It was a beautiful day and I suggested that we have a wander around the Quantock Hills which are right on our doorstep. Oliver sighed and said - 'yes it is nice but I don't really want to walk very far today!' 'Ok then' says I 'let's have a drive around and we can hop out if there's anything you'd like to take pictures of'.. Well we had a LOVELY afternoon, which included a delightful walk around a country church and churchyard, (with a beautiful image of the church) some fabulous widflower shots and enjoying some of the wild Quantock ponies with Oliver capturing three foals all in a row eating the grass. A great afternoon's work :)
Our friend Adrian Farris put up a link on facebook for Oliver to see some fabulous wave images by a famous Australian 'wave'photographer as his work with seawater is rather reminiscent of Oliver's fascination with freshwater rivers and waterfalls - Ollie and I emailed the guy 'Ray Collins' and he replied within 24hours! We had sent him some of Ollie's splashes and he sent this message and image - how cool and lovely is this:
Hi Wendy and Oliver!
Thanks so much for taking the time to write, I really appreciate it.
First of all - Oliver ,YOU HAVE THE EYE!
I think having a different background and perspective to most people in turn makes your work different and that is a great thing in photography, the ability to express who you are in what you're passionate about. Great stuff.
Secondly, one of your pictures really reminded me of one of my own, I've attached it for you both to check out.
Keep up the good work, keep shooting in all conditions and keep blessing people with who you are and what you do.
Much love and my warmest regards,
13th April 2016 : Oliver and I had SUCH a lovely day today!! We were taken out to lunch by some friends of ours and afterwards we drove around the Somerset levels and stopped at Greylake RSPB reserve for a while. Oliver put out some seeds for the birds and took some great pictures, then we went for a walk around the reserve, sat in the hides for a while, met a lovely couple and chatted for ages, and then back to the car, music on, and sang all the way home. It's a hard life obviously....
3rd April 2016: So as I'm preparing a slap up Roast Dinner for my boy this morning he appears with trainers on, rucksack and camera at the ready and says "Mum it's such a glorious day and you're busy making dinner, I thought I'd go have a wander and take some pictures!" We then went over to the window and he explained and pointed that he was going to do the gardens at the front first, then he was going to the church and churchyard and all round there and then he would do the ponds and through the arch afterwards and then he would come back. "That is an excellent and very clear schedule" said I "and it means I don't need to worry about you at all. I shall see you later then!" Off he went, and returned triumphant and satisfied nearly an hour later with a great collection of pictures and very pleased with himself. I love that he can do this - and I put this post up here for all you dear lovely mothers out there who have young children with DS who are described as 'runners', who cannot be relied upon to be safe or aware, and who you can't take your eyes off for a single solitary second - EXACTLY as my son was - and I whisper in your ear " It's going to be alright....."