Today's Portrait

It’s a big day. The next step beckons. Last day at nursery. Now follows the flurry of uniform buying. Black shoes (which she is very upset about – that’s my girl) Timetables. Pressure What is it with this country and the desire to push children from being carefree and into being a statistic. Be strong…

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Schools Out!

As I watched my little girl and her friends throw their hats into the sky, shrieking in glee it occurred to me that change was in the air. School beckons. Like any parent I have my anxiety. I suppose the years that she has been at nursery have been like a warm carefree summer. Truth…

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Daddy Daycare Days

It has been playing on my mind lately. My little girl is slowly reaching the next stage in her wonderful life. All parents say that everything is a “stage” with the muted hopes that they may quickly move on to the next one! Still the letter from nursery asking when her last day would be…

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Using Polaroid

I’ve never used Polaroid as a medium. The back of a digital camera seems to have taken over that instant fix that having an image develop in your hands presented. Sadly Polaroid went bust and disappeared. Yet as the way of these things instant film is still being made (though my guess is not for…

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Almost 4

“Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green, The night above the dingle starry, Time let me hail and climb Golden in the heydays of his eyes, And honoured among wagons I was prince of the apple towns And once below…

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Who was she

2005 and I was in India on my honeymoon (well second to be honest…but hey I’m greedy.) We were travelling from Ooty on the Nilgris Mountain Railway. Ooty, in Southern India is a location lost in time – you can feel the Raj creeping out of every wall. Unlike the bone achingly hot plains which…

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