O’Learey the Tilda Rabbit ‘Welcome to the World’

IMG_7931Meet O’Learey the Tilda Rabbit, although I am sure he is a Hare as his ears are so long.  I used some of my leftover craft cotton to make this little gift for my grandson William,  as we were having a welcome to the world party on Sunday 7th April.  It was a really good turn out and it was nice to see so many family members, many of which had not been together in the same place since my son was married.  I know our other grandchildren, Daisy,  George and Logan enjoyed themselves with Ballons and cake.

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Aren’t the children adorable and of course the reason for the family party was William.



The family adventure

Considering the beautiful weather we have had this weekend, its shame we all ventured up to Scotland last weekend! We took out caravan and my daughter Michelle and soon to be husband Ben took their huge tent and we set off for Glencoe just near Fort William in the Scottish highlands. Our eldest granddaughter Amy joined us as well. At least she stopped being a teenager hiding in a darkened room with her phone and ipod for a week!
The higland Midge decided I was tastier than the highland cattle and found every bit of bare flesh and even some hidden flesh) to feast upon. So off I had to quickly find a chemist to dose up on Piriton as I react badly to all insect bites.
We had a few very wet days and nights in Glencoe, staying at the Camping and Caravan club campsite. the site was lovely and the views stunning. The staff very friendly and it was right next to the Scottish National Trust visitor centre with loads of local walks. The only downside was damp weather and the camping grass like a peat bog. This meant that Amy had to be dried out each morning as she managed to get water into her tent.
Following Glencoe, we headed off to the Milarrochy Bay camsite on the edge of Loch Lomond. The sun was shining and we got a great pitch on the top of the hill overlooking the site. The staff and facilities were great although a long walk from out pitch.
While on holiday I was practicing for my photography masterclass. I was practicing shooting on manual using my Canon 450D SLR. Unfortunately I only had my one 50mm prime lens with my as my kit lens was off for repair. I took the above photos and also practiced trying to get the TV shutter function slowed to capture the waterfalls gently.
Next time we will go somewhere a bit drier and without the midge!

Painting with Light

I have been taking the Painting with Light photography course with Cheryl Johnson. This is the second course I taken with CJ and i am looking forward to the weekend photography bootcamp in May. I am really enjoying the course althouh I must admit that the weekly assignment deadlines are a little too tight for me to achieve with my work and design team commitments.

Here are a few photos I have taken this week with my assignments in mind. They include the iconic Transporter Bridge, one of the two remaining in the world and a local visit ot a graveyard at sunset.

Watch out this week for news of a brand new bright and cheery kit from DESIGNS BY ANGEL.