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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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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