Friday, December 30, 2011
By midday Ian was here with his new Gopro camera, and the boys had hatched a plan to go riding in the woods, and maybe create a video of the action. Had some great fun working out some sequences and the rushes look quite good, now all I have to do is start pulling some clips together in Premiere to reduce the 30 mins of footage down to 3 minutes, and add a soundtrack!
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Thursday, December 29, 2011
"What are you up to now?" is the popular refrain.
I like this picture over the finished item as it carries a bit more of her naive illustrative charm, dig those pink ice skating boots...
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Decided to spend the last of the day at Christchurch where the awful realisation that we'd forgotten to send Christabel a birthday card on her 21st (of all birthdays) so we quickly impromptued a photo shoot on the magic roundabout, to send her a message with the iPhone, to remind her to make sure every day has some fun packed in...
Happy Birthday Christabel. Seems a long time ago since we came to visit you for the first time in Andover all those years ago.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
And just when he thought that his sailing was over for the next few months Terry asked himn if he'd like to help with some Flying Fifteen sailing in January....
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Sunday, December 25, 2011
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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Must just go and pop our bottle of Barbadillo Manzanilla in the fridge for our 11AM quaff on the beach tomorrow. Merry Christmas peeps....
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
So far she's been getting quite excited about the prospect of getting her step out and rising to the challenge. Anyhow she deserves a medal.
The mince pies have been destroyed at an unprecedented rate this year, we had reports lunchtime that onto two jars of CJ's special mincemeat were left and we're still days to go to Christmas...
Had a nice surprise though earlier, Caroline won the prize draw at Waitrose; a month's free groceries no less! Now that's what I call payback on investment.
Monday, December 19, 2011
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Sunday, December 18, 2011
I've not managed to post for a few days due to nights out for various Christmas festivities, and nights in, in front of a roaring log fire - I must be more disciplined.
Monday, December 12, 2011
So I sat for him, and gave him a few tips on how to observe and draw, and so on... I reckon he's going to give Lucien Freud a run for his money in years to come. Not the most complementary of portraits, but you can't dispute who it is. Nice one Greg...
I'm listening to Hiromi Uehara and Sonicbloom's version of My Favourite Things on Beyond Standard. Ever seen her play?
Sunday, December 11, 2011
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Saturday, December 10, 2011
It was very frosty first thing this morning, but absolutely lovely out in the forest on my bike. It really saps my energy though when it's that cold and after three hours of pushing it, I'm begining to feelmy age...
Lewis has been sailing this morning at Calshot, and is keen to go out again tomorrow. He's just got a new RYA Sailing Book which he's been studying. A lot of the photos are taken at Calshot and Weymouth.
Thursday, December 08, 2011
Finding the energy to the address issues, and keeping everyone on message is one of the biggest challenges we have to deal with. Lewis often rightly feels that as the eldest, we are harder on him than the others, but his assertiveness often leads him into conflict with the management....
I'm listening to Isao Suzuki Quartet playing Aque Marine on Three Blind Mice Label
I noticed earlier that Wales will soon have a complete Coastal Path - what a good reason to visit Wales
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Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Another good reason for posting this is the rather artful self portrait that I managed to squeeze into the frame. If anyone would like me to send them a reindeer stalker's hat pls do let me know, and I'll make the arrangements. Say no more.
And finally a teaser - what do I share in common with Ken (of Barbie and Ken fame), President Obama, the Jaguar E Type and the Berlin Wall. Answers on a postcard please....
I'm listening to Sun Ra - Disco 3000 Space is the Place from 1978 - it's phreaking fantastic...!
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Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Have just watched the Frozen Planet on iPlayer. Can't say more than watch it whilst it's still available
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Monday, December 05, 2011
Friday, December 02, 2011
Only just read this evening about the passing of Paul Motian - one of my all time fave jazz players. I can still remember buying Psalm on ECM from a record shop in The Quadrant Centre in Swansea circa 1982 just before I left for Art College. My punk/new wave days were over by then and I was looking for something more challenging; and although I'd always had a jazz influence from my parents, took off with modern jazz. He has produced so many great records, and I've seen him live many times in different bands (with Geri Allen and Charlie Haden in Southampton, and with the Electric Bebop Band in Brecon both stand out for me); the lightness of his touch and walls of sounds he was able to spin will always fascinate me.
