December, in snow.

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I took a few photos when we took the dogs for a walk last week, and it just happened to be the first major snowfall of the year! It’s been slowly melting over the last few days, but I’m still holding out hope for a white Christmas.

If you haven’t seen the video I shot during the same walk, you can see it here (and thank you for all of your lovely comments!). And if you want to see more photos from this same conservation area during all sorts of weather and seasons, they’re all here.

Hoping you all had a lovely weekend!

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November in snow.

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When I was visiting my parents last weekend, we got our first proper snowstorm of the year! It’s actually stayed pretty cold since, and there’s been some more snow, so it looks quite lovely outside. We’ve started decorating for Christmas a bit early this year, so the weather seems suitable! I’ll share some pictures of our Christmas decorations and our little tree in a few days.

Go here to see the rest of the photos I’ve taken at this conservation area. There wasn’t snow yet last November!

Do you have snow yet? I’d love to see a photo if you do!

Weekending, extended edition.

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I had a few days off from school at the beginning of this week, and I’ve spent the longer weekend visiting my parents. Winter seems to have made its first true appearance, so I spent most of my time indoors with a cup of tea, frantically knitting Christmas gifts… More to come later this week.

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend and are enjoying the snow if you got some!

Christmas cake.

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Over Thanksgiving weekend, my mum and I baked our Christmas fruitcake. The recipe is my grandmother’s and you’re supposed to bake it way ahead of when you want to eat it, and baste it with alcohol every week. Right before Christmas we’ll add a layer of marzipan and a layer of royal icing. It’s such a big cake that it takes 4-6 hours to bake, so we finished late into the evening. I always hear people complaining about fruitcake, but this one is really delicious. It’s always our first Christmas baking of the year and now I can’t wait to decorate for Christmas… only a few more months! (Although I have a lot of knitting to do in that time!). If you’re also impatiently waiting for the holiday season to start, you can see all of last year’s Christmas posts here.

What are your feelings about fruitcake? Love or hate?

Linking up with Heather.

Thanks.

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Two orders of business today:

First, happy thanksgiving! (It’s Canadian thanksgiving this weekend, for those who live south of the border and are thoroughly confused). I hope you all have a lovely weekend enjoying the chilly fall weather and eating delicious food. We celebrated a day early since my dad will be away for the rest of the weekend.

Secondly- thank you for sticking around even though I haven’t been posting as much as I’d like lately. The truth is I’m struggling to squeeze blogging in with everything else I’m doing. This space is important to me, though, so I’m going to keep trying to make it work!

Already August.

Tea

Benjamin

Greek salad

Stir fry

Wildflowers

I’m sorry it’s been so quiet here for the past couple of weeks… I’ve been working a finding an apartment for September! We signed a lease earlier this week (and good thing too, because somehow it’s already August!).

It’s hard to believe that there are only a few weeks left of summer, especially because there are so many things to get done – what are your plans for your last month of summer?

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Twenty.

Cascade 220

Cascade 220

Earrings

Yarn and earrings

Roses

Cheesecake

Cheesecake with strawberry sauce

I turned 20 today, which I’m pretty sure must be a mistake because there is no way I’m old enough or responsible enough for that. Mistake or not, though, I had a lovely day with some of my favourite people! Dinner and a movie (the Avengers) with H and G last night (thank you for the yarn, earrings, and fabric tape!) and dinner and cake with my family tonight. My mum made an amazing cheesecake with strawberry sauce. And although I had to work today, my coworkers gave me cookies and my boss gave me a few roses from when she was finishing the display of flower arrangements. Overall- a pretty awesome start to my twenties!

Yarn details- Cascade 220, colourway 8885 Dark Plum. (Rav link)
Earring details- From this artist, although this pair isn’t listed in her shop right now.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Artfest 2014

Artfest 2014

Artfest 2014

Artfest 2014
(Jeelee Joolery)

Artfest 2014

Artfest 2014
(Farm Girl Food)

Artfest 2014

Artfest 2014
(Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co.)

Artfest 2014

On Sunday we headed downtown to the Kingston Artfest, a big art festival with loads of vendors, musicians, food, and the like. We had a wonderful time and made some great purchases, ate some amazing food, and admired all of the booths. No yarn purchases for me, though, surprisingly!
Vendor links are above for more details.

I hope you are all having a lovely week!