Sleep is for wimps…

31 07 2012

My finger was poised over the publish button.

But then I thought to myself, I can’t publish my latest blog because it’s turning into a lie.

It was entitled “JJ. Sleep king…”

Everything was going so smoothly.

JJ was sleeping about 10 hours per night.


The only thing that woke me up was a trip to the toilet for an old man’s wee.

Then it all changed.

For the past four or five days, little JJ has been having very broken sleep, waking up two or three times in the night.

There’s nothing subtle about him either.

It’s like listening to one of those old air raid warning sirens warming up until the real noise begins.

It’s proving to be a shock to the system for all concerned.

We are not quite sure what to do other than feed him, which seems to placate him for about three hours.

And then he let’s us know once again that we might be under threat from an enemy bombing.

Abi came across something called four month old sleep regression.

Sounds ominous.

So on we go with another, exploring the unknown again.

A few things to test out.

I’ve read that it might only last two weeks.


I’ll keep you posted with the results.

That is if I can stay awake lo


Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple…

30 07 2012

So what does the Weekly Photo Challenge have to throw at me this week?


It’s not really a colour you see much of unless you happen to see nice flowers, fashion dictates purple is this season’s colour or there happens to be a display of Tyrian purple.

Or, you happen to be lucky enough to be surrounded by the London 2012 Olympics.

Lucky me.

And on that subject, I was given tickets to go and see Team GB play at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

So here is a selection of Purple and a few extras.

See if you can spot Prince William, David Beckham and England Manager Roy Hodgson who were sitting not too far away.

The sound of bad parenting…

27 07 2012

It was a beautiful evening last night.

We took full advantage.

Wagamama was called and an order placed.

JJ was plonked into his stroller.

We nipped to the nearest shop and picked up a few mixed berry ciders (living life on the edge).

Our noodles were duly picked up and we made our way to the grounds of the St Alban’s Cathedral.

En route, we walked over a cobbled path.

Our evening’s refreshment chinked away in the pram’s basket.

“That’s the sound of bad parenting,” said Abi.

Made me chuckle.

But it didn’t stop me having my cider while a muslin was gently placed over JJ’s pram to encourage a nap.

It probably hid his shame.

“I Can’t believe Daddy is drinking pink cider.”

That’s what lazy evenings in the summer are all about.

And it was one of those evenings that you just did not want to end.

Click an image to start the gallery!

A year to remember…

26 07 2012

2012 is turning out to be an amazing year.

Plenty of up and downs so far and we’re only half way through.

It was with that in mind that the wife and I started up a 2012 memory box.

It includes such things as:

The infamous Panini Euro 2012 sticker album

Various congratulatory messages

JJ’s first babygro

General Jubilee ‘tat’

Tickets to an Olympics football game (or at least there will be after this weekend)

His bagged and clamped umbilical cord, which seems to be growing something…

There will obviously be a ton of photos for him to sift through.

I took one just the other day, which was quite fun.

Whilst walking past Piccadilly Circus, I noticed a bit of a commotion.

Samsung were demonstrating their mobile technology by firing up images to the great big iconic screen that overlooks the Circus.

I had to get involved.

If only for JJ’s memory box.

Zooming in a bit…

Click on the image to make it larger.

Basically it’s me holding up a board saying “COME ON TEAM GB.”

And in the corner is a little message saying “HELLO JJ!”

Annoyingly when I was firing off the photos I didn’t realise I had monochrome selected.


Anyway, at least I can say that JJ’s name has been up in lights over Piccadilly Circus.

Even if it was courtesy of Samsung.

On a marker board.

Scrawled in a corner.

Held by a clown.

Somebody likes me…

25 07 2012

I’ve really enjoyed writing my blog.

One of the highlights is the reaction I get.

Whether it’s people telling me they enjoy reading it, or people clicking the like button on the blog.

I get a little buzz.

Especially when I get a like.

So this is just a little note to say thanks to everyone who has stopped by and clicked like.



And here’s to the next 100 😉

Flasher in the field…

24 07 2012

I mentioned in my previous blog that I had a little play with long exposures at night.

Perhaps not the best way of describing what I did when you read the title of my blog.

The plan was to try to experiment with taking photos of the stars on a nice clear night.

It was cloudy.

Not to be defeated, I thought I’d play around with an old army flashlight and put the 30″ on the camera.

I had no idea what would happen to be honest, but this was the result.

10 points if you can tell me what that is…

I was so happy to see the result.

Then, thinking I was Picasso, I thought I’d have a stab at drawing a bike.

Come on, it’s only my second attempt!


So I took it back a notch and did something a bit simpler.

I can’t begin to tell you how happy I felt, I was like a kid with a new toy.

So I had a little victory dance.

Feeling brave, I thought I’d venture back into drawing something.

The results were impressive, I think you’ll agree.

Ok, so I was still being a kid.

I’ll use my new-found skills to work on Edvard Munch’s The Scream for next time.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

22 07 2012

I spent the weekend up north at my parents.

The weather was meant to be good and I hoped for a bbq, a clear night sky and an opportunity to take some night photos.

We had a bbq.

No clear sky.

Night photos were taken but not what I had planned (see next post).

During the bbq I got the opportunity to complete this week’s photo challenge, which was called Inside.

With the number of grandchildren increasing, my parents are accumulating a lot of toys.

One of them is a tunnel.

(picture lightbulb above my head.)

JJ ventured inside the tunnel commando style, with a little help from Daddy.

He was in a good mood and gave me lots of opportunity to complete my challenge.

Hope you like it.