I know what you did last summer…

Such is my life I haven’t blogged on this for bloody AGES. Truth is loads of stuff has happened and probably too much to go into great detail. What I did want to share is my May Family Holiday to Scotland.

We went into a Crannog, visited a Red Dear farm, went and walks and had a great time.

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Summer trip to Chester Zoo

It’s safe to say I’m a little bit behind in writing blogs. A trip to the wonderful Chester Zoo with the in-laws happened absolute months a go…(August 18th). It was brilliant and the excellent Indonesia section was very realistic. Bobbie enjoyed linking that to a couple we know from Church working in Sabah.

So let’s remember when it was warm…

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Bobbie’s Birthday Day Out

The pride, the absolute pure pride that when given the choice of what to do on a day out for her Birthday my daughter chose going to a heritage railway and riding on a heritage bus. She’s 5…what an absolute star.

We went to the railway where her name comes from “Roberta” from the Railway Children which is based on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway .

Here are some lovely pictures of the day and Len and Lynda (the inlwas) came too and we had a picnic at the park. Why is there no photos of that I hear you gasp…try having a picnic in a park with a 5 year old and 1 1/2 year old and you’ll understand why.

The ball is a ball of 2ps made to look like the Death Star…random. It had a bike inside it…art.

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Bobbie’s 5th Birthday

I own a 5 year old

I actually have responsibility over the care and life of a 5 year old … She was 5 on the 1st of August on the 5th she had a party at Wacky Warehouse and had a great time with all her friends.

I took photos, Bobbie has such a funny face and great expressions I do adore taking pictures of her.

My favorite picture is Bobbie blowing candles out with juice and jelly in shot…I mean if that doesn’t say kids party what does?

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Salisbury and “Aunty Olive”

When ever possible we try and visit “Aunty Olive”. I’m only doing speech marks around Aunty Olive as I’m sure there is a degree of separation from that title and Mairi (so she’s Mairi’s mum’s Aunty) but she’s awesome so we just say she’s Aunty and live with it.

This time during my Nan’s 80th trip we spent one day driving to and enjoying Salisbury. We met up with Olive and Ian. At the time Salisbury Cathedral were exhibiting Sophie Ryder’s Giant Rabbits, and as you well know I love some good sculpture being from Castleford home of Henry Moore.

We also went round the outside of Salisbury Cathedral which architecturally is stunning mixing many different techniques and styles. I hopefully captured some of it’s awe and wonder.

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Nan’s 80th

Not much to say about this but the photos speak for themselves, my Nan is awesome and as a surprise the whole extended family on that side surprised her by appearing at her 80th.

It was a great weekend, the log cabin we stayed in was the envy of my parents (resulting in them booking it for a few months later).That Cabin is possibly the most calming place I’ve ever stayed (tie with a retreat place in Huddersfield)

Uncle Nick who normal lives in hotter climates (Thailand and Saudi) came over with his son (my cousin Simon) and his daughter Anabel (obvs my other cousin). I’ve seen Simon a few times through the years but Anabel must have been 7 or 8 last time I saw her.

Bobbie really enjoyed siting next to Nana, Amelie enjoyed having lots of food (common theme there). These images are of us at the cabin, Glastonbury Abbey (it’s huge)  and then the meal – great weekend with a family that doesn’t often come together but when we do it’s like we have never been apart.

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Bobbie’s 4th Birthday

Wow has it been a long time, I’ve been a busy bee. So busy in fact that I’ve not edited and uploaded images for what seems like ages! But here is Bobbie’s 4th Birthday images, she enjoyed her day so much.

I took a great deal more photos than this but they are of her mates and I’m not running round getting permissions to publish them all. Carol provided the entertainment via ShortStoryLady a most excellent time was had by all!

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X rated music videos and the Children

While reading Q magazine this month (issue 340) I came across an article by Eamonn Forde discussing the soon to be introduced age rating on music videos.

His argument that went along the lines that this is the first measure of a slippery slope of the government saying “you can’t sing those lyrics” which of course is a road no artist wants to go down however I think the ‘powers that be’ have a bit of a point.

I have a 3 year old daughter and I attempt to show her music videos on TV and so often a massive number of channels are skipped through because the content of the video just isn’t suitable for a child to watch. Now I’m not expecting mtv to be cbeebies in the day but bar some highly censored videos you can see things that would make BBC 2 blush during the day.

And this is an issue, so often the most suitable channels are kerrang, scuzz and mtv2 because so often those genres of music are more concerned with how the instruments are played not getting some hot guys or girls in that make up for a lack of content or to follow the mantra of the song.

So what to do?
It’s alright moaning but what should be done? Well why don’t we have the same rules for soaps and television applied to music videos then after 9pm you can show Robin being a creepy man.

Essentially if Emmerdale wouldn’t put it on at 7:30pm then mtv can’t put it on at 8 am.

(I’ve published this on my phone as laptop is out of action for the moment so if it looks crap…that might be why)

Bike Show at Squires Cafe, UK

The only place where walking round with a mug of coffee is the coolest thing in the world.

September 29th Bobbie put her shoes on her head and we set off for Squires cafe

This strange place is located near Sherburn in Elmet and on this day they had a bike show. We met up with my parents and had a little day out in the summer sunshine (despite it being the back end of September). Because it was so sunny it didn’t make for the best light for taking photos but think I did alright.

All taken on my D3000 with a 18-55mm lens and edited in Raw format only.

Enjoy

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