Hooray – Mum is here! She has travelled up from Kent for a few days to visit her granddaughter (and hubby and me as well). I love her visiting. Not only for the pleasure of her company, but also because she helps so much around the house when she is here. Already she has helped me spend over £60 on baby clothes in the Sainsbury’s sale! Seriously, she has helped with Penny loads already and she only arrived this afternoon. I have therefore given her permission to relax for a little while with the Avon catalogue.
One of the biggest stumbling blocks during my photo challenge has been forgetting to take my camera with me when I go places. Today we went to Church Farm. We saw lots of animals and Penny stroked a donkey. She also loved the miniature Shetland Ponies (and I tried to teach her to say “Daddy I want a pony”). But I think her highlight was clambering on a sofa in the cafe with a teaspoon. Having forgotten to take my camera I missed getting some great photos, but I did bring some goodies home with me from the farm shop. So I decided to photograph them instead.
I took this photo outside because I thought the evening light on the grass would make it a much better photo. Somehow I don’t think the same items arranged on my kitchen work surface would have looked half as good.
It’s a British tradition when the sun shines to set fire to some charcoal and lightly singe excess amounts of meat. So after the scorcher of a week we’ve had we were determined to barbecue this weekend. The weather forecast yesterday threatened rain (although none came until late evening) so dammit, we were going to barbecue today whatever! Fortunately it only spat with rain for a few minutes and then the sun came out again. What’s more the meat did not ultimately resemble charcoal and we managed to prevent Penny from climbing on the barbecue. Success all round!
It seems daddy was the place to be this evening. Everybody wanted to be in on it!
I caught Penny putting a big clump of dirt in her mouth today. It can’t have tasted too bad because she put a second clump in a few minutes later. Oh well, they say you have to eat a peck of dirt before you die. No idea how much a peck is though!
If I took a photo to represent my day today it would be my hoover, some bin bags, a slightly cleaner spare room or a very sweaty me. I didn’t think any of these would make very appealing photos so I went outside in the evening sun to see what I could see. These two pigeons seemed to be enjoying each other’s company and the evening sunshine.
By ‘eck it’s hot! Fortunately I’m coping with it better than I did last year when, heavily pregnant, I spent all day flopped on the sofa with a fan pointing at me. My posts have got rather short as Penny has decided sleep is for losers over the last few days. I’m hoping that it is just a temporary thing with the heat and not a new phase.
In the meantime, I made these to keep us cool.
Penny reminds us all of the importance of having the correct handbag and sunglasses to go with your outfit.
It’s twenty-five to nine and I have a wide awake baby clambering around the lounge. She has been a really good sleeper for a fair while so I’m used to having my evenings back and this is not on! I presume the cause is teething. She has been teething on and off for months with no sign of teeth, but has been particularly bad this past couple of weeks. Earlier today I actually spotted the tip of a tooth peeking through her lower gum at long last. Who knew having teeth keeps you awake?
This photo as taken at the zoo this afternoon. Absolutely everything is being used by her as a teething aid at the moment. The lens cap was no exception!
I felt uninspired about what to photograph today so I went outside and tried some close-ups of various things in the garden. This was one of the best. The new leaves on pieris are a beautiful red before turning green. It makes them look like beautiful tropical flowers.
I took this using my 55-200 lens and manual focus. I still want a macro lens!