Thursday, 30 June 2016

Hamilton | Bermuda

Hamilton is the capital of Bermuda
and easily accessible from all over the island by public transport.
The Commercial District is just like anywhere else
and not worth photographing.
However, a 30 minute stroll reveals plenty of areas that are worth photographing.
 As well as housing administrative offices, City Hall is home to
two art galleries and a performance hall. 
 The Cabinet Building is home to Bermuda's upper house of
Parliament, the Senate.  The Cenotaph is in the grounds.
 The Sessions House and Jubilee Clock Tower is where the 
House of Assembly (the lower house of Parliament) meets
and the Supreme Court convenes.  It was built to commemorate 
the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.    
 The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity is imposing and stands out
amongst Bermuda's white-topped buildings. 
Work began on the cathedral in 1884 and it wouldn't look out of place 
in any European city.
 Climbing 155 steps affords a heavenly view (ahem)
across Hamilton and the harbour.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Snap #19

We have a neighbour's gardener working on our side of the wall today,
and that inspired us to get out and tidy up the flowerbeds, do the weeding
and plant out the empty containers that have been looking forlorn for months.  
Which meant a visit to the garden centre.





Sunflowers, lavender and agapanthus.

Helena has a new photographic theme for 2016:
 Snap, a visually linked group of 2 to 4 images.
You can see more Snap images here.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Autism and the Everyday #10

There are some things about autism that are hard to live with.
  It's all relative, because, let's be honest, autism is hard to live with.
Full stop. 
Let's talk food
and specifically, the presentation of it.
We're fortunate in that The Boy Child is a good eater.
He likes what he likes,
although it can be difficult to get him to try new foods.
(I don't necessarily think that is autism-specific.)
However, when faced with a plate of food that isn't served with a sauce,
he insists that nothing must touch.
I realised early on that there was no point in fighting him on this 
and I frequently have to listen to well meaning friends say that
 they wouldn't put up with it if he were their son.
He's not and I do.   

Monday, 27 June 2016

Memorandum Monday

Monday has rolled around again, and that means it's time to
join in with the lovely Sian and
 share something that I've learnt over the weekend.
***
There really is nothing quite like
 meeting a new baby.

You can see what Sian discovered over the weekend here

Friday, 24 June 2016

What Caught Her Eye #17

Continuing my new series for Fridays: 
the contents of that Smythson notebook,
one page at a time.
"Tread softly,
because you tread on
my dreams."
~ W. B. Yeats 

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Things He Says | The Yet More Football Edition

"The new football season is going to be awesome!
You won't believe your ears, Mum!" 

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Snap #18

Helena has a new photographic theme for 2016:
 Snap, a visually linked group of 2 to 4 images.
***
I admit to becoming a little obsessed while in Bermuda;
I was on the prowl for the perfect image of a palm tree. 




The first three images were shot on my big camera, a Nikon dSLR D3200.
The last two were taken on my phone. 
You can see more Snap images here.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Sisters Wot Scraplift

My sister recently sent me a WhatsApp of a scrapbook
page she'd made for my nephew's album.
I liked it so much, I immediately made my own version.
The same but different.
After a bit of searching, I found the original version of this design
on Shimelle's website.
You can see that here (it's near the bottom of the post).

Monday, 20 June 2016

Memorandum Monday

Monday has rolled around again, and that means it's time to
join in with the lovely Sian and
 share something that I've learnt over the weekend.
***
The term inclusive doesn't always mean that it is.
The gym where I am a member is also the place where 
The Boy Child has his weekly swimming lesson.
Officially, now that he is 9-years-old, he is not allowed in the female changing rooms.
Which is fine, if The Brainy One accompanies him to his lesson.
But on those days when he is unavailable, where is The Boy Child supposed to go?
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Autism precludes The Boy Child from changing into his swim kit, securing his belongings, not losing the locker key, drying himself properly, and repacking his bag without supervision.
  There are no disabled facilities in the gym and the Swim Manager says that she has never been asked that question before. 

You can see what Sian discovered over the weekend here

Friday, 17 June 2016

What Caught Her Eye #16

Continuing my new series for Fridays: 
the contents of that Smythson notebook,
one page at a time.
"Life is not meeasured by the number
of breaths we take -
but the number of things that
take our breath away -
~ Anon.