Snow Blossoms
January 6, 2010

I took this just after a fresh snowfall, when there were no footprints in the drive, and nothing had started to melt.  Isn’t it beautiful?

My Canon Speedlite 430EXII arrived a few days ago, and I adore it.  I could not have taken this photo or the others in the set without it.

Brake Shoes
January 4, 2010

Marmite, my poor little car, has been out of use since Saturday.  Fitting the new brake shoes hasn’t been as simple as Joe thought, and the exhaust isn’t even started yet.  She goes in for her MOT retest on Wednesday: I hope she’ll be able to drive there and drive out again!

This was supposed to be a technical photo to illustrate the problem we have where the drum doesn’t fit properly on the backplate.  However, I love the colours in it: it’s had very little editing and I’m quite pleased with it.

Man’s Best Friend
January 3, 2010

This is Brian, our local pub landlord, and Ben, our local pub dog.  Ben is a rescue dog, a Lab-Alsatian cross, and the friendliest dog you could ever meet.  I’m not usually a dog person: I much prefer cats.  I’ll make an exception for Ben, though, especially when he starts with those big, soulful eyes.

Newspaper Cat
December 31, 2009

I planned to spend this evening sitting in front of the fire, reading the paper.  Well, Eric put a stop to that.

New Shower
December 30, 2009

One of David’s favourite presents this Christmas was from Joe’s cousin Jenny, who bought him his own shower!  It attaches to the side of the bath and sucks up the water, and he can press the button to fire water at himself, or his poor cousin who was sharing the bath with him.

Snowball
December 29, 2009

I’m not usually permitted to take photos of Snowball.  Today, though, she was unfazed by the flash and played with Joe without noticing what I was doing.  It’s highly unusual for this grumpy, camera-shy little girl, anyway.

Fiat Badge
December 27, 2009

I drive a 2001 Fiat Seicento Schumacher in Broom Yellow.  She’s called Marmite, and she currently needs a new exhaust, new brake shoes, a new battery, and a new head gasket.  Joe is fixing her at some point in the next few weeks, during which time I will have to drive his horrible Vauxhall Astra (I’m sure there will be a blog post about this!).  Despite the long list of things that need fixing, I’ll remain loyal to Fiat for the rest of my life: there is absolutely nothing like the rush of caning it down the Fosse Way (under the speed limit, of course) in a small, nippy, agile car.  And yellow.  Yellow ones go faster!

Sparkling Eyes
December 26, 2009

David LOVES Christmas.

I don’t usually shoot with a flash: I’d never been taught how and I hated the way the on-camera flash made the pictures look.  Today, my brother-in-law lent me a flashgun, and I realised what I’d been missing!  I’ve ordered one and I can’t WAIT for it to arrive!  (Canon Speedlite 430EX, if you’re interested.)

I’ve written more about today over at Barefoot in the Kitchen.

Merry Christmas!
December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas, everybody!

My paternal grandmother, Nanny, brought this glass goose back from a trip to Canada about ten years ago.  He’s hung on the tree every year since.

Birthday Boy
December 24, 2009

David turned one yesterday.  While I’ve been wrestling with the decision to only have one child, he’s been eating cake, opening presents, and generally having a wonderful time being spoiled.  (Yes, his birthday present is wrapped in Christmas paper.  No, he doesn’t care.  It RIPS!)