Saturday, January 16, 2010

Words to live by

There's a Bleu/Gris horizon out there today...

"If we don't offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull. Our world becomes small and we lose our sense of wonder. Our eyes don't lift to the horizon; our ears don't hear the sounds around us. The edge is off our experience, and we pass our days in a routine that is both comfortable and limiting. We wake up one day and find that we have lost our dreams in order to protect our days."

– Kent Nerburn

Letters to my Son
Text found at Whisky River ...

Photo: Fishing nets at dusk,  Port Joinville, L'Ile d'Yeu

Today is for quiet reading then boisterous baking with the messmonsters.
How can I inspire them?
By shaking off my routine?
Yes - I shall not bake.
I shall hand them the recipe book (in English none the less)
and let them discover for themselves, while I blog.
The unknown need not involve leaving the house...


  1. Great quote Ange and so true
    As are your own words of finding the unknown in one's own little world.
    Good luck with that baking!! Oh and love that photo! xx Julie

  2. Ange, what a wise mom you are! Love the quote and your own words for your children. How fortunate they are to have you as their mother. We all need to spend some reflective time in our own worlds. It's fun. If you haven't found Jain's new blog, Food for Thought, you might be interested. It's all about books and finding connections of food within the pages of the books we read. I left my first post today about VAN GOGH'S TABLE AT THE AUBERGE RAVOUX.
    Enjoy your day exploring. ~ Sarah

  3. Love this! I can't wait to hear how their baking turns out! You are such a great mom! Have a fabulous Saturday mon amie,

  4. Dear Ange,
    If you see my post today (that's not a request for you to visit, it's just coincidental !!) I am going through my 'grey period' !!.
    Gorgeous quote and photograph and a very brave mum to let her children loose in the kitchen. !! Could we have a photograph of said kitchen AFTER the baking ?... or am I undermining their prowess in the kitchen ? XXXX

  5. Great post Ange! And very trusting of cooking alone! Good for you and them : )

  6. I'm wondering how it went...

    Our boys have been baking and cooking for themselves for a few months now. Son 1 was given a 'Round the World Cookbook' and it has set them off on a frenzy of trying each recipe in turn. The eldest can do it all on his own, but the younger one has a bit of help from me, although it's surprising how much he can do.

    So, you have to tell us how it went!

  7. And if it all ends in something edible, all the better for you! Hahaha! Love those Saturdays!

  8. Ms. Ange,
    Thank you for the inspiration, I will indeed be offering myself to the unknown. Wonderful post.

  9. What a great post! I love is grey here in Las Vegas which is rare...and my two messters are creating havoc, so your writings hit home. Perhaps I too shall follow your lead and hand them a cookbook and see what happens!
    Thank you for stopping by to visit,

  10. Hi Ange...
    Hmmm....wondering how the baking turned out? Love the blue gray pensive thoughts and words...
    ...feeling that way too.
    :) Laura

  11. I love that quote Ange! I let my girls and several friends loose in the kitchen the other day. OMG!! The clean up took some time, but they were very proud of their cake making efforts.

  12. Wow. That quote hit me right where I live. And I so, so love the last sentence of this post. I took a huge leap into the unknown today (grant me strength and sturdy wings) without ever leaving my house. Who knows where I'll land?

    Hope you are well, beautiful Ange.

    xo Gigi

  13. What a lovely way to spend the day. I just hope you don't have to spend all day tomorrow cleaning up after the messmonsters!

  14. Hahaha!! Well girls - clean up is part of the agreement! Even though the messies and I don't don't have the same idea about what the final result of cleaning up should look like, the effort was there. I also got to taste a wonderful pavlova which we had with banana and mango (thawed). Maybe I'm lucky they gave up after one cake ;-)

  15. ~"If we don't offer ourselves to the unknown, our senses dull. Our world becomes small and we lose our sense of wonder" very true this and will be printing out for a reminder! hope all went well in the kitchen with your little ones...nothing quite like little ones in the kitchen...a true delight...brightest blessings~

  16. Sounds like fun - my kids like baking too (more than me I hasten to add!).
    Lovely photo...

  17. Love the quote Ange and the photo is perfect. Hope baking was a success!
    Jeanne :)

  18. Dear Ange,
    That quote is so beautiful. I was wondering how the baking turned out? I am sure you had fun:)

  19. Go messmonsters!!! You are a good Mum letting them have a go in the baking department. Kids do love baking, its just that you don't often see much of it, as they eat half the mix before it gets near the oven. Good quote, I must remember that,I don't want dull senses. No angel yet, dont panic, can't be far away. xx

  20. What fun the messmonsters must have had! I am sure that the mixture tasted very yummy, I love the raw mixture more than the cooked :-)

    Leeann x

  21. Love that quote! I went back to read it 3 times;even at my age I feel it makes so much sense. You are smart! I have 4 boys and I trained them all to cook and know what to do in the kithen. In those days the kitchen was for girls. They all enjoyed it and I even had one who became a chef.
    Lovely post Ange,


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