Saturday, July 31, 2010

sweet corn


when we first moved to Saffron Walden area, all those, oh my, almost twelve years ago, most noise during market days was produced by the fruit and veg seller. He was putting real passion into his "Strawberrrrieeeeeees"! and "We have ba-na-nas in their pi-ja-mas!".

Nowdays, very similar, but even louder and more piercing noises are produced by a young guy who, I assume, is his son. At least, voices and intonations are quite remarkably similar. The "original" guy sells, but doesn't shout any more.

Sweetcorns above is from their stall today

Friday, July 30, 2010

summer reading


there is this huge beech tree in Brandon country park that kids never pass just like that. They always climb, with various degrees of success.

Timur came to it this time with a firm idea that he'll sit on a branch and read. But, being still small(ish), he had difficulties finding a spot and then getting there. He got there in the end, with some help, and finished his book there, but I didn't get a good picture of him.

Yuri had no troubles at all, he found this angled low seat on one branch and spend some time reading Sherlock Holmes stories. He got this book after watching last movie, and likes it. Old-fashioned language or the fact the movie and the book have little in common don't seem to bother him much.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010



original plan was to go to Wandlebury for a little walk or something. but soon as we got off the front porch it started to drizzle, so went to Scotsdales. kids like it there because there are fish and some pets to look at and I like it because I can buy myself a new flower every time. this time the orchid gallery had some plants there that I immediately labeled as "suspiciously cheap" to which Yuri (I think it was him) added "going all the way up to outrageously expensive".

the plant of the picture is from suspiciously cheap end of the spectrum - 3.99 I think it was, cheap for a tall bright orchid.

And another bit of useless information learned today was its name - Oncidium. I hope writing it will help me remembering it.

and we did go to Wandlebury after that, too. Heavy rain only caught us on the way home.

Monday, July 26, 2010

cannibal pacman


it's not really my idea - I was minding my own business, photographing lemons on our brand-new blue plastic cutting board, when Kirill took my models off me and made them do his bidding.

picture came out nice and cheerful though

Sunday, July 25, 2010

iguana again


ok, it had to be done. It's not the exact tracing of the drawing by Timur, but it is close and got his approval. When we get to do henna tattoos again, I will try this one for sure.

and a variation on the theme


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

una iguana se cayĆ³ de arriba de una escalera


School holidays are finally upon us and a lot of school project work came home over the last few days.

and here is Timur's T-shirt with iguana. I thought they were two iguanas, but no, its a reflection in a stream. and sure, he didn't get the optics right here, but the way he uses available space amazes me. I wish I can do as good as he does now. Of course he might loose this graphic freedom at some point (Yuri did, according to himself "I can't draw as good as before any more"), but I right now he's very good.


as to the title - no, this particular iguana didn't fall off any stairs, I just like this song

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Liverpool carnival


This beautiful young lady was one of the dancers at Liverpool carnival parade this saturday. The parade was not nearly as big or impressive as one in Luton, (I think there were maybe five floats, and ten or whereabouts groups of drummers and dancers), but it was a nice experience anyway. If I understood correctly, it's a relatively new thing, organized just for the last few years by a samba school in Liverpool, so it might grow into something much bigger eventually. that might make it a lot less accessible, though.

It was good to visit Liverpool. I was there only once before, years and years ago, on a dismal winter afternoon, and had mostly unpleasant memories. Now it looked lively and vibrant, very liveable. Sure, there are still parts of it that will probably benefit from a extensive flamethrower treatment, but hey, it's a city, what city doesn't have those, I ask you.

Friday, July 16, 2010

oh c'mon

of c'mon guys, let's shift this thing off 666 downloads somehow. not that I am very superstitious, but the sheer symmetry of the number, and the fact that it seems to have stuck at that worries me somehow

Friday, July 09, 2010

alarums, excursions and wandering commas


our next door neighbours had a problem with their house alarm - it went off during daytime a couple of times over the last few days, last time today. as a well-trained house alarm, it was making noises for 20 mins or so and then stopped. both times I went out to check the front and back doors and of course it was nothing, so I didn't think too much about it. I saw our neighbour after it went off the first time, and she apologized for the noise

today, she intercepted me in front of the house and presented me with a bunch of roses and lilies. I thought they arrived for me while I was out but no - that was from her, to compensate for the inconvenience :) I thought it was really sweet, although not necessary, I wasn't all that inconvenienced, after all. But she said it makes her feel better :)

So, now I have photographed the roses, and lilies are still unopened, so I am all set for flowers for the nearest couple of days

the alarm, btw, apparently was triggered by thunderbugs getting inside the system. you know them, they get everywhere. they are especially annoying as wandering commas on your screen, when they get under the glass (or whatever you have). And the next stage, of course, is a stationery comma - when they die there

Thursday, July 08, 2010

carnival crown


There was a Carribean topic in Timur's school going for a while (so he kept asking me if we can go to Barbados or Dominica for our hols, hmmm). As the high point they had a carnival parade together with another school. It happened on on school grounds, so it wasn't a public event, unfortunately, because it seems that kids and teachers and helpers produces some very nice artwork for the parade, including some huge animals made of colorful paper on some sort of 3d-carcass. I only saw a giraffe, because it apparently didn't fit into the school hall (which gives an idea of the size), it was very impressive.

Above is the carnival crown the Timur made and decorated for himself. He is fascinated by the sea turtle motif for a goodish while already and here it is on the central "feather" of the crown


and another one, from the headband (oil crayons clearly don't draw very well on metallic paper, but still)


also, octopus motif in the center of headband was one of his favourite drawing subjects for a while, ever since they did a celtic topic

Saturday, July 03, 2010

starry pool


one more from Lanzarote. Usual trick with star-shaped highlights. No reason except it's a summery picture and I am still combing my old folders.

might make a nice userpic though

Friday, July 02, 2010

being cool


it looks like Timur is doing some dance accompanied by finger gestures of some kind. He doesn't really, he just run downhill from the dune behind him and is trying to slow down. why slowing down takes this form is anybody's guess

I am combing through my Lanzarote-Fuerteventura pics from the last visit. sure sign I want to go again