Craving Spring + Saying Goodbye

February 21, 2012

I must admit that I’m feeling a little blue this week. It could be from anticipating the 55mm of rain that is expected to fall steadily  today but it’s more likely due to the reality of the moving trucks that were in Rachel’s driveway yesterday. I’ll soon be seeing a whole lot less of her and her family, a fact that I’ve been trying hard not to think about it for a very long time, and it’s suddenly becoming very real. It’s not often in adulthood to make such a strong bond with an entire family. We already miss her husband Aaron very much and my girls’ have been writing endless friendship/love letters to her twin daughters, ready to pop in the mail. I think it’s going to be heartbreaking all around! Now, I know that we’ll see them soon, at the end of May in fact, but the thought of not having Rachel just around the corner to meet for sushi, an impromptu junk hunt or our sleepover/work nights with the kids, is making me very sad. Our friendship and business partnership has just been so easy and I’ll miss her even more than I think I can imagine. They’ve become that special breed of friends, you know, the ones who feel like close family…but without the drama! I’ll lighten the mood now with some Spring-inspired colour…

Lesley Unruh

The Wheatfield

Valkoinen Harmaja


Photo by Robert Caruso for Chatelaine via Poppytalk

Angela Hardison

Weekday Carnival

Photo by Jemma Keech. Flowers by Amy Osaba.

Petra Bindel. Home of Helle Hogsbro Krag.


Thankfully, our work is based almost entirely online and there is great technology like Skype and FaceTime available to help make the distance feel less broad. And it will just make our future times together all the more special, especially with somewhere as hot and sun-filled as Florida to visit! I am so happy for Rachel and her family, despite my mingled sadness, and am so proud of them for embarking on such an amazing adventure together. Bon Voyage dear friends!


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3 Will @ Bright.Bazaar { 02.21.12 at 12:59 am }

Change is always a difficult one, and it’s amazing the strength of a bond that a good friendship can bring. Just think how easy modern day technology makes it for us to stay in touch. And it’s a great excuse to travel, too!

P.S. Love all this colour – that plate is fab!
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4 Birch + Bird { 02.21.12 at 8:29 am }

Thanks so much for the bright thoughts Will! Love that plate too…it’s by Heather Dahl, one of our fave potters nearby in Vancouver :)

5 colleen { 02.21.12 at 6:50 am }

oh tearing up over here!
So excited for Rachel & fam & I know this is hard for you & yours!
I just love how you talk about your friendship & I am so thankful you have all the tools to stay in touch & that you will be visiting each other!
…& Lily …..I can’t be as kool & fun as Rach …but I will take you on a junking day!

All the best Rachel!…see you soon!
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6 Birch + Bird { 02.21.12 at 8:27 am }

Aw, thanks Colleen! I would love to hit up an auction or two with you and Bob!

7 ana {bluebirdkisses} { 02.21.12 at 7:44 am }

Its always hard to deal with friends and family leaving. I’ve had to do this countless times and it never gets easier. But one thing I have realized is that these changes generally bring with them some pretty exciting adventures as well. When one door closes another one opens, so I just know something amazing is around the corner for both of you.
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8 Birch + Bird { 02.21.12 at 8:26 am }

Thanks so much for the encouragement Ana! We are both very excited about the future, it’s just always hard to miss a good friend :)

9 janis- pinecone camp { 02.21.12 at 8:16 am }

Seeing you two together, I can just feel your bond. It is special, and it doesn’t happen everyday. Very lucky ladies to have found each other!
This post is so beautiful and full of springy hope. Can’t. Wait. For. Spring. ;)
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10 Birch + Bird { 02.21.12 at 8:30 am }

Thanks Janis! Yes, I feel very blessed to have met Rachel and her family and now we have another good excuse to fly South for some sunshine! Too. Much. Rain! Talk soon :)

11 Jen { 02.21.12 at 8:28 am }

Oh, so sad for you but excited for Rachel…I know when I left Manitoba and my best friend behind many many years ago now it was very difficult. Knowing you will see her in May is some comfort!

I too am craving Spring…this rain is a bit much!!
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12 Leanna { 02.21.12 at 8:35 am }

Best wishes to Rachel and family on their new adventure. I have always thought it would be so cool to move to a new place, but in reality I just couldn’t do it :(

Lily, the times spent together will be more special, and the time will fly by between visits!

and spring? yes please, I feel so sad for my chickens every time I look out there and see their fluffy feathers soaked and sagging!
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13 Diana Lorenz { 02.21.12 at 2:26 pm }

Oh Lily, this makes me feel sad for you & your family, but you are so fortunate to have such a wonderful friend for life!! I’m assuming that her coming back end of May is the Market? How wonderful, it will to be together in your element. We’ll be there as always. Hope Rachel has a Safe & easy move.

14 Birch + Bird { 02.21.12 at 5:54 pm }

Thanks girls! At least they’re moving somewhere hot and sunny…all the more excuses to escape the rain :)

15 Birch + Bird { 02.22.12 at 12:19 am }

Thank you, Lily. Love you lots. xoxo R

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