Sunday, April 20, 2014


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I couldn't help myself, the girls have been reading a board book about Easter for weeks. Their favourite page was of foil covered easter eggs. So this morning, the Easter Bunny left them a basket of eggs each. They were super excited and spent the next five minutes picking them up and popping them in their mouths (still in their foil) then dropping them on the floor. It was worth it just to see their excitement. They did get one small egg each, the rest were hidden away quickly.

Maggie: the look of surprise! 
Elisabeth: trying desperately to take the foil off.

Joining in with Jodi for her 52 portrait project.

Happy Easter.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


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Maggie: After a day of rain on Friday, and some outings over the weekend, we came back to the hut to relax this afternoon. It was sunny and warm, so we pulled the play pen out onto the terrace and added some foam matting for comfort. The girls had a lovely time eating fruit and playing out in the open. Despite her serious expression in this photo, they were having a great time!
Elisabeth: This week has been exciting to see her understand so many words, apart from the usual pointing to Mama, Papa, Maggie, Big dog, little dog, she has added ears, nose, eyes and flowers to her list. I love seeing them in these pixie crochet tops my aunt made them, I love watching her smile at her sister, and watching them kiss and cuddle each other is just about my favourite thing ever.

Joining in with Jodi at her blog Practising Simplicity.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


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Maggie: I think they are finally getting used to the DSLR camera, so when I pull it out they don't act terrified. She was obviously tired out from her standing up practise (in the last week she worked out how to stand up from a squat without holding onto anything) and plonked herself down against the wall with her baby biscuit for a rest.  
Elisabeth: With the change back out of daylight savings the light coming in through the end window of the hut at the end of the day is earlier. It hit the wooden floor and lit up the girls hair. Elisabeth was multi-tasking pushing the toy stroller and eating, and it is possible she was also dancing.

Life is busy. The girls are busy little girls. I try not to over think the weekly portraits too much. I try to keep the photo shoot brief, perhaps 15 minutes maximum. It is still practise for me as I play with the manual settings for exposure, aperture, white balance, whilst chasing them around the room and trying to compose a photo. I still use auto focus as it's so much faster than I could be with the girls moving about, but I still try and aim for their eyes. I am slowly starting to develop the photos myself in Lightroom. I try not to dress them up, but prefer if they are clean-ish. I try to just capture them doing everyday activities. I hope that apart from the two images I share on the blog (I think I took about 200 yesterday) I capture a snapshot of their personalities and what they are up to at that point in their development. I hope one day they appreciate the portfolio of images as much as Rob and I do now.

Joining in with Jodi's 52 portrait project at Practising Simplicity.

Monday, March 31, 2014


As I mentioned yesterday in my 52 portrait post, a basket of quinces has made me aware of the change in the seasons.

The days are shorter. The evenings and mornings cooler. The light is golden. I have mentioned before our love of this season. In our family it is a time of birthdays, including Rob's. Our wedding anniversary is coming up; three years have flown by. It is also now the time of year we will remember bringing home two tiny wee babies to care for. Thursday marks the twins first year at the hut.

Half of the quinces are in the process of becoming quince jelly. The girls seem fascinated with the remaining fruit in the basket, their downy skin, their heady smell, their strange taste - yes they nibbled them raw. I love to watch their fascination with new foods.

I have a quiet day at the hut with the girls and then tomorrow I return to work after a break. Not sure I'm looking forward to it!

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Sunday, March 30, 2014


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Maggie: her pixie face. A baby of contrasts. Recently swinging between funny, laughing clown to growling rage-filled, frustrated baby in seconds. Her new teeth are proving useful for eating. Today she stood up from squatting without anything to hold onto. We all clapped her achievement, Elisabeth included, and her face broke into the proudest smile.
Elisabeth: nothing heralds the start of autumn to me as much as the sweet and distinctive perfume of ripe quinces. These are from a friend's tree, Rob is using them to make quince jelly, a favourite conserve at the hut. 

Her little hands here remind me of her father; this link between generations is particularly poignant to me this week as Rob's own father passed away last Sunday. We farewelled him on Thursday, with a celebration of his life with family and friends. I took this photo of him with Nigella in 2009 walking amongst the vineyard he planted 30 years earlier. Vale Graham.

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Joining in with Jodi's 52 portrait project at her blog Practising Simplicity. Can you believe we are a quarter of the way through the year?
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