Or “My family and my garden. Again”!
I did have high hopes of getting out and about to find somewhere pretty and beautiful for our pictures this month, but despite, or perhaps because of the bank holiday this week has been busy busy busy, with birthdays and parties and the everyday ordinary of family life. And so our pictures are last minute. The sort of last minute when you get up on a Saturday morning thinking that it’ll be a piece of cake to take a picture today, and it’s sunny too. But then I took Kitty to a birthday party (she has the best social life of all of us), and when we got home it was time for Pip to take a nap, and then by the time he’d woken up, Kitty was having a snooze, and then it was time for supper and the light was fading.
So I did what anyone would do, I bribed them with Chinese for supper and set the camera up in the garden.
But for a little bit of variety, and because we had cloud cover and fairly ambient light, we went for another bit of the garden that’s currently in full bloom.
And for the first few photos all was well, we were calm, we were mostly smiling, and occasionally we were even looking at the camera.
Pip looks rather worried at all this outpouring of affection doesn’t he.
But then came the inevitable moment when supper kicked in and the giggles started. Oh the giggles. It’s a good job we take pictures in our own back garden because anyone seeing us would think we were loosing the plot.
Although this month I have to take some responsibility for the collapse of our normally staid and sensible personalities, and not just in the matter of the provision of sesame prawn toast. I’ve been trying to think of ways to get Pip and the girls to look at the camera; they’re mostly interested in each other and us and there’s nothing on the camera and no one jumping up and down and making silly noises to attract their attention or make them laugh. So as we piled out of the house I reached into the dressing up box and at the last minute added a little something to my camera.
Which might just have proved a little irresistible to a certain young lady.
H, me, Kitty, Pip – and Ariel of course.
Well why not.
My family, in May:
And for this month’s outtake I present to you what happens when you mildly suggest that the family might like to smile while you’re doing a few setting up shots.
Maybe I should have taken the photos before the Chinese!