Archive | April, 2011

The Gallery – Green

28 Apr

After a tough couple of weeks, Tara decided to go easy on us and give us a nice simple task. This week, the theme is Green. Brilliant! All I need to do is open the window, snap a quick picture of some grass, job done. Except, for me, it’s not quite as simple as that. That would feel like cheating. So, after spending the last two weeks grumping about how difficult the themes are, I then spend the next week trying to make the easy theme more complicated. Then again, you always knew that I was a bit weird, right?

What to do then? I started to think of our wonderfully colourful language and all the different ways the word green is used. Green-eyed monster, green around the gills, not so green as I’m cabbage looking and green with envy are all common phrases, perhaps I could choose one of them? How about green issues relating to the environment?

I let the thoughts bounce around my head until a couple of days ago, when the perfect opportunity presented itself. For the Gallery this week, I would like to show you my son’s Green Fingers. I’ve had these little seed kits sitting in the kitchen for a couple of weeks and I thought it was about time we got them planted.

We had sunflower, tomato and pumpkin seeds to plant. I did my best trying to explain to my son what we were doing, he seemed to get the general idea and keeps talking about eating his tomatoes so I’m keeping fingers crossed that they grow. I’m really pleased with the time he took over each step, he concentrated so hard to get it right and looked so proud at the end of it.

Pouring the water onto the ‘magic’ compost to make it grow:


Breaking the compost up with a fork to get it ready for the seeds:


Planting the seeds, this one is pumpkin:


Giving the seeds a little drink of water:


Lids on, all done and off to play:

Now all we need is lots of sunshine, is that too much to ask?

For more green things, pop over to Sticky Fingers to see the green Gallery.


Silent Sunday

24 Apr

Silent Sunday

The Gallery – My Blog

21 Apr

Last week, Tara Cain asked us to do what seemed like the impossible and photograph Tomorrow. It’s a good job she promised us a nice easy one this week as I don’t think my brain could cope with another one as tough as that. So this week we have ‘My Blog’… whaaaat?? I must still have sleep in my eyes because for a minute there I thought she’d asked us to post ‘a photo which sums up your blog’. Oh. Right.

Late on Tuesday night I was ready to give up on this one. I’d been staring at the screen for ages and I had nothing. Not a clue. Then little’n woke up and I had no chance of getting anything written, so I lay down with him while he went back to sleep. It seems that as soon as I gave up on doing a post an idea came right to me. I just had no chance of getting it written in time. I took a photo this morning but it’s now nearly midnight and I’ve only just been able to sit down to write.

When I first thought about starting a blog, I wanted a record of my pregnancy, birth, and my baby growing up. I wanted to share my experiences and read about others. As things got steadily worse with the wally, I felt like I couldn’t share my life on the internet. I had to hide away and I still do. There are so many things that I want to write about, but I’m way too paranoid about what could happen if someone I know in real life read them. I constantly censor myself and I hate having to do it. I struggle with trying to stay anonymous when I really want to say ‘hello, this is me’.

At the moment, my blog mostly consists of The Gallery and Silent Sunday posts. Apart from the fact I hardly have time to keep up with these let alone anything else, if I’m busy posting them it’s putting off talking about the big stuff. The scary stuff that I’m trying to avoid. The stuff that makes me want to hit delete on my entire blog, just incase.

My blog. Snippets of my life as seen from my hiding place behind the camera. Or, as is usual, mobile phone.


Silent Sunday

17 Apr

Silent Sunday

Kreativ Blogger Award

15 Apr

I am very pleased to announce that I have been given an award! I have been tagged by the lovely Jayne over at Mum’s The Word for a Kreativ Blogger Award, and here it is.

It does, however, come with some rules attached:

1. Link to 10 Blogs
2. Let the 10 bloggers know they’ve been awarded
3. List 10 facts about you

So, here we go. Ten facts you really wanted to know about me.

1. I really do have to wear swimming goggles while chopping onions. You have never seen eyes go so red and puffy so quickly as when I forget to put them on. Even someone else chopping onions in the next room can make my eyes water.

2. I love chocolate, but I hate chocolate flavoured things.

3. Several years ago, I had Guillaine-Barre Syndrome which left me paralysed in intensive care. It took months to recover and I still wonder if it is responsible for some of the weird things that happen to me today. It was predicted by a palm reader about six years before it happened.

4. I am a British champion, I have a gold medal and everything.

5. Music is so important to my life, it’s right up there with food and oxygen. I play a few instruments, not brilliantly, but well enough to survive by busking when money was non-existent. My violin cost more than my car.

6. I was bullied quite badly at school and, although at the time it was devastating, I am now almost glad that it happened. It prepared me for what was to come at my workplace and in several relationships. I’m not sure I would have coped with the adult bullies had it not been for those kids at school. I’d still like to hunt them down and poke them with pointy sticks though.

7. Seven by James was the first album I bought on CD. It was, in fact, my only CD for a long time.

8. I love taking photo’s and at one point considered it as a career. I still use an old camera that takes film, when I can afford to. I am saving for a nice digital SLR because all the photo’s on my blog were taken with my mobile phone. Oh the shame.

9. I’d love another baby, a little brother or sister for my son. I have no idea how I could make this happen in the next five or six years.

10. That advert, the one that appears on TV in March every year, the one with that frog singing about his weedy grass, it makes me want to rip my ears off and nail them to the bottom of a ship destined for Australia. Please, someone, make it stop.

That’s it, that’s my ten. I’ve now got to choose ten more lucky recipients, hopefully one or two of them won’t have been tagged yet. In no particular order

@NEDayCrafts @Dawnie_Brown @kateab @fromthebelly @Sarh

@HerMelness @liveotherwise @MrsTeepot @imperfectpages @tiddlyompompom

Tag – you’re it.

The Gallery – Tomorrow

13 Apr

Well, Tara, what a task you have set this week. How do you take a photo of something that hasn’t happened yet? As my crystal ball is currently in the shop for repairs, I will just have to do my best without it. I may not be able to tell you exactly what tomorrow will bring, but there are a few things I can be fairly sure of, regardless of which tomorrow you are reading this on.

I can guarantee you that tomorrow the sun will rise in the morning and set in the evening.


Tomorrow, my son will be reading something and working something out.


In tomorrows for years to come I will probably still do too much of these


Tomorrow night we will both do a bit of this


Followed (hopefully) by a bit of this


Now, don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today, head over to Sticky Fingers to see what everyone else is up to tomorrow.

Or something like that.

Silent Sunday

10 Apr

Silent Sunday