An eye opening visit

My Show and Tell this week is of a special painting of a special place in our family’s life. The scene is of Clifton, Bristol in south west of England and includes the Downs, the Suspension Bridge and the Balloon festival.

We lived for a year in Bristol nearly 5 years ago. We had a wonderful year and made some great friends. We attended a church in Clifton, and often spent the rest of our ~Sundays in this lovely historic part of Bristol. We bought the picture before our return to Northern Ireland, and it brings back memories of people and places when I look it.

The observant and regular visitors among you will know that I have not been just as frequent with my blogging, but life was just too hectic. It was nice to be missed though! I did not of course miss taking my daily photos.

Here what has been going on since my last post.

On Wednesday I had a willing model at our toddler group, including her sun hat and sunglasses (although it was a pity we did not have the weather to match).

Today my son was at the opticians, getting his eyes tested for glasses. I started wearing glasses at an early age, and my eldest daughter did too, so I was not too surprised that he needed them too. The challenge will be getting him to wear them – I will keep you posted.

Fortunately my optician knows of my obsession of taking photos, and blogging (Hi Paul!) so permitted some photo taking during the process. At one stage he showed my son a picture of my eyeball – so you can see it too (not your everyday blog pic).

My son commented it looked like the planet Mars!

In my last post I mentioned I was going pottery painting at Eden Pottery. It was great fun, and the items I made should be ready at the weekend. I promise to share them here unless they turn out really hideous!

For more Show and Tell visit Kelli at There’s No Place Like Home.

It is a bank holiday weekend, so the cottage beckons. Hope you have a lovely weekend – what are your plans?

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  1. When my son found out he had to wear glasses, he took to them right away. He doesn’t have to wear them all the time so it’s a struggle to get them off him (odd, right?). The eyeball pic is cool.

  2. I’m waiting on that with Toots, the hubs and I both needed glasses from a young age, athough she always wants to wear ours so it won’t be too bad if she does need them.

    Have a nice weekend at the cottage.

  3. cool eye-shot!! My elder son is wearing glasses, too – thanks God we had no problems by wearing it.

  4. love the painting….and especially LOVE your models!!!

    My Show n Tell is about some Sailors I’ve brought home with me. Happy weekend wishes to you.

  5. omgosh, I love that eye picture! I and my two daughters wear glasses (actually my eldest wears contacts, but ykwim). Everyone on my side of the family used to wear glasses as well, but they’ve either had lasik or that lens replacement surgery thing, so now I’m the only one who wears them.

    I guess I don’t mind. I don’t know any other way.

  6. I love your memory invoking painting! Cool eye doc pics too (that eye is both cool, and freaky:), have a great weekend!!

  7. Love the painting…it has so much detail!
    Cool eye picture! Have a wonderful Friday…Julie

  8. I started wearing glasses at around 18-24 months. Yeah, two years old with my coke bottle glasses. I was stylin’! or not. LOL I had about 6 or 7 eye surgeries as a kid….

    I like wearing my glasses now, though….

  9. Hello Jan Mary…

    Ohhh my…what big eyes you have! hehe!!! Sorry, couldn’t resist! What a beautiful photo and keepsake to remember your days in Bristol by!!!

    Your son and daughter are such sweeties! Love your daughter’s sun hat and glasses!!! So cute!

    Warmest wishes,

  10. So glad Paul let you share those pictures of your son and his eye! AWESOME stuff and I agree, it does look like Mars!
    And the toddler is adorable!

  11. I think your eyeball is incredible, and incredibly interesting too. I’ve never seen a picture like that. Course, I’ve only been to an optician a couple of times in my life. I really need to go again, for I’m supposed to get glasses for distance and reading. What am I waiting for? probably to run into a doorpost to get it into my brain where it computes. haha!

    Your son looks so funny – like a small dr. doolitle or something LOL.

    Your model is sooo darling – great pic. I’m eagerly waiting to see what you made for pottery.

    ~ Barb

  12. Oh you’re so blessed to live somewhere so beautiful! I’d love to see that part of the world.

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