Keeping cool in the summer

5 ways to stay cool in summer’s heat

Summer heated up sooner than I expected, with 90-plus degree days. We live in a charming old house, built in the 1920s. It doesn’t have air conditioning (or central heat, but we manage with a fireplace, baseboard heaters and micathermic panels). We have invested in a couple of window units, which takes the edge off,…

The R’s of summer

Two weeks of summer are under our belt (well, they were when I started this post on Tuesday). How are we stacking up against my original plans? Eh, generally OK. But I’m not sure how we could possibly fit more into our days. Learning to ride bikes We’re working hard on on this one, with…

Row, row, row your raft

My arms are really tired. So are my legs, for that matter. Duncan and I were the only kids who hadn’t been in the raft this year (or ever), so Adam decided today was the day to send us down the stream. We drove to some spot in Alton Baker Park, hiked down a road…

Berry sewing a cute cuddley thing

It’s me. Berry. I just finished my cuti wooti wittow stuffy!       It’s me again, Berry. I’m cooking lunch/food for everyone. In this exact picture, i’m making a    roast beef & cheese & butter sandwich for my sister Emma.     I’m at Cheese/Washington park building village ruins destroyed by an ancient   dragon….