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. Sincerely, 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?
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.
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!)
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.
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!
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.
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.
This is a place where I regularly post personal artwork, good, bad or indifferent.
The characters that crop up regularly in this blog are husband – Robin, eldest teenager and only daughter – Flo, next teenager and eldest son – Tom, teenager second son – Hugo, five year old third son – Xavier, and red Staffordshire Bull Terrier – Rufus.
I'll try to reply wherever you comment but if I don't it's only because I'm overwhelmed with running a family and earning a living.
My two eldest have started a business venture selling artwork (mainly my paintings) to raise money for university. Please visit their site, Oakley Gallery to see what they are selling now.
If you want to buy prints of anything you see here or have any requests please send an email to flo at oakleygallery dot com