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I’m participating in the Best Of 2009 Blog Challenge.  Every day this month, I write something different about what’s happened this year.

See this little boy here?  He doesn’t sit still, like, ever.

This is often a problem.  We still live in a small flat; it’s winter, so we can’t use the garden; David’s bedroom is David-safe, but everywhere else he has to be either strapped down or closely supervised.  The weather is horrible at this time of year, and he’s only just walking, so trips to the park happen once in a blue moon.  This is why we spend most afternoons in the best place in the world, ever: a soft-play centre a half-hour drive down the road.

I know I come across as slightly obsessed, but most of the pictures of David at the Daily Photo are taken there.  They have the biggest baby and toddler area in the country, with lots of lovely sensory things for babies.  It’s incredibly well thought-out, and David adores it.  His absolute favourite are the fish in the bubble tube.

I love it too, of course.  It’s very reasonable to get in.  The food is good: standard soft play centre fare, but just really, really nice.  (There’s a nice balance of healthy and unhealthy: David has started asking for chocolate buttons when we go there.).  The most wonderful thing is that he can run, well, high-speed crawl around in complete safety, and tire himself out nicely.

I’m going to let the pictures do the talking.


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The Driving Rain

I know I’ve been saving the photo posts for the Daily Photo blog, but I’ve been taking too many photos.  (I also need a new, bigger hard drive.  A few extra terabytes should cover six months’ worth, I reckon…)

We headed down to my parents’ place this weekend, and drove back in the pouring rain today.  I’ve been experimenting with long- and shorter-exposure pictures on the motorway.  These are the pick of the bunch.

As much as I’d love to, I won’t promise that any other posts are coming this week, as I’m still up to my eyeballs.  There will be posts on the Daily Photo, and I’ll try to write something here.  In the meantime, you could make some herb damper, or some cherry-cinnamon cookies, and then you could read about recovery from depression.  See you when the madness has ended!

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Fiat Seicento Sporting

Oh dear.  I seem to have acquired a project.

That small, practical, sub-£2000 car that I promised myself as a replacement for the Sierra?  A Fiat Seicento Schumacher Sporting, in Broom Yellow.  It is a truly brilliant car, made in a way that only the Italians can make them: light and nippy and tremendous fun, with only a 1.1l engine, so cheap to insure and run.

It’s not that it desparately needs anything doing to it.  The brake pads and the cam belt could do with changing, and the handbrake needs to be adjusted so it stays on when I’m parked on a hill.  The trouble is, I’ve fallen in love with it, and I want it to look like new.  Coupled with an obsession with small, Italian cars, it’s about to get very expensive.  See the boot lid?  It’s missing a decal.  That needs replacing, but not until I’ve had the whole thing resprayed so it’s nice and shiny again.

I’m not about putting bodykits on or changing things in a big way.  All I’ve done so far is had the rear windows tinted, and that was more out of a hatred of those child sun-blinds than a desire to change the car.  (It does, however, look AWESOME.)  I want to replace the scratched handbrake and the torn leather around the gearstick.  I want to get rid of the scratches from the dashboard and the stains from the seats.  I want to do a full respray to tone in that patch of slightly darker paint on the door.  I’m going to get some Abarth badges onto the wheels and replace all the original badges with new, unscratched versions.

I spent the week after I bought the Seicento driving it and telling everyone I knew that it was amazing.  I just need to make it look and feel and drive as amazingly as it deserves to, and as its heritage suggests.

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