Monthly Archives: July 2011

Two Years Ago Today…

Taken on the my first trip to the top of Mt. Duval on June 20th, 2009

One of the things I LOVE about blogging is that it’s an easy way to keep track of what you did in the past… while getting ready to do this post, I was looking through my photos from 2009… and realized that two years ago today, I went for a hike at the end of the road in Pang!  You can see more photos and stories from that day HERE.

Hiking at the 'end of the road' July 19th, 2009...

This morning… I’m travelling north from Ottawa to Iqaluit to Pangnirtung (my final destination!)  I’m really excited… I can’t wait to renew old friendships, and make new ones!!

..a bit of Yoga, in my back yard!

It might take me a few days… but once I have internet again… I’ll be back here blogging my new experiences, see you on the flip side!

There’s no place like… HALIBURTON!!!

I think no matter where I travel, live or visit… Haliburton will always be the home of my heart… Partly because that’s where my family is… (or at least comes to gather during the summer months at our family cottages).  Friday night I was talking with my mum and uncle and was trying to figure out how many generations of our family have lived in Haliburton— and the outcome of that discussion that I was the 6th generation that has lived in Haliburton… my descendants were among the first that settled the area.  Maybe that’s part of the draw or pull I feel every time I enter the county.. I feel like I’m coming HOME!

This past week I ‘hid’ out at my mum’s house. I did complete my last minute tasks, and visited a few people..but mainly sat on the deck in the sun, or slept… watched tv.. and surfed the net!  It was a perfect week to ‘re-charge’ my batteries… I totally needed it…

I had the experience of being a pet-parent this week.. when I “dog-sat” Gus for a day and night… he’s a such an easy dog to take care of.. as I’ve always said, I’ve only loved 3 dogs in my life.. and Gus is one of those 3… 🙂

On Friday morning I travelled to Minden… and got my “Kawartha Diary” ice cream cone…It’s kind of a tradition you can’t come to Haliburton County without getting some “death by chocolate” or “moose tracks” matter where I have travelled I haven’t found ice cream like THIS… SOOOOO good! (and that cow…has been either on the top of the building or on the hill since I’ve been a kid!)

I did go up to my Gramma’s Cottage… (where “The Point” has cottages in a row that belong to some of my ‘great-aunts and uncles’ and some American cousins as well!) I have so many memories running on the beach, swimming in the water… and hiding in the trees… summers spent with my gramma and grandpa were so amazing… and it’s still just like home! It’s a place where you just need to wake up and put on your swim suit and jump in the lake!!! Friday afternoon my aunts, uncles, cousins, mum, brothers, sister-in-laws and nephews all arrived and we had a blast in the lake… and around the family dinner table!  Here’s a bunch of the photos from that day… Gus got  a new lifejacket…(mainly for the boat)…but he also went ‘swimming’… although I think he preferred to be on dry ground! ..of course it was a ‘splashing-fun-time’ as well… I’m surprised because last summer Samuel and Benjamin didn’t like to get their faces wet!  But we all had a great time… (thanks Dana for taking the photos on the right!) No matter how warm it is.. it still feels good to have your warm towel wrapped around you!!! Family and this place at Haliburton Lake… totally is what makes me able to go and live so far away…it’s like the place that grounds me and I know where ever I go, I can always come back to Haliburton Lake, because it will always be there for me!  We managed to take another family shot…(although Gus was too busy watching squirrels so he didn’t make the photo!)… it might even make it Mum’s Christmas Card 2011 (jury is still out on that if everyone agrees it’s an o.k. one to be ‘mass’ distributed–I get the ‘trail’ run, and honestly the B&W just spoke to me!) Let me know what you think–Jamie, Dana, John, Kat and Mum!! John, Kat and Bart (my gramma’s husband)… got the corn all ready to eat!!! …the tables were set… and we all gathered around and told ‘stories from times past..’ and once and awhile one of my uncles would say… ‘No, it’s all about Sarah–it’s her farewell, bon-voyage deal…the stories need to be about her!’ and for the most part they were…and even the ones that weren’t about me… well they were great to hear too!! I can’t remember the last time my family–uncles and aunts and cousins gathered around a table together to have a meal!(I think I’ve been travelling too much..)
Uncle Andrew, Aunt Anne and my Mum! (I missed getting shots of my Aunt Marie and Uncle Chris…) Some of my cousins… Clayton, Caroline and Charlotte… But Cody (their brother) and my other cousins…Wade and Todd, his partner Chesley and baby Brody weren’t able to be there!! They will all be at the lake next weekend…A group photo… before dinner!! 🙂 We also celebrated Jamie’s Birthday (July 21); and Bart’s Birthday(July 17th)…Uncle Andrew did the honours and started us off and lead us in a fantastic rendition of “happy birthday” no one sings it like MY UNCLE ANDREW!!! 😉 and Gramma made TWO CAKES!!!
The perfect end to a wonderful night… was watching the FULL MOON rise over the hills…. 

