The Gallery


The Gallery – Self portrait

Yes I too am the one always behind the camera in this house, the one taking hundreds, not thousands of images.  So when Tara at Sticky Fingers posted that this weekstheme was Self Portrait. So May I present, me   Me and the boys all snuggled up and watching Doctor who a couple of weeks ago. Me with Mini as a baby with long hair, before my operations Finally me, about an hour ago, after my first trip to the hairdressers in a while, shorter hair, a lot greyer, but happy.


The Gallery – Men

This week’s prompt over at The Gallery is Men. Pictures of the men in your life – dads, sons, uncles, teachers, partners, brothers.   Let’s hear it for the men! So I give you the men in my house:   My wonderful constant companion thought life, he can be many things to many people, including a maker, an educator, a boss, a colleague, a lover, a husband, a dad, a provider…. He has and is there for me and the boys when we are unwell, always putting us first no matter what.  He is a wonderful daddy and they couldn’t have asked for more. He is fun, amazing and just wonderful, as I have more »


The Gallery – Hidden Places / Secret Britain

This week The Gallery theme is about painting a picture of the world we live in: The hidden bits, the bits you feel are special and people should know about. The bits people wouldn’t necessarily see. It is inspired by the  BBC initiative to discover Secret Britain.  When Countryfile was on TV on Monday night this is what the boys said their secret place was. We have a place that we go, a place that is just perfect.  It has a fjord, so the boys can watch as the cars drive through it. It has a beck so the boys can paddle, now they don’t care if it is in wellies more »


The Gallery – Portraits

This weeks prompt over at Sticky Fingers for The Gallery was Portraits, how apt seen as I received these from school this week. They don’t get much more adorable than this, do they? I am so lucky to have two such wonderful children, so some special things about my boys. I love nothing more than my morning snuggles with Mini, he often comes and joins us at some point during the night and we love it, we are cherishing the fact that he wants to be close to both me and MadDad.;;;;;I I love the fact that tucking Maxi in to bed is always such a treat, he is usually asleep before more »


The Gallery – Joy

Joy, I have been brought lots of joy in to my life, MadDad especially brings me more than I can ever express, but sometimes it is so hard to capture that Joy in an image. That first day when we brought Maxi home after the hardship of getting him – Pure exhausted joy of my wonderful husbands face. Their first bath – I went from having a baby to a baby and a toddler and MadDad made sure he was home to do all the bath-times! The overwhelming joy of being a family of four. That is joy on Maxi’s face, pure joy at receiving a Star Wars Clone Wars Blaster more »


The Gallery – Outside my back door

I am so lucky to have some wonderful scenery just outside the back door.  I live on the edge of the North Yorkshire Country Moors and it is just beautiful.  So I have a few photo’s taken over the last couple of weeks for you Initially my hazel tree, which we planted 3 years ago when we moved in, it is budding and makes me feel like spring is here. The Sea, I am blessed with two little boys who love it almost as much as I do and could sit for hours and watch it with me.  This was taken on Sunday. Finally my boys, it doesn’t matter what is more »


The Gallery – Colour

This weeks Gallery prompt was Colour, now there are lots of colourful things round TheMadHouse and I couldn’t settle on one and plus I am feeling pretty under the weather.  I have flu (real flu – I don’t think I have ever had it before), with vertigo thrown in for extra measure and didn’t fancy looking though my laptop image archives.   So I grabbed the camera and have taken three images that represent a snapshot of life  in The Mad House. Our art wall in the kitchen, ever changing, but always a colourful expression of the boys artistic endeavors A vase of daffodils in the kitchen, these are starting to turn more »


The Gallery – Beauty

Tara at Sticky fingers has introduced The Gallery designed to showcase all the amazing photographs she sees dotted around the bloggisphere. And the first ‘theme’ she chose was beauty. I have chosen to showcase two photographs and explain why they sit the bill for me.  Firstly a photograph I took during the recent snow we have had.  I love snow, it makes the whole world seem clean and sparkly and it also can make the most mundane things dance.  This is a photo of some mint in the garden, which I cut down over the autumn. Isn’t it amazing how the snow turns it in to a thing of beauty.   more »