Here he is in Kuala Lumpur airport watching TV whilst we wait for the laptop to charge (other entertainment came in the form of a massive sheet lightening storm outside). Elmer was very popular with the female Malaysian travellers, a few of whom got a photograph with him, celeb style.
We're both a bit jetlagged, but taking it easy. I have my first portrait shoot back in NZ tomorrow, but won't be full-on busy for another few weeks which feels like a blessing at the moment. I feel really inspired to get into some projects here - my garden, my veg garden, a few barn makeover bits and pieces.
Steven's been busy on the house, although progress has been slow due to winter weather. He's completed the mammoth job of sanding each and every wooden beam in the house, before the walls go up. The job at the moment is wrapping the outside in building paper, which will eventually be plastered. I am so desperate to move in, and think if I keep busy with everything else the time will fly. The good thing is, we have a plasterer doing the plastering for us, and a carpenter coming to do the floorboards, so very soon there will be TWO people working on the house at once!
I'm feeling pretty positive about the whole thing, so long may that last.
Oh and finally, I lost my mobile phone on the way to the UK (epic journey/sleep deprivation), and then I bought myself a fancy new phone and lost that (on a train), and now I've bought myself another phone and am heading into town to try and get my old phone number back. My landline is on the website though if you need me. Cheerio!
Brothers Harry and Archie and two of the smiliest boys I've encountered. They are totally and utterly adorable.
I see that look quite a bit on dog's faces. He's loving it really.
It seems like the start of autumn in the UK now, so I feel the time is right to head back to NZ and spring (??!) We fly out in a week's time, so this is a week to accumulate lots of very light, small, interesting toddler plane activities....
We haven't had the best UK summer (AGAIN), and the night we chose for the shoot was quite cold. So when Aidan and Katie got in the sea, it was actually comparatively warm. I know, because to get the shots I was also in the sea, with my dress tucked into my knickers like a 5 year old at the beach. There was only a whole pub full of people watching us so that's okay.
We started off just down the road from where we were staying, at a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, underneath a huge viaduct:
And then for a bit of fun in the atlantic...
(contain yourselves ladies ;)
Oh, and this was Aidan's idea. He's a bit odd:
Anyway, it was nice to do a wedding photoshoot where there were no time constraints. Well, if you don't count the fact that my whole family was back at the holiday cottage waiting for us to buy fish and chips on the way home. Speaking of which, I'm off to eat something! I should be blogging a few images of Elmer on holiday this week too...
We played in the garden at home, and this year we also went to the beach where Grandad has a beach hut.
A family portrait there, even though I may not be popular for including it on the blog! Aren't they all beautiful and photogenic though?? No reason at all for anyone to think otherwise.
We are off for a family holiday in Cornwall tomorrow. My brother Aidan and his wife Katie who married last year are doing a post-wedding 'trash the dress' style shoot with me whilst we are there. Hopefully it will involve wading through the (FREEZING cold) sea!