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Siblings – June

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I’ve just discovered a family portrait project ‘siblings’ over at the lovely mammasaurus blog, and thought it would be good to join in – after all, I have two little boys that I photograph ALL THE TIME. They are Will (3) and Tommy (1). They are just starting to play together a little now, although a lot of the time they are pretty incompatible ;) I think Will now realises that Tommy might be good fun to play with, and quite often includes him in his imaginary play. Tommy loves pottering about with Will, generally following him about and copying big brother’s antics (climbing, sword swishing, poking sticks at the fish in the pond… etc.).

We recently added a puppy to the mix (Ruby, a black labrador), who is now 14 weeks old, and just a delight. She still has those painful spiky puppy teeth, but is generally really good around the boys, and they love kicking around the garden with her, and more recently on little walks around the farm with her, now she’s had her vaccinations.

So on to this month’s selection of photo’s for the Siblings project. I have a list of things I’d like to do/places to go this Summer, but the farm and yurts are keeping us rather busy! I am determined to get to a beach soon though. Anyway, we’ve been content just playing in the garden and going for walks around the farm.
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I love the early morning sunshine in the garden, and quite often sit and watch the boys while I have a cuppa and contemplate the day ahead. They love spotting slugs and snails if it’s been raining, or listening out for Daddy and waving to him as he drives past the gate on his Quad bike doing the calf feeding rounds.sibjune3

Earlier in the Spring, I made them a little area of their own for ‘gardening’. It’s become a bit overgrown, so we must tend to it this week! We had some fun turning the logs over and looking at all the bugs we could see and identify – Woodlice, Slugs, Worms, Earwigs – and a Millipede!

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Finally, a shot of them helping Daddy on the farm.

I must say that I am really enjoying blogging again. These link up/themes are giving my photography a bit more purpose, and its lovely spending my child free time in the evenings deeply engrossed in editing pictures, or trying to tweak the blog and learn about WordPress. Also I’m loving discovering and exploring other blogs for inspiration. So much better than watching mind numbing TV, and I don’t even feel guilty about not doing housework – as I rarely ever do that in the evenings anyway! 

How Does Your Garden Grow – Somerset Yurts Edition

This week, I bought a new camera :) Call it a five year anniversary treat to myself – as five years ago, I left my well paid corporate job to become a photographer, before moving back to the farm and setting up the yurts. At that time I bought myself a Nikon D300 – amazing camera, and I do still love it. But these days, I have two small children and a puppy in tow – so something a little more compact than the big camera, but more creative than the iPhone, was in order.

I bought a lovely Sony a6000. Love it. Just need the 35mm or 50mm Prime Lens and i’ll be set!

So, to this weeks blog post – I am taking part in the Mammasaurus #HDYGG blog link up, with the last post I did showing a bit of my garden. In addition to that already lovely and mature garden, I have been trying to pretty up the rather agricultural nature of the grounds around the yurt’s Dutch Barn, and car park etc. When we first set the yurts up, we only really had time to literally put them up and get a couple of borders in place in front of the barn we had converted – with the intention of putting planters and more borders in over time. Well, lets just say that a couple of children and a busy farm have slightly got in the way of that over the last couple of years!

HOWEVER, with my newly inherited Greenhouse, I set to work back in March planting seeds for the yurt grounds this year! Here’s how things are getting on :)

Entrance Pots

Entrance Pots

I’ve made an attempt to pretty up the entrance with a few pots full of Lobelia, Geranium and some silver leaved loveliness – I found these pots around the farm, and particularly love the old milk churn :)

Entrance Border

Entrance Border

Opposite the pots, we have added a border with a little stone edge – in here we’ve added Nasturtium and Sunflowers, so we’ll see how they get on! I have grown them from seed, but should have potted up the sunflowers earlier as I think they may have been a bit stunted! All lessons though! We’ve added more of the sunflowers to the edge of the very very very agricultural barn which you see from the car park – I am hoping these will be looking good by the Summer Hols!

Herb Border

Herb Border

Another little project has been to put in a herb border right by the kitchen door. In the first year of opening we had pots outside each yurt with herbs in, but they suffered from a lack of watering – I may re introduce them, but in the meantime, I thought a kitchen garden border would be good just outside the barn :) We have Rosemary, Thyme, Sage, and Chives, interspersed with a few Nasturtium and Lavender.

Wild Flowers

Wild Flowers

An ongoing effort is to seedbomb much of the lansdcape in and around the yurts, with wildflowers. We get rather over run with nettles and thistles, so the wildflowers are having to work hard to get a foothold – but we’ll get there! It’s lovely to see some Dog Daisy’s winning some battles!

Will in the Straw

Will in the Straw

No trip to the yurts with my boys is complete without a run about in the straw! Will has mastered climbing pretty well now, and Tommy will be up there with him this time next year, I’m sure!

Yurt Meadow

Yurt Meadow

And a final, parting shot of the yurt meadow with very long grass and some wildflowers :) We really need to mow this soon!

I’ll add some more pics later in the season to see how things are progressing – very much hoping to be showing off the Sunflowers!

Brothers

Brothers

 

Another image from my walk with the boy’s the other day. I tried to get a few of them together but it wasn’t until we were on our way back to the house, when I turned around and saw William holding Tommy’s hand, and helping him back home. I was so glad I had my camera on me and snapped this – very candid and not perfect, but I loved the moment all the same.

My New Blog

Hello! Welcome to my new blog, where I plan to try and regularly post photo’s from my daily family life on our Dairy farm in Somerset. I’ve not really used my ‘big’ camera much since my two boys (three and one years) were born, but I am missing it, and feel like I want to take it back up again and try and improve my skills – both image capture, and processing.

I’m looking at taking up a weekly challenge, and perhaps coming up with a few personal themes… so i’ll be back with more very soon! In the meantime, some snapshots taken yesterday – definitely out of practice, but I enjoyed it all the same, and liked these images.

 

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