Ladies Camera Club

10 Oct 2010

Chicks, Lights and giveaway

Belle simply couldn't wait for this Saturday to arrive. She tried with all her might to contain her excitement but no, it prolonged the agony of the wait. For Saturday was the day she was invited to her friends house to go and hold baby chickies and collect freshly laid eggs. Amy is Ellie's sweet friend from school or should I say room 23. Room 23 is a place where kids who have special needs get to hang out if they are not the type of child who likes to socialise. I personally beg Ellie to go out two or three times a week but she prefers the safety of room 23. All ages congregate in there and Amy, who is three years younger than Belles is such a sweet love. Her parents run ethical chicken farms for eggs, mainly. And chicks had been hatched only in the week.
To be fair I think I was a tad excited, myself, and we got to hold one a piece. Belles was too scared to hold one in her bare hands so they wrapped up a chick of her choice in a towel and she was allowed to name it. Well, this was even better than holding a chick! After a inspecting him she decided to call the little ginger chick "Patches". And my little black fluster was aptly named Henrietta, which made the kids giggle. I can't tell you what this did for Ellies soul but I know that holding that chick made her very content and very pleased with herself. Not long after we went to collect eggs. Ellie was in her element to just find eggs, freshly laid and ripe for cake making. Then she came inside of her friends house to clean them (very tentatively, I may add!) and decided to name the eggs as well. Shelly, Eggbert and Yoko were christened in the wash bowl and even though she dropped one, Amy's sister (who is also called Ellie) said "Never mind, the chickens will eat this" and this didn't affect the tears too much. Fancy that, cannibal chickens!

This was our hoard!

I loved watching Ellie carefully given them a clean up
She was ever so gentle and very careful. She took it very seriously!

If only she would actually wash the dishes at ALL, let alone lovingly clean those eggs!

We stayed for lunch and Ellie and Amy got along so famously that it was unbearable to have to part them. But we all had things planned and we invited Amy for tea on Tuesday to cushion the blow - only we promised not to make anything with eggs.

Later that afternoon we took our annual trip to Blackpool. This is our 7th consecutive year to see the illuminations. I love going in the later afternoon as we catch the soon going down, walk a little and go to the amusements. We then scoff fish and chips and delight in the illuminations. Only this time the dog was very timid with all the day trippers and wasn't best pleased in the throng of the crowds. So we took him down the beach and along the new promenade. Only the new promenade got cut off at one point which prevented us from visiting the North pier (my fave out of all three). Ellie loved the penny arcades so Mark took her in whilst I tried to console our pooch from the rush of human traffic. Not long after, we went for Fish and Chips but instead of going to walk through the illuminations, Ellie suggested we go home for the sake of the dog. Bless our girl for her sweet heart and grown up approach to the dilemma. She forfeited the lights for the sake of our best boy. **sigh, I just love her more every day.... my beautiful angel girl**.

I love this pic of Ellie! In 3 hours, had she been rooted to the spot, she would be 15 feet under water!

The lights are barely visible here but you can't appreciate them until its pitch black anyway

I had to skinnyfy this picture (ie crop it heavily) as Mark got all sorts of annoying blank beach space in the shot.

Im thinking I should have thought this out and got that sun central but it reminds of me of a shot I took in 2006 (below)

2006, Blackpool
My lovely, toothy grinned angel x

We made our way back to the car and as we did we bumped into a fair few fellows who had been having a few scoops when one of the spied Ellie. I knew what was coming next but thought I'd see how Ellie would handle it. He bent down and said "Here you go love, her is some money for you. Its not charity but its for you". Now, as northerners, you kind of get used to this kind of scene and could treat it two ways. One as condescending and degrading or Two as an act of kindness but tinged with pity. Well, Belle was like "Too right, Mr......I'll have that. Thank you". Seriously, if you don't know northern gestures, you would baulk at such an act. But me? I don't know.....I took it pretty well considering I am fiercely protective of her. She spent the money on a light up gimmicky thing, as you do when one is in Blackpool. It did make me half laugh and half shake my head at the debacle. We drove home for a night of X Factor and snuggles on the sofa which was more fragrant than the usual aroma of Blackpool's sea front (you know the scent, don't you?! - and Im not talking lovely sea air)

I have a giveaway from Midnight Rooster. Its the last one I shall be hosting on this blog as I resigned from the team due to time constraints. I will miss working with them and enjoying a lovely free kit to make lovely pages for my albums.