Check out a few of my fave albums if you get a chance.
'Le Voyage' and 'Dance' both on ECM
'On Broadway Vol 1'
'I have the Room above Her'
'Lost in a Dream' with Chris Potter and Jason Moran from just last year.
and of course the classic Bill Evans Trio recordings with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian, 'Waltz for Debbie'.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Banjo Bill - Gary Ryan
Menuet - Gary Ryan
Buffalo Soldier by Chris Arpad
Bob Marley - Buffalo Soldier cover (Jonas Kaas moombahton mix) by Joe Goose
Daniel Mora - Buffalo Soldier by RFSAudio
Three different covers of Buffalo Soldier above and below the real thing which sadly was only published after he'd died.
And finally my favourite news headline of the day will provide inspiration I hope for any aspiring writer (Greg?) ....
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Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Miranda and Greg were drawing when we got back, and couldn't resist a quick snap of them in action.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
He's also been showing off his card tricks, another of his favourite pastimes.
Lewi's been sailing all day in conditions that he described as a bit bloomin windy. I can only concur, as I came back from my bike ride feeling exhausted. The lovely autumn colours are mainly gone and the murky mix of browns is the main feature...
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Friday, November 25, 2011
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Thursday, November 24, 2011
Tonight we've been reading Paddington Bear, and predictably hootering and hollering as the story unfolds. We've been reading shorter more straightforward book at bedtime mainly with Miranda so she can practice but every now and again we just have fun...
Inspiration for Lewis - Al di Meola - Mediterranean Sundance and then some lessons on how to play it!
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
The sun was setting as we came out of the Russell-Coates and we walked down to Poole, the the sky glowed red over Swanage.
Dinner at Thai Smiles in Boscombe was first class.... if a little spicy for Miranda.
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Saturday, November 19, 2011
It's been the most perfect of autumnal days here in the New Forest, still and bright, beautiful colours and wildlife everywhere. Miranda spotted about a dozen deer on our walk, who allowed us to come so close they may well have been tame. She told me afterwards that she really likes deer now...
Lewis has been sailing with Terry and Kyle in the Flying Fifteen on the Beaulieu River today. He got himself out of bed made us a cup of tea and was packed and gone by 9AM.
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Friday, November 18, 2011
The characters were procured at a tabletop sale recently and Mum has been making and icing the cake all day.
By bedtime she was fairly worn out, but still able to read me Good Will Hunting, whilst I nearly nodded off myself!
We had a delivery of logs earlier and I can't blame the exertion of putting them all in the log store for the fatigue as Lewis did most of this for me when he got home from school. Needed to remind him that he did want to go sailing on the weekend, didn't he!
The story of the blues - link for Lewis since we were talking about slide guitar and the bottleneck!
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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Taking a stroll, highly independent, out in front.
I'm listening to Canonball Adderley Quintet playing Plus on Riverside; with brother Nat on cornet, Sam Jones on bass, Louis Hayes on drums, Victor Feldman on vibes and Wynton Kelly on pian.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
To be fair she is still nervous of Alice the vicious goat, and with good reason.
Miranda keeps asking if she can go and milk Daisy again, so we must pull our finger out. It would make a great Blog Caption "Miranda the Milk Maid"
I'm listening to George Kawagushi's The Big 4 on the Three Blind Mice Label. Some rare groove Japanese Jazz.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
This one taken on the weekend after Lewis had finished his sail training, and we had a walk around Calshot Cats boatpark. Lewis was checking them all out for the most rad trapeze harnessing and platform extensions, but Mip was happy to choose this cat for entirely different reasons.
Greg has been telling me all about his astronomy classes in school earlier so I've been telling him about the project we pitched for ten years ago to design and build the Spaceport visitor centre in Liverpool, and met the man responsible for the National School's Observatory
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Monday, November 14, 2011
Tonight Greg came back from Cubs to tell us that he's been promoted to Seconder in his 'Six'.The thought of Gregory nearly being in charge is very scary....
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Sunday, November 13, 2011
This morning after doing the Remembrance Sunday parade in the village with Gregory, Kyle and the other scouts he was offered another chance to go sailing again by Terry.
So this afternoon they have had some sail training with Andy Sutton, and Lewis has learned some new tricks...
musical link for the day is a cello player / singer called Ayanna Witter-Johnson that I think I've name checked before... check out 'Roxanne' at the very least.
