The Knoxville Farmers’ Market

Today is our second day at the Hoyt reunion in Georgia. Since I’ve last blogged we’ve visited the Holders in Knoxville, and some friends in Atlanta. I hope to blog about that soon, but I need to catch up with sharing some of the things we did in Knoxville first!

We had a great time in Knoxville. One of the highlights of our time there (for me, at least!) was to visit the local farmers’ market. I had a blast taking photos of all the beautiful produce and the way it was all displayed.

On the Saturday morning, we girls (Aunt Marti, Hannah, Eva, myself and a couple of Hannah and Eva’s friends) went out for breakfast at The French Market, where we had crepes for breakfast. The café was really cute and the crepes were fantastic.

Here are some of the photos I took at the farmers’ market. Because they are a bit numerous, I made them smaller. If you want to see any of them bigger, just click on the picture.












After our time at the farmers’ market, we joined Uncle Ron, Ben and Marica and Esther at some fountains nearby where much fun was had by all getting nice and (cool! and) wet.

The fountains were followed by some drying off time at the playground across the road, where (most of) the adults had some fun playing too!


Well, that’s it for now. We’re about to have an after dinner hymn-sing soon. With around 55 family members here (and a few more to come!) I think it will be amazing.

A Christmas craft afternoon

On an unseasonably warm Saturday late in November, a few women from our church gathered at our friend Jen’s house to make some Christmas crafts. It was bliss… lots of good chatting and food while being enjoyably creative and productive. I thought I’d share some photos of the fun!

Here are Jen and Julie trying out different things.

One of Julie’s creations in the making:

And the lovely, sweet Shannon (Julie’s daughter).

A Christmas card that Shannon made:

Glitter was definitely involved in this whole affair. Oh yes.

Oh, and paint. It was a gloriously messy endeavour.

Jen had bought these really cool plain glass balls and had some neat things available for us to use to decorate them either on the inside or the outside.

Here are some of mine. I was going for the Glitzy Rustic look. Never heard of it? I invented it just that weekend, so it still hasn’t taken the world by storm.

(Sorry, Damaris, it seems I neglected to take photos of you and Elijah… the above shot is all I have! Shocking, I know. But… I have some pics of you I’ll post later in the week, just you wait!)

Summer is here!

And we’ve well and truly been out and about enjoying it. We’ve only had two very hot days and for the rest of the time it has been pretty much perfect weather (25 – 30 C). We’ve been spending as much time as possible outside, which of course means that blogging has been put on the back burner a bit! I haven’t forgotten you all, though, and I have a bunch of blog post ideas floating around in my head.

I’ve also been very busy with lots of extra choir rehearsals (Ben has been a trooper here at home!) because this weekend the choir I’m part of is performing Brahms’ German Requiem. It’s a beautiful piece, but tiring to sing because you’re on your feet, fully concentrating and singing for the most part of 1 hour and 10 minutes. It’s been great to be a part of and I’m looking forward to the concerts this weekend!

Anyway, let me give you a taste of what we’ve been up to. (Forgive me if you’re on dial-up!)

We’ve been making good use of our zoo pass, and we visited the Prospect Park Zoo,

(Esther hasn’t quite decided that she likes animals yet. She keeps a safe distance!)

and the Central Park Zoo.

We’ve been exploring some of Central Park,

and we’ve developed a deep love for the beautiful Prospect Park, only about 20 minutes walk from our place.

We’ve been making good on our goal of discovering playgrounds in the city, and have so many more to explore!

We’ve been to the Underhill Playground,

The Harmony Playground,

The Imagination Playground (in Manhattan),

and The Third Street Playground, not to mention a couple of playgrounds nice and close to our house.

See, we’ve been busy, so if we’re quiet, don’t worry, we’re probably outside playing! :-)