Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Days Like This

We had a bit of fun yesterday when the sun finally came out. On Sunday I had spotted in the paper a selection of photos by Jan Von Holleben. He takes pictures of fairy tale scenes staged around children lying on the ground, like this:


and I wanted to use them as a starting point. But it was Monday morning and I couldn't quite conjure up a fairytale fantasy, so I scaled back my ambitions and asked if anyone was interested in choosing a few objects to represent their week.

Well, we ummed and ahhed and fetched and carried and sorted and arranged; and this is what we came up with:




The poor Accountant has a bad back at the minute. He said getting down onto the floor would be do-able; but he couldn't guarantee to get up again before next Christmas, so we let him shout encouragement from his place of pain instead. I hope he'll be able to join in next time, now that I've learned that lying on the ground makes your hair look strange and your eyes go funny, because it turned out to be a really nice way to record what we are getting up to in a week which is going to go like this:

  • Me: lots of knitting for my friend Helen's appeal here; coffee with a friend; birthday cake baking; blogging; trying a new recipe or two; reading a new book; ignoring Horsey; getting up at 2.00am to wave my boy off
  • The Tall One: Big week here because he left this morning for a prize trip to Strasbourg (say hello to the European Parliament);  cricket and exam revision when he returns
  • The Small One: Birthday anticipation (all week); dancing; revising; reading her new magazine; and going for a milkshake (she hopes).
Something for everyone, then. I hope you've enjoyed it..I've got to run because I've talked about it, photographed it, blogged it. Now, I need to live it.

31 comments:

Amy said...

TTO looks in pain - sure you didn't torture him into this one?
TSO looks like she's having a great time and Mum - well she reads delicious so I think she's pretty wonderful ... my favourite food magazine!
Super great idea Sian .... great inspiration :-)

Fiona said...

Great photos, what a super idea.

Cheri said...

This is awesome! Next time you need to do your arrangement in the shade of a big tree so you can all open your eyes!

ceruleanblue said...

Cool idea Sian - any tips for getting two toddlers to pose lol!!!

Ruth said...

What a great take on the magazine article (which I also saw and read with interest). I don't think my DS would lie still long enough (unless asleep) and neither would the pooch, because, obviously, he would have to be included!

Nadine said...

that looks really interesting!
shall try it out someday (:
thanks for sharing! ;D

Deb said...

I love that you took the inspiration of this photographer and made your own version. It looks like great fun to gather all of those items and shoot the pictures. Fantastic! :o)

JO SOWERBY said...

ooh i love this. wish i had someone to take pics of me.........my cats would need supurrr skills, hee heee. Get it?!
So the tall one abroad......scarey, the small one has birthday......ooh cake yumminess. The Accountant needs a TENS machine........they're g888888
Jo xxxx

Maya said...

Love, love love this idea! I especially love that the photographs represent the things that are ahead of you. Brilliant!

Maria Ontiveros said...

This is fantastic!!! And your children are so lovely to play along. I think for Mother's Day (we celebrate in May), I think I'm going to ask each one to let me take a good portrait of them, as well as a family portrait.
Rinda

Angela said...

What a great idea! It's lovely how the small one still manages a huge smile even though she squints in the sun :)

humel said...

Such a great idea! I was wondering if Horsey was meant ot be in your pic or if he'd gate-crashed; your caption could mean either!!

Happy birthday to your girl :-) Must tell mine that they have something else in common - similar birthdays - as well as hijacking their mothers' blogs! xx

Scrappi Sandi said...

What a great idea!!! Although did you do this BEFORE school on Monday morning?!!! If so all I can say is your household is more organised than mine at breakfast time on a school day!!!!!

Oh & BTW I Love both of those LO's in your previous post & yes...I too have some photo's that are just special, but as yet un-scrapped!!

debs14 said...

I think that Horsey saw a photo/blog opportunity and sneaked in just as the self timer was going 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ... I'm guessing you were quite surprised to see him there when you saw the finished photo!
Great idea and I love the fact that the tall one and the small one are still happy to co-operate. Make the most of it, this time will pass, trust me!

sharyncarlson said...

Ohmygosh! What a fun idea! I love how you interpeted the inspiration :)

Carmen said...

What a great idea ;P I love the Delicious website - have yet to try the mag :D

scrappyjacky said...

Great idea,Sian...though I have to agree that TTO looks a bit unsure!!

Tinkertaylor said...

Looks like fun your family are sooo obliging, I think mine would have me certified if I asked them to lie on the floor surrounded by a few favourite things!!!Also my younger son would insist he brought his drum kit downstairs!

Glen said...

Fab idea Sian - providing everyone is co-operative. You got lucky then? *Ü* I am looking forward to seeing what comes out of the 'delicious' book. TFS. ~Glen~

Mary Anne said...

Love this! I saw that article as wel but am not nearly as good on followthru as you are LOL!

Dan said...

Great photos and a great idea!

Kirsti said...

Awe this is soooo awesome...I must try that this weekend...I LOVE it..xox

Alix said...

oh wow...i'm so impressed you got them all to do that!! the photos will make such a super record for you all!

Micayla said...

What a brilliant idea, totally love it.....I feel all inspired now to get the camera out and play a little. So glad to finally get around here, I have missed my Sian dose!
xxx

Lizzie said...

aaaand another great post from High in the Sky! You are so good at finding inspiration Sian.

Love the way you interpreted and worked out your idea. It's so nice that the family joined in (although I appreciate that the Accountant really couldn't, having had back problems myself - I wish him better very soon).

I'm glad to hear The Tall One did get away on his prize trip - I wondered if The Volcano would interfere with his plans.

Trust Horsey to get in on the act... surprised he didn't insist on his own special photo actually! It's good you're so strict with him - he needs a little discipline.

airing cupboard crafts said...

Your photos are awesome guess what my kids are doing this weekend..... xx

Sandra said...

I so love this idea :) ... fabulous, fabulous photos

Karen said...

Fabulous idea and I am so impressed that your kids played along with you. It's fun to read about all your activities. Hope the Accountant's back is feeling better.

Anonymous said...

(I'm having problems of the Google password verification/comment disappearance variety ....)
Just trying to say: Great post,love the photos ... do hope your DH is feeling better!
Anna :)

Rachel B said...

What a great idea Sian, these photos are fab!

Curlywiggles said...

Sian, LOVE these photos! Did you see you won a prize for commenting on my blog last week? See here: www.createitgreen.blogspot.com congrats!

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