Sunday, June 28, 2009

Crispy's Hair- Part 2

He ended up with a very lovely shade of turquoise!

Crispy's Hair- Part 2

And with the slightly orange highlights he'd got...

Crispy's Hair- Part 2

So the dye went in today- he ended up deciding on a blue instead of the
purple...

A Few Pics from Saturday Afternoon's Walk

Chico stayed out of all the shenanigans- I don't think he likes to get
wet or dirty. In fact he managed to stay completely clean and dry and
just gave Holly quizzical looks when she was getting wet and muddy.

A Few Pics from Saturday Afternoon's Walk

I just liked the light on these leaves.

A Few Pics from Saturday Afternoon's Walk

Holly Playing with Lucy the Labradoodle (is it just me or is that a
really silly name for a breed? But not nearly as bad as Goldendoodle-
which isn't even a correct contraction).

A Few Pics from Saturday Afternoon's Walk

A Black Rat Snake we ran into in the woods- not venomous (according to
what I've found on the web) and oddly the dogs ignored it totally- do
snakes not smell of anything?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Busy Day

Won't be long out of bed as I've had a busy and productive day! Apart from doing laundry, dishes and other general houseworky stuff I took the dog for two three mile walks and have just got back from an hour in the pool at the Y with Crispy.

Being in the pool felt comfortable for the first time in I-can't-remember-how-long, all due to the fact that I finally got a pair of prescription swim goggles. I was looking on swim supply web site for some new goggles for Crispy for camp (he'll be swimming every day), and there they were for $10 a pair! I don't know why, but I always thought they'd be ridiculously expensive 'cos they'd have to be 'specially made, but no- I just used this web site to work out what Crispy and I needed (it has instructions on how to calculate what prescription you need, taking astigmatism etc. into account) and ordered two pairs for us each, one for the prescription in each eye. Then when they arrived I simply took them apart and put them back together swapping one eye from each pair and presto!- two pairs of custom swim goggles for each of us for $40. They're not perfect, but Crispy loves his, and I found them extremely comfortable to wear for an hour- no headache or eyestrain or anything- and I can finally swim laps for a bit while Crisp plays with the other kids in the pool and be able to see him from the other end of the pool- fantastic! Now I know why Mum got hers (but I bet she paid lots more than I did- I'll have to see if she wants me to bring her some).

Right- a quick check of the news and off to bed- Holly has just come in with the new chew toy I got her today. She seems to like it, but Jackie and I can't quite get over the fact that the ends of it look like testicles!



















Goodnight.

Father's Day Gift- Canon 55-250mm IS

Here's Holly leading some friends she found in a romping good game of
chase.

Father's Day Gift- Canon 55-250mm IS

And this is just to show the IS in action- one with it on, and one without.

Father's Day Gift- Canon 55-250mm IS

I love the action in this picture of Holly, especially against the other
one of her standing still!

Father's Day Gift- Canon 55-250mm IS

It takes great close-ups, and the zoom allows you to get close to stuff
that you couldn't otherwise to get some interesting shots.

Father's Day Gift- Canon 55-250mm IS

My Father's Day gift from Jackie (well- she's paying for part of it- the funeral we had last week is paying for the rest) arrived a little early yesterday, so I thought I'd put it through it's paces while I was out with the dog this morning.

It's a new lens for my Canon XSi, the 55-250mm zoom with the built it image stabilization. I toyed with the idea of going for the Tamron 18-270mm, but for some reason couldn't persuade Jackie that I needed to spend $600.00+ on a new lens (funny that!). And though having the full zoom range in one lens would be nice, the 55-250 goes very nicely with the Canon 18-55mm kit lens that came with the camera to give me almost the same range.

Anyhow, this lot were all taken at Saxon Woods this morning under an overcast sky and mostly in the shade under the trees- Canon claims that the IS gives a gain of 4 stops, and I'm not sure if I'd go that far, but it certainly makes a big difference! I think this is going to be the lens that will live on my camera most of the time now, the flexibility of the zoom range, paired with the IS and the excellent auto-focus (it kept up with Holly racing around in the woods under less than ideal lighting conditions really well), is great!

BTW, these pics have all been resized so that they won't take forever to load- trust me, in full resolution they look even more fantastic.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Reading Boy

I just wanted to jot a note about how wonderful it is to have a kid who reads. The above snap was taken this morning after breakfast, before we have to leave for school. At night we have to pry the book out of his hands so he will go to sleep, and now he is walking home from school on his own I sometimes catch a glimpse of him ambling along, backpack trundling behind him, paperback in hand.

Right now he is reading the fabulous Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan, before that he devoured the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer, and I think the plan is to let him loose on Harry Potter next (although I have to say, having now read all three series myself, Riordan and Colfer leave Rowling in the dust!)- our only problem is finding series with enough books to keep him satisfied!

Anyhow, I just wanted to thank all the above authors, those he read before, and all those he has yet to discover!

Friday, June 05, 2009

The dog


The dog
Originally uploaded by crispianthorne

As a test


(Just so you're not confused about why there's a random, low-res picture of Holly- the Irish sim card for the phone I'll be using while we're on vacation there in August arrived from the guy I bought it from on eBay.ie today, and I wanted to check I had set it up right so that I could send pics to the blog from it- I haven't used it to do this since I was in the UK for Ma & Pa's 50th)