Friday, December 21, 2007

Chrismukkah at Annick

Each year around the holidays the Annick East gang gets all dressed up for some festive fun and a delicious lunch. This year’s lunch was at Pallucci here in Toronto. Piled around a great big table we played everyone’s favourite game…you know the one where you pick a present and then the next person in line can steal it from you or open another present in the pile? (What’s that game called anyway?)

We also shared the results of our annual charitable donation exchange. Everyone in the house picks a name and then chooses a charity to donate to in that person’s name. At the holiday lunch everyone takes a turn in sharing which charity they chose for the recipient and why. This year some of the charities included:

* Doctors Without Borders
* Princess Margaret Hospital
* The Toronto Humane Society
* Share the Warmth
* The Bruce Trail Conservancy

and many other worthwhile causes.

Happy holidays and happy reading!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Finches, and cardinals, and squirrels – oh my!

It’s full-blown winter here at Annick, and that means two things: an extra pot of coffee every morning, and the return of our beloved birdfeeder.

The Annick kitchen boasts a big, bright picture window that provides us with non-stop wildlife related entertainment. The birdfeeder attracts “swarms” of starlings, chickadees, and our favourites – Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal. Watching the male cardinal show off his brilliant red feathers against the stark backdrop of white snow is always quite the scene.

Our feathered friends are not the only ones tucking into the delicious seed bounty - the neighbourhood squirrels get in on the action too. I’m not talking about your ordinary, garden variety squirrels – these well-fed fellas are closer in size and stature to house cats!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Welcome to Tea Time at Annick!

Welcome to Tea Time at Annick - our brand new blog named after a unique tradition we have here at Annick Press. Every afternoon at 3:30 , we can be found sitting around the kitchen table with a cup of tea (and maybe a cookie or two) chatting about the day’s events and sharing a good laugh. Our tea time tradition has spawned many great debates, such as “Does everything taste better with cheese on it - even ice cream?” The consensus is “YES - especially ice cream.”

Along with fun updates about what’s happening around the house, our blog will be packed with exciting news about our books, authors and illustrators, and upcoming projects. Alicia and Lisa will take turns blogging a few times a week to keep everyone up-to-date on the exciting things we have on the go. Also, keep a lookout for guest bloggers from Team Annick as well as our talented authors. We invite you to post comments and share your thoughts with us about your favorite books, and tea time chat topics.

It’s going to be a long winter folks – stay warm with a nice cup of tea with the Annick gang!