Paper:
Jillibean Soup - Egg Drop Soup, egg yolk
Pink Paislee - Imagine
American Crafts - Letterbox
American Crafts - Botanique

Embellishments:
Purple Onion Stamp
Maya Road - brown ric rac ribbon
American Crafts - Brown Alphabets
Milk Caps
Buttons
Chiffon Flower - handmade

To be in with a chance, please leave your name below and Ill pick a winner on Tuesday xx

53 comments:

Dawn said...

sorry to hear that you had to leave midnight rooster! i would GLADLY take your place :) goodluck in the future!

i will check back on tuesday to see if im the lucky winner! :) *crosses fingers*

Jill said...

Thanks for the chance to win this kit! I just discovered Midnight Rooster, and I'm very sorry to see you go.
~Jill

MGDMacL said...

Justb found Midnight Rooster and sorry you are leaving.

Vanessa said...

loved what you created with these kits, sad to see you go.

Vanessa

Nitasha said...

Love the photo of you and your daughter! Great job skinnifying it {like that term}. Will miss seeing your Midnight Rooster posts.

Chloe :-) said...

Thanks for the chance to win! such a fun kit :-)

Denise said...

The kit looks fabulous! Thanks for the chance to win!
DeniseB

Scrapping4fun said...

Dogs are funny things arn't they!! Lovely kit, fingers crossed!!

Candace said...

You have got me wanting to go to Blackpool now! My kids are 8 & 7 and they have never been. mmmmm....half term soon!

Thanks for the chance to win that lovely kit, sorry you are going but glad its for pastures new that will make you so so happy x

Anne said...

Beautiful kit!

As I live just about as south as you can get without being in the channel, I don't know what the smell of Blackpool front is. And I'm almost too afraid to ask...

Anonymous said...

Ah! Blackpool... Love the place - smell a' all! :-) And well done Belle for handling the "situation" and using it to her advantage... I LOL when I read that. Get her washing up with the pretence that she's practising to do more eggs?
As for work... you have to get your priorities right. I expect your course has got more important, and good for you. Jude.x

Anonymous said...

thanks for a chance to win kirsty .love reading your fab blog.

Debo said...

Lovely pics, as ever!

It's lovely that Ellie has a lovely friend who sounds as gentle and caring as she is.

(Wasn't X Factor good! We're a bit concerned about Simon though - he seems to be loving everything!)

angie's blogspot said...

as a northerner myself I understand! not all people are bad, we just have to try and make the right judgement, glad you enjoyed the lights chick, some lovely pics of ellie x

greyparrot said...

Chickens are sooo therapeutic, and seriously underated. We have four (rescue hens) here at the moment, and they calm my soul every single day without fail!

Jules said...

Sounds like you had a great day, I know that Blackpool smell well! Thanks for the chance to win that lovely kit :D

Kirsti said...

Sounds like you guys had an ace time in Blackpool Kirsty...never been before...and the chicks are just too cute..I would love some chickens but unfortunately we are not allowed to keep them where we live!! Take care and have a great week!!! X

Craftyangel said...

Sounds like a fun trip :)

must checkout Midnight Rooster, shame you leaving just as I find it.

angie x

Julia said...

I love reading your blog Kirsty.
as for Blackpool I haven't been there in over thirty years but I bet it hasn't changed that much. Gorgeous kit I would love to win it so crossing fingers. lol!!!

Sue said...

Glad you had such a fab day.

Love the photos.

Fiona said...

