I haven’t got a picture of the big thing that we did on Saturday last week, but it was H’s 11 plus exam. The morning was taken up with that. I have no idea really how he did. No disasters I don’t think (not like the mock he did where he missed a section and realised near the end, but by then all this answers in the wrong spaces), but 10-year-old boys don’t give very good feedback I find. It was harder in parts than his mocks and easier in parts, so I think that means it was about what he expected overall.
The rest of the weekend was spent visiting places that were open either specially or for free as part of the Heritage Open Days weekend. Mum visited a convent in Handsworth that designed by Pugin (think Houses of Parliament) whilst H was doing his exam. We went together to Blakesley Hall in Yardley, which is a historic house owned by the council and surrounded by lots of semis these days which seems a bit odd. I think Yardley was once a village, but it got swallowed up by Birmingham as it grew.
This week we did a photo shoot after school (it’s nice that the light is still good enough for that at the moment). This was for some work we were doing for a new book called Where’s Wookiee?2 (think Where’s Wally? with a Star Wars theme). I loved this shot of a boy and his cat: Bracken loves children and has a real soft spot for H.
I’ve had a busy week workwise and some of the work has been quite involved with lots of social media requirements, as well as the blog posts. I’ve had quite a few pictures to take too. I do wonder what people walking past must think when I have it all set up for a shoot in my dining room. It’s nice to be busy though and I’d rather have lots on.