Does anyone else feel like they’re in an out of control tailspin, hurtling towards the summer school holiday? I didn’t expect to feel like this. With a lot of attractions closed, travel limited and one child at school and one being homeschooled, I thought we’d have a gentle and stree-free slide into the summer break.
The reality has been far messier! Mrs Adams is very busy with work, I’m very busy trying to tie up loose ends ahead of the holidays so I can relax with the kids, there are various things going on as Helen prepares for the transition to secondary school and Izzy prepares for the transition to Year Three. It’s a flurry of activity, much more than previously happens at the end of the summer term.
I was grateful for a bit of respite from it all and a walk with my camera. Better still, as Government guidance in England now permits two households to meet up, I took the opportunity to go for a walk a walk with Izzy and a close family friend and his kids. It was glorious to meet a friend face to face and catch up after three months of Zoom chats.
Equally as importantly, Izzy got to meet and play with a friend. She desperately needs to see her friends and it was great to see her having fun outside of the family home.
This is something that’s been on my mind a great deal since Helen returned to school in June. Helen has benefited hugely from the increased social contact but as Izzy Is not in a priority year, she hasn’t had the same opportunities (even if mingling would be in a socially distanced bubble).
Anyway, the foxglove was one of the few colourful plants we came across during our walk. This was the best image I took during our stroll. I’ve done a little editing in Photoshop to make the pinks stand out a little more but it’s largely unedited.
It had been raining and was an overcast day, so while I was hoping to get some nice landscape shots it wasn’t to be. Nonetheless, I like the detail in this image and the depth of field. As it happens, the narrow depth of field was accidental. I had the aperture set to a low f stop from when I had been taking landscape shots and I simply forgot to increase it again! Accident it may have been, but it worked in my favour.
How has your week been? If your children are still at school, are you in a vortex of emotionally draining activities, kin keeping and kidmin preparing for the summer break?
As I do at weekends, I have added this blog post and foxglove image to the #MySundayPhoto linky hosted by Darren Coleshill’s awesome photography blog. Click here to pay his blog a visit and see photography other bloggers have been taking.