Posts Tagged ‘embrace the camera’

TDU Stage 3

January 20, 2012

Possum is 5 years 8 months

Bandicoot is 3 years 6 months

Little Princess is 1 year


This morning we all went to the start of the Stage, again.  The kids were horrified when they discovered that we were heading to the bike race, but we assured them that it wouldn’t take so long this time.

And indeed, it did run much more smoothly.  We had worked out from previous days that although the main roads were closed off, it is quite easy to get parking in the side streets (and certainly much easier than the forced march of Stage 1).  So today we drove.

The cyclist-fans were also much more sensible today, doing really smart things like walking their bikes through the crowd instead of trying to ride them through.

AND we managed to get there much earlier, although not early enough for the goodies that are handed out by the caravan.  We thought we would manage that by going up the road a little so we could collect loot when the caravan took off.  Unfortunately, they were unable to hand anything out in that zone, so that was very disappointing.  Tomorrow….

I did however get to see Brad McGee (*hero*).  In fact, not only did I get to see him, but he came over to the barrier and posed for a photo with me and Bandicoot.  Want to see it?

Here it is:

I’m the one on the left.

Oh, what, you can’t see it?  Yes, well, sadly, either Mr Kind General Public Man who took the photo for me didn’t quite get it, or the camera was mucking up again.  Either way, we don’t have it.

So I took a couple of other shots of him, by which stage I was starting to feel like a stalker (he had just posed for a photo with me and there I was taking more…)


Well, Brad McGee (*hero*) might have added some serious eye-candy to the field in years gone by, and he might have been a talented athlete, and now a talented Sports Directif, but I found another bloke there who was delighted to have some photos with me, too, and really, I think this one is even more wonderful:

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Then in a strange twist of celebrity fortune:

Yesterday, Bandicoot lost his hat in the crowd (the one he is wearing in the photos above is the Saxo Bank Team hat that Brad McGee (*hero*) gave him.)  I had previously seen Bandicoot’s (old) hat for sale at a stall in the TDU cycling village in town, so today I decided to go up and get him one.

As I was walking past the hotel wear the teams stay (it is just around the corner from us, and across the road from the Village) who should walk out but Eddie Mercx!  I have been trying all week to get a decent photo of him, but have not been able to manage it.  I thought that I could just snap one, but that that was not very nice, so I asked him if I could quickly snap one (poor bloke was running late for an engagement from what I could gather).  And what do you know, Mr Joe Blow General Public jumped up and offered to take one for me, so here that one is:


Much better when the camera works, isn’t it?  Pity I was dishevelled and dirty-haired at this stage (I had been working to do the washing and pack up the house and had really just ducked out for bread.  Oh well!)



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Embrace the Camera – 12 Jan 2012

January 8, 2012

Possum is 5 years 8 months

Bandicoot is 3 years 6 months

Little Possum is 1 year



I love, love LOVE this photo!  DH has it as the background on his mobile phone, so I am guessing he loves it, too.  It was taken at Coffin Bay, on the Eyre Peninsula. 

We have been on holidays for nearly 4 weeks, but it has been pretty hard to get family photos. 

I like that this is a pretty good shot of all of us, and that we all look like we felt at the time: happy, blown away (it is a pretty blustery place!), and well, holiday-ish.



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Embrace the Camera – 8 December 2011

December 8, 2011


As you know, it was my birthday this week, so here is a picture of the birthday girl.


Gosh, a bit of cheekiness peeking through there!  Maybe I am related to my kids, after all.

Just as an aside, I have found another reason to love my chubby face.  Recently we had some old photos put up at our Church.  There was a photo each of my DH and of me.  I was not only much younger 15 years ago, but I was also much skinnier.  I have to say that a little extra pudding on my face does soften what can be some rather defined bone-work!

DH and I had a bit of a giggle at the photos and agreed that, although we would not have thought so then, we really like each other a lot more now (and although he has aged a bit in those in-between years, I think he is even more handsome now.)


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(Actually I didn’t end up linking up, as Emily has just given birth to little Olive.  Congratulation, Emily!)

Embrace the Camera – 13 October

October 13, 2011

Possum is 5 years 5 months

Bandicoot is 3 years 3 months

Little Princess is 9 months

Okay, it is true.  I didn’t have this photo taken this week.  It seems it is only Possum and Bandicoot who photograph me, generally, and as I have been laid up with migraines, that hasn’t been happening.

BUT this photo was taken not very long ago.  It was on a family day out:


and it is me with all the kids, Possum being as crazy as he can.

It is almost impossible to get a nice photo with everyone behaving, um, photogenicly. As Bill Waterson said, via Calvin’s Dad (Calvin and Hobbes), “Someday these photos will remind us of more than we want to remember.”

Aah!  Real life.  It’s lots of fun, even if it has a pair of chopsticks whacked in front of your face!


Embrace the Camera – 29th September

September 29, 2011

Bandicoot is 3 years 3 months


Bandicoot wanted his photo taken with Mummy and Daddy yesterday.  I love this shot, even ‘though it isn’t the best of any of us.  It is just all happy and snuggly.

I love my little Bandicoot.




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Embrace the Camera – 17th August

August 17, 2011


Possum is 5 years 3 months

Bandicoot is 3 years 1 month


Possum is a budding photographer.  He is forever taking the camera and snapping all sorts of shots around the house, chronicling our real actual life, not the edited one I am planning on remembering.  Bandicoot is now doing the same.  I will do a photo collage of some at some point.

Anyway, this week’s Embrace the Camera shot comes to you, courtesy of the boys photography:


Yup, that’s me, taken from under the desk.  Funny thing is, I am sitting in that position right now, in between typing.  I must do it a lot.

I have to say, the thing that struck me most about this pic when I first saw it was that I have no wounds on my chin.  Not that I should have, mind, but with a house run by three under-school-age kids, generally chins have knocks, scrapes and bruises.

Oh look!  And you can even see the freckle on the palm of my hand!

Embrace the Camera – 12 August

August 12, 2011

Wow!  When I decided to do this, I underestimated how hard it could be to get a photo of myself each week.  So how about this one:


Actually, I only have one head.  The other one belongs to Bandicoot.




Embrace the Camera – July

July 30, 2011


Have you seen this?


Isn’t it a great idea?


Well here is my first edition.

Possum is 5 years and 2 months

Bandicoot is 3 years

Little Princess is 7 months

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We went to the zoo this week with some friends and we all got to feed the giraffes (just in case you thought that we had a pet giraffe!)

I love that my daughter and I look like we are related – same fat cheeks, same double chins… If they look so gorgeous on her, why can’t they look gorgeous on me, too, right?