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New Schoolbag

Freya packing her new schoolbag
© Alan Campbell 2007

I got these shots today. Little did I know that my camera was set to ISO 1600. Of course, I took many more shots and they looked rubbish, but it was a good lesson to see what happens with ISO 1600 and how it affects things. I’ve been shooting in aperture priority at f/1.8 as well with the new lens to see what happens. One day my posts will be about the subject of the photos rather than the camera and settings! Needless to say I really like this and the Schoolbag 2 shots, which is why I blogged them.

Freya’s new school bag

Freya starts précoce the week after next and we got her school bag for her today. She brought it home, filled it up with her hand-knitted cakes, some socks, her slippers and some wooden sausages. These are what she wanted to bring with her for her packed lunch in town. She insisted on wearing the bag around town too, and, even though she complained after a while about the weight, she was stoical and carried it around until we got back to the car.This shot of her is quite sharp and is a good one of her first day with her new school bag I thought. Hope you enjoy it!

Oh, and today was her last session at Little Gym and it went really well. She even did a fully rolly polly completely on her own for the first time. A memorable day to be sure!

Freya in duo-tone

This is me messing around again. The picture was taken in January 2007 on a trip to the local park. I did some exposure adjustment in Lightroom and did some burning on the sky in Photoshop CS2. I think it looks quite good, although it’s clearly amateurish in the image editing stakes. I’m still learning and am only at the bottom of the curve. I guess that, after one has learned the basics, experimentation is the best way to learn with image/photo editing software.

Cycling 2

Here’s me and F. Note how F does not keep her arms in straps.That was remedied by my stopping and refusing to go any further until she’d put her arms back in again. Naughty monkey.

Freya and the toilet roll

Yep, Freya did it it too.

Kids and Cousins

Freya and Hamish with two of their cousins, Chloe and Erin.

No more nappies?

I don’t want to speak too soon, but on Saturday, Freya decided that she wanted to wear pants. She had a couple of accidents on Saturday but did successfully make it to the toilet on a couple of occasions. Sunday was better still. On Monday afternoon, it was time for the crèche. She was adamant that she wanted to wear pants, so we agreed. I was concerned that she wouldn’t ask one of the carers to go pee-pee while they were playing outside . As soon as she arrived, she found her best friend there and showed her her pants. It was really quite funny to see them both standing there showing each other their pants! I gave the carers a spare pair of pants and trousers to take with them when they went into the forest to play for the afternoon.

When I went back to pick her up in the evening, she was still wearing the same trousers that she was wearing when I dropped her off. “Surely not”, I thought. But yes! She asked one of the carers and did pee-pee in the forest! Hooray!

Today’s been fine as well and I’m going to pick her up in about a half-hour. I really think we’ve cracked it this time! It’s good timing as she starts précoce (nursery school) in mid-September.

It’s actually our fourth attempt, but she just wasn’t having it before. In fact, it was about a year ago that we tried the first time, to get her ready for starting the forest crèche. Just shows that no two kids are alike and everything takes its own time.

Lorraine will be happy that her nappy washes will now be cut in half!

Freya and Hamish playing together

Filmed in June 2007. 3m09s.

Kids having fun



Where did I park my bike?

Stevenson was passing through again on his way back to the ferry in Zeebrugge. Freya had fun with “daddy’s friend” and enjoyed getting in his way as he was trying to pack to leave.

Freya’s rock

Freya has a favourite rock in the carpark at the forest crèche. She likes to go and sit on it for a minute or two before getting into the car to come home; or she’ll stand up on it and I help her to jump off. She also loves stones and brings them home in her pocket to add to the collection outside our front door at the top of the stairs.

She decided to make a snake out of stones on her favourite rock so I said I would bring the camera and take some pictures so we could show mummy.

This is how you make a snake


There we go — all done

The snake

She also has a little playmate, a half-Russian, half-Luxembourgish boy called Michael. He’s almost a year older but, for some reason, really seems taken with Freya. He often wants to have her come and sit in their car and he gives her sweeties and shows her his toys (but she’s not allowed to touch them, of course — kids, eh!). So, after we’d finished the snake, Freya wanted to wait for Michael and waited by his car, but we were in a hurry and I had to pick her up and put her in the car. Of course she was rather displeased with that and started her chant of “you go away, daddy” and continued to chant it for a good 10 minutes. I ignored her but then we got stopped at a level crossing to let a train pass and I thought it would make an opportunistic moment to take a picture of her in grumpy mode.

Now I want to wait for Mikhael

You go away, daddy

Isn’t she cute when she’s grumpy?