Saturday, September 30, 2006

Apple and iTunes in the dark ages

Can you believe it in this day and age? I wanted to send an iTunes voucher in dollars to someone in the US, however it seems that you can only buy vouchers in your own currency that can only be spent in your own country. When I asked iTunes support if there was any way round, this is what they said

Dear Julie,
I understand you would like to purchase a GIft Certificate for someone who lives in the US.
Currently, iTunes Music Store Gift Certificates can only be redeemed in the country where they are purchased. It is not possible to send an iTunes Music Store Gift Certificate to a recipient in another country.
John David
iTunes Store Customer Support

So it looks as though it’ll have to be an Amazon voucher. Can anyone explain why iTunes can’t seem to manage something that much smaller retailers handle very easily?

Friday, September 29, 2006

Girls in ‘fishing bottoms’

This was the first picture I could find of my darling sister, Rachel – whose birthday it is today.
She’s the one in the middle and it was she who coined the phrase ‘fishing bottoms’ for swimsuits. I’m the one on the left and Vanessa Knox-Mawer, my best friend and daughter of the Supreme Judge in Fiji at the time, is the one on the right. We often used to troop up to the court house after school and peek through the open side doors to have a giggle at Vanessa’s father presiding in his costume and wig.

Happy birthday, Rachel.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Even more mummies


Wednesday, September 27, 2006

More mothers

I told you – at the moment my life is work, chauffering children , cooking and waiting at nurseries and the last one is the only one where I have two free hands. (Notice that housework isn’t on that list!)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Mothers in the rain

If I stick with the current arrangements for drop off and pick up of Xavier from nursery you're going to see a whole load more along these lines over the next year. I aspire to the day the ‘Mothers waiting outside nursery’ series could achieve just a small percentage of the cult following of the Crack Skull Bob ‘People in Starbucks’ series. By the way he’s selling off original artwork at a laughably low price – I wait in eager anticipation for the arrival of the first piece of art that I’ve ever bought.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Xavier in the park

Now then Mummy, I’m going to rescue you on my dragon.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Waiting to pick up nursery children

I’m one of the hands-free mothers so I can draw while I wait. All that time we spend with a baby on usually the same hip, it’s a wonder us mothers stay symmetrical.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Illustration Friday - CHANGE

I know I haven’t participated in Illustration Friday for ages, so to get me back in, a quickie of what happens most evenings in our house. Robin changing a wheel, a tyre, something to make his transport to work as efficient as possible. Meanwhile I am usually trying to cook a meal amongst the rubble of spanners, inner tubes and various other bits and pieces. Anyway at least all that cycling provides me with some beautiful muscles to draw!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Forget Starbucks and Costa

This is where you get the best cup of coffee in St Albans. He made notes in the book – I often think that St Albans is heaving with book reviewers because you can always find ‘not for resale’ review copies of books in the charity shops.

Monday, September 11, 2006

My son the pop star

Tom had fun on a music and video-making course for a few days over the summer. The budget for the video was £2 (Iceland is a great place for buying mystery meat when money is desperately tight). Go on, click that little arrow, you know you’re curious. Tom is the band member lying on the ground at the beginning. And Simon Cowell, please contact me at julieoakleydesign dot com for any recording contracts.