A Photo a Week: Comfort

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This week Nancy at nancy merrill photography has asked for photos depicting comfort.  I had to think about this one a bit and then I remembered this photo I took about 20 odd years ago of my niece and nephew.  This is my attempts at the grunge look.  I used a very grainy paper before using a sepia tone to get the nostalgic look.


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The Daily Post: Achievement Part 2

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I did my post last Saturday for this challenge but there was one person I didn’t acknowledge – my son.

Actually both my children are my greatest achievement.  They have been a fantastic help to me this year when things weren’t so good for us.

 Even when they were little they were really good kids.  When I had to rest they just played quietly on their own, not even raiding the cupboards or getting up to mischief.  They love each other and support one another and have never fought one another.  But now it is a time for parting.  Ruth will be off to university in Wellington next year.  It will be hard as we are all very close.  It will be like losing a piece of me.

I am so proud of my son Martin.  Yes, he stands well over 6’2″.  And he has been very strong for all of us really.  Ruth and I have had to look up to him a lot this year.

This photo is of him graduating from his Bible class.  Both of them had to get up at 5.16 AM to go to the church for the study.  Ruth made it every day for 4 years.  Martin did for 3 years because she dragged him along.  But this year he had to take about 4 days off.

Another achievement I am proud of about Martin is that he has done so well at school despite having dyslexia.  He reached the end of the line last year with his English and failed it for the first time.  So in order to get his University Entrance qualification he had to repeat the English paper again  this year, his final year.  But he got it with time to spare.

But now he has just got some great news – he has just got a scholarship for his studies next year at EIT – our community college for my American friends.  Eastern Institute of Technology to be exact.  He will be doing a degree in computer studies.  I got very emotional when he got his letter.  I have no doubt he will do well with his studies.

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Finally, as promised.  My finished quilt.  It was a mission to do it over the weekend and I am suffering for it now.  But I did it, with a month to spare for Christmas.  Now that is an achievement for me.



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One Year Blogging – My children

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Good afternoon from a grey Hastings day.

Well I have just seen the little cup to tell me I have been blogging for a year now.  It has been an interesting year to say the least.

But I am looking forward to learning more about photography from my blogging friends and to see more amazing photos from everyone.

This photo was in my post from yesterday.  Thank you for all the lovely comments about my beautiful daughter Ruth.  She was highly embarrassed about it and commented on my post about it.  Lady Sighs then asks for an updated photo of her. So here is my gorgeous daughter aged 18.  Taken last year just before her graduation dinner.

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Her brother thought it was funny and we had a small conversation on Twitter so I told him I would show him as well.

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So here is Martin aged 10.  This photo I took for his scouting badge.  He had made all these wooden toys with his grandfather on the scroll saw (fret saw).

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This is his school photo from 2012.  I just scanned the photo into the computer and edited it a little. He hates the camera and tends to disappear when I have a camera in my hand.

(Photo courtesy of Apex Photographic)

So now Ruth will be having the last laugh.

On a more serious note.  If anyone has any ideas about accessing my photos on my Time Capsule from Windows I would be truly grateful.  It is driving me nuts  not being able to access them.

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