Introducing Baby H…

I met the ‘B  Family’ while 2nd shooting Mark and Helen’s wedding… They were also really good friends of Ryan (who is my good friend!)

At the wedding I mentioned how I’d love to do some Maternity and new Baby Photography for them… and about a month later I met with them on a sunny Saturday morning in June.. and shot some amazing maternity portraits… 

It’s hard to believe that these shots were taken just 11days before Baby H arrived!!!

Baby H arrived on June 29th… and I got to meet him when he was just 5 days old!  (so sweet, still so tiny small)… I was in the middle of packing up my apartment, but am so glad I made the time to go over and meet Baby H and take some photos of him, his big bro and Mom!  Big Bro G… wasn’t sure what to think of his new little bro!  He’s 17months old… and still trying to sort out what’s going on… for most of the shoot he’s was pretty serious… but still 100% adorable! These looks might have been about him sitting in the basket..that I put on the kitchen table.. perhaps he just thought I was a bit ‘crazy’!?Two of my favourite shots of the shoot.. that were taken in the last 5mins… sometimes you save the best for the last!  So how does one take a ‘sibling’ shot with a 17month old and a 5 day old?… well you need to make sure that the infant is supported and that the toddler doesn’t run away!  My solution.. was have the 17month old sit in the basket…then put a blanket on his knees (so he can’t get out), then put another blanket on top.. and finally lay down the 5day old! And I made sure someone else could scoop the infant if things got ugly!

Will all that effort, I think the photos turned out well! Hands….small, medium and large!!!
Little toes… and small infants that don’t really want to be naked, but instead all bundled up… Thanks so much ‘B Family’…it was amazing to meet you! Thanks for letting me photograph your family.  I hope someday in the future I can shoot them again!  Hope you are getting the rest you need… and are settling into parenting of 2! Keep in touch!! 🙂 Sarah

Happy Canada Day…

(..only 9 days LATE!…because of the ‘lack’ of internet and an extremely busy week..but still wanted to include the photos from my day!)

I got up early on Canada day to pouring rain..but that didn’t stop me from walking over to the Legislature… and lining up to get my red t-shirt and participate in Winnipeg’s Living Flag.

Here are some shots from that day…

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I was part of the “LEFT RED BAR”… It was kind of like ‘herding cats’ trying to get all of us organized..but with a bit of time…the effort paid off!!!

Happy Canada Day_0004 While waiting for the direction to fill into the flag… I struck up a conversation with this lady, Joyce Ayaruak and through conversation found out that she lives in Rankin Inlet–and knows a bunch of people that I know from Iqaluit and Pang… She writes a column in the newspaper as well!  (it’s such a small world–you never know when you might meet someone that knows someone that you know!)… I hope our paths cross again…

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I think it would have been a lot of fun to be ‘up’ in this bucket to TAKE the photo!!!

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Here was my view from the ground…. (the sun came out and was stinking HOT for the photo)… The next two photos I found online at  the Winnipeg Sun…

The first shows the view of the ‘flag’ waving people… (I was standing BEHIND that Canada Flag–in my red shirt!)

Winnipeggers wave flags while taking part in a living Canadian flag in front of the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg Friday July 01, 2011. BRIAN DONOGH/WINNIPEG SUN/QMI AGENCY

A Canadian Forces Hercules flies over Winnipeggers forming a living Canadian flag in front of the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg Friday July 01, 2011. BRIAN DONOGH/WINNIPEG SUN/QMI AGENCY

It was a really fun thing to be part of, I’m glad I braved the rain and went out to participate!!!

Later that night… I watched the fireworks from my balcony… it was a perfect night to see them!! 🙂

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On the road…Day 2..

I had another great day on the road… Went from Wawa to North Bay, stopped for a visit with friends for a few hours.. then pushed on to Haliburton!  I didn’t take many photos… but if you’d like to see some more photos you can look at my trip from a year ago (there are also some awesome shots of the Northern Lights Motel!)

My favourite part of the road trip, is between Wawa and the Sault!  The views are amazing…

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I got to North Bay around 6pm… and I stopped to see my friend Amanda…who was visiting her parents!  It was really nice to see her and Ian and her parents… and how could I not mention her little guy!! While driving between Sudbury and North Bay…there was a thunder storm brewing… so by the time I got to Amanda’s parents it just POURED! (I was so happy NOT to be driving!)

Day 2- Road Trip 3Day 2- Road Trip 5 Amanda’s Dad BBQed an amazing dinner… (and because of the rain–he put on his rain attire!)Day 2- Road Trip 6Last time I saw Amanda in May… I didn’t get a photo of us… Ian her hubby took this shot… (he’s got mad photo skills)! Thanks Ian… Day 2- Road Trip 7
The rest of my trip was uneventful!  I arrived at my mum’s just after 11:30pm… I was glad to be free of Milo’s company for a bit!!

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