A Younger Me – The Gallery

Helen on Wicker Chair

I knew exactly which picture I wanted to use for this week’s Gallery entry. I came across it recently when I had tons of pictures up of me all over the house for my 40th party.

I’m 2 1/2 on this picture – almost exactly the age that Tara is now. We still have the wicker chair. Its a bit battered – a few of the strings are missing but all 3 girls have sat on it as toddlers (and quite a few teddies too!) It now lives in Tara’s room – Derm and my Mum have tried to get rid of it loads of times – how could they?

Here’s Tara sat on the chair today (the teddy has been changed as a) I can’t find the other one and b) it would be a germ-ridden stink by now.

wicker chair1

There’s some fabulous pictures of bloggers in their youth over at Tara Cain’s blog today – Why not join in with the Gallery yourself and show us what you looked like as a child? I particularly like Mummy Barrow as a 6 year old – too cute!

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Through The Eyes Of My Phone – The Gallery

children in a caravan

I love the camera on my phone – I like how handy it is, how it picks up a good shot but most of all, I love the surprises I get on there when the kids have had hold of it. Don’t get me wrong, I get thousands of useless pics – especially when Tara has been playing with the phone but every now and then I get a gem.

This photo was taken by Millie when we were in France – It is Tara lying on her bed and sums up their lovely relationship. There is no way on earth that Tara would pose like this if me or Dermot asked her to, but she just does it for Millie. I love the sun shining through the tiny window and how light the picture is.

I have it on my screensaver on my phone and it makes me smile every time I pick it up.I’ve just noticed it was taken on my 40th birthday too which makes it even more special. I know I’m biased but isn’t she just too cute?

The theme for this Tara Cain’s Gallery this week is to look through your phone and find your most favourite picture. It doesn’t have to be the best picture – just something that means something to you. Why not share your favourite? If you don’t have a blog, feel free to share on the Casa Costello facebook page – I’d love to see them.

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My Dad’s Book – The Gallery

Here’s a special book for you. A book that nearly didn’t make it. A book that took a long time. A book that my family are very proud of.

This is my Dad’s Phd.

My Dad passed away 3 years ago and was too ill by the time he was granted his Phd to really appreciate it. We only got sent a copy of his work a couple of months ago and its lovely to see it in real life. I even get a mention in the acknowledgements for my part in doing the typing – I’m really glad I could help.

Miss you every day, Dad. Rest in Peace Dr Patrick Burke MBE xxx

This post is taking part in Tara Cain’s Gallery – This week’s theme is Books! There’s hundreds of books featured – hop on over to take a look

Easter – The Gallery

It may be my fault that we’ve had all this rain. Sorry about that. I bought the girls a rain gauge last week and it hasn’t stopped raining since. This picture was taken on Easter Monday when the heaven’s opened.

Our Easter was slightly different this year. We went away in the van as usual but ended up coming back on Saturday, 2 days early as Violet was ill. Sod’s law then dictated that she was perfectly fine as soon as we got home. Things turned out for the best though, as we had the best of both worlds – A short break and then some lovely time at home. We spent time with family, the girls had their first ever joint sleepover (not at our house – I’m not that mad!) and I even did some baking.

The weather hasn’t spoiled a thing – its been great! But I’m ready for a bit of sun, playing in the garden.

I’m entering this post into Tara Cain’s The Gallery – she has asked us to sum up our Easter in just one picture – Why not head over there to check out the rest of the Easter pics?

P.S. What you can’t see is that the rain is up to 1.5 inches

Me Right Now – The Gallery

Yes I’m in bed. It’s 9.02 and we’ve been up what feels like a million times in the night with various children. None of them ill but not asleep either. I do know that I haven’t had 2 solid hours of sleep together so when the school lot have left I’ve crawled back to bed. Baby T is now awake though so up I am for the rest of the day, hoping tonight is one of those blissful nights where I don’t move, speak or think for 8 solid hours.

For Tara Cain’s Gallery we’ve been asked to send a pic of what we were doing when we read
the prompt of ‘Me Right Now’ – so here you go! You didn’t think I’d actually show a photo of me in bed did you?

The Gallery – Cake of the Week – 11/11/11

This week’s Cake of the Week post is also doubling up as a Gallery post for Tara Cain’s link up. I’ve taken part in quite a few Gallery posts over the past year but every now and then a theme just grabs me.

