Monday, 7 December 2015

Stood a Lowly Cattle Shed


Here's December! Lots going on this month! If you know me, you're probably sick of hearing me belly ache about this weather. I hate hate hate it. I hate being cold. I hate getting wet. I mostly hate the lack of daylight, so much so I have invested in a SAD lamp to try and alleviate the bad mood I get into every winter. Yes. I'm sure I have SAD. I live for the summer. So I'm definitely a Christmas scrooge.


Anyway, trying to see the positives, there are lots of lovely December parties to look forward to, I'm looking forward to having my sister home from London for a couple of weeks. She'll be coming with us to take the kids to see Santa, and celebrate Jack's 5th birthday! (5! FIVE!) Jack is a little Joseph in his first nativity play this year, so we're excited about that too. 




There isn't much to do when it's bucketing outside (here I go again) so we've been in Granda Bill's cattle shed the past couple of weekends. Just bumming around. Probably getting in his way. Sure, what else is there to do on a Sunday afternoon? It gets us out of the house. Noah thinks cows are just about the funniest thing that has ever existed. 





Check out this portrait of Mammy and Daddy that Jack shot... not the one above, funny guy, see below! Pretty good, right? He's gonna be a wee photographer! 


Last Christmas I bought a place on a screen printing course for my arty husband. He only got round to enrolling last month. The course has finished now, but I'm in love with some of his screen prints, including these prints of Jack and Noah. Aren't they sensational? He's such a talent. These are proudly hanging in my hall. Those big smiles get me through these short dark days!


Here's what we've been getting up to:

1. Wedding guests- wee matching suits!
2. Ho ho woof
3. Crown
4. Bay trees
5. Santa! I know him!
6. Nana and Noah
7. Jack and the beautiful bride
8. Homework

41 comments:

  1. Lovely images and those are amazing prints. If you like you can link up with "Through My Lens". Link is below.

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  2. Fine looking dairy cows. Looks like they are interested in making friends.

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  3. i love that cow snout! and your dog dressed as santa is adorable!

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  4. What totally fab pictures love them! Merry Christmas

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  5. The snout is my favorite, interesting perspective.

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  6. I think the parties geer us up for a long winter. Thankfully winter here in Atlanta is pretty short.
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  7. I love seeing Christmas through your eyes! Thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More. Wishing you a sunny winter day!

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  8. Geez I wish I could take my kids to a barn. They are such city kids!

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  9. What fun photos, love the title-Happy Holidays!!
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    Have a great week!

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  10. oh my goodness, i would totally put that cow snout framed on my wall. GORGEOUS!

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    1. Aw, thanks orange hero mama! Haha. Maybe I should get it framed for my father-in-law for Christmas! X

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  11. Great cattle shed photos and lovely shots of the family! So sorry the weather is getting you down. Decembers can be so dreary! It's 71 degrees here today in the desert....great in December, but you'd hate the temps here in the summer as much as I do! :-)

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    1. Gosh, what must that be like in the winter?! I would enjoy that heat in December, but I think you're right, I couldn't stand the high summer temps in the desert. Here in ireland we tend to complain about the weather all the time. It's either too hot or too cold.
      But it really is too cold right now.
      Ha.

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  12. Stunning photos! I loved the black and white of the cow.

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  13. I completely agree with you about the weather. I hate this cold, wet and dark time of the year too! I can deal with the run-up to Christmas (after all, I am a huge Christmas fan), but come January I am fed up with these temperatures. The picture Jack took of the two of you is amazing - definitely a photographer in the making. #MyCapturedMoment

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  14. Yes! Love the black and white of the cow's nose! Beautiful pictures.

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  15. Fun fun fun! The prints are wonderful. I love cows -- I think it's because of their big brown eyes! Stunning shots. Merry Merry and a Happy Happy!

