Thursday, June 25, 2009


Not quite a "before" shot - more a "partway through the first day and reaching the worse-before-it-gets-better stage" shot. The amazing thing is, at some point, someone had painted large sections of the room in that gobsmacking green. Wow.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sofas, so good

One of the many changes in the house in June - the arrival, finally, of the ordered sofas. They came yesterday and are lovely and comfy - and of course, look like proper grownup furtniture rather than something from student digs, which is what the other sofas were beginning to resemble...

A very tired Sarah poses with them - tired because she had just moments before returned from her week-long school journey - 4 nights away and yes, consequently not a huge amount of sleep.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

Brace yourself

Sarah was surprisingly willing to be photographed wearing her latest accesory - a "functional appliance" type of brace (though she requested I photograph only her mouth - typical!). She has a medium large overbite and these will help correct that. Children's orthodontia in the UK is covered under the NHS if their particular issue is high enough up on the scale - Sarah's overbite is big enough to make it under the NHS (otherwise, we'd not be going down this route - not yet, anyway). The brace is a funny appliance - it's like two retainers with big plastic blocks on them. The blocks sit in such a way that you can't close your mouth unless the bottom jaw is brought forward a bit - basically, what it does is train the jaw, over time, to come forward and thereby corrects the bite. She's very tolerant of the appliance and the whole wearing braces thing, which makes me very proud of her - a grownup attitude. Of course, she was involved in the decision - we wouldn't have forced her to wear them! Better now than later, when she is interested in boys and self-conscious about her looks...