This week has been a bit of a challenge, as I had a major hardware failure in my desktop PC. Total failure of my hard drive – the one with all my data on. Such a fundamental failure that it couldn’t be read or even accessed through any device we own. Thankfully I have several different backup mechanisms in place, and all I have lost is the high-resolution versions of about a month’s worth of photographs. Thanks to Google+ auto-backup I still have lower res versions of everything. I do run a weekly full backup, but it failed to complete for the last few weeks, hence the slightly further-than-usual rollback. Let this be a warning to you though – make sure you have backups! I would have been gutted if I’d lost everything. Thankfully I still managed to take a photo each day this week, so here is my selection for the week:
Sunday 27 April 2014: Enjoying the parade
Today was the second day of the annual Sandbach Transport Festival, which is always one of the highlights of our year. Sandbach is (or at least was) the home of Fodens trucks, and the transport festival is a great gathering of trucks, cars and other modes of transport. My favourite part of the festival is the parade – after lunch all the assembled vehicles make a very slow tour of the town, and the pass the end of our road. We have lunch and then take up position ready to watch all the vehicles pass by. There’s a great atmosphere, with much hooting of horns and waving.
My son LOVES it. And every year he seems to love it even more. This year he stood keenly by the edge of the road and waved at every single vehicle that drove past. And all of the drivers waved back. I think this picture captures the moment perfectly 🙂
Monday 28 April 2014: Why backups are important
This is the inside of my PC. Minus one hard drive. Yesterday my data drive disappeared from my computer. It suddenly became inaccessible. Today we pulled it out to try all our technical support skills, and nothing has worked. It is completely lost.
My data drive. The drive that holds all my documents, all my photos, all my data.
If I didn’t have backups,it would be a disaster.
Thankfully I have backups. They may not be 100% complete, but I’m pretty confident I will be able to restore at least 95% of everything that was on the drive. I’ll know for sure in a couple of days when the replacement hard disk I have ordered arrives.
Take this as your warning. If you haven’t backed up your computer recently, please do!
Tuesday 29 April 2014: Listening to the story
Since the start of this year we’ve been reading bedtime stories all together as a family, rather than each child having a separate parent and stories. On the whole it still works well, but my son hasn’t always been able to pay attention to the chapter books that my daughter is now enjoying. All has changed this week, however, with the start of a new story – George’s Marvellous Medicine, by Roald Dahl. My son has been attentive, lying with his a Daddy and taking in every word. It’s been wonderful to watch 🙂
Wednesday 30 April 2014: Second tooth fairy visit
After what feels like months of it being really wobbly, my daughter’s tooth finally came out today. And unlike last time she actually managed to keep hold of it (rather than swallowing it!). So tonight is the first night she’ll have put a tooth in her special tooth pot for the tooth fairy, even thought it’s her second tooth fairy visit.
Sadly she’s also sussed out that fairies don’t really exist. I suspect she’ll still expect the cash though!
Thursday 1 May 2014: Meet Tappy
This is Tappy, the tap safety toy. We first met Tappy at the Gadget Show Live. She’s not really a gadget, but her inventors had won a stand there as part of a UK Inventors’ competition. She fits over pretty much any tap and protects your small child(ren) from bumping themselves or from getting dripped on.
We all loved the product, so I ordered one and it arrived this week. Tonight was the first bath the kids have had with her.
There’s just one problem. Now, instead of arguing over who gets to sit at the non-tap end, the kids are arguing over who gets to sit at the Tappy end. We’ve had to set up a rota!
Friday 2 May 2014: Drying his hair
We went for my son’s weekly swimming lesson today, and he discovered the hair dryer in the changing room!
Saturday 3 May 2014: Pony Party
My son went to the birthday party of a friend from his nursery today – the first time he’s ever been to such a party. And what a party to start with – it was at a very nice equestrian centre, and was a pony-themed party. Each of the guests got a short (no more than 5 minute) pony ride before the more traditional party tea and cake.
My son was very excited – he has ridden a couple of times before, and enjoyed it, so he was really looking forward to his ride today. This shot captures how much he enjoyed it I think.
He cried when it was time to get off as he though the ride had been too short!
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