35/52 :: Home

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#1 & #2 Boys, these are the sort of pictures I take of you when I’m all out of time, busy packing for our holiday, and when I ask you to pose. What can I say except ‘sorry’?!

We’re one week into our two week summer holiday in France and it feels like an age since I took these corny last minute shots a week ago. Being the type of person I am, there’s no way my 52 Project could only have 51 submissions unless there’s a very good reason. Therefore week 35 brings you slightly naff shots of the boys posing in front of the garage, under pressure. I’d love to promise you wonderful French captures for the next couple of weeks to make up for it but I’m struggling to find my camera mojo at the moment. Short and sweet for today so until next time, au revoir x

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31/52 :: the barn

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#2 You constantly surprise me with what you’re fearless about when, so often, you’re naturally cautious. There is more to you than meets the eye, my handsome boy.

We pass this barn all the time; it’s between our house and Nanny and Grandad’s. We’ve not stopped before but the light on this particular evening was just beautiful. I wish I was skilled enough to capture it how I would like to. We were already way past bedtime. The boys were tired and grubby but keen to jump out and investigate. While I helped the little one to get his wellies on, Boy1 was off exploring. I’d intended to simply try and get a couple of shots of them outside the barn (after all, I guess we shouldn’t really have been there) but by the time we’d caught up he was in and rummaging. I find it strange and interesting that in many and most situations he’s cautious, holds back, over analyses. And yet here was a semi derelict barn, full of goodness knows what – piles of old tyres, broken machinery, overgrown dark corners, crazy shadows – and he was in his element. He created hulk-like action figure shadows on the corrugated iron walls and imagined himself as Stig of the Dump. I tried to persuade him not to touch stuff, that we didn’t know if it was safe and that we shouldn’t really be there, but he came home with pockets stuffed with broken bits and bobs. Boy treasure.

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Joining in with lovely people over at Practising Simplicity and I Heart Snapping #52Project #livingarrows

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#1 Boy2
#2 Boy1

Short on time, short on photos and short on calm.

Littlest man finally recovered during 29/52 after two full weeks of being unwell. Boy1 was knee-deep in the final rehearsals for ‘Oliver!’. There have been tears, tantrums and over excitement. From all of us.

With show rehearsals and illness taking over all our lives, I decided that it would be best to keep things low-key. During the day we abandoned all home ed meet ups and any of the things we usually do, in an effort to get well again and to save energy for evening rehearsals which sometimes ran until 9pm. In hindsight I’m not sure I did the right thing; the boys were so divorced from their usual routine that the bickering and tiring behaviour began. What it did show me, though, was that despite being unschoolers, we do have more of a routine than I’d previously realised. There is a rhythm to our weeks that I’m now desperate to get back to.

Yesterday was the first performance. I was crying as the orchestra struck up, before the curtain even rose! What an amazingly talented group of young people. I was so proud of my little man; he may not have been the most focused one on the stage but he was amongst the youngest and given that he has always struggled to concentrate he did amazingly. I was so frightened that the experience would have resulted in sensory overload for him but he did it. I’m still feeling wobbly today. Tonight he’ll be watched by his grandparents at an evening performance and then tomorrow I’ll return with The Man and Boy2 to watch his final performance.

As exciting as it is, I’m looking forward to real life making a come back.

Joining in with lovely people over at Practising Simplicity and I Heart Snapping #52Project #livingarrows

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#1 A pretty regular ‘look’ of late; like most 2 year olds you know what you want, and you want it immediately. On this occasion you just wanted to be left alone to play your game of farmers, wearing Grandad’s ear defenders and helmet.
#2 At 6.5 years old you’re feeling far more aware of yourself and how others perceive you. At a family gathering you were feeling a bit shy amongst relatives you haven’t seen for a while.

This week’s pictures really capture expressions we see regularly around here and, while they may not be my best pictures of the week, they are the most honest. Here are a couple of other favourites which I want to share, just because It was hard to choose…

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It’s also getting harder, and harder, to choose a few favourites from all the other submissions. Perhaps people truly are getting more skilled and careful with their shots? I particularly liked these ones:

Little Viking Alfred; fishing net, stripes, sandy toes and a concentration tongue. Love him.

Little Bub and his quirky toddler ways. He is man after my own heart…original Saltwaters in classic navy and some juicy Bensimon tennis pumps…only I’m not sure I’d mix and match in the same way!

Tiny expat Stella turns 3 in style; wonderfully captured.

These completely gorgeous eyes peeking over the table, at Baby Space.

All these and more, joining in with Jodi over at Che & Fidel.

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#1 Blowing dandelion seeds is surely a childhood rite of passage? I was so torn between colour or black and white with this one as his eyes are such a stunning colour these days.

#2 We made a rope swing by the river and though he wasn’t completely sure about swinging so high, this one definitely enjoyed the drop back down into the grass!

Gems from last week:

Surf-dude Alfie. This is one for a mother to treasure; a glimpse into his future.

Sienna in the morning light. Such a natural smile.

Hair and frustration over at Little Earth Stories; beautiful capture and we can definitely relate!

Bo in a blanket fort. Check out those peepers!

Joining in with these and many more over at Che & Fidel