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The First Step

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Soon it will be two years. Two years since I ended up on Monique’s blog. I can’t remember how I got there; one of those twisty internet paths I suspect. She was walking from Barcelona to Paris  for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21), a journey that would take her 55 days. People were supporting her and I joined in and followed along until she reached Paris, and then life continued and I moved on.

Out of the blue in May I received a letter from Amsterdam. I had quite forgotten that Monique had said she would send a souvenir of her travel; she folded little boats made from paper found along the way. My letter contained a photo of the “fleet” as she calls it. You can read more about it here. It was very fortuitous timing as we are about to leave on our own lengthy journey and relocation. I folded a little canoe from the envelope as a tribute to all journeys.

A week from today we will set off on our trip to return to the West coast of Canada. All five of us and one bunny will drive 4500 km to Victoria, BC in 15 days. Flying. of course, would have been faster. But, apart from economics, driving allows for at least a little more time for the soul to adjust; the first step on a new path.

 

Little canoe ready to head off to the Pacific.

 

 

 

 

 

Hope Springs Eternal

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Well, I guess I’ve fallen off the blog wagon, but as the title suggests, maybe there is hope for me ! Speaking of hope, it is foremost in my mind with regards to Spring. Where are you ? and why is it STILL snowing !!

Art Play Days have actually been ongoing, I just haven’t got pictures up. In addition to getting distracted, Andrea and I have been producing a fair bit of origami. Andrea has plans for it all as part of a friend’s wedding.  Here is a small sample – my invocation of Spring:

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The instructions for these butterflies can be found here. Another nice spring idea.

Star Craft

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Routines and schedules seem to go out the window this time of year, but some art is still being done! Art Play Days yesterday saw Andrea get her nativity scene finished (a woman of efficiency!). I spent time showing some visiting small hands how to make decorative stars. One type is often called “window stars” and is made with kite paper. It’s one of those crafts that gets associated with Waldorf education. The paper can be a bit tricky to find, but everyone should have one (or several) of these colourful creations in their window !

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The other type of star is a “German paper star”. These can be a bit difficult, but after making a couple you get the hang of it and they can be a bit addictive. These are relatively clear instructions. Of course, you can buy all sorts of really cool paper to make these. Take a peek here !

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Next up, I might add to our collection of star lanterns. Or, make a few of these favourites in Christmas colours. It’s a crafty time of year. Happy Holidays !