and sitting next to the 'driver' of the plane as a special birthday treat (bless)!!
In successive years we've celebrated his birthday in the sunshine at our house on Fuerteventura (Canary Islands).
This year I have taken on more Christmas work than planned so can't 'escape'. The day started off windy and grey here in Kent with intermittent drizzle but by lunchtime the sun made an appearance (albeit weak and watery) so I persuaded David to join me for a walk along the beach where we stopped for a late lunch. We were out for a few hours and the brisk sea breeze certainly blew a few cobwebs away. OK it wasn't shorts and T shirt weather but for late November in the UK it wasn't at all bad!
Have to make a mention of this couple of enterprising lads we met on the beach at Whitstable:
Our local beaches are pebble (not sand) and the lads had spelt out the following message in pebbles and left a 'collection' cup alongside.
So we asked them why they thought we should give them money and they 'performed' for us ..... jumping off the wooden boat launch site and somersaulting onto the pebbles ...... no health & safety issues here then!!
Not sure what their parents would think if they knew what their lads were up to ... but they weren't 'OIKS' they were polite, well spoken and very presentable boys who'd dreamed up this way of earning some cash ...... but those pebbles would be very unforgiving if the boys misjudged their gymnastics!
Anway, as I'd lost the natural light by the time we got home I didn't want to do much to the girls' portrait - particularly not to skintones. I did some work on the dresses and here's the latest progress report - its photographed at my workdesk with daylight bulb lamps each side. Unfortunately, they are different makes of daylight bulb and the light varies (why should that be I wonder if they are both supposed to simulate daylight)?? the right light is more 'white' the left is more 'yellow' as you can see from the photo.
Right, that's it for today .... time to relax for a couple of hours methinks.