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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Flying off

There are many pleasures in being here in Florida for some time every year. I am really lucky our work lets us do this and family comes to share it.

One of my other pleasures is the wildlife. I am constantly amazed with how much stuff is moving around in these green spaces, dense, overgrown completely non-Canadian, bushes. 

I have seen crocodiles and leggy birds in the water, nearly ran over a 7 foot snake of some kind on my bike, seen more rabbits and turtles than I can count in our little residential neighbourhood, seen poor old dead possums and armadillos on the road in front of the house. And I am sure I am forgetting something.

Today between our houses this big hawk was circling too close to Mr. Rascal for comfort. My husband took this picture.

Now I am sure that local people would be amused to read this but you know when you come from a place where the winter shuts things down all this wildlife action is really amazing.

Tomorrow we head into our last couple of weeks here, more time to golf, more time to sew things other than baby wipes, and a quieter house.

Tomorrow the kids all go back to Halifax. It has been a great, great visit. Miss Scarlett will never be two and a half again and Miss Heidi will only be seven months once and I had lots of time with them. I will miss that door slamming open really early, pre-coffee, pre iPad NY Times, to a "Good morning Babs! You're awake! Do you want me to get your dress?"

Oh and I will still be here collecting boxes from Fabric.com. One of the nicest parts of this visits was to realize my daughter has become fabric shopper too. It was terrific to sit side by side showing each other fabrics on our laptops and discussing how it was all a totally necessary purchase.

I never in a million years would have figured she would end up being a sewer too. 

Life is full of gifts.


Anonymous said...

Good to hear how much you are enjoying yourself. My daughter used to tell me she wasn't like us, my husband and I. But now she shares an interest in so many of my interests.

Andrea said...

Hi Barbara,
I'm in Tampa, Fl, and wondering what part of Florida you're visiting. How nice your family got to visit you here!
Enjoy your last couple of weeks in Florida.