Ti Amo

Ti Amo, originally uploaded by rutty.


It’s Jo’s birthday today and so I’ve taken her to a nice Italian restaurant in Gedling called Ti Amo.

It was simply decorated in the modern (non Italian) style, and whereas they employed young, ineffective waiters the food was very nice indeed.

This photo shows part of the neon-lit decorations. I like the purple and the reflections of the ceiling lights

Square blocks

Square blocks

Square blocks, originally uploaded by rutty.


Our lounge has turned into more of a play area than somewhere to watch Big Brother on the sofa. It’s not very large and we always try and tidy up after our little girl has gone to bed but we often have toys strewn across the carpet.

Jo had saved a lot of old toys in her Mum’s loft so we’ve now got these ancient wooden bricks for Ruby to play with. She prefers to muck about with the bowl that they’re stored in at the moment though

Dead room

Dead room

Dead room, originally uploaded by rutty.


I’m starting to feel a bit lonely at work now. More and more people are being made redundant and I turned out to be the only person on the late shift in our building. It was me, two security guys and three floors of emptiness.

This lab is now permanently empty. They’ve got rid of everyone from this room. It used to be packed with kit and now: nothing. Sad.

I took this through the glass on the door so you can see some reflections too. I quite like the effect, almost like a light-leak on some toy camera. Effect was from Camera+

Left Turn Clyde

Left Turn Clyde

Left Turn Clyde, originally uploaded by rutty.


Nothing in the house is safe any more. Our little girl can crawl, stand and generally reach anything over a certain height. She’s not quite figured out how to propel herself around on one of these little ride-along things but it’s only a matter of (very short) time.

Time to get some trunking for all the cables in the house I think



Basement, originally uploaded by rutty.


We have a basement and it’s pretty dark and dingy. We try not to go down there too often. You know, because of the ghosts…

Tap tap tap

Tap tap tap

Tap tap tap, originally uploaded by rutty.


I use my iPhone a lot for my Flickr photos (a bit too much, perhaps) but I’ve never thought of using the volume buttons as a shutter release. As a concept it’d be great if you could do it.

Well, now you can if you’re using the Camera+ app from Taptaptap, although you have to do a little frig to make it work as Apple have rejected the function.

It works like a charm. In fact, it’s how I took this photo.

Camera+ is an ace little app and worth the outlay even if you choose not to muck about with this little config

So. How does this work?

So. How does this work?

So. How does this work?, originally uploaded by rutty.


Ruby’s crawling is improving. She’s still slow but can now get to pretty much anywhere in the lounge. She’s fascinated with all the stuff in our TV cabinet and she keeps heading towards our Sky box, sticky fingers to the fore.

Our relaxing in front of the TV days are numbered, as least while Ruby is up.

Earlier in the day I headed off down to the nursery to pick Ruby up. It’s only her second week but she seems to be really enjoying herself. The girls down there tell me that she’s been really good, has eaten well and likes to pull hair. I’m so glad I have my hair cut short!

When I got there this afternoon she was oblivious to my existence for a few seconds but when she did see me all she wanted to do was have a cuddle with Daddy. She was hugely happy to see me and had a big smile on her face when I picked her up. I could have cried right there! I’ve not had so much enthusiasm for my arrival since our dog died when I was a teenager.

Let me out

Let me out

Let me out, originally uploaded by rutty.


I had to move Ruby’s cot position down to its lowest setting a couple of days ago as she’s starting to climb up things. The last thing we need is her vaulting out of her cot at three in the morning



Sleepy, originally uploaded by rutty.


Ruby has always been a really good sleeper, although recently she’s taken to waking up a bit early or taking a little longer to drop off than she used to. Still, we’re rarely woken by her and when she does wake up early she just has a little chat to herself before going back to sleep again.

I can’t tell you how lucky we are. So many new parents really suffer with lack of sleep, and whereas we could do with a bit more sleep here and there we’re doing OK on the whole



Breakie, originally uploaded by rutty.


Fridays are bacon sarnie day. I went a bit overboard today – six items in a cob.

Blocking my arteries are bacon, egg, tomato, mushrooms, hash browns and some lovely, lovely black pudding. Garnished with both mustard and brown sauce. £2.60.


I’m aware that this is shot is horribly out of focus. I don’t think that the iPhone 3G is great at focussing this close in to such gorgeous food (or anything at all for that matter)



Sunflower, originally uploaded by rutty.


I bought my wife some flowers today (it happens sometimes!) and they had some nice, small sunflowers for sale. I bought them and some roses because my wife deserves more than £1.99 worth spending on her.

I used my little magnetic macro lens again to take this. The iPhone 3G has a tendency to over-expose bright scenes so I had to hunt around for a part of the flower where this didn’t happen. Focussing is an issue – it’s more luck than judgement when using the macro lens – but I was happy the way this came out. I’ve added a cross-process effect too.