Read more here
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Saturday, November 12, 2011
Today's post is written by Miranda
This is me with Domino the Donkey. i have been riding him arawnd Barry's field this afternoon with Dad. After I helped put the animals to bed. I rounded up the chickens, and the goats and fed the alpacas. Then I had a go at milking Daisy the goat in the milking shed. Her udders felt really soft, and we got half a buckwet of milk. I stroked George the Pig, who was hiding in his shed.
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Friday, November 11, 2011
I'm listening to Erik Friedlander's Badbone - avant garde jewish jazz meets bluegrass, somewhere out on the plain...
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Thursday, November 10, 2011
A few days ago I gave her a rather short cuddle at bedtime. She asked me why she was getting less than usual, and when I explained I was not very happy she asked me if it was because of what had happened earlier.... Yes I said, it makes me unhappy. "I thought so...." then she gave me a very tight hug, and just when I thought she was going to say sorry said "...you can go now...!"
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Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Mipp very determined with her reading this evening. Very challenging words, and she didn't baulk at one of them. When she's fired up she can make a reasonable job of almost anything. It's quite amazing to watch her sizing up silent letters or letter groups whislt she takes a few seconds to work it out...
Music clip below for Lewis (mainly) but please enjoy! Christian McBride on bass with Sting revisiting a classic from his first solo album "Dream of the Blue Turtles"
Christian McBride with Sting - Consider Me Gone from Mack Avenue on Vimeo.
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Tuesday, November 08, 2011
He uses it less often these days, and like a clown off duty you start to see the the occasional anxieties and disappointments come to the surface.
I was looking at a photo last night as I edited a few a few snaps from a while ago, where Greg was crying after some major disappointment. I used to try quite hard to make the blog have a gritty hard edged reality, but sometimes I don't have the energy for too much truth...
Jazz Link of the Day! If you'd like to listen to any of the concerts at Newport Jazz Festival 2011 - following the links here There's loads of great music including Steve Coleman, Hiromi, Ravi Coltrane, Charles Lloyd etc etc....
Monday, November 07, 2011
Just listening to Jason Moran 'Modernistic', the track is Gangsterism on a Lunchtable - absolutely brilliant album...
This clip from the Tribes on a clunky old bar room piano is definitely worth a watch / listen
Jason Moran Live at Tribes in NYC
Sunday May 29 2011 5-7pm
15 dollars at the door
Limited seating RSVP
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Sunday, November 06, 2011
Also in the boat is Gregory and Kyle acting as Safety Boat for Lewis who is elsewhere sailing up the Beaulieu River.
It's been a very pleasant afternoon with very little traffic other than ourselves, so a good chance to experiment with a few things - and fortunately no mishaps to report. Just a very cold wind to remind us that summer sailing is no more...
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Thursday, November 03, 2011
It's now been cooked and is being fed with various liquid nourishments.
Miranda showed me a picture of a cake that she'd like to have made for her birthday. It's an igloo with penguins dancing around outside. I'm not sure whether there's any cake within the vast acreage of icing, but it's not my idea of a tasty morsel....
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Greg has been reading the Indiana Jones series of stories, so we've been getting edited episodes from him at mealtimes. Sometimes you can't separate him from his doorstop books, other times like tonight he just wants to fall into bed and have a cuddle before going to sleep!
I'd just like to give a little plug for Treacletart a newly re-established blog dedicated to the more important things in life
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
"It looks like you on the beach at Calshot, ...with Bouncer throwing stones in the water. And is that a Buzz and a Topper racing, which one is Lewis in?"
And bold as brass Lewis replies "I'm in the Fireball, and you can't see me because I've already crossed the Finish Line!"
Ever wanted to get a closer look at certain paintings but were too afraid to get arrested by the security guards?
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Monday, October 31, 2011
It's not every day I urge you to look at 102 photos but tonight have look at the Masks, Costumes and Halloween Exhibition on Lenscratch.
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Sunday, October 30, 2011
We've managed to get out for a tootle this afternoon, but we didn't get back till after dark (the clocks having gone back)
Did I mention Lewis bringing us a cup of tea at 6.45 this morning?? That went down well, ...not!
I'm listening to Iba Diabate - Mouna
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