It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Earth Hour, my house


A quiet, peaceful hour, spent talking and reading, mostly. A normal evening in this household, in other words, only dimmer. How was yours?

March 29, 2008 - Posted by | commemoration, my kids, Ottawa | ,


  1. We played Scrabble by candlelight. And ended up taking almost an hour and a half for one game… it was great!

    Comment by Angela | March 31, 2008 | Reply

  2. We sat in the den with a roaring fire and played a word game. Then we roasted marshmallows. A very lovely evening overall and something we will endeavour to repeat much more often.

    Comment by Sheri | March 31, 2008 | Reply

  3. Wasn’t it nice? My youngest wants to do it once a week!

    Comment by MaryP | March 31, 2008 | Reply

  4. We were a touch late joining in – we got home from dinner later than we thought – and I found it a bit too dark for reading, but we sat and chatted and caught up a bit, which was a nice change of pace. Sometimes it’s good to be forced to slow down for a while.

    My kids got in from work a bit late, but I discovered that my son (who was managing his shift), had turned the non-essential lights off in honour of the event — so he provided a “corporate partner” that otherwise wouldn’t! I’m so proud.

    Comment by kittenpie | March 31, 2008 | Reply

  5. Okay so I’m really lame. I fell asleep on the couch at around 7:30. Brian and Jeffrey woke me at about 9. We did manage to turn all lights off and they were busy playing outside.

    Nothing lame about that — it sounds like a perfectly logical way to spend the evening! And, as it happens, naturally earth-friendly, which is the goal, isn’t it? Making earth-friendly habits is much more important than dousing the lights one hour a year.

    Comment by Dani | March 31, 2008 | Reply

  6. We lit all the candles in the house (which took some time because I have a candle problem) and then we read books. 🙂

    It was really peaceful. Did anyone else notice how god-awful bright it was once you turned the lights back on?

    Yes! We were all blinking and groaning. So I just went to bed.

    Comment by rambleicious | March 31, 2008 | Reply

  7. Younger son and I were at an awards banquet that ran late, but when we got home around 9, DH and older son were playing Upwords by candlelight. It was a bit of a race to see if they could finish the game before the candles burned out.

    Upwords by candlelight! That sounds like fun. You might invest in a hurricane lamp or two; they put out a lot of light and last for hours and hours.

    Comment by Katherine | April 1, 2008 | Reply

  8. Oh, your lamp looks lovely. I forgot, but remembered later and the kids and I (Husband is traveling) turned everything off and laid down on my bed in the dark and had a great conversation.

    That sounds lovely. I like those lamps, too. They’re so practical. I also loved the effect of the dimmed light on the picture: it looks more like a painting than a photograph, I think.

    Comment by Nutsy Fagan | April 1, 2008 | Reply

  9. so, this wasn’t really advertised well in the states. most people heard about it on the 11 o’clock news and thought that it would have been nice to have known about it! naturally, i felt great for knowing about it! thanks for your cool blog! it always brightens my day!

    You wonder why they didn’t mention it on the news on Friday, now, don’t you? Rather remiss of them, I’d say.

    Comment by Dana | April 1, 2008 | Reply

  10. I hang my head in shame. I totally forgot. I blame my kids, ha.

    Oh, I blame my kids for all manner of things! Fundamentally for the gaping holes in my memory threads. You know that “maternal amnesia” that happens during pregnancy and is then supposed to go away after the child is born?


    Twenty-two years and counting, I still cannot hold things in my head, sometimes not for 90 seconds at a stretch.

    Oh, and Earth Hour? So have one next Saturday — and let the kids be part of it! Make it a weekly family event. (Though in the summer they’re unlikely to be awake until you’d actually need lights…)

    Comment by mamacita tina | April 1, 2008 | Reply

  11. I love this picture! Any chance that I could borrow it to post on my own blog, with a credit, of course?

    Vivian, your virtual VIA Rail service attendant

    Comment by Vivian is Virtual | April 2, 2008 | Reply

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