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We have a winner! The email has been sent and the name posted in the last comment. Thanks all for your entries, stories, and confessions. :) When our daughters were very young I made a concerted effort never to appear squeamish or grossed out by any spider, snail, or snake that we’d come across during […]

22 Sep, 2014

Moment of bliss #018

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Moments of bliss

The clouds parted, and the sun shone with such force I had to squint. It was if the sun had been holding on to its heat and light and released it all at once. The darkness of the day beat a hasty retreat. The leaves glowed, the landscape glistened, the water sparkled, and there I […]

14 Oct, 2013

A walk in the woods

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: dog stuff|Easy ways to make kids happy|Ottawa

Hasn’t the weather been glorious? Makes you want to count your blessings, doesn’t it? Share the post “A walk in the woods” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

I am so glad my daughters aren’t the kind of girls who are afraid to do this: I have to thank my husband for introducing them to these interesting little creatures. I truly believe that kids who spend time outdoors and observing nature (like pond life and frogs) become a little closer to nature, and […]

It’s been an animal-heavy week, now that I think about it. And here are a couple of videos that came about during some research I was doing for an article I’m working on for Capital Parent Newspaper. You may want to turn your speakers down a little for the first one. (That is me shrieking, in […]


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