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Monday, April 30, 2012

Brand new 11...

Last week one of my nieces, Hannah, turned 11.
So on our beautiful spring Sunday, after viewing pink lilies,
I took her out to St Mary's church in Metchosin to see the white lilies.
I have brought this place to blog land before and at this time of year
it's a  temptation much too hard to resist and I must show you all again...
In amongst the sleeping souls, the carpet goes on and on...
We took time to read about the ones who've gone on and talked about 'Aunt Tracy' and
how much she would love it here...
When I can, I like to spend one on one time with my nieces and nephews.
It's quite the production to have them all together and this way I can
find out what they're up to and how their lives are getting on.
We went inside the little church to have a look at a fibre arts show and
to marvel at the beauty inside...
I love sun coming through leaded glass windows!
Another wander around the lilies and then off for lunch...
I love that even though Hannah is 'getting older', she still wants to run around like a 'little kid'.
This precious time between dolls and boys.
I gave her a little box of questions for slumber parties with ones like
"who's your celebrity crush" and
"if you had one wish for the world, what would it be?"
It was a lot of fun and we learned a few things about each other while we ate our calzones.
Next it was on to another tiny present...
These little fairy slippers are sold in our shop but you can
also find them on Etsy.
Nell makes these all by hand and they are PRECIOUS!!
I figured she has plenty of time for 'grown-up' stuff and the longer she can enjoy the
magical world of pink and sparkles...all the better.
Next we wandered down to Lazy Goat Land, a little petting farm behind the cafe...
They too are were enjoying the balmy spring day, looking froward to summer naps...
And what could be better to round off the day than ice cream
and a drive through the gorgeous Metchosin country side...
So life begins for a brand new 11 year old.


Suz said...

that picture of the lilies just about made me cry so beautiful it is with the gravestones...again..trout lilies
Love those slippers and you are so wonderful to be such a wonderful aunt to her....she looks like a happy young woman...and who doesn't like a visit with goats?

Mary said...

How magnificent! And what a special day you both had. Ice cream.. girl time.. and pink sparkles! This has to be one of my favorite posts of yours so far! ( I know i say that a lot, but it's true when i say it.)

Anonymous said...

is it too late for me to be a niece? the way you give the world and of yourself! what a blessing.

and i had to laugh seeing the photo of the gravestones and your niece playing there. the first time my daughter experienced a family gathering at the old (very remote) graveyard of our ancestors in montana- she couldn't quite grasp that it was meant to be played in, danced in, picnicked in. our ancestors want it that way, she was told by so many irish generations.

so much love!