Archive | August, 2010

The Gallery – One Day in August

31 Aug

It doesn’t seem five minutes since I posted my picture for last weeks Gallery and here I am composing another entry. The theme for this week was ‘One Day in August’. A photo of anything, as long as it was taken on Sunday 29th August. I didn’t know whether to thank Tara Cain for giving me free reign to take a picture of absolutely anything, or curse her for making the theme so vast that I didn’t know where to begin.

I thought about her reason for choosing that particular day. It was the day that three UK parenting bloggers flew out to Bangladesh to help raise awareness of the work that Save The Children is doing over there to help mothers and children. Please click on the badge and take a look…

So I thought I would try and take a picture that somehow related to Blogladesh. I was going to recreate the logo with my son and a hula hoop, but the hoop was too big and my son was in no mood to stand still. I was going to go to the beach and create a huge logo in the sand for all to see, but a rather dramatic downpour as I was getting ready to go out put a stop to that. So I had to settle for this:

 Not quite on the scale I had hoped for, but also posted as my Blipfoto for that day so hopefully a few more people will click the link and sign the petition. Have you left your thumbprint yet?

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The Gallery – A Photo I’m Proud Of

26 Aug

Until recently, most of my time on the internet had to be on my mobile phone. I could just about keep up with Twitter but clicking on any links, especially those involving pictures, usually resulted in my phone stopping dead and needing to take the battery out to reset it as none of the buttons would work. I had noticed a few tweets about Gallery entries but, without clicking on the links, I had assumed that it was just people saying they had added a new picture to their blog.

Now I have a laptop and the internet is much easier to use. I follow more people on Twitter and I spend a bit more time online so over the last few weeks I have noticed an increasing amount of tweets about Gallery photo’s. I thought it was about time I had a look to see what was going on and I only wish I’d found it sooner. 

The Gallery is a weekly feature on Tara Cain’s blog, Sticky Fingers. She gives a prompt each week and encourages everyone to go out and take a picture, post it to their blog and then link it back to hers. I stayed up far too late looking at some amazing photo’s and reading some wonderful blogs. If you haven’t already, please take a look at The Gallery. The more the merrier, eh?

So, a little nervously, I submit my first ever Gallery picture. The prompt this week is ‘a photo I’m proud of’ and the first one that sprang to mind was this…

It was taken when I was about ten or eleven, using my mum’s clunky old camera which I think was a Cosmic Symbol. Probably more luck than anything else but it made me want to go out and take more photo’s. Lots more photo’s…

Water Babies

24 Aug

The last time I was in a swimming pool was well over twenty years ago. Now I have a son and I do not want him to have the same fear that I have so, after a bit of research on the internet, I found Water Babies. The classes have been amazing. The first time I had to get in the pool I was so scared but I just knew I had to do it for my son. I think it helped that it was a very small pool with only five others in the class and I didn’t have to actually swim or go underwater.

Once I got used to standing in the pool it wasn’t so bad, walking round the pool supporting my baby on the water I knew I was doing the right thing. My instructor was fabulous. After the first lesson I told her how scared I was and she did her best to ensure I felt comfortable at each lesson. I felt so safe in the pool that, after a few weeks, I was able to put my head underwater for a few seconds to see the most magical sight – my baby swimming towards me!

I have just finished my third term of Water Babies and I am booked to start the fourth in September. The only problem I have is that the classes now involve more underwater work – on my part. While my instructor is happy to do this for me and I am put under no pressure at all to do the underwater swims, I feel I should be making more of an effort to conquer my fears and to do it myself. That is why I have booked myself in for swimming lessons. My son has just turned one and he is already more confident in the water than I have ever been, if he can swim through a hoop then so can I.

Possibly.

Why I Don’t Swim

13 Aug

I have never been that confident in the water. I never went for swimming lessons until I was about seven and I couldn’t really get the hang of it. The rest of my class were all taken out of the baby pool to go and swim in the big pool and I was left alone with my arm bands to practice in the baby pool. I did not succeed in teaching myself to swim.

Then we started going swimming with the school. It was pretty much the same story there. The rest of the class were off swimming and I was again left behind, clinging onto the side with my float. I even got told off because I would not dive down to retrieve a brick from the bottom of the pool.

My friends used to go swimming so I would go along with them, not really to swim, we used to just mess around in the shallow end of the pool. One day we went and there were some huge inflatables in the pool. I fell off and went underneath. It was a large flat area on the surface of the water and I couldn’t find my way out from under it. I was terrified. I just kept thinking ‘Nobody knows I’m under here, I’m going to die’. I saw someone’s legs and scrambled towards them and eventually made it to the surface, gasping for breath and in a state of shock. I left the pool and never went back.

To Blog Or Not To Blog?

10 Aug

That’s not really the question though. I have every intention of blogging, whether or not my son allows me any time to actually do any writing is another thing. The question is really more about identity. Should I tell you who I am or try and keep it anonymous? This is the main thing that has stopped me from starting a blog and something that I cannot decide on.

I’d like to write freely and post pictures of what I’ve been getting up to, let you hear my music and see what I’ve made, share my son’s achievements and generally be a proud mum. However, I’m having a tough time with the ex. Neighbours were spying on me and reporting back to him, I moved house and now he seems to know things that he shouldn’t – does he have people watching me again? We are in the middle of a court hearing which is breaking my heart and I feel powerless to do anything about it. I don’t want any of the people involved knowing anything about my life.

So, what to do? What are the chances that one of them would actually stumble across this blog? Should I risk it? Should I even blog at all? Am I being completely paranoid?

Please tell me, what do you think?