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Photos together: Say Cheese… Please!







Say Cheese. Please!

At the weekend I started to flick through my old photo albums. I quickly noticed that they start off full of lovely pictures of James as a young child smiling happily, but then suddenly they come to a stop.

When George was born he became the centre of attention even though most of his photos are blurred. Photograph such a hyperactive boy has always been more of an art than a science. He just won’t sit still for five seconds, and I’m always amazed when I see him in a school portrait! Occasionally there are some really beautiful pictures of a charming boy with blonde hair, blue eyes, and mischievous grin though.

So where James go? For the last two years James became very photo shy. At first I tried to persuade (bribe) him into joining photographs with his brother, but these never come out as well as a ‘natural’ photograph. As a result he’s either missing, or has a deep frown.

Fast forward again to 2014 and James has started to find some confidence. I’m now allowed to take the occasional photograph, once I’ve cleared it with him first, and he’s check them after! With that in mind I set myself the task last weekend of photographing the pair of them together, side by side, smiles on faces. We went bowling together, to the local park, and sat for an hour in George’s favourite: Costa! More than forty photos later, and I’ve got a phone full of assorted face pulling, frowning, blurred characters, and frantic hand waving… not one single shot of the pair of them looking at the camera, happy, and still.

Without saying ‘Tempest Photography’ can anyone please tell me the secret?!

The Boy In the Dress – by David Walliams – book review by George

Read Ethan's thoughts
Read Ethan’s thoughts

The Boy In the Dress – by David Walliams

Click Here to see George discussing this book.

David Walliams is one of George’s favourite fiction writers and he’s read all of his books.

David Walliams really knows what makes children laugh and his jokes about local communities and sibling rivalries are really easy to relate to.

The main character of the book is Dennis. He’s different to the other children but he doesn’t yet know it.  With the help of his friend Lisa, he discovers how much fun he can have wearing a dress to school. Soon he is discovered and ends up in trouble and this is where the fun begins.

As with David Walliams other books there is a central theme of not-fitting-in to the norm. I think George finds his idea really appealing. Similar to Roald Dahl, it’s the outsider who becomes the hero. They overcome the obstacles that people throw at them and embrace their individuality.

The most appealing thing about the book is definitely the humour. George read the book cover to cover and continues to read it again and again. Whilst he loves discovering new books, this is one that he’s always happy to dip into for a smile.

To see other reviews feel free to follow Amazon Bookstore.

(publised by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks)


Clip n Climb Exeter climbing centre

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James tackles a climbing wall

Youtube – Clip of James and George racing up a wall together.

James favourite activity is climbing and so when we saw the centre advertised we absolutely had to go. We hadn’t been to Exeter’s Quay area before and it was a really pleasant surprise. Before starting our session we took a walk along the bank and in some of the boutique style shops in the area.

Inside the centre everything is very clearly sign posted and once we’d signed in there was a lovely cafe with a view over the clip n climb arena. The boys and I watched with trepidation as we waiting for our pre-booked start time to arrive.

After our induction we were off. Parents were encouraged to put on high-viz vests and assist with clipping and unclipping their children to the walls as they went up and down. On climbing walls that we’ve been to before we normally get a small handful of walls to choose from and they are all pretty much the same but with varying degrees of difficulty. Exeter was completely different. Each wall was unique with varying patterns, lights, grips, materials and much more. In addition there were tall vertical ‘chimneys’ to climb and all-sorts.

At the end of the session both boys were thoroughly entertained and we exhausted. Whilst it’s not cheap at £12 pounds each for a one hour session, it was definitely value for money with both boys completely satisfied.

Minimum Age is 4.  Minimum Height  for the Leap of Faith attraction is 110cm. The Clip ‘n Climb arena can accommodate 30 people, and I’d recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Contact the Clip ‘n Climb team by email or by phone on 01392 422559 for more information.