Toasted Coconut Cake

For Tanya and Chris’s wedding shower today, I gave myself a break from the endless search for the perfect wedding cake and tackled one that I knew would be entirely impossible as a wedding cake (and therefore a wasted effort,…

Blomidon Provincial Park and Domaine de Grand Pré

This morning we headed for Blomidon Provincial Park, which is over on the Bay of Fundy. I assume it was formed by giant glaciers shoving their way southward, but I am only an amateur geologist and so couldn’t say for…

Peggy’s Cove and Kejimkujik National Park

We had a little trouble getting started this morning. I had an awful night lying awake listening to Friday night partying outside while a couple of Simply Sleep tablets tried their best to put me under. Eventually I got up…

PEI to Halifax

We packed up this morning and drove through a bit more of PEI before heading on our way. The main stop en route involved a hike (see the previous post for the meat of this stop). Here’s Tanya enjoying the…

Eagle vs. Osprey

Before heading to Halifax this morning, we stopped again at the PEI National Park for a what turned out to be an exciting hike. We set off in one direction but were positively swarmed by mosquitoes, and so headed back…

Prince Edward Island

We managed to get out of Somerville at 7am on the nose this morning. Kevin, as usual, rose to the occasion. We had a few interruptions along the way… But one learns to be accepting in a foreign land. Here’s…

Cake: Trial #1

Yesterday was the first cake trial for Tanya’s wedding. Here I am adding the first layer and looking enormously pleased with myself. Just look at that giant mess I’ve made. The cake was an almond white cake (meaning no yolks),…

Peabody-Essex Museum (again)

Today turned out to be another field trip to PEM, which I will never turn down. Why am I not a member? Really. I’ve paid for two memberships by now at least. This time I scooped up Tanya and made…

Major Award

Did I ever show you this? This is coverage of a major award I received in kindergarten for my drawing of a beaver in the Muscatine County Conservation Service poster contest. If memory serves, the little beastie had a stick…

BBQ in Byfield

Here’s Shireen, very excited about her bubble viewing glasses. Apparently wearing these while looking at the bubbles means you can see stars (in the bubbles). She was excited. That’s Shubham with her on the left. He did a nice job…

Broadmoor

Went to Broadmoor today (now that I’m a Mass Audubon member, it’s actually occurring to me to investigate those properties). Very, very nice spot, especially with little kids (of which I am deficient). In order: ducklings (we made way), turtles,…

The Day that Dad Came to Play

Dad had a conference here in Boston, so he stayed afterward to play tourist with me. First, we went to Cape Cod. He’d never been there before. We had fried things (I had oysters but can’t remember which seafood he…

No More Corporate Casual

No More Corporate Casual

We have company coming over in a bit, so Merry has dressed up a little.

Joppa Flats: Wildlife-free Reserve

I heard rumors of bald eagles up by the Merrimack and Parker rivers, and so made the drive  to Newburyport today. Zero eagles (and zero snowy owls and not even a single brave sparrow clinging in the brush). I think…

Playing Tourist with My Dad: DC, MD, VA

Dad had a conference in DC, so I flew down to mooch the free sofabed in the hotel and play tourist. Dad was able to join me occasionally between conference sessions. The weather was surprisingly warm, so we decided to…