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The Dutch have a special word to describe “cosiness”, “comfort”, but it’s also something that goes a little beyond that. “Gezellig”. Pronounced correctly, it kinda sounds like you’re clearing your throat, but this blog explores its meaning by documenting experiences that make life richer and deeper; through food, family, and the making of a home.

Calm amidst the storm

by amanda on May 20, 2014

Untitled-2I know, I know! Waaaay too long since the last post. Truth is, this time of year is kind of insane. With a farm starting up, kids school stuff wrapping up, summer sports ramping up, and work increasing, there’s precious little time for much else. But life has been full in a very satisfying way.

So when my mom called and suggested we take two days off to drive and stay on Pelee Island, my initial reaction was “What?! There’s no time for something as frivolous as that!” But upon reflection, I realized there was never a good time for something like this and that an of opportunity this nature is not likely to come up again. So we packed up her car and left early on a beautiful Sunday morning. I mean, really beautiful. I think I mentioned how great the weather was about every 1/2 hr for the rest of the day.



P5108490It’s quite an experienece – being in the most southern part of Canada; taking a ferry that takes a full 1.5 hrs to get to the island; seeing the micro-climate there, where everything is about a week ahead of us in blooming and leafing.



Although the winery wasn’t opening until the following weekend, we had an easy enough time passing the two days walking, visiting the supercool museum, watching the rain, and even stopped in the one gift store on the island. I love how Pelee is *just* inaccessible enough that it’s kept the place from becoming touristy and kitschy. I’m sure the 100 or so permanent residents appreciate that even more…

We even got to peek at some turtles soaking in the sun – can you spot them?



Overall, it was a great, peaceful respite from the chaos. Just being able to be on no schedule whatsoever was a rare treat!

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