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  16. Oh I'm a Scrooge when it comes to the weather at this time of year too. However, these pictures have brightened my dull evening, they are great, very festive but without mentioning the big man. A lovely #Mycapturedmoment x

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  17. Ah it must be awful that it makes you feel like this, I love cold crisp winters and frosty days. Although not loving the wet weather, I love, love, love your photos especially the one of the cows nose it is so artistic. I hope the lam is helping x

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  18. Gorgeous! I find the idea of a cow shed interesting. Do the cattle stay in there all winter? I love the soft cow noses.

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    1. Hi Country Mouse. I'm not expert, but I have asked my father-in-law many many questions about keeping cattle. They are out in the fields all summer long, and then come the cold winters they go to the shed. I have questioned if this is cramped and cruel, but I'm told they don't mind and much prefer the warmth. Apparently they couldn't handle the cold wet Irish weather all winter.

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  19. Hi Country Mouse. I'm not expert, but I have asked my father-in-law many many questions about keeping cattle. They are out in the fields all summer long, and then come the cold winters they go to the shed. I have questioned if this is cramped and cruel, but I'm told they don't mind and much prefer the warmth. Apparently they couldn't handle the cold wet Irish weather all winter.

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  20. It's winter I guess... but nice and warm in the barn!
    Lovely series.

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  21. Lovely photos, my Grandparents had a farm, I used to love going into the cattle shed and then going to nosy around the pigs when I was younger x #TT_Thursday

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  22. these are lovely captures of happy moments...

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  23. Oh my goodness, the light in these photos! Just beautiful!

    Thanks for linking up to #FunkyKidFriday xx

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  24. I love the black and white cows nose shot! I totally agree with you about the weather I detest the cold and wet but amazingly enough I do love it when it snows and is a lovely bright day. It's the dark, grey, gloomy days that I hate. Maybe I should look into getting a lamp have you found it has worked? x #MyCapturedMoment

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    1. My husband had a week off there so I've been able to walk during daylight hours. That's helped. I've also been using the lamp, but I've mainly found daylight to work. In other words, I haven't given it a good enough go to recommend it yet. I'll be relying on it this coming week. So stay in touch and I'll tell you what I think then. But they get hundreds of good reviews on amazon so there must be something in it! Roll on the summer! X

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  25. I love these moody photos they are fab, I'm lucky though I love this time of year #mycapturedmoment

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  26. It's good to get the kids out in the countryside whatever the weather. I'm not the dog is too impressed with his Christmas outfit!

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  27. Beautiful photos, I love the fact that they all tell a story

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  28. A lovely way to get out the house on a miserable December day, gorgeous photos and snap on the wintery barn and cattle this week! Thank you so much for linking up and joining me for #CountryKids.

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  29. I seriously love your photos. I am a summer person too. Maybe I should get a SAD light. I hate winter. We're so lucky in Cornwall to still get lots of boughts of sun. What a cute way to spend your weekends!! I do love farms. Those screenprinting pictures are so cool!!! He should definitely set up a little shop (if he hasn't already). They'd be perfect gifts. Thank you so much for linking to #whatevertheweather xx

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  30. I love cows. My niece lives near a cow pasture, and her one year old daughter loves to visit the cows. My mother, though, has always had an irrational fear of cows. The portraits make me jealous. If I could be 1/10 the photographer that you and your husband are, I would be content. Have fun at the nativity play.

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  31. I love these photos, just wonderful! I hope you get some benefit from the lamp, I've heard good things about them :)

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  32. Wow! You've been very busy again! Love those screen prints, you're husband definitely has real talent, no wonder you're so proud. We're normally out a lot more, but with the wild rain and wind up here we're feeling a bit grumpy too, need some more sunny days, even if they are cold! Lovely photos of you and your boys as always! Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x

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  33. You take the most beautiful pictures!! And wow you have been so busy. Thank you for linking up to #MyCapturedMoment xxx

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  34. Love the black and white of the cow nose and looks like everyone had a lot of fun

    Mollyxxx

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  35. I feel much the same way about the cold, wet, gray weather...but you do make it look so charming in your photographs.

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  36. Your photo's are stunning! I am with you on these winter months they sure are rubbish I cannot wait for spring to start! Thanks for linking up to #sundaystars x

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  37. Your photos are beautiful. Have a Happy New Year!

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