in the NICU and our bonding was also delayed. I missed out on a lot of the experience of pregnancy and birthing, but I couldn't have done anything differently. I firmly believe that birth in all its forms is beautiful. There is beauty because of the dear bundle we hold at the end. With so much exposure to home birth and natural birth as the "best" way it is easy to feel that anything other than is less. But, dear Grace, it is just as much. Love to you!
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2013 on 13 November at Uncommon Grace
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Kari, fantastic, you've caught the knitting bug! Yes, I can't believe how big Coco is getting...none of her pants are long enough- suddenly! And tonight she had her first official haircut! So sweet and adorable. I sense a blog post coming on.... ;)
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2013 on November at barn raising
Nichole, thank you. I know you also strive for the same things and the beauty of the everyday. After all, we have so much to celebrate and be thankful for in our girls, don't we? The cape is from Patouche: http://www.patouche.ca/collections/every-day-dress-up I can't recommend it enough! love and hugs xo.
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2013 on November at barn raising
Ha, here we are waiting and wishing for snow...seeking it out up high in the mountains. Hoping for a white Christmas! Coco is a winter lover so she is daydreaming about snow angels and toboggans! xo.
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2013 on November at barn raising
Thank you, Christine. I'm dreaming of rural Ontario blanketed in snow! Sending love and hugs your way...always so very nice to see you in this space my friend.
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2013 on November at barn raising
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Oh, November! Our little household has been bustling with all the goings on of a busy season. It's amazing how much life happens in a few short weeks, isn't it? Especially when those few (or more) weeks fall, well, in the fall. We heartily welcomed November, a month full of anticipation and celebration of our most favourite festivals. But, we've also been enjoying: Making bread (plain and cheddar with chive), drop biscuits, applesauce (from a 38 lbs box of biodynamic Macintosh beauties), and plenty of nourishing stock. Our pantry is filling! Creating everything from paintings to mama made pants, a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at barn raising
Happy birthday to Harper full of wishes and magic!
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2013 on five is fine at SouleMama
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Now that we are back in our urban home and inviting rich and simple rhythms back into our lives, we are striving to enjoy fully where we are now. With birds constantly at our feeder and autumn leaves covering our porch steps, we're welcoming the pleasures and gifts of not only this treasured season, but also the experience of it all here. Here, with every box long unpacked, we are enjoying the essence of home. We have books piled high on bedside tables and living room nooks, we have stocks and soups simmering. There are crafty projects, paintings, and drawing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at barn raising
Thank you so much, Kari. I know in my heart it was the only decision. You're right, it's flying by and I want to soak up every minute I can while Coco's young and we're all under one roof. Thinking of you as you adjust to your empty nest- makes my heart ache just thinking about it. Hopefully your house will be full for the Christmas holidays?
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2013 on 4 October at barn raising
I have to admit my eyes welled up as I read this. I do feel we were brave and it was a risk that we plunged ahead with. Hearing you say it this way reminds me that that was a big part of the journey- stepping into the unknown and finding the bravery to navigate through it. My goodness...such an emotional year! Thanks, Angie. xoxoxo!
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2013 on 4 October at barn raising
Dana, thank you fro these kind words and for taking the time to share them. It means a great deal to me. x.
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2013 on 4 October at barn raising
Thanks, Willow!
Toggle Commented Oct 9, 2013 on 4 October at barn raising