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October 13, 2010

Hurray! The lovely Tara over at Sticky Fingers has chosen a subject this week for her Gallery that even I, the world’s worst photographer, can enter. It’s favourite photos.

My favourite photo is, of course, of my girls. It was taken five years ago, on a gorgeous, crisp, snowy New Year’s Day in Brussels. It’s not just that the girls look rosy-cheeked, happy and positively edible in their cuteness (in a mother’s possibly biased opinion), it’s also that, for once, we had all the right equipment at the right time. I’d just bought a beautiful sleigh from the massive flea market in the medieval town centre, known as the Jeux de Balles, and it had promptly snowed for us right on cue.  Then I’d managed to shoe-horn both girls into delectable matching hats and scarves – please note the outrageously winsome jumper and bobble hat modelled by Child Two, patterned with reindeer  – couldn’t you just eat that right up with a spoon? And look at Child One’s adorable flowery wellies. Sigh. It’s a far cry from today’s Doc Martens and skirts up to here. Not that they don’t look lovely in whatever they’re wearing. But will they let me wrap them up in layer after layer of fleece on a cold winter’s day? Er, what do you think? or, ‘gerroff, mother,’ as they now put it.

I do so love this picture, from the perfect frosting of white on the hedges, to the girls’ look of anticipation at the day of sledging ahead. Good times. Simple times.

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  • Trish@ Mum's Gone to October 13, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Ah nice to know other mums have problems with their teens and clothing -slightly easier with my son, he’s only just getting the idea of his fashion-style.

    Your girls look very sweet there.

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 13, 2010 at 7:28 am

      Aww, thanks, Trish! I didn’t actually take this photo, which explains why it’s quite good. But I did cut it out to go in an oddly-shaped frame, which explains the raggedy cut edges …. good luck with your son, may he never discover the almost-falling-off trousers look!

  • Alethea October 13, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Gorgeous picture! Your girls are beautiful!

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 15, 2010 at 5:28 am

      Thank you, Alethea! I think so but then I am horribly biased …

  • Victoria October 13, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I love snowy days. Very much liking the red and white hat. Splendid!

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 15, 2010 at 5:28 am

      Yep, snowy days are the best. As long as the snow doesn’t last too long …

  • mari October 13, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Look at those red cheeks – must have been pretty cold out there, love the fact you had to cut the corners to fit in a frame! Beautiful memories 🙂

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 15, 2010 at 5:29 am

      It was freezing! Yes, it was a lovely day, and I remember it so clearly, thanks to the photo

  • Pants With Names October 13, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Ooo they look cute. Have to admit I noticed those rather gorgeous flowery wellies right away, and had a little ‘wish I had girls’ moment. Love it!

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 15, 2010 at 5:30 am

      Oh, little girls are so the best for dressing up! Mind you, boys’ clothes do seem to be getting slightly better now ….maybe you should treat yourself to some big girls’ flowery wellies for yourself 😉

  • Chris at Thinly Spread October 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Lovely! Their faces are a picture! I have a teenage boy with the trouser issue…he claims they won’t pull up, I sigh a lot.

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 15, 2010 at 5:31 am

      Won’t pull up? Of course they’ll pull up! Honestly ….I’m definitely with you on the sighs. *sigh*.

  • Chic Mama October 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Very cute! I love snowy pictures. 🙂 x

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 15, 2010 at 5:32 am

      Yep, snowy pics are really special, aren’t they? x

  • Metropolitan Mum October 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Adorable!
    It’s funny – having read your book I kind of feel like I had known you back then in Brussels.

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 15, 2010 at 5:33 am

      I love the fact that you’ve read my book! You are part of a very elite(and tiny) band! And you probably know way too much about me ….though of course it was all utter fiction …*blush*

  • Emma October 13, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    They do indeed look very cute!!!

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 15, 2010 at 5:33 am

      Thank you, I think so 🙂

  • exmoorjane October 14, 2010 at 3:04 am

    OMG, it looks like a shoot for Christmas…. gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous….even colour-coordinated rosy cheeks.

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 15, 2010 at 5:34 am

      I think that’s why I love the picture so much, it all came together for once. Obviously they both fell off the sledge, howled and lost their hats moments later …..

  • exmoorjane October 14, 2010 at 3:06 am

    Oooh, and notice you’ve just read The Help….isn’t it wonderful??
    And I know half of Annie Saunders – Meg, the lovely Meg…. their books are always huge good fun.

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 15, 2010 at 5:35 am

      The Help is brilliant, best book our book club has read. And I love Annie Saunders – also such a great idea to write a book in tandem. Just been to the library to find more but they are all on loan – good sign!

  • Kate October 14, 2010 at 6:07 am

    It was good to meet you the other day.

    Your photograph reminds me of a scene in one of my top five films Fanny and Alexander. There is a shot from a window of red against snow. I can’t exactly remember the details but it takes place in Russia. It could be a soldiers dressed in red or even blood!!!

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 15, 2010 at 5:37 am

      Lovely to meet you too. I blush to admit I’ve never seen Fanny and Alexander, I must get a dvd out. Sounds very atmospheric and Snow White-ish

  • FortyNotOut October 14, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Aw they look so gorgeous! I’d kill for that rosy cheeked flush – doesn’t happen without the power of Mac make-up. Or a shot of brandy on a cold day! SC is already asking if its going to snow again this year. Clearly she is expecting me to order it. xx

    • Dulwich Divorcee October 15, 2010 at 5:39 am

      I think you should definitely get your snow order in now! I like the idea of a shot of brandy too. There was a blusher a couple of years ago called ‘slapped cheeks’ but I can’t remember who made it, it had a similar pink glow, it was a cream one so would only last a couple of minutes. I think I’ll have to resign myself to pale and interesting!

  • spudballoo October 17, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Oh yes fantastic! Right out of a catalogue…love it….what beautiful girls you have.

    Judge Spud x