My favourite picture

January 5, 2010

The fiendish (but very lovely) Tara of Sticky Fingers fame has decided to make everyone’s brains work overtime this New Year by setting a near-impossible meme  – choose your favourite photo and say why.

Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? But try doing it. Once upon a time, I would have picked a wedding photo – but not now. Then again, maybe I should select one from the days when I had a glamorous career. But what would that be saying?

A triumph from Child One or Child Two, maybe? But woe betide the mother who uses a picture of only ONE of her two children. I have enough trouble when I pick a snap to use as the wallpaper on my phone. Stick one of them out there on the internet without the other and there will be a world of pain in store for me, oh yes.

And also, though I’ve gone nearly-public, and my name is out there and associated with this blog in a few places (and anyone who really cared could easily link the two if they wanted – but why would they?) do I want pictures of my children displayed for all to see? I’ve banned the little dears from using their own photos on Facebook, on the grounds that they are too visible. Child One has remonstrated that most of her chums have pictures of themselves proudly displayed in bikinis. Exactly, I say, e-x-a-c-t-l-y. But can I then turn round and say it’s okay for me to use their photos on my own blog?

I’ve even considered using my Christmas wreath picture, which I do love, as it shows the front door ajar and looks as though it’s beckoning you inside. We love this house and are very happy here, and I think the red of the berries sets off the F & B paint really well (okay then, I admit I had to get the door repainted after I did it myself in a burst of wild enthusiasm in the summer. In fact, the decorators had to burn off my chunky coats of paint and chuntered for days about ‘cowboys’. I wasn’t brave enough to admit it was me and that I don’t even own a stetson). Best of all, the door gets over the whole problemmatic issue of ego, as – so far – it is the only thing in the house that hasn’t thrown a million hissy fits since we moved in.  


But in the end, after much deliberation, I’ve chosen a picture of my girls. I’m so proud of them and they are so lovely, it would seem wrong not to celebrate them. And every photo with them in it is my favourite photo. So I’ve chosen the two of them when they were lickle bitty things, and cute as buttons. ella connie memeYes, it’s them (although sideways – does anyone know how to get things straight?) but from years and years ago, so not really identifiable, except to those who know them. It was taken on the lawn of our then brand new house, in Brussels, just after we moved in. The lawn, though it looks green and lush, had actually been unrolled like a carpet the day before we arrived, and the girls loved to lift it up by handfuls, so that’s why they are stationed on the ancient old car rug, with a softer one snuggling round them. Child One was two and half, and Child Two nine months old. They weren’t at all used to being left, even for a second, and had burst into tears as I sprinted into the house to take the picture. They broke out in smiles when I waved to them out of the big picture window. Seconds after the picture was taken, someone had pushed someone else over, and World War III broke out – not for the first time. But their sunny smiles in this snap were so beautiful, and seemed to herald the beginning of a big adventure.

 How big the adventure was, I didn’t know at the time – but it’s not over yet.

Part of the meme is to pass the baton – which I shall do to:

Notes from Lapland

Notes from Inside My Head

Chic Mama

Alcoholic Daze

Metropolitan Mum

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  • Liz January 5, 2010 at 8:46 am

    I have a slight crick in my neck now but what a lovely photo, so precious. I’m certain I had that exact same wreath on my door btw. Man of the House thought it hilarious to ask ‘who’s died?’ every time he came through it.

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 5, 2010 at 4:37 pm

      Thank you, Liz, don’t we have a lovely wreath, we two with fab taste! MOH’s joke sounds like one of those that men never really tire of ….

  • Tara@Sticky Fingers January 5, 2010 at 8:54 am

    To say I am honoured would be an understatment – thank you so much for sharing your girls with us.
    I know it’s a toughie, but for me the beauty of these photos isn’t just the picture itself but the explanation behind it. And you’ve proved that beautifully. Thanks so much for joining in x

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 5, 2010 at 4:35 pm

      I did enjoy the trawl through all those old pictures – I now have another vintage one on my desk, of the two of them on a snowy New Year’s Day on a sleigh, so thank you very much for making me blow the dust off the albums, oh clever one xx

  • Laura January 5, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I am the mother who has favoured one of her children in this meme. I am going away to thrash myself with sticks.

    L:ovely photo by the wa, beautiful girls!

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 5, 2010 at 4:33 pm

      Oh my gosh, I hope those sticks are pointy! When they learn to surf the net in 6 months time you are going to be in biiiiiiig trouble ….I’m sure you’ll talk your way out of it though 🙂

  • Victoria January 5, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Lovely picture of your girls and your Christmas wreath. I’ve also been trying to choose my fav. photographs of 2009 for my blog. It was impossible to pick one, so I’ve chosen a range of different pictures and I’m showing them as a series now. My Huzz is, to say the least, a keen photographer. He took more than 2500 on vacation last year!

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm

      I shall pop over and enjoy your pics! Sounds as though you are a lot more serious and professional about photography, I think I shall enjoy the visit!

  • rosiero January 5, 2010 at 10:08 am

    What beautiful little cherubs. I can see why you are proud of them. Thanks so much for nominating me. I shall put my thinking cap on.

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 5, 2010 at 4:38 pm

      Aha, I shall look forward to seeing the results of your thinking labours!

  • Jo Beaufoix January 5, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Awwww they are beautiful, as is there Mummy. And that door does look fabulous my sweet. Tres chic.

    As for the photo. I’m no expert but I use picnik to resize my photos. It’s free and easy. I tend to change the width to 500 and they fit on my blog ok but you could experiment. Then you could squeeze them in perfectly.

    Mwah. x

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 5, 2010 at 4:39 pm

      Oooh, thank you Jo, I knew you’d know. So clever. I will give it a go, though knowing my luck with technology I shall probably make it even bigger and more sideways, if that’s possible.

      A big mwah to you too x

  • Jo Beaufoix January 5, 2010 at 11:28 am

    And oh my Bob I meant ‘their’ Mummy. I really can read and write, honest.

  • Rosie Scribble January 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Ooh, look at Jo with the huge grammatical error! But I have to say, she is right. Picnik could make them upright.
    They look gorgeous by the way.
    Goes without saying, which I very nearly did.

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 5, 2010 at 4:41 pm

      Now then, Rosie, I shall have to ask you to take your Blog Wars outside. We play nicely at Divorce Towers (though I agree with you about the wall art. That’s so definitely a disco light)x

  • suburbia January 5, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Lovely photo of them, a moment in time, captured forever 🙂

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 5, 2010 at 4:41 pm

      Thank you, Suburbia, it feels like a long time ago. Which it was! Sob 🙂

  • Metropolitan Mum January 6, 2010 at 4:44 am

    Cute as buttons indeed. Almost makes me want to have another one.
    Thanks for passing this on to me. Hard to say who gave it to me first – you or 40 Not Out… 🙂

    • Dulwich Divorcee January 11, 2010 at 4:06 pm

      It was me! It was me! Well, I think so anyway 🙂

  • geekymummy January 14, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Oh, such sweeties. Thanks for sharing such a lovely and personal pic.