Fantastic shots as always Kirsty, had to laugh at Ellie's reaction to the offer of money. Good for her!
Thanks for the chance to win the MR kit.

Fi x

Kate said...

Love the shot of Ellie with the chick, can't wait to see the pages you make with them.

I'd love to win your goodbye rooster kit!

** Kate **

twannywun said...

Please can I enter :)

Karen S

twannywun at hotmail dot com

Just_a_bean said...

Thanks for a chance to win - love those chicks!

jennaupson said...

these kits are Fab!

Jenna

jennaupson said...

these kits are Fab!

Jenna

Demi said...

What a really lovely family you are. Hugs to you all. Wishing you all the the best in your new venture Kirsty. xx

Demi said...

Thanks xx

Maz said...

Those chicks look so very cute!
Still not done Blackpool lights - but determined to get there this year...
Not sure I'd have handled the, er, situation, quite as well as you!

M x

Lisa Hemmings said...

Kirsty, the photos are gorgeous, as usual.
I loved seeing Ellie's friends hand on her arm... (true friends)and the lovely picture of Mark and Ellie....
Hope i'm the lucky winner!

Love Lisa xxx

jamie said...

the pics with the ferris wheel in the background are gorgeous, I cant wait to those scrapped. great kit too. joshnwillsm@gmail.com

Jessica said...

Love the pictures just gorgeous! My favorite is plain old pot roast! It's so easy this way! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Wrightboysmum said...

Oh I hope there will be scrapping going on even without Midnight Rooster goodies as I love what you do. Great photos.

Anonymous said...

sad to see you leaving the Rooster Clan, you will be sadly missed. Please consider me to enter the chance to win a freebie, it's my last chance
Lynetta

humel said...

Sounds like a lot of fun - the chicks, eggs and illuminations! The Children and I got to collect fresh eggs for the first time ever just before Easter this year - don't know about them, but I was well excited!!

Thanks for the chance to win the lovely kit x

Kiki said...

It would be nice to win anything. Wish me luck. x

Louise said...

gosh...i haven't been to Blackpool for years, lovely photos. The midnight rooster kit is fab!

ruth said...

Such I cute kit! I'd love to win it. :)

Sorry you won't be designing with them any longer, but I will try to keep with the blog. :)

Christa said...

What a cute chick!
And great pictures-I love the sun photo even if it isn't centered-still a special picture!

Helena said...

Gorgeous photo's as always!

My neighbours have hens in their back garden, ones rescued from a battery farm. They sometimes give us some eggs and they are always enomous and so tastey!!

It's funny when they clean out the hen corner and the hens go racing round the rest of the garden. They have two labradoodles (one is a pup) and they go bonkers with the hens but never harm them.

Your other photo's remind me of my 30th birthday, when I went to a fun fair with an old school friend. We looked at each other part way through the morning and just knew- we were getting too old for this! LOL! We remembered how we used to run from ride to ride, but now we wanted to sit and have a cup of tea somewhere.

scrappyjen said...

Love the kit. Good luck with the design course.

Amy Coose said...

What great pics, Kirsty! Sorry that your leaving MR, but can totally understand why!

scrapraffe said...

gorgeous kit! vicky x

rach said...

Lovely kit, thanks for doing the giveaway

Sharon said...

Lovely kit and lovely piccies. Do you have a sponsor page for the Inca trail so we can donate?

Jo E said...

Those chicks are just so super cute - what a lovely day. Love midnight rooster too!

ria979902 said...

Hello:-)lovely stash!

Sam said...

love those pictures at Blackpool Kirsty (as I do all your pictures!!) quite like the look of that kit too

Stampersue said...

Lovely Candy. Blackpool is great fun we're off to see the lights this weekend

angie gutshall said...

Love MR and this kit is awesome! Good Luck to you!

Jeannie said...

Such cute little chicks and a scrummy kit!!!!!

Kirsten N said...

Lovely photos Kirsty!!!

cla16e said...

You always do Midnight rooster kits justice, you make lovely layouts!