Monday, April 28, 2008

Tamasin getting some fresh air

Tamasin has a piano exam the day after tomorrow, and I have been helping her to do a lot of practice especially with her scales, in preparation for the exam. The exam is shortly after school, where she will have spent most of her day doing SATS practice, poor thing! She has a lot on her plate at the moment, also having her SATS tests in a couple of weeks time. Anyway, in one of her breaks from piano practice, I thought I would take a couple of pictures of her. She promised to be my model for my homework this week. Thanks Tam! I was trying some funny effects with these pics. I was going for a kind of rustic look, partly because of the graininess caused by having to use a high ISO.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Playing with photo's while sneezing!

Had a bit more fun with a Charis photo, because I cannot concentrate on anything else while full of cold today. I am determined to be better tomorrow, because I want to get on with life again!!

I love black and white!

I have been experimenting with black and white...been trying to have fun while I am sick with a cold. Adrian is looking after the children for me while I am upstairs sneezing. What a lovely husband he is!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Dandelions and gardening

George had a bit of fun in the garden yesterday, and Henry and I took turns pushing him on the swing. He loved it. But he kept leaning down to try and get the dandelions which were growing in the grass near his feet. That gives you an idea of the state of our garden!! But I do kind of like the look of daisies and dandelions growing in the grass. However, I can see that after the winter we are getting into gardening season again.

Friday, April 25, 2008

More homework.....

I am still using Henry to work on my photography assignments... still not finished them yet. Hopefully will finish tomorrow as the deadline is Sunday. One photo is where the subject has to be inside some sort of 'frame', and the other is where the subject is being photographed from a different perspective.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thank you Henry

Henry is such a star as he has been so willing to help me out with my photography course homework. He willingly posed for me, and here is the best one so far.....Thanks Henry!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Just for fun!

Having some fun using photoshop elements which I downloaded as a free trial...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Spring is coming (hopefully!)

Although it is meant to be Spring, the weather has been really quite chilly and wet. There have not been many days when the grass in the garden has not been muddy! But on this day, the grass had dried out a bit, and it was quite warm, so we had some fun in the garden. George loves being outside exploring the world. Even though he had conjunctivitis he was smiling :0)

Monday, April 21, 2008

Family day out

We recently all went out on a day trip to see Kensington Palace, where we saw a Princess Diana exhibition. I remember the day she died; it was when Tamasin was just a toddler. To see how she gave of herself for the encouragement of others was quite moving. No photography was allowed inside the palace, unfortunately. We had a great day in Central London, and went to a fantastic children's playground (see ship photo) which had a Peter Pan theme and was built in Diana's memory. Of course no trip to London would be complete without pigeons. There were a lot of pigeons, just sitting on the grass which we thought looked quite funny. The children also had fun chasing a poor swan. Honestly Joel!!!!! Don't worry the swan made it safely back to the lake.

Let sleeping boys lie...

The eldest and youngest members of my family....... I thought they looked quite cute!
(I was also experimenting with trying to do a 'watermark'... )

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Funny Saying from 5 year old Joel

Joel is getting very clever as he is getting older. He is often telling me interesting facts. His latest was this... 'Mum, I know how doctors carry their telescopes...' and with that he casually placed the 'stethoscope' over one shoulder so that it dangled there looking very professional! What an observant fellow he is (even if his facts aren't quite right!).

Friday, April 11, 2008


Here are two pics of Henry,for today. I am being picky with myself and am not happy with the composition of either (not following the rule of thirds very well). Doing this photography course is making me really think before pressing the shutter.
But Henry was keen to model for me so I was very grateful and he does look pretty cool I think !

Thursday, April 10, 2008

One more of the beautiful Charis!

I forgot to include this one in today's gallery of Charis....

Introducing Charis!

Charis, our lovely seven year old daughter, is the star of todays blog post. I am starting a photography course online at the moment, and she has been such a help to me, allowing me to take pictures of her. Charis is cute, creative, affectionate and cheerful. I am so grateful to God for her and the rest of my family too. They love me even though I do sometimes struggle to be the wife and mum that I would like to be, and I am grateful to God for that. And I am even more grateful for God's continued acceptance and faithfulness to me.

Psalm 79
13 But we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
will give thanks to you forever;
from generation to generation we will recount your praise.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Happy Birthday to Adrian!

We are having a lot of birthdays lately, and I am also late with posting Adrian's happy birthday message! I am very grateful to God for my wonderful husband who I have been married to for thirteen years this July. Adrian is a very exuberant extrovert who has a huge capacity for all things intellectual. As this is a birthday (although belated) message, I am not going to embarass him and tell you stories about his prowess in areas of physical strength and agility. Or about the time he tested a coat rail I had put up to make sure it was strong enough to hold coats..... Or indeed about a particular talent he has perfected over the years in breaking chairs.

Anyway, I really do appreciate Adrian. He has a big and generous heart, and an unreserved love for God. Although his little ways can sometimes drive me up the wall ;) , I love him and am so glad to have him share his life with me all these years. Happy belated birthday Adrian xxxxx

Happy Birthday To Tamasin!

I have not blogged for a while owing to technical hitches with the computer etc, and the novelty of blogging wearing off, hee hee hee !!! Anyway, on the 11th of March it was my lovely eldest daughter Tamasin's 11th birthday. She is growing up to be a real helper. She can bake cakes all by herself, and make me a lovely cup of coffee. She knows how to bring a smile to my face. Tamasin is a great helper in many areas, and I love the fact that she and I share the same sense of humor! Whenever Adrian (my husband) doesn't get my joke, Tamasin will give me a laugh (even if just to humor me!)