Thank you again to all the wonderful people who linked up last week. The standard is getting higher and higher. It’s lovely to have you all here, and we appreciate your support. As ever, I have to pick two, so this week my first pick is Faygate, and his flaky portrait! See this image HERE.

My second choice is Abstract Lucas – your image of the hail hitting a puddle is just amazing.See this image HERE

This week is a World Book Day Special! Please link up pictures of you / your child / pet dressed up! The TMK ladies have added their photos below with some technical tips! Enjoy and have a great weekend.


I have no children, but for the girls at TMK this was no excuse, so I looked to our Canine Correspondent, Digby, for inspiration. To be frank he hates being dressed up so I went for a different approach:

Digby is starring as Toto in the Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum, originally published in 1900, way before the film was thought of and began to feature in every Christmas I can remember. I took the picture in the studio. The yellow brick road is hinted at with a spray can of yellow paint (it would have been more than a hint but the paint ran out!). Digby, being only half a cairn terrier, has had his lovely blond locks altered in photoshop to a more Toto shade of grey. Colour popping is one of the greatest sins in the trendy photographic world, but this is ┬ámore ‘selective desaturation’. It does look as though he was added afterwards but he is actually on a lead and looking at the biscuit in my hand. I removed the lead in Photoshop afterwards. Those are not my legs as mine were too hairy for the job, but I hired the model for the price of the socks. Thankfully I can get away with this as Digby doesn’t have to go to school and compete with his classmates!

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My children are always very fussy when choosing their characters. I have no input. So my ideas of the witch for Narnia were dashed. Instead they picked Veruca Salt and Paddington Bear, which as it turns out were particularly inspired choices! What’s better, is that apart from making props (from a used shoe box) we had all costume items already! No last minute panic shopping on eBay or Amazon!

I always take photos of my kids by the front door – it’s a great background, and somehow seems classic and traditional! I also took this on AV, f stop 5.4 to make them as sharp as possible.

world book day, veruca salt costume, paddington bear costume


Lots of discussion has been happening in our household about who would be the perfect character to select for this year’s Book Day. Previous years have seen characters from Alice in Wonderful, The Tiger Came to Tea and lots of stress has ensued trying to find the right combinations of props, outfit and makeup to do it justice. This year, the selection was made easier by the recent “big tidy” of bedroom which resulted in my daughter finding OMG I’m in Love with a Geek by Rae Earl, and she chose to be the main character Hettie Moore.

This is a real snapshot taken on my Iphone but I caught her just as she gave a cheeky grin and whilst modelling the book.




The kids were really excited about World Book Day and couldn’t agree on what to wear. A last minute scramble had my mum cutting down the Ivy in her garden only for me to be up till midnight sewing it to Scarlett’s Poison Ivy costume. This picture of her shocked me a bit as she looks waaaaaaaaay older than her 9 years (ok, so she’s 10 next week but 9 adds more to the drama I’m having!). Little Violet adores the outfit her Nana made her and went to school dressed as Queen Elsa.

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Although we don’t do dressing up for World Book Day at school – it has been a book week all week and the children have really enjoyed exploring (and buying !) some new books. When it comes to dressing up though junior #TMKSkye is never one to say no and here she is all ready to read one of our perennial favourites The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Kate absolutley loves this story and just how NAUGHTY yet charming the tiger is and I love the 60’s vibe that reminds me of my family home.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

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