I wasn’t going to do anything like a December Daily this year.
I’ll admit, that sometimes I’m not the brightest tool in the shed. Or the sharpest. Or whatever the heck that expression is.
I upgraded all our computers to Windows8. I’m looking forward to checking out a Windows8 phone next year and I like the idea of all our stuff being in sync. Like Apple but with choices. Windows8 appears more of a service pack than a major upgrade, underneath the fancy new start screen and rather missed start button it’s still pretty much Windows7 but with some cool bits. I especially like the curfew/parental controls. I don’t think the kids do.
But anyway, between that and an unfortunate series of circumstances, involving changing from shooting jpegs to shooting raw, and where those files go, a dell repairman and some too-breezy hard drive reformatting, i managed to lose about 8 weeks of photos from last November to January. All of Christmas is gone from both my (raid1 mirror) hard drives and my external hard drive. Except for those photos which i printed and scrapped here here. (yay!)
But with the Windows8 thing i set up a new desktop background and now in seasonal spirit it flicks through my December Daily from 2010. And reliving each photo as it flashes up on the desktop is really precious and i’ve been loving all the moments i’ve nearly forgotten and now never will, and still it’s taken me until the 14th of December to realise i should be doing it again this year. AND EVERY YEAR!. And fourteen days for me to click that if I’d done it last year I would have at least 25 memories of last christmas instead of a single (double) page. The last year on my blog is the most notoriously unrecorded of all since i started seven? years ago, and those photos are now lost. This could be my backup’s backup if only i learned my lesson.
So without further ado (or fancy digital templates) welcome to the first fourteen days of Christmas 2012.
I don’t know what it is with me but whenever I’ve got two or three family members lined up on laptops I feel an urge to take a photo. We only own one television in the house, but now, unintentionally, we have more laptops than we do family members, and for some reason it amuses me.
Frank got Christmas down from the roof on the 1st of December. I probably should have taken a shot of his grumpy bum up the ladder, but it didn’t occur to me. Opening the boxes and seeing the happy inside makes me forget all that bit. That, and maybe vodka.
It’s still the 1st of December. I’m not very good at these one-photo-a-day rules. It was some impromptu game of catch where you had to fling the ball over the hedgerows in the fields opposite. I took this shot from inside the front screen door.
And.. we’re onto 2 December. Every year we go to the same christmas tree farm and I try my damndest to keep the pylons out of my shots, but this year i decided to let them in because it’s part of our reality. Our christmas tree farm is right next to the pylon path. Shit happens. Miss Flowerhead Junior scores the funny expression shot of the day and then Frank lets the kids believe they just chopped down the christmas tree, because the last saw-stroke is the one that counts, right?
Check out my hedge trimming efforts? It was a fast grower but if i had my time over i probably would have gone with something that didn’t totally dwarf the house.
Kids got new bikes for Christmas this year as their main expensive present, and they got given them early because .. well because Frank was here to pay for them and you can’t hide two bikes in our house. There’s barely room to store them let alone hide them.
Kitty. He may look like he’s posing, but anyone with a cat knows they’re never that co-operative. He’s plotting. Probably the downfall of that bauble. Or me. Or the dog.
Talk about awkward family photos. This gorgeous sofa (i miss it already) was a hand-me-down twelve years ago. I booked in a hard waste collection, but we put it out on my birthday and it was too good an opportunity to not get a family shot in. I had my camera on the other side of the road on a stool and used the remote shutter thingy. This shot was the best of a dozen and i challenge you not to bend your head slightly when you look at it.
As a side note, under the tab of random things that amuse me, is that we went to the new TGI Fridays for dinner that night for my birthday, with my mum and buns. And when we got back, the sofa was still there but the little $10 wooden ikea stool across the road had been swiped. (obviously of course, i had taken my camera with me and never used it to record the long island iced teas, the mammoth meals, the teachers from the kids school on the table next door…)
Of the things that make this Christmas stand out, this year it might just be the whole Tolkein thing. I’ve recently finished reading The Hobbit to the kids and of course we’ll be lining up on Boxing Day with the rest of the country to go see the first movie instalment. I’m amazed it’s not ‘There and Back Again’ but actually “Just a Bit of on The Way There’ and they’re turning this into three instalments.
I’m resisting moving on to reading the Lord of the Rings to the kids, because I’m not sure the book will capture their imagination just yet. It can get a bit tedious – all those ‘begats’ and backstories (like the bible). I remember I scanned and skimmed quite a lot in my first read of Lord of the Rings, and i was 12 or 13 at the time. And it’s harder to get away with scanning and skimming when you’re reading aloud. The movies, however, have been going down a treat. Complete with popcorn. I could totally see an argument for dividing the trilogy into more than three movies because there’s so much missed out them, and already Phoebe in particular is totally caught up in the fantasy and wants to know more detail. I may, actually, end up reading them aloud. I’m such a soft touch.
And it’s possible I’m a little obsessed with shooting my christmas tree.
This is one of those shots where I don’t want to crop out a single, busy detail (i think you can click on it to see it bigger). From the tomato sauce and drink bottle on the bench, to the Christmas to do list on the fridge, the washing on the chair and the beautiful flowers sent by my brother for my birthday, and you can just see the tops of the advent calendars on the coffee table. Don’t crop it all out i say – these are the things you will want to see and remember in years to come.
A christmas layout i’ve done for this years art wall. Christmas tree shots are such a farce in this house, and any shots past about the third click of the shutter either come with a great deal of bribery, begging or threatening. It’s nice to remember back in the day when they just did it because they wanted to make their mum happy. Bless.
So there’s more. I think this takes up up to the 10th. Santa christmas lists, mothers of the three musketeers, experimental bokeh shots and more to come!