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Airedale Terrier

Airedales and Baby on Easter Walk

Yesterday’s post it was formal portraits. Today it’s candids. Capturing the day with a few casual images.

A sunny Easter afternoon.  We went for a walk around the neighborhood.

Michael and Jack had Airedale duty.  Anna carried Charlie.

When we got back to the house the children hunted for hidden eggs in the backyard.  Some of the eggs opened with a fortune cookie message inside ” A special day with Charlie.” “You pick what’s for supper”  “You pick the family movie”  “One day of no chores” “Two hours of Ipad time”  and some eggs had dollar bills, quarters or dimes.

easter egg hunt 1easter egg hunt 2easter egg hunt 3easter egg hunt Chrles



Easter Portraits, 4 in Half-Light


A wonderful term.  Took individuals of the grandkids about 7:30 PM. We were headed to Easter Vigil which started at 8:30 PM.

Took Anna and Michael again in the church parking lot as the light was even more lovely when we arrived.

Charles’ was taken on his front porch Thursday, ambient light but not exactly half.

MIchael in half lightMichael in Half- Light in front of St Patrick Church

Anna in Half Light

Someone’s brake lights added the red highlights to Anna’s hair.

JAck in half light 2Jack’s photo was taken first.  Still bright.

Maura in half light

Maura at dusk in the front yard


Charles on the front porch

And the following poem comes to mind for the challenge- except a small fat grandmama I am not- I’m a BIG one! And instead of Banbury Cakes we brought out four dozen Hot Cross Buns from Rocco’s Pasticceria on Bleecker Street.

My mother used to read me this poem from The Bumper Book by Watty Piper

The Cupboard

by Walter de la Mare

I know a little cupboard,
With a teeny tiny key,
And there’s a jar of Lollypops
For me, me, me.

It has a little shelf, my dear,
As dark, as dark can be,
And there’s a dish of Banbury Cakes
For me, me, me.

I have a small fat grandmamma,
With a very slippery knee,
And she’s Keeper of the Cupboard,
With the key, key, key.

And when I’m very good, my dear,
As good as good can be,
There’s Banbury Cakes, and Lollypops
For me, me, me.




Puppy, Baby and a Photo Bomb in Black and White

Made these black and white as I thought the colors were distracting to the story.



photo bomb coming

Jack sees an opportunity


photo bomb2Jack



Going for light in both of their eyes.


Anna and Josie Black and White





Puppy Love

Josie the Airedale and granddaughter Anna

 On the move.  What big paws you have…  
Light in all four eyes 

  Henry (2) plays with her.  He likes to keep watch on the front yard, too.  

Helping Grandma Load the Car

Had to get that cell phone to my eye as quickly as I could to capture this composition.  My son had called the kids to help me load up the car as I prepared to leave Columbus for Pittsburgh. Henry is tagging along.




They were all (including Henry) going on their own trip, a couple of hours away, to select the Airedale puppy they’ll pick up Labor Day Weekend.

Stay tuned!

Anna as photographed by her mom, Erika, holding their choice- Josie.

Anna and the Airedale

Lots of shade in both photos

Henry the Airedale Photobombs the Family Picture

The baby was crying,.  Not a good time to try to continue on with a photos shoot anyway. But it was an idea.

Henry Photo Bomb

Penny was very happy to be front and center.

WordPress forgot to send a note- after 6 years of blogging. How could they?

I thought it was automatic.  An electronic note to me.  Six years is a long time.  Today’s post is #2132.

Six years ago today I started blogging at wordpress.  I thought at least they would send a notice… Congrats on Six Years of Blogging. I’ve seen badges on other blogs for years of blogging accomplished.

I told my granddaughter it was my blogaversary and she said, “What’s that?”

No drum roll, no brass band, waaaaah waaaah waaaaaah, whine, whine, whine,

No one really cares, just me.

This was the first photo I blogged on July 14, 2009.

Murphy passed away and Michael is going to be ten in August.



For today’s 2015 photo gallery I’m posting the grandchildren feeling exhilarated at Kennywood

And a silhouette of the Phantom’s Revenge



P.s. 11th hour update.  Thanks WP



Henry Says Goodnight After the Party

Henry the Airedale, released from captivity,bidding the guests adieu.after the party

A Very Merry Christmas

We all feel like Henry, ready to lie down and put our heads on a soft pillow. It was a merry Christmas.

James made a cute announcement photo and posted it on FB and I got permission to share. Lots to look forward to in the New Year. July 2nd sounds far away today but will be here before we know it.



(Thanks J for the Sweet Dreams pillow pattern)
Phone pics tonight

Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

A November day, three years ago, my sister Mary and I were visiting the family in Ohio.  She was walking with her two great nephews and youngest great niece and Murphy the Airedale (RIP Murph we miss you) to greet Anna as she came home on the school bus. 

The adventure may not seem epic in scale compared to some of the other entries, but when you’re almost 3, 4+ and 6, walking the dog and riding scooters down the block to welcome your big sister( 8) home is pretty exciting.

 I like the feel of the wind, the weather, the line of the five of them, making their way to the bus stop at the end of the road.

An adventure, close to home.

An adventure, close to home.