Every day this week I’ve gone up to the garden with the watering can and usually one of the kids comes along.
Today Aoife was the other gardener.
As you know – I’m visually documenting the Funny Sunny Garden. I also want to give the kids the power to decide what photos get taken as well.
I have an amazing 7pixel small digital camera that takes superb photos. But the tool is only as good as the person using it.
Aoife asked if she could take photos ‘maybe 2 … no 4 … no 6’.
I love how kids up the ante until a limit is reached. I told her she could take as many as she wanted in the time we were in the garden.
I showed her how to hold the camera and take a picture and then look at what she had taken.
Kids – like adults – tend to just want to get on with it – so Aoife learnt that fingers on lenses don’t help.
Her conversations with herself as she chose what to photograph were quite astonishing.
For these photos she kept saying ‘closer, closer – nice colour-yah – got it’.
For this photo she murmured ‘ahhh lovely tree’
I love how kids see beauty where some adults would only see a mess of weeds.
Me? I think weeds (like some people) are just plants that haven’t found their place yet.
Then Aoife moved into art director mode – after all she had taken 6 photos and was an experienced photographer now.
She said ‘what if you blew on the flower … don’t blow on it until I tell you.’ So, there I was holding the flower and waiting for instructions – like any good model.
‘Now’ says she.‘What if we took a photo of you without flowers and you just keep smiling.’
There you go – you saw the first photos by the soon to be famous Aoife (so famous she will only be known by her first name.). And she’s all of 5 or so.
One of my readers had commented that she and her husband were thinking of coming to Ballinamore and decided to after reading my blog. I had sent them some info on other sites and places to rent in town.
Today I got an email from her saying they were booked this weekend into the Hamill’s B&B – right behind my cottage. Damien and Ber are great friends and run a great B&B – central, great prices and fab breakfasts.
So – I hope to be taking Lynda and Derek for a drink in the Moo Bar.
If this blog let’s people know what a great place Ballinamore and Co. Leitrim is to live in and visit- then I’m stoked.
Have a great June long weekend folks.