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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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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Weaving…

Today I  was looking through my photos that I took on a visit to Rajasthan in India way back in 2006. I was looking for one to paint.

I had a Canon 350D and was still at the stage of taking all my photos in Auto mode. Whilst the photos are not good photographically speaking, they still take me back to the wonderful time I had in India. I would love to go on another trip there…the colours, the people and the scenery are amazing…a photographer’s dream!

Anyway, in my foray into photos past, I found this one and thought it would make a good painting. Then I thought “Mandarin Orange Monday“!

This is the original photo…

Then I cropped the photo…

I made some adjustments in the Curves layer and the Vibrance layer and, finally, I sharpened the image…

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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!

Birds of Prey…

On Friday on our way to Herefordshire (again!) my Mum and I visited the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Newent.

A friend, Anabelle, volunteers there, so we had a personal guided tour 🙂

Naturally, I took a lot of photos…most of them not good, but I did get one or two acceptable ones. It would have been nice to have my 100-400mm lens, but that was not possible and so I made do with my 24-100mm.

This lovely dog is one of the “family” at the centre…

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.

Bath…

Yesterday, Karen & I went to Bath. I always love visiting there; it is such a pretty place and even more so on a lovely summer’s day. We just wandered around the city centre taking in the beautiful flowers, old architecture and quaint shops. I am definitely going to go there again before I leave the UK.

Karen is a school friend of Antoinette and became, amongst others, one of my “adopted” children 🙂 I have not seen her for over 9 years and it has been so lovely to catch up with her again, whilst she has been staying with Antoinette.