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!

Amelie just waking up//'s Cake// and Mummy// Birthday Cake// blowing out her candles// Cape!// meeting// Cake withTiger candles// out Bobbie// cake//


BBQ, goodbyes and people photography

Recently me and Mairi attended a BBQ where we were saying goodbye to a few people who were moving on from various families and groups attached to my first York church. One person was Elena (the young blonde girl in the photos) who was brought into the Patterson family while she studied at York College, she came all the way from Berlin, Germany and would skype her family back home.

Don’t know about you but when I look back at me at 16, the last thing I wanted to do was leave my family and friends and go to a strange country and bed-in with a family. Yet that’s what Elena did so hats off to her, I tried to get a few pics of here but I overall wanted to grab the feeling at the BBQ (and cake once it started raining). I do think I’m coming along taking photos of people so that’s good. Let me know what you think… is my self belief misplaced? am I just crap? or am I good but not brill… let me know.

As ever, click on the photographs to get more info.

The art of conversationTom and cakeNot much cake left"what are you doing?"Good conversation and cakeYum foodElena and Vic


Let them eat Cake!

Well as much as I dislike planning Christmas before a reasonable time frame some things can not be helped. One of those things is making the Christmas Cake! In our case that means making 3 cakes so one Saturday me and the wife got the old instructions out care of her late Nan and set to work. The instructions are so old the measurement of ‘quart’ is used, so it’s fun working everything out but they turn out great in the end!

Now I’m not going to reveal the secrets of this amazing recipe to the world but the photographs I took I think show the wonderful organic way in which a cake takes shape and the massive amount of fruit and other ingredients that go into the mix. I think being a former baker I love the way ingredients mix to form a new thing which is then acted upon to create a totally new entity. So enjoy and I hope it makes you feel all Christmas-like. Note the brandy in the distance…