Wednesday, 19 May 2010

The Gallery - Self Portrait

The theme of this weeks Gallery by Tara Cain is Self Portrait - "Imagine in years to come, your children looking back over photographs of their childhood. Are you in it? Are you always behind the camera? Our photographs are the story of our lives, and even if you aren't a parent you need to be in it."

When I was pregnant I took an added interest in all our childhood photos, pondering what my unborn child would look like (would she be like me?) Would I be a good mum? What would life hold for us? I am so glad there are so many photos of us all growing up. I have my Dad to thank for that, which means sadly he's hardly in any pictures as he was always the one behind the camera.

Ffion's dad isn't in her photos, but for a very different reason. I literally take hundreds of photos of Ffion but I make sure there is lots of the two of us. We're a team. I want to have a record of all our time together, all our adventures together. That's one of the reasons I started blogging. It's also the reason I have kept a keepsake journal for her, so when she has her own children, or when I'm not here anymore, she can look back with fondness...

To My Daughter:

You are just minutes old here! Look how happy I am.

Five days old... look how tiny you are!

Our First Christmas together

You aren't yet one and look at all the adventures we've already had together...
We've (I've!) climbed the highest mountain in South Wales together, we've been to the beach, you've experienced your first snow, soon we're getting Chickens - I wonder what you'll make of them? Soon you'll help me collect the eggs, maybe we'll get some goats too one day?
Some days, pickle I find this all so much work, I get so tired, I get impatient with you and I feel like I'm being a terrible mother. 
But you need to know more than anything how much joy you bring me. I hope you will look back on these and know as much happiness as you have given to me.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

The Gallery - Men

The theme of this weeks Gallery by Tara Cain is Men - "Pictures of the men in your life - dads, sons, uncles, teachers..."

This is my Dad
And me. All 6lb 6oz of me!
Look how uncomfortable he looks. Bless.

When I found out I was pregnant, it took me months to tell my parents. It wasn't how it was meant to be... the excited couple calling the parents/in-laws to tell them the good news. No. I was terrified and alone.

Dad scooped me up in his arms. And told me everything was going to be ok. That's all I needed to hear in that moment.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

The Gallery - The World We Live In

Bannau Sir Gaer and the Lady of the Lake

The Brecon Beacons National Park welcomes some 3.8 million visitors a year. Before I moved to Wales, I was very familiar with the area. Or thought I was.

Pen Y Fan - the highest peak in Britain south of Snowdon, is a well walked, well loved area of the Park. Some days, the path to the top is like a motorway. Due to the well maintained paths I have seen people take the ascent in ugg boots, even flip flops - not accounting for the unpredictable weather that mountains can present you with. There are also popular and stunning waterfall walks.

Travel a little further to the West however, and you will find The Black Mountain.
This part of the Brecon Beacons National Park is a long way from the crowds and erosion found around Pen-y-Fan, yet offers, in my opinion, superior "off the beaten track" walks and superb views - On a clear day, the views take in most of the Brecon Beacons, extend north over Mid Wales and the Cambrian Mountains and south over Swansea Bay and the Pembrokeshire coast. There are also other sites to take in such as Carreg Cennen Castle - which itself is very much worth a visit. 
The lake is connected with folklore legend - The Lady of the Lake, follow the link if you are interested to read more.

My photos above were taken earlier this year when I walked with Mum, Ffion and the dog. The snow was still thick on the top, but the sun was shining and the view to the coast with the setting sun was just spectacular. If you are ever in the area, do check out "the world I live in".

This post is inspired by Tara Cain's weekly Gallery here who "launched it to showcase all the amazing photographs I see dotted around the blogs I visit".