Sunday, December 24th, 2023

Massawippi Trail, Midwinter

Iris asked, for Solstice, to go on a hike just with me, like we used to

before my foot hurt so much.





I enjoyed the hike.

Iris let me know that I am slow.



Thursday, December 21st, 2023

Solstice Fire

The word “photo-graph” literally means drawing with light.

These photographs capture my children in the act of drawing on air with light.

They erased everything when they were done.






Sunday, December 17th, 2023

Working Together

Iris & Akiva write letters to their uncle Dan



Monday, November 27th, 2023

House of the Candy Faerie





Previous years’ houses:

2022 (none)




2018 (none)


Sunday, November 26th, 2023

Family Portrait

Thursday, November 23rd, 2023

candy house framing project

When my family came up for US Thanksgiving, we still hadn’t built the house for the Candy Faerie. Sure, the kids had eaten and given away plenty of candy, but the faerie herself was getting pretty annoyed, threatening the children’s teeth at night and whatnot. So Mom, the amateur architect, not one to simply cut holes and slap things together in a hurry, sized up our boxes and did some miniature cabin design with Iris. They decided on the number, size, and location of windows and doors, the length and height of the walls, and even the pitch of the roof. Lucky faerie! Hope we didn’t spoil her because, unless Iris gets as into building houses as I was at her age (which I was, at her age), I’m probably going to go back to slapping together a quick house again next year.


measuring the roof pitch




cutting the window opening




procuring roofing materials




After the structure of the house was completed, our fine contractor absconded. She returned to work on bigger, less instantly-rewarding projects, namely the seemingly endless renovation of her own dwelling.

Saturday, September 23rd, 2023

New Family Member

Brook the Dog

born December 21st, 2020



Monday, September 4th, 2023

Waterville Water Park

I took over 500 photos at the water park.

This was a mistake.

On the first draft of this post, I narrowed it down to twenty-one.

That is still too many for the average viewer!

Here are eleven of my favorites.

They are not necessarily the best.

I like them, tho!

You might like some, too.














































Friday, August 25th, 2023

Playing at the beach in the morning


Canal building commenced around seven in the morning.




The purpose of the canal was the creation of an island.




Digging of the pool began past eight. Akiva dug, Martin brought the reinforcement material.




Iris documented the days activities in her journal.




She drew and wrote in the morning light on a driftwood log by the bay.




After allowing them to admire it a bit, the rising tide lent its creative hand to Martin & Akiva’s stone ringed pool.




Back at camp, there was a chess tournament.

It is very difficult to get an action shot in chess.

I have never seen one.




This is our kitchen tent. We have our own spot on the bay with our own entrance, to the water.

It is just a bit over two kilometers from where the nearest car can drive.

There are no idling RVs, no cars driving, no speakers playing, no people walking by (usually), and there is no cell reception.









Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023

Camping @ Parc National du Fjord-du-Saguenay, Baie Sainte-Marguerite, 2023

I got Lyme disease at my folk’s house in mid-July. It was exhausting and painful.

I spent most of our camping trip sleeping on the beach.

The kids didn’t have as much fun this year, due to all my sleeping.

Martin says it was the last year we’re going, in his opinion.

He has never enjoyed camping.

It’s still the best place ever for family camping, in my opinion. I simply love it here.



deciding on the building site




building the foundation




raising the walls




sandcastle legs




playing in the bay




shoreline at sunset




children at sunset