My Sunday Photo / Project 52 2018 week 7 – Zebra fun

zebra selfie at Whipsnade zoo

Half term is nearly over for us – back to work and school on Monday.  N spent Monday and Tuesday working on the farm with his dad, and checking lambing progress – he has 10 ewes due to give birth, althoguh this year is a bit confusing because they’re not clear which of the 20 sheep are his and which are his cousins. I suppose they’ll just divvy them up once all have had their lambs. Then we had 3… Continue Reading “My Sunday Photo / Project 52 2018 week 7 – Zebra fun”

Making instagram my happy place again – new hashtag communities

Enjoy instagram again new # communities - Bubbablue and me

If you’re on Instagram how do you feel about it at the moment? I used to really enjoy it. I joined before it was somewhere influencers were, before it was included in blog ranking calculations. When it was just about sharing square photos and finding like-minded people to follow without having to use Flickr. But over the last year as it’s become more business oriented, and the algorithms have hit many of us hard, it’s hard to get the same… Continue Reading “Making instagram my happy place again – new hashtag communities”

Camping etiquette – the dos and don’ts of camping with kids

Camping etiquette - Bubbablue and me

Whatever the holiday, even with children, you want to get away from the chaos of home and enjoy a relaxing time.  Some people think camping is a lot of hard work. But it doesn’t have to be if you prep in advance, make life easy with limiting the cooking you do, or go with friends so the children can all entertain each other, and you’ve more adults on hand to help out.  But having children on a campsite does make… Continue Reading “Camping etiquette – the dos and don’ts of camping with kids”

Family days out in Gloucestershire

family days out in gloucestershire - Bubbablue and me

We love a day out whether it’s just a weekend day popping out somewhere, or a day out while on holiday.  I’m reliving my childhood visiting around the UK, near home and further away, and love sharing it with N. So if you’re looking for days out in Gloucestershire, you’re in the right place. This series of days out posts are based on round ups of places we’ve loved on our travels.  Hopefully it’ll make them easier for you to… Continue Reading “Family days out in Gloucestershire”

How and why to use the Polarr photo editor

how to use Polarr photo editor - Bubbablue and me

If you’re just getting into your photography and want to use RAW images rather than Jpegs, you need an editing programme rather than the basics you might use online.  On recommendation I’ve started using Polarr, and want to share what I’ve learnt about it. Everyone seems to opt for Lightroom or Photoshop which do the job brilliantly, but in particular with Photoshop there’s a big learning curve.  There’s also a big expense.  With Lightroom you can pay a one off… Continue Reading “How and why to use the Polarr photo editor”

School Days – owl day

owl babies homework

This week’s school days was more eventful than normal. The last week before half term, and it feels like they’ve only just gone back after Christmas. Here’s this week. Sick day It’s not often N has a day off sick. This was his second day this year, which is a lot for him. On Sunday he came down with a horrible cold, which continued into Monday. So he had the day off (being bored – at least he does find… Continue Reading “School Days – owl day”

My Sunday Photo / Project 52 2018 week 6

contrajour light through decaying flowers

As part of a flower photography course I’m doing, one lesson was on contrajour – shooting into the light. Given the weather’s been shocking at weekends when I’m around to go out, I’ve struggled to do any of the course since before Christmas.  But it was dry last weekend and we went for a walk on the Snowdrop trail at Evenley Wood Garden, and the light was perfect across these. This was actually shot in daylight but I much preferred… Continue Reading “My Sunday Photo / Project 52 2018 week 6”

The never-ending multiple roles of a parent

Role of a parent - Bubbablue and me

As our children grow up our relationships with them change.  From a nurturer and carer, to so much more.  If you watch nature documentaries you see how the animal world look after their young, and so often can relate to it. I suppose that’s why sometimes, the softer amongst us may get a little teary when watching and seeing that the young are in danger. There’s less risk for us humans than there are for wildlife, but that inbuilt want… Continue Reading “The never-ending multiple roles of a parent”

Snowdrop trail walk at Evenley Wood Garden

Evenley Wood Garden snowdrop trail - Bubbablue and me

Last year we only caught a quick glimpse of snowdrops at Stowe, but this year I wanted to check out Evenley Wood Garden.  I’d never been but others have recommended it to me for snowdrop trails in particular. As it was the first weekend of opening, and the weather was miraculously due to be dry on the Sunday, I dragged N out with me to check it out. Evenley Wood Garden is near Brackley, so took us just under 30… Continue Reading “Snowdrop trail walk at Evenley Wood Garden”

Family things to do in Oxfordshire

Family days out in Oxfordshire - Bubbablue and me.

So often people don’t get out and about in their own area. Not us, and we’re gradually working our way around Oxfordshire. We’re lucky because we’re so close to many other counties within an hour’s drive.  I’m reliving my childhood visiting around the UK, near home and further away, and love sharing it with N. So if you’re looking for things to do in Oxfordshire, keep reading. This series of days out posts are based on round ups of places… Continue Reading “Family things to do in Oxfordshire”