I rather like this quote. From The Observer article “This Much I Know” (09.02.13).
I rather like this quote. From The Observer article “This Much I Know” (09.02.13).
Tom and I have been working on some photo projects which involved actual printing and not just digital files. Shocker I know.
I’ve had a digital camera for over a decade now. In that time I’ve printed out only a handful of photos and I rarely even look at the digital files: such a pity.
Our first project was a -
I have a long-term plan to make photo books of our holidays – I always take hundreds of photos and do nothing with them. What could be nicer than a full bleed photo of Tom and I in our swimmers!? And of course they take up less space than traditional albums, which is a definite bonus in a house already overflowing with books.
Plus of course there’s the wedding album to think about. 18 months on and I still haven’t done anything with our disks of professional photos (except back them up everywhere I can think of!)
So, to distract me from this massive ‘to do’ list, last Autumn I decided to make a personalised photo story book for my godson about our trip to Bristol Zoo last Summer. It was a fantastic day out on one of the few hot days of the year.
The book is basically a story of the day and luckily I got some great shots of him looking at and reacting to the animals which sit nicely opposite to the pictures of the animals themselves. The animatronic dinosaurs were particularly good for this.
Some pages were one photo with a caption, some had more than one photo in a sequence.
I think the book was definitely a hit – last time we visited he was showing it to me and pointing out the different animals and the bus.
We’ve been away for a weekend in the New Forest to celebrate a friend’s very special birthday. It was a huge weekend with dozens of friends of all ages in attendance.
Saturday night dinner was ‘potluck’ style with everyone bringing something to share. As you can see, there was an amazing spread! We brought ham in cooked in Coca Cola – basically you just simmer the ham in the coke and then glaze it. It sounds wrong but tastes great!
The venue was fab too, with individual cottages surrounding a central barn with space for everyone and a huge log-burner.
If you look very closely, you can catch a glimpse of the birthday girl in this picture:
[Photos taken on iPhone 4s.]
Never having eaten macaroons before, I ended up having them two weekends in a row!
These ones came from the French bakery in Stokes Croft in Bristol:
Then last weekend, I was up in London for afternoon tea at The Connaught Hotel with the girls. More macaroons and lots of cake!
Poor neglected blog – it’s ages since I uploaded anything!
(Part of the reason is that I’ve been doing lots of projects with printing photos – I’ll have to share some of them here.)
Anyway, onwards and upwards. Yes, it’s a month late for a ‘looking-back’ post, but today is apparently the top day for the post-Christmas blues, so I think a few sunny pics would go down well! So, how about a few photos of some of our favourite events and trips from last year?
We had a family weekend in Dartmouth to celebrate Tom’s Dad’s birthday. The weekend mainly consisted of large meals interspersed with short walks! This was the view from our hotel room window – looking over the locked harbour.
A trip up to Harrogate to visit some very dear friends including my godson.
The other end of the country for a weekend with family in Cornwall. When in Cornwall, we ALWAYS go for a walk on the beach. Note the hardy natives with their frost-proof bare feet. I think they must have anti-freeze in their blood!
The annual Old Boys v Killer Bees American Football match at the University of Bath. Tom usually gets roped into refereeing. As time goes by there are more ‘WAGs’ and kids on the sidelines (and photobombing the team photo). This photo also proves that I don’t only get my camera out when the sun is shining!
Tom’s birthday falls in May. This year we made an effort to organise a lovely dinner in town with a gang of friends. I booked a surprise cake for the dessert and asked them to put “Happy Birthday Tom” on it. When we arrived – early as usual, but we wanted to stake out a space at the bar – the hostess checked her list and said in a bouncy, helpful tone: “So when would you like the cake?” D’oh!
This photo represents a lovely day I had with some friends I rarely see. We went to the Thermae Bath Spa and had drinks on the terrace at one of my favourite restaurants. Happy Summer days.
Here’s a bonus photo from our June trip to Rome. This was completely spontaneous. We had a week off and were supposed to be going down to Cornwall. The weather was so awful that we were thinking of staying home; then we both got called into work on Monday…
Monday lunchtime I got online and booked the tickets, Monday night we booked a hotel, Tuesday morning we packed and left! It was great! We’ve agreed that we must plan to be spontaneous more often
This photo was taken on perhaps the most cheering day we had in Bristol all year. After weeks of rain, it was miraculously hot and sunny for my godson’s second birthday. We went to Bristol Zoo to see the animatronic dinosaurs (and the real animals too). We all had a great time. Later on, Tom and I went into town for the Harbour Festival and then walked up to Clifton for an evening in The Albion with some other friends.
Our amazing holiday to Croatia. A group of 12 of us went for a week of sailing round the Dalmatian Islands and for a few extra days in Trogir. I could bore you with a hundred photos of sails against blue sky and sea, but really, one sail looks very much like another. Instead, here’s a super pic of me leaning on an rough old door.
The highlight of the month was Tom’s Mum’s wedding. It was an amazingly joyful day!
My favourite parts were Tom’s reading during the service (from 1 Corinthians) and Patrick’s hilarious ‘Son of the Bride’ speech. His opening line was “Mum asked me to make a toast, so I asked her if she wanted brown or white”!
Lunch with Tom’s Granny at the Inn on the Beach on Hayling Island. We couldn’t stop watching the clouds!
Season of mists etc. Tom and I had several walks out in the woods to see the colours. We even went up to Westonburt Arboretum, but this one is from the woods near us at Oldbury Court. To get this photo, I clambered up a steep, slippery and muddy bank, hanging on to twigs to keep my balance. As you might guess, I then couldn’t get back down and Tom had to rescue me!
Another bonus photo – this one from Tom’s phone. I like this picture because at the time I was on the phone to a friend discussing her forthcoming wedding with great excitement.
In my family my Grandpa always used to take formal group photos at family get togethers using the self timer. He would set it running and then do a comedy jog back to his place, plonking himself down in the middle, usually with a hilarious expression on his face. Of course these were all pre-digital so we never knew how they would turn out!
This Christmas just gone I decided to bust out his old tripod and see if I could follow in his footsteps. The photo worked, but in flinging myself down I set the dog off!
What a lovely year! This year promises to be equally exciting.
Here it is at long last!
We are so grateful to Tim and Greg for filming at our wedding and to Tim and Ben for editing. Sorry it took me so long to get around to posting it.
Hope you enjoy!
I can’t believe it’s been a year already!!
To celebrate our first wedding anniversary Tom and I went up to Edinburgh for the weekend.
We got there very early and walked up to the top of Arthur’s Seat – something I haven’t done for years! Probably not since I was a student!
We stayed at the same hotel – The Prestonfield – and had dinner in the same restaurant – ‘Rhubarb’ – where we got engaged. How romantic!
I didn’t take my camera to dinner, but here’s a pic of the restaurant from breakfast.
The Prestonfield is a pretty unusual hotel, the decor is famously over-the-top decadent.
Maybe we’ll go back there every year!
Whilst sailing in Croatia last week, we [possibly] invented a new sport: Dinghy Jousting!
Video taken in Necujam Bay on the Island of Solta, Croatia (August 2012)*.
Warning: all participants are highly trained professionals. Please do not try this yourself! We accept no responsibility for injuries caused by attempting anything you see in this video!
* YouTube link to the video in case it is not visible above: Dinghy Jousting on YouTube
I’m very happy with my beautiful David Austen Roses. This is my first attempt at growing roses and they’ve done really well. This is in spite of the various insects which have been attacking them. We identified some of the bestioles as sawflies laying eggs and dealt with them by removing the flies, and later any leaves infested with larvae, with “extreme prejudice”!