Double photo shoot / Double séance photo

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These photos were taken two weeks ago at the Octagon, in the Glen of the Downs, Co Wicklow. With autumn now well on its way, it was as good a time as any for a photo shoot of the acorns in their Puddlegear waterproofs.

As it turns out, this was the day after I was interviewed by an Irish Times journalist. Sheila Wayman contacted me out of the blue to ask about the importance of the outdoors for children, and the tendency in Ireland to confine them indoors as soon as the weather turns. She had just read my blog post about kids’ waterproof clothing on the Nature Kindergarten‘s website.

And so it was that our innocent family outing to the Octagon turned into a double photo shoot. For an Irish Times photographer arranged to meet us there and take the photos to illustrate Sheila’s article.

How to avoid becoming a fair-weather family appeared in the Irish Times Health+Family supplement on Tuesday 3rd October. I bought 3 copies of the paper before the acorns went to school. Jedi and Mermaid took a copy each to show to their teachers and classmates.


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Ces photos ont été prises il y a quinze jours à l’Octogone, dans le Glen of the Downs, Co Wicklow. Comme l’automne prenait déjà ses aises, c’était l’occasion de photographier les graines de chêne dans leurs ensembles imperméables Puddlegear.

Par pure coïncidence, cette sortie tomba le lendemain de mon interview avec une journaliste du quotidien national The Irish Times. La veille, Sheila Wayman avait recueilli mes impressions sur l’importance des expériences en plein air pour les enfants, et la tendance en Irlande à les confiner à l’intérieur à la moindre goutte de pluie. Elle venait de lire mon article de blog sur les imperméables pour enfants sur le site du Nature Kindergarten

C’est ainsi que notre petite expédition à l’Octogone a donné lieu à une double séance photo. Car un photographe de The Irish Times avait convenu de nous y retrouver pour prendre les photos qui illustreront l’article de Sheila.

Ledit article a été publié dans le supplément Famille & Santé du journal de mardi 3 octobre. J’en ai acheté trois exemplaires sur le chemin de l’école et Jedi et Sirène en ont emporté un chacun pour le montrer à leurs copains de classe et enseignants. 

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