The theme for this week’s Gallery is 11/11/11 which was last Friday – we had to take a photo or series of photos which summed up the day for us and this is mine.

As a whole the day kept reminding us of Love. The wedding cake I made for the 11/11/11 was for a couple that have been together for a number of years but decided around 5 weeks ago that they wanted to seal their love on 11/11/11 – They were a really good couple to work for, knew what they wanted but allowed some creativity and were open to suggestions. It was also evident that it was being together that was more important the THE WEDDING.

More poignantly, Friday 11th November was Armistice Day as it has been for the past 90 years. This year more than ever people seemed really switched on to honouring the dead and injured servicemen who fought for our country.

My friend lost her 22 year brother in Afganistan a year ago this week. She works at my daughters’ school but on Friday was in London at the Albert Hall rehearsing for the Remembrance Day concert. Updates on Facebook kept reminding me of how much she and her family miss Chris.

I will admit to a massive lump in my throat when my 9yo came out of school and told me that Chris’ soldier’s helmet was on display during their assembly that day.

The end of Friday 11/11/11 was also the day that my eldest 2 daughters decided that they do actually love each after all and want to share a room (Violet’s exact words were, “Mum I’m going to sleep in the same room as Millie until the day I die”!) So now we own a 5 bedroomed house with 2 children squatting down in the same room. Only in this house!

A quiet week last week for Cake of the Week (where were you all?) – I have no idea what I will be doing this week so am relying on you all for some inspiration. Don’t worry if your cakes are not decorated, homely are lovely and still welcome to join in with Cake of the Week. Its just for fun!

The Gallery – Home

People make a house into a home. Well, they do in my world anyway. I believe that a home comes alive when it is full of people. Our house has a constant stream of people running through it – The 5 of us are loud enough but when friends and family pop by it goes mad. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Home is this week’s prompt for Tara Cain’s Gallery. I have chosen this picture because 1. It was a great day full of visitors and lots of chatter and 2. The rest of the house looks tidyish (if you ignore all the toys at the back of the room)

The picture was taken 3 days after Tara was born which was also the day Dermot went back to work – A day I had been dreading but one of the nicest days ever. I felt really looked after and relaxed and it was a lovely introduction to how Tara’s new home works (My Tara, not Tara Cain!) If you look closely you can see me hiding at the back looking pale and tired – not my finest moment.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the other Gallery entries consider to be Home – why don’t you pop over with me?

Shoes – The Gallery

I didn’t think I was going to enter this week’s Gallery but I accidentally came across this photo and couldn’t resist.

Little Violet trying on her Dad’s shoes. I flippin love that kid.

We also quite frequently have sugar shoes in this house. Here are a couple of examples …

The Mini Slippers

and the good old sugar shoe!

Ugly Betty – The Gallery – Week 6

Wow, what a challenge this week was! There has been loads of talk on Twitter about this week’s Gallery subject …UGLY! I can’t even think about the word without singing u.g.l.y, you ain’t got no alibi ….Can you? No then, perhaps that’s just my music taste!

Anywhoo, back to the task. My immediate thoughts were self-deprecation and posting a picture of me – but I haven’t spent all my 21 years (cough!) building up my self-estemm to blow it in one fell swoop – Can you imagine how many comments I would receive though?!

Other items I thought of posting:

* Husband’s feet (But they are never still enough and might break the camera)
* The Bottom of the wheely bin (too distressing to go near!)
* The cat sick underneath the trampoline that I am trying to pretend I haven’t seen
* Most areas of St Helens

I really don’t do UGLY – I even work with pretty things for a living (making cakes in case anyone has been living in a cave for the past 4 years)

So I thought, where am I going during the week that I might encounter ugliness…The Lake District!!! Bloody hell, its one of the lovliest places on earth!

So here is what I came up with – A Sheep! From afar they are cute little white dots on the landscape but nearby? Not so pretty and wooly are you now? This isn’t the ugliest sheep we saw but the real minger was so grumpy she did a runner before the camera came out – She really has broken a lens or two in her time.

So Ewe …Ewe are my ugly post for the week – balanced out by a gratuitous country shot of my children (who are definately not ugly – although this was one of my fears when they were in the womb – but thats a post for another day!)

For other, far better Gallery Posts, visit Tara Cain’s Sticky Fingers and laugh or weep with the best of them!