• Archive for January 2010

    Friday Kitchen

    Friday, January 29, 2010

    My house smells tantalizing this afternoon. Here are a few tastes that were made today.

    Mediterranean style pizza with whole wheat-flax crust. And a big batch of Cinnamon buns, which always disappear in just a few days!

    Delicious green-veggie juice and fresh apple juice!

    Looking forward to this weekend starting!

    Thursday, January 28, 2010

    During my pregnancies I drink litres of a herbal tea I make. Concocted with many wonderful herbs that nourish and pre-pare your body for birth and postpartum. I contribute my fast wonderful births to this tea. I drink a litre every day from mid-pregnancy on. This pregnancy I relied fully on my Mother's to collect and send me my herbs. Roger's mother went to my favourite herb shop downtown Victoria and collected all the little brown bags of herbs you see. And my Mom picked the raspberry and clover leaves in her forest. I am sure her herbs were dried gently in the late summer sun. Thank you so much my dear Moms, I am sitting here sipping my nourishing tea. Here is the picture play-by-play of preparing my pregnancy brew.

    Turning of Tears

    Wednesday, January 27, 2010

    I planned to have a 'complaining' blog post today, as my day has been...terribly Nigerian style! I had plenty of frustration tears and as Roger walked through the door for lunch I had little to feel good about. But then he passed me a package sent from home, and as each little gift came out of the box my tears turned from frustration tears to happy tears. It is amazing the package came at that very moment because it has been the only bright part of today!

    Some of you may not know what it feels like to have birthday cards sent to you from your (much) younger siblings. Getting cards from them is one of the fastest ways to warm my heart! I still have cards almost the exact same given to me by Brad and Kris when they were little...these cards are my treasures!

    Of course my parents always send us each something that makes our day...like this book with the beautiful writing on the inside.

    Herbs for pregnancy collected in the wild forest underbrush...such beautiful colour and smell. And a Ginger Ale starter (because I can not find any Ginger Ale here in Nigeria) to sooth my nausea...very thoughtful!

    This D.V.D. We watched a portion of it during lunch. I think we all may have a new favorite movie. I was even sent a book from my childhood in which I have such fond memories of when my Grandpa read to us this story.

    Thank you family. I was a perfect package that came at a perfect moment!

    P.S Beth, I really needed a big bear hug from you today!


    Tuesday, January 26, 2010

    I enjoy the look of growing wheat grass so much. Everytime I see the bright green I feel rejuvinated! As much as it brightens my day I need to harvest and juice it...no worries though I have another batch soaking as I speak (or you read)!


    Monday, January 25, 2010

    As February approaches the mood in my home changes as two little girls errupt with anticipate for their Birthday month! It is about all they can talk about and think about. This year the girls were adamant that a Royal Ball was the way they wanted to celebrate. In high fashion I might add, these two princess have enough ideas to fill Buckingham Palace. With every great 'Royal Ball' it starts with the invitations...here they are.

    Any one able to join?

    Roger's Post

    Friday, January 22, 2010

    I think it has been almost 2 years since I put up a post so I thought I'd put some pictures up of what I do while Rosaleen is making gorgeous dresses for the girls.

    My second home.

    Overhauling a gas turbine. These are the same turbines used on a Boeing 747; we just stick a gas compressor on the end and bolt it down instead of hanging it from a wing.

    Typical scene driving to the heliport. People lining the streets everywhere, precarious electrical poles and dilapitated vehicles.

    We live on Victoria Island and to get to the airport we drive across Ikoyi Island then Lagos Island, then take the longest bridge in Africa called the "Third Mainland Bridge", to the mainland. This is where it starts to get really crazy. The airport and heliport are another 30 minutes away. All along the bridge you can see the buildings creeping up into the Lagoon to where it almost looks like their floating. I wish I could take a better picture of this to show the vastness because its quite a sight. Take this picture and put it side by side 50 times and you'll get an idea of how far this streches on for.

    Coming off the bridge onto Lagos Island.

    Our house doesn't look quite as good on the outside as Rosaleen makes it look on the inside, but it's home! Our flat is the top two floors on the left.

    Davina saying hi to our neighbours.

    Marion likes to take pictures while we're in the car. Here are some of her 'snaps' (as they're called in Nigeria). It gives you an idea of our neighbourhood.