Reflecting weekly on the beauty in every day moments, reasons to be thankful and celebrating small successes with the #myhearty life linky.
I am grateful for …
Living near to Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Centre. The school holidays have been a bit dreary weather wise and while we’ve loved our indoor time over the Easter weekend we’ve also had to cancel some activities when being out in a downpour would have been a bit miserable or created epic muddy clean up jobs. When you have a special place you like to visit as a family it’s easier to push through any reluctance and as we only had one day this week with George we made it work for a trip to Slimbridge. It was cold but dry and we had a lovely time doing the Dusty Duck Easter hunt and then claiming the prize of a delicious Pulsin bar. Luca was in his element bimbling about saying “Hiya” to the birds and calling every bird variety we saw “wack“.
I succeeded at …
Creating our first video review. I’d not used iMovie before but George has been making trailers for his Spaces music project. He gave me a few pointers and we put together a short video of the boys bimbling about on Selsley Common with their OXO Tot water bottles. My initial plan had been for E to talk about why the bottles are so great but that proved tricky to capture and edit as I’ve never used my camera for video before! I did get some lovely footage and some funny outtakes but quality was poor from shooting indoors and it just didn’t stitch together very well. So I decided to use the small amount of outdoor footage from our Easter Sunday amble. The funniest thing about the whole process for me was being named a ‘composer‘ by GarageBand when we used it to create the music for the video. GarageBand was George’s solution to my question ”how do you put Music on it without having to worry about copyright?’‘. I wouldn’t have dreamed of making my own track but when you know someone who can their confidence and ease rubs off. Of course, it wasn’t really like I made my own song as the loops were samples but if matchmaking two country style loops, inspired by Luca’s Benny Hill like bimbling, is successfully writing a theme song I’ll take it. Anyway here’s an outtake from our first video making attempt when I didn’t even realise you couldn’t shoot in portrait!
I found beauty in ..
Wildlife and seeing how much pleasure our boys (and kids in general) get from being around animals. First at Slimbridge feeding the birds and seeking out Euan’s favourite otters. And then during a visit to our local city farm where we saw lambs, cows, pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, goats, ducks and chickens. I loved watching how curious Luca was peering into the guinea pig hutches and E running up to tell him what they were and read their names out. Parenting outside feels easier too, they’re not the only ones who feel lighter for the fresh air!
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