Still freezing flowers

If you read my previous blog post you will see that I began to play with frozen flower images. I’m hooked! After experimenting with different containers and flowers, I like the effect produced by smaller pots and freezing single flowers. By using distilled water and having the patience (something I’m not very good at!) to build up the layers of water slowly you get the … Continue reading Still freezing flowers

Learning can be messy – Frozen Flowers

I have a confession to make – I am addicted to Pinterest and can spend hours looking at ideas and thinking ‘maybe I’ll have a go at that’. I’ve not done any photography just ‘because I wanted to play’ for ages (done weddings and proper stuff but nothing just for fun). I saw some images of #frozenflowers and immediately created a new Pinterest Board. The … Continue reading Learning can be messy – Frozen Flowers

Outdoor learning just in the garden

Tommy and LJ love our garden, they love Mamma’s greenhouse (Tommy has been calling me that since he began talking and couldn’t say grandma). We are learning so much by playing outdoors just in this small space. I wanted to share some free and inexpensive  ideas for developing your garden and using it for fun learning I’ve left a patch of grass ‘wild’ to encourage butterflies … Continue reading Outdoor learning just in the garden

It’s the little things that matter …

I have been horrible this weekend. Bad tempered, snappy and irritable. Why? I’ve no idea – I just know I’ve been difficult to live with. You know those times when you can hear yourself and know you need to shut up but can’t – yep one of those days! Two things made me stop and think about what mattered this morning both tiny little things … Continue reading It’s the little things that matter …

The (tongue in cheek) grandparent’s guide to indoor play areas

Tommy and LJ love ‘Play Valley’ and a trip there instigates almost mass hysteria. Never underestimate the pull of brightly coloured plastic! It occurred to me yesterday that there are pearls of wisdom ( tongue firmly in cheek) I can pass on to Rookie grandparents Footwear – never wear shoes that have laces or are difficult to get on and off. By ‘difficult’ I mean … Continue reading The (tongue in cheek) grandparent’s guide to indoor play areas

A break through …

The lack of left handed cameras is frustrating, as is the lack of understanding on the part of major manufacturers. However, we are undeterred and yesterday saw a breakthrough for us. We were in a cafe when Tommy put his camera onto the table and looked at the live view screen, he shook his head and said ‘can’t see you mama’ He was actually trying … Continue reading A break through …

The joy of a cardboard box

Buildy Ouse Is Tommy favourite saying at the minute. He loves cardboard boxes and whenever he sees a large box he gleefully demands that you build him a house with it. Along with generations of children before him he is fascinated with cardboard boxes. He will climb in, on, under them, or failing that he will walk round with them on his head. A door … Continue reading The joy of a cardboard box

Christmas Photography Challenge 2016

I posted a link to this article on twitter earlier this week. http://www.creativeboom.com/inspiration/travelling-cars-photographer-goes-on-exciting-mini-adventures-with-tiny-toy-cars/ The photographer Kim Leuenberger has created some amazing images on her travels using toy cars. Several of my friends liked this and Dave  (@projectlgor) suggested we use this as  the basis for our Christmas holiday photography challenge this year. It’s simply for fun and anyone is welcome to join in. My son is … Continue reading Christmas Photography Challenge 2016

Just the norm

Tommy and LJ had a ‘sleepover’ yesterday ( the reason for the inverted commas will be obvious to any grandparents out there). I’ve watched Tommy develop and am struggling with being amazed at what he can do with his little arm and being cross with myself for being amazed, as to him this is just the norm.He was ‘decorating’ ( yes those inverted commas again) … Continue reading Just the norm

Taking air quality for granted

There was an interesting article published in the Guardian today saying that 300 million children live in areas of extreme pollution. Guardian article It made me think about the little things I saw in Shanghai last week about how pollution is a part of a school’s daily life in China. On the front door every day is placed an update about the atmosphere that day … Continue reading Taking air quality for granted