Friday, 20 February 2015

On orange and starting school

My taste of orange for this month is a simple set of photographs all taken in the past week with our oldest granddaughter. Time was in short supply as we spent this valuable time with her during her mid-term break from school.

For those who may be surprised at how young she is in the final photograph, children start formal school amazingly early here in the UK. Most, like her, start in the September before they are 5 years old. For her, this meant her school life began at the age of 4 years 6 months. For some who are born at the end of August, it can mean they are only a day or two over 4 years old when they start. Our granddaughter loves everything about it but I'm not sure what I feel about the principle of it at all!

On a trip to a local play area with her, we found these unusual pieces of play apparatus, conveniently containing orange, and all greatly enjoyed by our small visitor.

A great climbing frame which gave opportunities for all sorts of imagining ...


... a 'spinning whizzer' (a dizziness-inducing rotating bucket that required much pushing) ...


... and a four-way see-saw that seemed to cope with all extremes of weight ...


Next comes a bit of playing we did together on my graphic pad in Adobe Photoshop. Our granddaughter was particularly interested in how we could so easily invert and change the colour. Many versions were achieved, including this one where orange triumphed.


And last of all, here she is in a crown we made on her first day (a wet afternoon) and which she wore for most of the week!


All is now quiet and peace as she has returned home. We will miss her ...

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  1. You and your grand daughter seem to have had a great time together. That's one amazing crown, can see why she wore it all week.

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    1. We had a lovely week - such a privilege and a joy to spend time with her ... and all the enthusiasm. May she never lose that!

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  2. So nice that she could help you with the 'orange' ;)
    Our kids start school early, too ... but I believe that that is not mandatory.
    Bet you'll miss the noise & business & the laughter.

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    1. We do miss her. It's such a lovely age. I just love all the skipping from place to place. She rarely walks but skips at speed everywhere! Such fun ...

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  3. What delight! She wears her orange crown well and I am sure you miss her already!

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    1. This age - not quite 5 years old - has such a lovely feel about it - all that potential waiting to unfold!

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  4. Orange is such a happy colour & you've captured that feeling here - lovely crown!

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    1. Thanks for visiting. All the posts seem to be so bright and cheerful this time, don't they?

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  5. orange comme une couronne...fabuleux!

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    1. L'orange pour moi ... et pour la petite fille ... le bonheur!

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