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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Charlie & Rufus: Giggling in the sea

What a week this has been!  The sun has lifted our spirits and we have remembered how much fun summer can be - albeit actually just Spring.  Last Wednesday we drove down to the Devon/Dorset border in search of fossils.  Spent the day on Charmouth beach, hammering stones, playing in the surf and eating our first beach bbq of the year.  It was bliss.  And did we find a dino?  Rufus is very proud...


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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Charlie: Proud of his den that he made at Forest School. I loved the moss covered floor. It was so soft. 

Rufus: An afternoon scooting the neighbourhood, just us.  I love one to one.

A sunny, beautiful Easter Break. We are blessed.  Last week Charlie came down with 24hour vomiting bug, poor thing, missing a day of Forest School. The bug only effected him and Dan. So whilst they were convalescing on the sofa, Ru and I went for a long walk/scoot around the 'hood.

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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Charlie: End of term usually means a finale of their term topic.  This time - the Egyptians.  Charlie went in dressed up as the king - Tutankahmun. 

Rufus: Small boy, big hill.  On our walk yesterday at National Trust Dyrham park - more on that another day.

We are on Easter break.  Two whole weeks of fun.  Charlie is going to forest School this week.  His first session today.  He couldn't be more excited.  Was up and dressed in his waterproofs ready at 8am!  If you live in the Bristol area and want to find out more. Please visit Go Wild Education.

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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Charlie: Has decided my straw sun hat suits him better - I think he is right.  Here he is building a tree house up the allotment.  Using pallets.  
Rufus: Skipping on ahead down the steps at Tyntesfield Estate on our Mother's Day walk.

Such a beautiful weekend.  Saturday we spent up the allotment. Digging over the beds and I finally planted our onion sets (red, white and shallots) and also our garlic.  I think I might be a little late getting the garlic in, but we shall see.
Sunday was mothers day.  We met my parents at Tyntesfield.  And walked the larger walk around the plantation and then down to the cafe near the walled garden for cream tea.  Perfect.

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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Charlie: Loving the allotment even more at the moment.  One of his best mates has just taken the plot two plots over. Big adventures climbing trees and looking for bugs are being played.

Rufus: Loves the H&M catalogue!  Flicked through and picked out this top. He's always loved tigers.

An action packed weekend, last.  Guitar lessons, science club, followed by the allotment. And then on Sunday, tobogganing, a visit to grand parents and another allotment session!  I need a rest from the weekend!


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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Charlie: Giving me that look. He knows I don't like him drinking fizzy drinks. Ah well, at least this one is better than some. 
Rufus: Lost his top front tooth!  And is using it to full effect. Pirate grimaces daily.

I notice these two images are very similar.  Both wearing red tops and drinking.  Not intentional but cool all the same.  Yes I know I am very late to the party this week, at least it's here.

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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Charlie: Using the aeropress to make us a coffee.  
Rufus: Making up his own tune on the guitar yesterday.  This one was called 'hypnotised motion'.

Yesterday was glorious.  We headed to the allotment for our first visit of the year.  Much weeding is needed and a heavy layer of bright green moss has covered everything.  Such a damp winter.  

Sadly the soil is  still too water logged to plant anything or to give it a real good dig over.  But we managed to stay there for four hours.  Drinking coffee in the sunshine, a bit of scrub clearing, tree climbing and loving the allotment once more.

Joining in with the 52 portraits.

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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Charlie: Being blown away on top of Glastonbury Tour
Rufus: People watching in Glastonbury

This half term we have pottered, played, scooted and been on many a walk.  The best was a hike up Glastonbury Tour.  The view is always stunning.  I grew up a few miles from Glastonbury, it always feels like going home.  Hopefully I shall post the images of it later this week.

Joining in with the 52 portraits.

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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Charlie: Most Saturday mornings are spent playing Angry Birds.  This is how I find him, perched, face in the tablet.
Rufus: Dared to eat a mouldy blackberry at the allotment.

We went up to the allotment this morning to check the shed is still standing after all these storms.  The place is a swamp, water logged.  No potato planting for a while.



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 A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Charlie: Lego, Lego, always Lego
Rufus: Showing me the Ninja's he has drawn

It's blowing a gale outside. Dan and I were ready to go out despite the awful weather, but the boys practically begged us to stay in.  Both content in their Lego and drawing.  Fine by us.  A chance to bake, listen to music and potter. bliss!


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 A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Charlie: Up a tree - needs a hair cut
Rufus: Hands full of 'pretty' bark - dirty nails

Much like last weeks images.  Boys in the woods again.  Our 'go to' place at the weekend.  Time to feel free, to think, to breathe out.  Not the day I had planned, but we got out amongst the trees for a while anyway.  Dan took a different scene, on his bike in another wood.  Same, same but different.

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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Charlie: Loving hanging back with his mum, pointing out the light on the hills beyond.
Rufus: Always with a stick or two. Boys and the woods.

