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The Gallery – Water

13 Aug

Since my son was born, my life is barely recognisable as my own. Many of the things I used to enjoy doing have either been given up or put on hold. One thing in particular that I miss is going to gigs. Not just the kind of gig where you turn up at the local pub and see an old man with a beard and a battered old guitar knocking out an iffy Bob Dylan cover (although sometimes they are surprisingly good), but the kind where you find out your favourite band are playing 100 miles away and at a minutes notice you grab your toothbrush, jump in the car and hope you can casually bump into one of them and get in to the sold out gig on the guest list.

Imagine my delight when I got tickets to a three day music event. That is practically a festival. Just with going home instead of camping. Nothing was going to get in the way of me enjoying my weekend. Nothing. Not even this:

Thunder, lightning and so much rain it was like someone had stuck a great big pin in the sky and popped it and all the water came out at once. Believe it or not, this photo was taken after it had eased off considerably. The music was put on hold until the storm passed so, as I was soaked to the skin, I decided to go home for a complete change of clothes, but made it back just in time for the last couple of bands.

Luckily, the weather was better on the other two days. My son loved the time he was there, proudly showing his wristband to anyone who would look at it and dancing to the music. We ate ice creams and had lunch by the river. I saw some amazing people (including Seasick Steve and Newton Faulkner) and had a brilliant time. It has left me wanting more and I definitely won’t be leaving it so long until the next time.

For more watery Gallery pictures, go and visit Tara over at Sticky Fingers

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.

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.

 

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.

The Gallery – Mother Love

7 Apr

Here in the UK, it was Mother’s Day on Sunday, so this week the Gallery theme was, quite simply, Mother Love. Tara has also dedicated this Gallery to World Vision’s Mother’s Day campaign. Share a smile: Make a mother’s day invites you to share a mum-moment that makes you smile, perhaps a memory from your childhood, or a special experience with your own children. This will feature in their Mother’s Day gallery and also add your name to their global petition, asking governments to put mothers and children’s health first.

That’s the important stuff out of the way so on to my ramblings. I think the one thing that makes me feel most like a mother is when I’m breastfeeding my son. There really is nothing quite like it; two little eyes gazing up at you, tiny fingers curling round your hair, not so little teeth getting a bit close for comfort and knowing that you are providing nourishment, comfort, warmth and love. What could be better?

It has been a blessing these last few days too. While he has been ill he wouldn’t eat anything, barely drank anything, but continues to breastfeed. I don’t think he would have got through it quite so easily without his mammy milk.

Even though it is sometimes really hard and painful and exhausting, the love keeps me going. That, and moments like this:

There are lots of yummy mummy pictures over at Sticky Fingers, why not share some of that Mother Love?

The Gallery – Hair

30 Mar

When you have a baby, there are lots of ‘firsts’ to look forward to; first smile, first word, first steps… the list goes on. However, there are also some ‘firsts’ that are not so good and, for me, this was one of them. I had to take my baby boy (“No mam, big boy”) for his first haircut.

I wanted to keep his first curl so I cut that off myself. He had another lovely curl at the other side so I cut that one off for Grandma. That just left the bit in the middle so I cut that off to even it up a bit. So when I say I had to take him, I really did have to. Before anyone else saw what I’d done to his beautiful hair.

The experience itself was lovely. The girl who cut his hair was great with him and he was so well behaved that the certificate he got for his first haircut was well deserved. We were also given a little packet of the clippings to keep.

But oh, the difference it made to his face. My baby boy wasn’t a baby anymore. I was gutted. I did not cry (much). In the space of five minutes he looked like he had aged five years and turned into a proper little boy.

“No mam, big boy”

For more weird and wonderful hairy posts, click on the badge and see who has linked up with Sticky Fingers this week.

The Gallery – Education

24 Mar

I don’t think there could be a Gallery theme more appropriate for my life at the moment, unless of course next week’s theme is ‘what I look like after two years of sleeping for no more than three hours at a time’. I seem to be constantly learning something new or passing on my knowledge to someone else. Some things I am enjoying more than others, but it is all about learning new stuff and new stuff, in general, I like.

So, what am I learning? Apart from how to be a mum and how to operate the baby (which arrived with the manual missing so not an easy thing to figure out), I signed myself up for a couple of courses and started taking more photos with a little more thought than point and click.

One course is about childcare and, to be honest, I hate it. I’m sticking with it because I’ve done quite a bit of work and it would just be a waste to give up, and also because I’m a tad stubborn. I dread Monday mornings even more than ever.

I signed up for swimming lessons so I could take my son swimming and not be afraid, and although I can now swim 25 metres (yay me), I hate it.

The other course is to make the Rocking Horse. I am LOVING it. I am learning so much about wood, working with tools, carving, visualising, patience… it is brilliant. It’s only a small class, but what a great bunch of people they are. The tutor is fantastic, he makes it look so easy then I spend about five hours trying to recreate what he did in five minutes.

So this is my Gallery photo this week, the latest picture of my horsey. He now has lips!

The other thing I mentioned I was learning was photography. I’ve always enjoyed taking photo’s and they usually turn out reasonably well, but I never used to put a great deal of thought into them. Ooh, that looks nice, click! Since I’ve been blogging, however, it’s almost like I’m taking a photography course.

Taking part in The Gallery is teaching me to take a photo on a given subject. I actually have to go out and find something that fits. Silent Sunday is teaching me to open my eyes, to see something interesting in the everyday stuff, to remember to take the picture instead of just thinking about it. Looking through all of the amazing entries that other people post is giving me new ideas, new inspiration. They are making me want to go out and take better photo’s, and keep trying the same shot until I get exactly what I want. For me, it is the best way to learn about different styles and compositions of photographs.

So I guess I just wanted to add a big THANK YOU to Tara Cain and Mocha Beanie Mummy for hosting these great weekly blog link-ups, to all the people who enter their own photos for giving me something to think about, and to all the people who take the time to comment on my photo’s for making me believe in myself and that I can, on occasion, knock out a half decent picture.

Thank you, you are all fabulous xx

Don’t forget to pop over to Tara’s place and see all the other great entries this week.