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”

Staying in vs going out on the farm

Staying in vs going out - Bubbablue and me

Children certainly keep you on your toes. I should have expected that really.  All of last year I moaned that I never saw N at weekends. That he always wanted to be out on the farm.  And often we’d have tears if I suggested he should be coming out somewhere with me because he wanted to stay behind.  But since the Christmas holidays, that seems to have changed.  He’s turned into a home body. Last year, it felt like he… Continue Reading “Staying in vs going out on the farm”

What makes a good playdate according to a 6 year old boy

good playdates according to 6yo - Bubbablue and me

Like most children, N loves a playdate. He doesn’t get to have many because after school isn’t an option and during school holidays he’s either on the farm with his dad (who won’t take him to playdates) or at holiday club. But he has a lot of views on what makes a good playdate. It does seem that the friends he has are lovely boys with parents he gets on with (or the parents must be very easy going to… Continue Reading “What makes a good playdate according to a 6 year old boy”

Tips to enjoy the Blenheim Palace Christmas light trail

Blenheim Palace Christmas light trail - Bubbablue and me

After enjoying last year’s light display at Blenheim Palace, I really wanted to make it part of our annual pre-Christmas traditions. So back in September when I was booking Christmas activities (yes, for some places like Waddesdon Manor, you really should be booking that far ahead if you want to make sure of tickets), I booked tickets for us to go on the last day of school.  It would be a lovely treat to start the Christmas holidays and see the… Continue Reading “Tips to enjoy the Blenheim Palace Christmas light trail”

Enjoying snow day activities

Snow day activities - Bubbablue and me

Every winter I grimace when I hear or read the news telling us ‘it’s going to be the worst winter weather this year’.  And every year I hope for no snow.  Snow days are all very well when you don’t have to go anywhere, but when you live in rural areas, my heart sinks.  And yes, we in the UK don’t have snow like elsewhere in the world. But we aren’t used to dealing with it, so we like to… Continue Reading “Enjoying snow day activities”

Enjoying the outdoors with Trespass coats

Outdoors fun with trespass coats - Bubbablue and me

The weather’s certainly turned colder here, and we’re expecting a cold spell on the way.  Being sent coats from Trespass was perfect timing. I don’t mind the cold as long as I’m dressed for the weather, and sometimes I can get a little hot so I need outerwear that’s easy to strip on and off when needed.  As for N he’s always outdoors and seems to grow out of coats quickly, or he needs them for several different events. For… Continue Reading “Enjoying the outdoors with Trespass coats”

Living Arrows 2017 week 45 – gamekeeper

Living Arrows 2017 week 45 - ready for shoot day

Shoot season has started. N loves spending time being a gamekeeper – he goes out with his dad on the quad bike at the weekends to feed the pheasants.  And then when there’s a shoot, he goes after swimming to join the others and do some beating. His shooting jacket was a handmedown from his cousin last year. I reckon he’s got this year and next to wear it unless he has a huge growth spurt. This year they had… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2017 week 45 – gamekeeper”

Living Arrows 2017 week 43 – on the swings

Living Arrows 2017 week 43 - swings

This might not be the most focused shot, but I love it for this week’s Living Arrows. This was taken at Millets Farm where we went to pick pumpkins.  N loves swings, they must be his favourite playground equipment at the moment. And surprisingly he actually let me take a photo and even smiled. It looks like he’s got 2 gaps in his teeth but all 8 of his milk teeth have been replaced by his adult teeth. They’ve just… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2017 week 43 – on the swings”

Autumn days and traditions – enjoying outdoors

autumn days and traditions - Bubbablueandme

I love autumn days and it seems N is enjoying the autumn traditions too. Harvest festival and conkers Last week was harvest festival at school. That always means a walk back across the village green with all the children collecting conkers.  I love watching them all enjoying nature, talking about the conkers they’ve found and stuffing trouser pockets, jumpers and bags with plentiful brown bounty. Needless to say N was the last to leave which I wasn’t too worried about.… Continue Reading “Autumn days and traditions – enjoying outdoors”