We had a family birthday to celebrate this week; Haiku, my co-photographer on this blog, celebrated her 15th birthday. In keeping with our Quiet Country House tradition, we hid her gifts around the house, rather than wrap them. This gift treasure hunt is a long-standing favorite of our children, and is earth-friendly (saves on wrapping paper!) Following a tradition my Mom started when my brothers and I were small, I hung photos of Haiku from the day of her birth and from her birthday each year on the kitchen wall. I saw that sweet baby face with the big eyes peeking out at me from the photos and thought to myself, "How did all of those years pass so quickly?"
There were flowers on the table, a birthday banner on the beam that seperates the living room from the kitchen, and a yummy, dark-chocolate-mocha, vegan birthday cake. Best of all, we were together as a family... sharing our traditions and laughing together. Life is good.
photos: February 2008 1) hot-house tulips on the dinner table 2) sun outside on the snowy hills