The Gallery


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Maxi, Mini and my niece on a fairground rise at the club in November 2010 Sometimes when the world seems to be spinning out of control When my head is full of thoughts, words and images When my heart feels heavy. I stop Breath deeply and remember to be thankful for the things that light up my life and for the people that make each day brighter.  


The Gallery – White 15

We are still covered in snow and it is snowing again this morning.  Yes I am sure that there will be lots of artistic pictures out there of white stuff, but we have been living with this white stuff for far too long and it is starting to get silly.       The annual residents association “carols on the green” has had to be moved to the village church instead of our estate green tonight due to the amount of snow. So world, please can we have a thaw and get rid of the masses of snow, pretty please.


The Gallery – Not everything is black and white 21

The theme for the gallery this week is black and white.  When you look at this photograph what do you see? When I look at this photo, I see my wonderful, precious and very lucky eldest child, who had only days before been in intensive care fighting for his life. I think it is time that we all realised that this life is never black or white, but filled with all sorts of beautiful colours and until we walk a mile in someones shoes we have no right to judge them or their decisions. I have this image on my sitting room wall and it reminds me that life is precious […]


The Gallery – Four Seasons in one Day

I have commented before how much I love the fact that in the UK we have pretty clearly defined seasons.  As a mum, sometimes I feel as though I am stuck in a time warp and nothing chances, the same old things day in and day out, but it is the changing seasons that let me know that time is passing and that life is ever changing. For The Gallery this week the prompt is seasons.  I wish I had a photo of the same place each season, but I don’t, although I AM going to do that now! Spring – The wonders of new life everywhere you look. Summer – […]


The Gallary – My Current Favorite Photo

I love lots of photo’s and favorite choice changes with my mood, the time of day and well the month, year and all that jazz too. At the moment my favorite photo is not one I took, but one that Mrs W from Clinically fed Up took when we were at The Mad Awards.  I love it because it captures the whirlwinds that are my boys. Then I have my second favorite one, why well this is because it captures all of us Mads, happy laughing and generally having fun. And you see that is the beauty of an image, it is a snap shot, a trigger of a memory, a […]


The Gallery – An Apple Tree

This apple tree is 3 years old, we planted it after we moved in and started work on the garden.  It is small and only bore 6 fruits last year, but this year its branched are bowed under the weight of its fruit. For me this feel like parenting, sometimes you feed the children, nurture and look after them and it feels like they are just ignoring your advice, but then it just happens.  It clicks and there is please and thank you without prompting.


The Gallery – A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you’re at home

I have said before that my main motivation for my boys is happiness, I think that if you are happy you can do anything, take on any challenge and be what ever you want to be.   Also I find happiness infectious, a smile can light up a room, so for me picking out images that reflect this weeks Gallery was hard, not because I didn’t have many to chose from, rather I have lots of images with smiles on. So enter our world for a moment, Mini is using my hoodie to be Obi-Wan_Kenobi, who is is here (well after MadDad) and the other photo is one of a series of […]


The Gallery – One Day in August 2010

Not the best picture in the world, but this was taken on MadDad’s phone on Sunday evening after a week of sickness in TheMadHouse. The reason I chose this is it is in stark contrast to the the images that Josie, Sian and Eva (working with Save the Children) who travelled to to Bangladesh on this Sunday will see. 9 million children under 5 die from illness like my family suffered from last week, just look a this post about the children in Addin Hospital .


The Gallery – A photo I am Proud Off

Oh my I can not get that “What have you done today to make you feel proud” out of my head.  This week I am supposed to show you an image I have taken that makes me feel proud.  I am not a professional photographer or even an amateur really.  I am a snapper.  I capture moments of our everyday lives to trigger wonderful memories. This image was snapped with my now defunct original Olympus digital camera, the first digital I owned, which was the size of a house brick and I love it. It captures a wonderful day, the first time we went out of the house as a family […]


The Gallery – A Memory

This weeks prompt for The Gallery is A Memory.  I have thousands of photographs and each one is a precious memory in its own right, which makes this week harder than most for me. How can I pick a specific memory, just one memory out of all of the millions that I have.   At the beginning of July we all went to London for the weekend, I went to CyberMummy, but we made the most of the weekend and made many precious memories as a family. So it isn’t the best picture in the world, yes it was very dark in the Aquarium, but we were busy making a memory for […]


Three for the price of One – The Gallery, Play Academy and Children’s Craft Showcase

  The Gallery this week is extra speical as it is linked with Cathy my friend over at Nuturestore and her Play Accadamy, so I thought that I would use a new Childrens Craft Showcase for this week, as it really seemed to fit the bill. I think that this craft is pretty self explanatory, we all have bubble wrap and using it to pain on and create texture is so much fun for children. We used our bubble wrap to make a sea on cards and on some paper.  We painted the wrap blue and green. Then pressed it down on the card and paper. To make a funky pattern. […]


The Gallery – Nature or Nuture

What can I say, well today I took the boys to the local woodland centre, where the plan was to collect shells and small stones on the beach to make jam jar lanterns. We actually spent far to long on the beech to get them made so will have to do them tomorrow at home, but boys being boys they didn’t want shells on their jam jars, oh no they wanted dead crabs…. So as much as I nurture their artistic and creative sides, sometimes the force of nature is just to great!


The Gallery – Can you see What it is yet?

For this weeks Gallery over at Sticky Fingers you  have to take a photograph of something everyday, but take it at a different angle, from a different viewpoint, using a close-up zoom, whatever – something that makes that everyday object look totally different. And we all have to guess what it is. So this is my entry, if anyone gets it right, they might even be a small prize, you never know!


A Family of Emotions

Mini just can not control them, they are so visual, so transparent.  It is like looking at me. I see burning red and hot orange embers.  The lava flow that just erupts before he has a chance to think about anything else.  He has no hold on them, no way to stop acting on the impulses they give him.  He has no perspective, no patience, no understanding of them. He physically reacts, throwing, hitting, shouting, screaming, banging and crying. He feels them in his heart, head and fists.   To the point of exhaustion. Maxi is comtenplative, a real thinker, he is learning to harness his emotions and to keep them […]


The Gallery – Creatures of South Africa

Once upton a time long, long ago, in fact 3 years BC (before children) MadDad and I visited and stayed with friends in South Africa.  We spent some wonderful time in what is a glorious country and The World Cup really reminds me of the special time we spent there.  So for this weeks Gallery I present to you some of the creatures we saw on our fab holiday. The Penguins on Boulders Beach – oh they were cute, but the smell – ugh They were such characters, we spent hours watching them Majestic Lions Bab Cheetahs Yes, that is me with two white baby Bengal tigers  Mama and other female […]


The Gallery – Motherhood

Motherhood is planting a seed Motherhood is helping them grow Motherhood is watching them bloom Motherhood is about new experiences (yours and theirs) Motherhood is about growing with your children Motherhood is about dipping your to in the water Motherhood is about love, amazement, heartache and pain Motherhood is late nights and early mornings Motherhood is new places Motherhood is new friends Motherhood is having fun Motherhood is creating Motherhood is endless worry Motherhood is unbridled joy Motherhood is learning to trust Motherhood is about taking a step out in to the unknown and embracing all it has to offer. Motherhood is me