Im back from the valleys (well, actually the beach) and its been a bag of delights with all sorts of things happening. I reported last week that we would be back on Wednesday but sadly Marks Nan contracted pneumonia so we hung around to support his parents whilst they fleeted between visits in the local hospital. And we didn't mind anyway as the weather was as perfect as Spain and we have come home all bronzed and healthy looking (if not a little leathery!) Thankfully Nan is on the mend and we came home today (albeit unexpectedly with a breath of relief) leaving the blistering heat to shine on the bay of Abersoch .... and we were suprised that the sunshine followed us home to allow us to catch up in the garden which looked a little unloved.
In Abersoch there were thousands of photo opportunities and as you can see - our little surf dude of a lady loves the wet suit come suede boots look this season. Im not one to wax lyrical about Ellies condition but I must warn you that her frail limbs are not a result of malnutrition but are a part of her underlying muscle problems. (Id like to thank Anam at this point for supplying us with some interesting information last week. We are looking into that - so thanks a billion!) Ellie had a hit and miss week with moments of boredom. We think she loves the beach but we also know she gets bored so quickly because try as she might to join in with other kids - she just cant keep up and therefore "sits out" the time preferring to mull about and making me feel quite guilty. There is a fine line between asessing you childs own abilities and figuring whether they are "trying it on". We are going through that stage in our life with her right now and its not fun at all. Enough said on that matter! Testing times indeed but Ellie has now discovered the joys of omlettes and mackeral. Not together but still... a tick in the box for effort and new foods!
Whilst there we met up with some freinds of Marks parents who join them on the beach regularly. My M and FIL own a speedboat and often allow their freinds to join them either on the banana boat or waterski or perhaps just go fishing for mackeral for tea. On this trip their freinds had just bought a jetski and allowed us all to have a go. I was feeling very surfy but I watched as Ellie and Mark pootled around the bay and as a thankyou I took pictures of their children. Olivia is a photographers dream - she is so pretty to shoot and her parents were delighted with the pictures. Christian, her brother, is a proper little surf dude with tousled surfer hair and a personality of a childebeast! However, in light of these photo's, Im totally regretting buying an indoor studio now becuase outdoor photography does not make your images look flat. You can do more in photoshop with images taken in natural light. I completely discourage anyone from doing indoor photography - well, not in the summer anyway! There is my lesson learned this year.
Its good to be back to be honest. I scrapped whilst I was away but scrapping away from home is a labour of love - I just missed the smell of my papers, the mess on my craft room floor and the phone ringing 23,000 times a day. From tomorrow, its business as usual. sigh. Ooooh by the way, Michelle will hate me for this but anyway Michelle Grant was whisked into hozzy last week and Im telling you because............... because............ he deserves lots of get well's. That's why. Get well soony toony loony boony xx
PS - Its sand on the kids legs, not my amateurish photo skills. I was not going to clone that lot out. Not even for a pension!