Time to…

It’s about time I started blogging again! I’m full of excuses, some genuine, some just pure laziness 😦

At the moment, my life is being consumed by my grandchildren. I reckon that’s a good reason 🙂

Here they are…cousins, born 6 days apart last year.

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Of course I have to do a b&w edit…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

“Family’ makes me think of the various members of my own family. This photo was taken last October, when my daughter was visiting us with her precious little girl. They live in the UK, far from us in South Africa, so it was pretty special for us to get some photos of Chloe with her great-grandmother.

We did take a photo of the four generations, but I love this one showing the oldest lady and the littlest lady in our family…

IMG_3892bgThe “family’ prompt comes from http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/photo-challenge-family-2/

Reasons why…

I am always finding excuses for neglecting you, dear Blog, but I think the following should be a pretty good reason…

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Two very special little reasons…born in May. No they are not twins, but cousins born six days apart; a son born to our 2nd son and his wife and a daughter born to our daughter and her husband – our first grandchildren. How spoilt  are we!!! We were very appreciative of the fact that the children were born so close together, as they live in the UK whilst we live in South Africa. So we got a “two-for-one trip”

In spite of spending so much time with the babies, I didn’t get much chance to photograph them. They were not always the most co-operative models…you know the adage about not working with animals or children – hehe!

Anyway, I am back in South Africa and seriously missing my baby cuddles!!!

After a long absence I am submitting this photo for MOM. It has a sort of orangey tone to it 🙂 Lori, I do hope you will forgive my absence and I am looking forward to picking up my camera again and going out to see what is in front of the lens.

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Family…

I think that taking photographs of one’s family is très difficile! They get impatient, won’t keep still and complain that the photographer i.e. moi is taking too long! Well, if they listened and complied with instructions it would take a lot less time!!!!

Anyway, for the sake of my children in the UK, here are a couple of photos of their grandmother, dad, uncle and aunt taken in South Africa.

We had lunch at a restaurant in the beautiful countryside of the Midlands Meander and the resident cats wanted to get in on the photo session too!

A trip through the Cotswolds…

Last week my eldest son drove my mother and me through the beautiful Cotswolds. I would love to have a home in the country there, but my beloved husband will not have any of it. He does not want to live in the UK…he doesn’t appreciate what he is missing 🙂

Here are a few of the sights that we saw…

 This is where my parents spent their honeymoon over 59 years ago…

 

Mr. & Mrs….

How time flies! Antoinette has been Mrs. Jones for a week now 🙂 Being the mum of the bride I did not get much time to take photos, but I could not resist taking a few. All attempts at elegance, on my part, got thrown aside as I kept pushing my hat (a rather large one) on to the back of my head to get it out of the way, whilst taking the shots 🙂

The Bride and Groom with the Father of the Bride…

The real 🙂 photographer, Jodie…

Like many photographers, she does not like being in front of the camera

Wedding Preparations…

Last Saturday (3 September) was the day of our daughter, Antoinette’s wedding. How time has flown since she got engaged over a year ago! And now, it is all over.

The day dawned dry, though not sunny. The good thing was, it was not raining! On an aside note, the sun did show its face for a few moments later in the day. Anyway, I had a few precious moments with my girl and gave her a little something to open…a very strange gift some people may think! It was a journal, She had all the jewelry etc she needed for her special day, so I thought it would be nice for her to have a record their honeymoon. I find one forgets the daily happenings quickly, especially when one is having so much fun.

At 8am the two ladies who were doing the hair and makeup arrived and the preparations began. In amongst the busy-ness of the morning I managed to snap a few shots. They are not my best, but do provide a memory of parts of the morning.

The bride-to-be…

Two of the four bridesmaids…

I will post some pictures of the bride and her groom in the next couple of days.

I ♥ Winter Wonderland…

Over at iheartfaces the challenge for this week is “Winter Wonderland”. Normally, I would not have any pictures of snow. However, having been in England when it snowed over Christmas, I was able to take some photos of the snow. Most of them do not have any human faces in them, but I did manage to snap this one of my models of the moment.

Head on over to iheartfaces to see lots of other beautiful photos.

 

 

Why Would I…

Why would I take photos like these?

Well…this all in aid of wedding plans! This morning I went to church with Antoinette and Stuart and whilst there I had to take some photos of the pew ends, so that Antoinette could send them to the florist for flowers etc. They also had to count the number of rows of pews…24, I think. The paper was to give an idea of the size compared to of an A4 sheet.

Whilst photographing a couple of things, we saw this lying on the floor next to one the pews…

We did NOT lift the cup to see if there really was a big spider underneeth!! We believed the note 🙂

After church we met Sven and Charlie to go to a Wedding Fair in Bristol. Did I mention that we have two children getting married this year?!! Charlie’s mum also came to the fair and I must say that we flagged long before the brides-to-be did!!! I think we might have outlasted the grooms-to-be by a few minutes – haha! It is all part of the fun of planning a wedding.