Sunday 31 May 2009
Thursday 28 May 2009
This is a page I have wanted to do for a while now. I wanted to go through some old photos and find some of my Mum & Dad when they were young. Sadly, both of them have died now and so I can't put dates to the pictures but I am guessing that as the smaller photo is of my Dad in uniform it must have been taken during the war. The larger picture has a photogapher's stamp on the back so I know it was taken in Margate and I know it was before my sister was born so I am guessing around 1948.
I must confess to having had a little cry this afternoon as in amongst the photos I found two love letters from my Dad to my Mum. One was written when she was in hospital waiting to have my sister and the other is dated 8 years later, 2 days after I was born. So emotional, and a precious insight into how the arrival of Gill and myself was treasured by them both. It was so lovely to be reminded of the love they had for each other and I think these photos show a very happy couple.
Wednesday 27 May 2009
Rumour has it that there is a big football match on tonight, so I'm guessing I will not be allowed near the remote control. I think there could be more scrapping done tonight as well ....
Tuesday 26 May 2009
We had quite a busy weekend, starting at 4am on Saturday when we had to take our daughter to Gatwick to catch an early flight to the US. As it was a glorious morning, and still very early even after stopping for breakfast, we decided to make the most of being south of the river and drove to the South Downs to have a walk around a National Trust area known as Devil's Dyke. The views were lovely. Apparently to walk the whole area it is 5 miles of 'strenuous' walking and the footwear I was wearing (jewel encrusted, fake snakeskin, flat sandals with non-grip soles) was totally unsuitable we just had a stroll around the easily accessible bits!
After that we drove down to Brighton and spent a really lovely few hours there, including of course a walk to the end of the pier -
After that, the scenic route home via Tunbridge Wells for an open air lunch in the Pantiles area. A really lovely day - once again followed by the immortal words 'We really ought to do things like this more often'
Tuesday 19 May 2009
Paul is a whiz at photography, he has a lovely camera and has spent much money on camera equipment in the past and at one point had a darkroom in the house and developed his own photos. Therefore, taking the picture should have been a breeze with my little Sony Cybershot 'point and shoot' shouldn't it? He moaned a bit about view finders and lens capabilities, but I am not sure if that was a criticism of my camera or the fact that a few bottles of wine had been opened and drunk at that point which may have affected his photo taking!
When I put the pictures onto the computer, I couldn't work out why they wouldn't load onto the photo print programme that we have. Then I realised - instead of taking a still picture, he had put the camera on 'movie' mode by accident. This would explain why he was having trouble and I guess that answers the question about whether it is best to take photos at the beginning of the evening, or the end ;-)
I thought there must be a way to isolate one frame and transfer it into a photo and the more I couldn't do it, the more I was determined to find out how! I got there in the end and here is the finished page:
Sunday 17 May 2009
Wednesday 13 May 2009
It was so lovely to see her again and to meet her husband - the time just flew by and I was really sad when it was time to take them to the station for them to continue their journey to join their cruise ship. So for them, the delights of Viga, Sardinia, Barcelona, Nice, Rome etc and for us - back to work. I know which I would rather be doing!
Paul and I often say that we ought to go over and visit them and this visit has made us promise to do it next year. I have a sneaky feeling that instead of working, he is spending his day checking flights and planning itineries!
I am going to a crop day at Welwyn organised by Sue at Crafty Stash on Sunday, and I'm not sure how I am going to fit my photos of their visit into the theme she has chosen, but I'm going to give it a good try! Watch this space ...