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.

Number 85 lampA little tank2ps joined2ps joined 2The Death Star of coinsBobbie at KWVR 4Bobbie at KWVR 3Bobbie at KWVR 2Bobbie at KWVRGrandma and Amelie 2Grandma and AmelieSteam in reverse


Wales Holiday – the rest of it

Bobbie and WoodmanWell it took me until now to collect all my welsh holiday photos for the next post, we went to a slate mine, bronze age mine, narrow gauge railway, visiting the amazing Mr B’s bistro in Llandudno, visiting various castles, visiting a tropical world come wildlife centre adventure playground and awesome pancakes.

Still rocking my Nikon D3000 ūüôā


A little bit of YorkshireThese trucks don't move anymoreSilhouette and lakeLakeside on the way backHood up - rainLakeside canoeBobbie the train driverI saw this...A hude water wheel with the family.Old crane, not been used for a little bit...Narrow gauge level crossing!Nothing like an old fashioned signSlate mine train - but where is the slate ...ohhhBobbie on a narrow guage with MairiWeighing up options 2Weighing up options 1A great view with metal railsCastle with football pitch?Mairi watching Bobbie playLooking up at the Castleclimbing on chainsReachShe's queen of the castle...The little bird that tellsA good climber never gives upA rare family shotCannon at the doorStained glass Royal classicthrough the doorA face with no bodyBobbie and the wooden manThe crown aloft in the pit

The first goslings of the year

In York you know when spring has started by when you see the first gosling being paraded by proud parents. That time has come so here are photos of the first set to be seen (by me anyway), I’d like to take this little¬†opportunity to explain why I’ve never done this before.

Until this point I’ve never had the chance¬†because¬†it would involve getting very close to the birds with my camera and the sad thing is that the many tourists of York think that just¬†because¬†they¬†have¬†a DSLR, or¬†because¬†the birds are in¬†their¬†path that gives them the¬†right¬†to shove a camera to the goslings, it really doesn’t and it just ends in tears as the parents bite you!

So here are my images (from distance) of the goslings, enjoy.

As always taken by a Nikon D3000 but this time with my new NikonR 50mm -200mm DX VR lens. Images touched up in a digital darkroom ūüôā and hosted on FlickR.


Being a dad – 8 weeks in

Being a dad… well its a challenge so I thought I’d note down a few thoughts on it from 8 weeks in.

Free time
What is this free time you speak of? Before we had¬†Roberta¬†to look after we had lots of fee time to go where we liked and do what we liked as a couple. Once you’re a dad that¬†almost¬†goes out of the window, I say almost as I think if you weren’t careful it would just get eaten up by tasks but a few things have remained thanks to¬†organisation and an understanding wife. The key to that is sharing the caring for Roberta¬†between¬†me and Mairi, which in the first few weeks is hard but as time goes on you can both do a bit so it becomes easier.

Is my child quite clever?
This is one of the¬†stereotypical¬†lines from new parents, ‘x is just quite¬†intelligent’, ‘ it’s just the way x plays he/she just seems so clever’. In most cases it will not be true, otherwise the world would be full of quite¬†advanced¬†babies which would just make that the norm thus making lots of normal babies! But Roberta does seem to focus on things and be able to hit them from 6 weeks, she has been able to flip her self over since 6 days old, and has had really good sleep¬†patterns¬†from day 1.¬†In fact¬†the most impressive thing is that if she is not in her PJ’s by 8:30pm we are told by a loud scream, I kid you not!

So this ‘being a dad’ lark is tiring, very rewarding and to be¬†truly¬†honest I can not imagine not having Roberta around. On the back of Steve Hobson’s suggestion I took some more photos of Roberta, these are from 6 weeks so she a bit more weight on her now. Enjoy

Roberta's Favorite play matHappy girlDaddy's fingerLook at youRoberta at play

Not long to go now…

Just a quick post this one, Me and Mairi don’t have long to go now before we become parents so we took some snaps of the bump before it turns into a child. These were taken with 4 weeks to go, mainly as a record of the event but I tried to be a little arty with it all. If i’m being honest I can’t really wait for it to start and neither can she I don’t think.


9 months in 29 months in

My thoughts on becoming a father

Well this has come round fast, it seemed like two minutes ago I was jumping up and down next to a little white stick (not the wii remote), now it’s 4 weeks to go before silence is broken forever. Many people have been asking me my thoughts on my change of circumstance and how I need to grab sleep while I can.

A few of my thoughts…

Ideal role models
So when becoming a parent your thoughts turn to your own parents and how they raised you and to be honest I couldn’t have asked for better. As my Yorkshire roots force me to say; ‘I never went without’ really, I did have the odd dreams of motorcycle ownership but other than that I had a great up bringing and my parents couldn’t have done enough.

I was once having a half-time drink at a gig when my band used to do 2 hour+ gigs in the Lion, and a certain other drummer said to me “Your parents are the best fans you’ll ever have,” and he is right, though thick and thin they¬†have¬†been there and still continue to support me so if I need to think ‘how am I going to be a good dad?’ I don’t need to look far.

Life into the world
Another thought is ‘chuff the world is a bit crap at the minute, wars, debt, terrorism and Jim Davidson’ all of these things should really exist but for what ever reason they do. In¬†remember theology class learning of a¬†philosopher¬†who basically argued ‘look at this world, if God knew this pain why would he even started it all off,¬†surely¬†we were better just not existing’. Not something I¬†subscribe¬†to really but the thought does cross your mind ‘I’m bringing a baby into this?!?!’ but then you think of the all the children born into extreme poverty and you come to value life that little bit more. I hope that my child comes to learn the value of life, other people in the world and value what they can bring to this world. In the end I think we all have our part to play and if we think differently the world ends up being a bit crap (- note this isn’t me pandering to the Cons Big Society).

Getting a bit over emotional…

The first time I saw this advert I actually had tears in my eyes as it it shows perfectly what I have in my mind regarding this whole thing (ps think it omits the sleepless nights, sick, poo, arguments etc)

So there are my thoughts – I can’t really express how much I’m looking forward to it, I’ll do a blog post in a few weeks when I have had 2 hours sleep and it’s all a complete nightmare but for now let me basic in ignorance.

Keep it real…