Where my friends live: Emily and Dave, Wolfville Nova Scotia (part 2)

December 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

If you have ever wondered what heaven looks like, simply head on up to Rocky Top Farm with Emily and Dave–they can show you. I got to spend a couple weekends out there when I was living in Nova Scotia, and it was all the things you’d hope it would be. They introduced me to their helper/pet Peggy the horse who was the cutest (but maybe a bit confused), there were pigs and chickens, lakes, bonfires, gardens and basically all the things I have ever dreamt were good. The real truth is, though, that actually, Rocky Top is just a farm. It is Emily and Dave themselves, governed by their selflessly generous nature, easygoing disposition and the right balance of hard work and hedonism, that makes whatever roof  you visit them under seem so heavenly.

Recently my friends have relocated to a little cottage in the centre of town for the winter months, and have sent me some photos of their adorable second home to share with you. The farm is still running while Dave continues to sell his delicious organically grown garlic, but for a blowy winter in the Nova Scotian countryside, I couldn’t imagine a sweeter place to call ones home.

P.S. If you are around the Halifax/Wolfville area, Dave’s Garlic is available for purchase at 10$/pound. Click on any of these words for more information, questions about orders, shipments or stories about escaped pigs (maybe).

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Bucket listings: Hey girls, let’s throw a party this weekend.

December 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Hello my beautiful princesses (because that’s what you are).

Today is all of our lucky day because I have found us the ultimate princess house. This beautiful English Victorian actually hurts to look at, so if you have a weak heart, take heed (and stay away from red-headed congressmen, ok??). I love this house for millions of reasons but I will name two for starters:

1) I have so much love for anything that is so unabashedly romantic and girly. I can so easily imagine this home filled with women running around, borrowing dresses, drinking tea on the floor in the hallways, laughing, baking, dancing. I love that shit.

2) The transition rooms: think hallways, stairways, windows, archways, doorways–areas that look from one room to the next. This home has so many good ones. They’re the best because they always seem to inspire the best conversation, summon the most flattering light, and, if you anchor yourself down in one, can become a kind of ephemeral sanctuary. It’s usually also where the best architectural details are, which this place has no shortage of. I had a hard time editing the volume of photos (I didn’t even try), so this post might be quite long. Hopefully you’ll forgive me.

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Getting started with simple chemistry

December 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

First find a dreamboat:


Then add a second dreamboat (that’s two dreamboats so far, if you aren’t taking notes):

Plus everything that’s happening over here:


and all of this business:

tea and toast

repeat this until you get eaten by bears and voilà! The very simple equation to my heart.

ps. click on any of the pictures for more fun.

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