Monthly Archives: February 2008


Reading for writing and weather for leaving

What a farewell gift from the weather gods. Although I got lots of writing done at the writers and artists’ colony this year, I also enjoyed the reading time. I spent my evenings with Edward Hirsch, browsing his Poet’s Choice, … Continue reading


More sheep, and a bit of dip

I went round to the sheep barn again yesterday, braving the face-freezing weather for a glimpse of the two latest arrivals, born on Sunday. I had apparently timed my visit to nap time. Tipsy was there with her colourful offspring. … Continue reading

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Nuthatches and nutty lambs

What’s behind the blue door? The chickadees have long been friendly, but this is the first year I’ve had nuthatches in hand. This little white lamb is a charmer – always curious and full of beans… ..who’s mama’s favourite little … Continue reading


Institutional food, and the flight of the peanut-laden chickadee

As we engage in our annual reflections about food and menu in the monastery’s dining room, it happens that the Food Programme’s latest show was on nursery school food and what toddlers eat: the roots of institutional dining, and part … Continue reading

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Eggs and effigies

What a social whirl this week. Cake after cake, treat after treat, chocolates every which way. On Tuesday we had some fun at the Muenster Family Restaurant: Awesome pork chops. Lemon potatoes. Mmmm, be it ever so humble…. Then we … Continue reading

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