The Essence

Living and growing a family in the North awards you with a real and tangible connection to the land. As a mother of 5 and as a home baker and wannabe chef, it is this connection that seeps into everything - motherhood, food, harvesting, and experiencing the very heartbeat of the bit of earth that sustains us.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Skidoo fun

Today the Granthams went skidooing. We had a great time, it was nice to get out into the crisp air and roar down the trail. There's nothing like the smell of skidoo fumes. Yummy. June fell fast asleep in T.J's lap. Or maybe it was the fumes!

We skidooed out to one of the sheep viewing cabins, where we stopped to take some pictures.

Lydia was travelling with me on the back of the skidoo, and we went over a bump and she flew right off into the snowbank! She was spread out face first, I thought she was going to freak out but she sat up, mouth full of snow, laughing. She exclaimed, "That was fun, Mommy!" as she climbed back on. She made snow angels...

Junie finally woke up, and explored around the cabin.

We had a fabulous day, and want to do it again tomorrow! Next time we'll bring some hotdogs and hot chocolate.

When we got home and parked the skidoos, I looked up and noticed something strange. On the willow that grows beside the side of the house were a bunch of pussy willows! Who says global warming is a farce? January 16th has got to be the earliest emergence of pussywillows in the north. Weird.

Is there a better way to end a day in our great outdoors than a hot soak in the tub?


  1. Can I be in your family too? But I want to be a kid, so I don't have to do any blue or pink jobs. :)

  2. Why do you think we had so many kids?! So they can take over the jobs, of course! They do dishes, laundry, bathrooms, and, my favorite, scoop poop!