Charlie has had a brilliant birthday week.  Family celebrations on his day and then today a trip to the cinema with a group of his closest mates.  They must have ate several kilos of pick and mix between them, a small fortune.  Giggles and whoops of laughter throughout the film. 

This afternoon, just the four of us braved the winter squalls and spent a good few hours in the woodlands of Tyntesfield Estate.  One of our most favourite places to visit.  Boys took their knives and sat for ages stripping the bark off sticks, sharpening them to a point. Discarding them and starting again.  Rufus remarked 'this is the best day ever!'.  Yeah son, it is!


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A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Charlie: Never ever stops playing Lego
Rufus: ditto

My two are increasingly becoming the same person.  With a piece of Lego or two in their hands.  Pyjama clad, playing in the morning sunlight.  Lego Game - Battle of the Hoth, is a firm favourite at the the moment. Leaping out of bed on a Sunday morning for a game before breakfast.

Joining in with Jodi.

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"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Charlie: blue, blue, electric blue
Rufus: waiting for his turn on the pump track

Saturday we took a walk through our City. Down to the park, then on to the local pump track.  Bristol is the perfect place for young kids.  Within minutes of our house we can access rad sports, wide open spaces and woodlands.  I notice these photos show our urban environment perfectly and both are themed blue.


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"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Charlie:  I've realised this image is like the first of 2013.  With added tooth!
Rufus: Celebrating.

After days of rain, the sun shone for a morning. Grabbing the bikes we went for a ride along the towpath.  Listening to bird song and dreaming of Spring. After our ride we stopped off at the garden centre for a hot chocolate and a brownie.  Rufus still hadn't burnt any energy off, so timed him on the climber.  Up the rope ladder to the top.... still didn't work!  

Looking back to 6th January 2013 - they have changed a little haven't they?!


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A portrait of my children  once a week, every week, in 2013  

Charlie:  Busy making Fimo spaceships - he's like his mum, a perfectionist - so very eggy here!

Rufus: Also making Fimo, but dinosaurs.  He just dives straight, never daunted by the process.

So that is it. 52 portraits = 104 total of my kids for this year. Some weeks it has been a breeze, particularly during the summer months.  Outside, adventuring.  The Winter months will always be a troublesome time for a photographer, battling with dark grey skies and being cooped up indoors.  But I am sure I shall find new and exciting ways to deal with this in the New Year.

I've decided to print out the best of the 52 in a little photo book, one for each boy.  Using Artifact Uprising.  A great way to have a snap shot of their lives to flick through in years to come.  Something that the boys can pick up and read themselves, a memory of a fantastic year.

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A portrait of my children  once a week, every week, in 2013  

Charlie:  Standing on a chair, to gain height over the table. Ready to pop a party popper on Christmas Day.

Rufus: He went through 5 hats and endless crackers to find a yellow one.

I'm a week behind!  Eeek.  Nevermind, all good things and all that.  My last portraits will come next week. 

Joining in with Jodi and her 52 portraits project.

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A portrait of my children  once a week, every week, in 2013  

Charlie and Rufus: The first group 52 of the year!  With only 2 weeks to go, I think I can get away with it as it's such a cute shot.  Taken on the Santa Cycle ride last weekend.  Boys were all smile for the Sustrans camera. Show offs! 

Rufus has just come downstairs to join me on the sofa, it's nearly time for my bed.  Complaining of an ear ache. And so the winter illnesses begin.  I though we'd got away with it, but no, 4 days til the end of term and tomorrow looks like a day on the sofa with his mummy.  Ho hum. (like I don't have millions of things to do tomorrow!)

Joining in with Jodi and her 52 portraits project.

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A portrait of my children  once a week, every week, in 2013  

Charlie:  Last night (in the rain, so sad) we walked in a beautiful lantern lit procession through the streets of our neighbourhood.  It was magical.  Friends at school ran and chatted, lights bobbed about, the music of the Samba band made the walk become a dance.  I love living here.

Rufus: Choosing our tree at the farm.

More Christmas pictures.  It's been a fun packed weekend so far.  I shall reveal all later.  So much to blog about!  Off to meet the big man in red today!

Joining in with Jodi and her 52 portraits project.

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Week 48 of 52 portraits - Charlie cutting out trees for Advent

week 48 of 52 portraits - Rufus wears a chocolate moustach!
A portrait of my children  once a week, every week, in 2013  

Charlie:  Cutting out pine trees for the Advent forest.  I did want it to be a surprise for them, but as time was against me it turned out to be a team effort.  I love it all the more that Charlie Bean helped.

Rufus: At our local Christmas fair, he was given a chocolate mustache by our local florist (Ivory Flowers) - never one to miss a comedy moment, immediately wore it. 

And so by these two photos, it shows that the start of the Christmas season is here.  Christmas crafting and chocolate - two things that kids love the most, no? That and Lego.

Joining in with Jodi and her 52 portraits project.