Kitty: You’re coming to the end of your first half term and I think you’ve had a blast and a much needed break. You were so tired coming home on your last day of school but a visit from Grandpa over the weekend and then your birthday treat surprise with Grandma and Grandad (lunch out and a trip to Disney on Ice) means that your finishing the week brimming over with happiness. You loved our trip to the pumpkin farm, spent a lot of time carefully weighing up the merits of each pumpkin so that when we asked you to choose one you’d had it picked for half an hour. As I write this it’s sat on my desk next to me and I know you have some very specific plans for carving it, let’s hope Daddy and my carving skills can match up to them!
(Nikon D80, 35mm 1.8 lens – 1/200, f/4, ISO 100)
Elma: I do have pictures of you among the pumpkins for this week too, a matching set to go with your brother and sister, but there was just something about this shot that I couldn’t resist. We were walking down the hill at Charlecote on the pumpkin trail and I’d been taking pictures of your silhouette sat up on Daddy’s shoulders when you turned around to smile at me, sharing your joy in the moment and I think a little bit checking I was still there. You’ve not always understood why I’m not around as much as I used to be, and jobs don’t mean much to a two year old, but I promise I am here as much as I possibly can be, not a minute wasted.
(Nikon D80, 35mm 1.8 lens – 1/250, f/4 , ISO 100)
Pip: apparently when you are 14 months, and your favourite thing to do is climbing anything and everything, a pumpkin farm is just the most exciting place ever. We’d barely stepped into the big barn before you were wriggling to be put down and start exploring, climbing and crawling and rolling off them. I think you may have invented crowd surfing pumpkins!
(Nikon D80, 35mm 1.8 lens – 1/125, f/5, ISO 100)