Pictures of Maddie

We've just had a photo session, Mr Grigg and me, here in the kitchen.

It's usually me behind the camera - I've never been much of a one for inflicting my fisog on the world. Invariably, pictures of me on the web are of tea cups, tiki masks and Fra Newbery's painting The Spirit of Bridport.
I also use this one a lot.  I like it. I took it. But I'm not in it. 
'Smile girls,' I yelled from afar. 'Jump up and down a bit.'

So they did. 

It's one of my favourite pictures.

But, over the last few months, it's me who's had to be the subject of the photographs. 

'Can you send me a nice photo of you by the sea?' the feature writer at Good Housekeeping said to me last summer.

'Do you really need it?' I said. 'Can't you use a picture of the Greek village we lived in, or a back view of me?'

'Well, not really,' she said. 'It's a two page feature and it's all about you and how you felt living on a Greek island.'

It happened again this week.

'We'd like a head and shoulders picture of you,' said the nice lady from The People's Friend magazine.

'Can't you use a picture of my new dog?' I asked.

Well, she is rather beautiful.
'Of course not,' the nice lady said. 'Not unless the dog's writing your column.'

So there, in a roundabout way, is the announcement I had to make. On the strength of this blog, I've been asked to be a columnist for the oldest women's weekly magazine in the world.

It's a huge honour, a wonderful opportunity and I can't stop pinching myself at my good luck. So I've had to jettison the reluctance to having my photo taken because, basically, the dog is rubbish at writing.
And as my first column is due to be featured on or around April 1st, I reckon photo number four.

What do you think?

That's about it.

Love Maddie x

Comments

  1. Lovely photos, nothing to be shy about

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  2. I was only thinking about Good Housekeeping magazine yesterday, (as I donned my apron from the goodie bag we received). My Granny, my Mum & myself were invited to celebrate their 50th (golden)Anniversary at Goldsmiths Hall. We were invited because my Granny wrote to them to let them know that she had bought the magazine from it's start and that each month it was read by her, my mum and me! I remember everyone being very interested in the fact that I was a woman in engineering... I was so shy that I was completely over faced by the whole event

    Well done with the new job!

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    1. How interesting that must have been. I can imagine you being an engineer is a bit of a talking point. I'm surprised they didn't take your details for a future feature.
      Thanks for your congratulations. It feels a bit unreal. Better late than never! Now all I have to wait for is a national newspaper to approach me to be a TV critic. I'd be in complete heaven then.

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  3. Number 3 has a certain je ne sais quai. .....I like number 2 best. Congrats on the gig!

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    1. I was tempted to do a tortoise impression.

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  4. Photo number 2 is fab. Loads of congratulations on your new column!

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    1. Thanks Emma, am on cloud nine! Not sure what one to eight are like, but nine's pretty good.

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  5. You are beautiful and look just as I imagined you would!!!! Congratulations!!!! I am so thrilled for you!!

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    1. Oh, Linda, you are very kind. Thanks for your lovely words.

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  6. Well done! I've enjoyed your blog for ages but seldom post I regret to say. You and your writing have given me many a laugh so, TA!

    I like photos 2 and 4 to put them in numerical order. Love your merry eyes and smile!

    Hugs from afar!

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    1. Thanks Barbara Anne, another blog following stalwart. Much appreciated.
      Merry eyes and smile! Now there's a thing. Don't take much seriously, least of all myself. Hugs back atchya!

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  7. Well done! I'll have to hound my local book seller to save me a copy of the UK Good Housekeeping.
    So THAT'S what you look like! So young and very peaches and cream British.

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    1. Thanks Pondside, you've been there from the start. The featured in GH was in Oct, so you might not find it. However, I'll be linking my new column through to my blog...

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  8. Picture 4 is the real you- an image often seen just after Mr Grigg has spoken.....

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    1. Ha, Hannibal! I can't remember what it was Mr Grigg said but, yep, that#'s what happened.

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