Hamish takes 1st prize!


Hamish took first prize as the Highway (Code) Man at the fancy dress parade last week as part of the Heather Queen event. Lorraine outdid herself this year with her creativity. Freya’s standing behind dressed as Rapunzel. I’m proud of you all!


The kids were at a Halloween party at the school last night and had a great time. For some reason I can’t get Lightroom to export the photos in their proper colour settings on the Macbook; their costumes were more vibrant than they look here. But you get the idea.

Hamish is 3!

Music by the Greencards


School photo 2009

Brodick Highland Games

It was the Highland Games yesterday in Brodick. The morning was wet through to about midday and then it cleared up pretty much for the afternoon. There were five pipe bands over to the island, including one from Brittany. They all got off the 11 o’clock boat and I got to see them marching along Brodick main street from the Post Office. I closed up at 1-ish, got home and got Lorraine and the kids into the car and back into Brodick.

It was a great day watching the pipe bands, especially the mass band when all five marched round the playing fields. There was all the usual Highland Games events: caber tossing (see pictures), hammer throwing, beer barrels. I didn’t see any Highland dancing strangely enough, but it could just be that there was some and we missed it. I think Freya would have enjoyed watching that.

The only annoying thing was the high number of wasps, evil things that they are. If it’s not midges, it’s bloody wasps. Ugh!

Anyway, it started winding down so I brought L and the kids home around 5-ish then headed back out for the march back through Brodick to the ferry terminal. There was a really heavy downpour as the bands were marching, so they were all wet through. Didn’t seem to spoil their fun in the slightest though and the finale was great, watching all five bands cutting loose in the ferry car park, passing whisky round and just jamming. I was really wishing that I had my camera with me then and wishing even more that I had a 70-200 f/2.8 VR. That’s my dream lens right at the minute.

Anyway, it was a fun day out and I’m looking forward to next year’s already. Nothing gets to me like the sound of a pipe band, so imagine five of them playing together!

Hamish is 2 today

So our wee boy is now 2! I managed to get out of work at five and get round the supermarket to get some shopping and bits and pieces for a birthday tea. Freya and Rachel tried making a cake this afternoon but it didn’t work out very well. Hamish didn’t mind though. He had fun blowing out the candle and even managed to do it all on his own and then give himself a round of applause. Well done our little man!

Couple of Hamish shots

Lorraine was doing some gardening tonight and the kids were sitting on the grass. The light looked right for trying out some fill flash so I got my SB800 and tried taking a few shots but none really worked out; they were all over cooked. Guess I need to learn how to dial down the flash, although I thought the TTL (through-the-lens) was supposed to adjust the flash automatically to give the right exposure?

Whatever. Here is a couple of shots anyway.

Down the shore with Hamish

This is Hamish all dressed up to go down the shore on Saturday. I just love the quizzical look on his face (first time I’ve ever written ‘quizzical’ I think and I had to look up the spelling. Two zeds – who knew?). He loves going out and often brings his shoes through or puts them on himself when he wants to go out. Check out how dirty his knees got and how happy he seems to be about it. It’s getting easier to interact with him now and this is where it starts to get fun. He’s talking quite a bit and even said ‘how are you’ when I got home tonight. He’s taking to the talking more quickly than Freya did. His French is apparently not too bad so I’m told (we have a French au pair).

Catch Light

Here’s a grabshot of Hamish and Freya together. I like the catch light in Hamish’s eyes. I’d heard of catch light in various photography podcasts that I listen to but wasn’t too sure what it meant. This picture illustrates it quite well I think. I’m getting much better shots with the SB800 external flash. All I need now is a 70-200 VR lens!

2007 Christmas Photo

And finally, to finish the spate of posts, here is the photo that we have chosen for our annual Christmas card (or Holiday card for our American readers).

I’m picking up 70 of them hopefully next Saturday.