Holiday snaps

The photos and videos from our holiday in the Marlborough Sounds are now online.

As well as learning to drive a tractor, Matt discovered there was much fun to be had in trying to throw his toys off the rather high deck at the bach – or at least constantly racing mum or dad to the edge with a toy in hand! As with our Christmas visit, he remains obsessed with the fan there, and delights in turning switches on and off at every opportunity. He can now climb up onto chairs, kick a ball, and stood up from sitting for the first time without needing to use a table or chair to pull himself up onto his feet.

Most importantly, he passed a major milestone while on holiday – he fetched his father a beer! Sweet. Just have to teach him how to use the lawnmower and wash the car and I’ll be set. 😉

Here’s a sneak peek at one of the short videos – Matt playing Humpty Dumpty on the edge of the swimming pool with Mum,

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Baby Instructions

This from the handbook you may or may not have received when the little one arrived in your family… 😉

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Toddler Translation

While on holiday we tallied up Matt’s vocabulary just short of 18 months. Needless to say that some of his words need a little translation for people other than Mum and Dad…

ma = monkey
nun = sun
baa = flower
mmmbee = strawberry
par = park
bananee = banana
butter (or budder) = butterfly
budden = button
ban = fan (although he’s starting to say “fan” now)
buzz = buzzy-bee
teese = cheese
buddy = buggy
pano = piano

and as for fully understandable words,

mum, mummy, dad, daddy, baby, that, bee, star (esp since Christmas), bye, bunny, bear, nana, marmite, bar (for muesli-bar), done, gone, me (usually while pointing at something he’s done – like drawing on the sea chest with a crayon!), car, and beep-beep (sometimes while pointing to mum’s breasts!!! – very funny).

Not a bad vocab from the little guy. What amazes me though is how much more he understands, recognises and/or associates. We have a couple of “First Words – Touch and Feel” books (which I highly recommend) and when asked Matt can correctly point to almost everything in them – including unusual things like ‘candy’ or ‘zebra’. He’s a little sponge for information and his exponential learning is fascinating to watch.

Home again

We’re back from a fantastic trip to the family bach in the Sounds – a week of warm summer weather and relaxing “away from it all”. I’ve yet to sort some photos and videos so stay tuned for that…

What happened in our absence? You tell me! With no internet access my feed reader accumulated 1700+ items which kinda hammers home just how much online content I look at. Might be time to reduce that somewhat! We did however catch the TV news including Sir Ed’s state funeral (on our one rain day) which is now available via the TVNZ ondemand website.

Right then. On with the unpacking and digital organising…

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10,000+ Photos

I recently clocked up 10,000 photos and videos on my little Canon IXUS 400 compact digital camera – quite a milestone with a single camera now over 4 years old!

No, I didn’t count ’em all, instead the camera uses a sequential numbering system, starting 100_0001, 100_0002, 100_1003… with the hundredth photo numbered 101_0100 and the thousandth photo 110_1000. I’m now up to 202_0248 and the astute among you will have already figured that should be 10,248 presses of the shutter button.

Here’s the camera that has served me so well,

…and continues to do so! While it doesn’t sport the higher resolutions of newer models, the picture quality at 2272×1704 is absolutely superb and plenty good enough for the printing I want. The movie mode also gets a good workout, with it recording 320×240 AVI videos at 15fps with sound. Storage is onto a Compact Flash card, of which I have a couple, and it takes a proprietary Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery.

Speaking of batteries, I always recommend getting two if you’re buying a digital camera and mine have lasted very well – from June 2003 until August 2007 when I decided they weren’t holding charge as well as they should. The original batteries got me to around 9500 photos/videos, with replacements purchased via who I would happily purchase from again.

Given that the camera is still going strong, I don’t anticipate having to replace it anytime soon. When I finally do, I’m pretty sure I’ll be sticking with Canon given the sterling run I’ve had with this one. If anyone is interested, here’s the specs as listed at (Digital Photography Review – a most excellent website by the way).

Finally, a topical plug for my photo gallery at and shared videos at YouTube. There you’ll find most of the pics and vids I want to share, but in the future I expect to make more use of Picasa for photos.

Thank you Canon. My camera rocks!