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Dressember 2014

I have taken on a challenge. I will wear a dress every day in December in order to raise money and awareness for the International Justice Mission. To support me in my campaign visit my Dressember page. I will post updates here on my blog and document each day’s dress on Instagram and Pinterest.

Dressember logo

Dressember is a collaborative movement leveraging fashion and creativity to restore dignity to all women.

Dressember uses fashion to advocate for women who’ve been exploited for their femininity. As women take on the creative challenge of wearing a dress for the 31 days of December, they are advocating for the inherent dignity of all women. Dressember exists to inspire and empower a global community of like-minded women who are locking arms to face one of the greatest injustices of our time.

The heart of Dressember is freedom– that every woman has the right to live a vibrant and autonomous life.

Lake Placid

A month or so ago Andrew and I spent a weekend in Lake Placid. It is only three hours away from Ottawa and is a very pretty little town. We were there as the colours were changing  and saw some hills blanketed in autumn tones as we drove there and back home. Town of Lake Placid across Mirror Lake Heather Telford
The colours were not all golden as you can see in these photos of Mirror lake at dusk. The town of Lake Placid surrounds this little lake and many stunning homes and businesses such as the restaurant below have lake side views.

Mirror Lake Heather Telford
Lake Placid has hosted two winter olympics so there are sporting venues and historic sites everywhere you look. We were impressed by the front of Lake Placid Highschool (it looks a little fancier than our children’s highschool!) but we thought the concrete running track could use a little work. After walking a bit further we were able to read the sign explaining that it was the olympic speed skating track! Lake Placid High School Heather Telford
We spent several hours hiking up Round Mountain hoping that maybe the sun would break through by the time we reached the top. It did not.
View from Round Mountain NY Heather Telford
On the way back from our hike we stopped to stare at the Olympic Jumping Complex. Olympic Jumping Complex Heather Telford

 

Olympic Jumping complex Heather Telford
After we were back in Ottawa I was reading an article listing the most attractive towns in the US in autumn and not surprisingly Lake Placid was one of them. It would be fun to go back and see it in another season.
Chubb River Heather Telford

Frozen bubbles

snow bubbles Heather Telford

It is bitterly cold here again so I tried a trick I had seen and heard about, freezing bubbles. I made bubble mix then braved the -20°C temperature for a few minutes at a time to blow bubbles in our snow and ice covered back yard.

snow bubble Heather Telford

Most bubbles shatter while they are in the air or as soon as they hit a surface. Some float in the air long enough to freeze before they land on the snow. 

broken bubble Heather Telford

Oh Brother

I am enjoying a couple of days in Canberra with my older brother David and his family. My younger brother Stephen and his wife are here too so it has been a real treat.

SHD

Of course meeting my brand new, week old great nephew has been quite the highlight too!

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Blue Mountains bush fires

I am staying with my parents in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney at present and the area is  in the midst of a bush fire emergency. When I returned to Australia last week I was looking forward to experiencing many of the Australian sights, sounds, tastes and smells I have missed over the thirteen years I have been in Canada. I had no idea I would encounter anything like the current bush fire crisis.

Driving home last Thursday, October 17th, I took the following photos:

004bushfire drive home 005fire rescue 012bushfire drive home 016bush fire driving homeWhen we arrived home we talked to my parent’s neighbour about the closest fire. He assured us that it was not travelling in our direction nor would it when the wind changed later that day. The damage caused by that fire and the many others still burning is extensive. Hundreds of homes have been lost. There is a constant smell of smoke in the air and the sound of sirens and helicopters close by. The view from my parents home on Thursday is below. When I looked out today it was no longer so dramatic but the threat is still serious as the temperatures and wind speeds forecast for the next few days are very high. We have spent time clearing the yard and roof of dry leaves and preparing for a possible evacuation.

There are still over 60 fires burning in New South Wales so please pray for an end to this crisis and for the safety of all those involved.

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