Water, originally uploaded by rutty.


Babies are toxic. They might look cute but they carry some of the most virulent viruses know to mankind.

A friend of ours has a daughter and she had gastroenteritis. Not a pleasant experience for a 5 month old! Since then a number of babies in our group have had similar (if less severe) vomiting problems, including our Ruby.

Because she can’t keep her germs to herself both Jo and I have joined in. Thankfully, we started at different times, so Jo was ill first and I could tend to her fevered brow while looking after Ruby then when I came down with it she could do the same for us. We’ve just about coped with our first (and definitely not last) bout of baby illness.

Ruby is OK apart from some runny nappy issues. I’m about ready to drop (hence the rather sub-standard photo for today)




Fire, originally uploaded by rutty.


I decided to take a few photos of a few things around our lab today, just ordinary, boring things. I can’t really show any (or much) of the equipment here but there’s all sorts of the normal stuff about.

I thought the fire point was quite interesting. And red. Very red. I like red, of which this has much.

All gone

All gone

All gone, originally uploaded by rutty.


I work shifts. There are many advantages of this (remuneration being one of them) and I often get to watch nearly everyone else leave work while I’m on the late shift. It’s pretty dispiriting watching hundreds of people scarper at 5pm while I have another 5 hours of work to go.

This is the view when most people have gone. Yes, that is a Santa hat perched on top of that locker.

I generally like working shifts. I get to spend more time than I would otherwise at home with Ruby and Jo, though the late shift isn’t popular with my wife. She hates being at home on her own in the evenings.

Oh well. Only few more months then I may have to spend a little bit too much time at home

The view from the play mat

The view from the play mat

The view from the play mat, originally uploaded by rutty.


OK, so I’m using an “artless” shot for my 365 today but I’m trying to use the project as a reminder of my 2010 and I think this is probably more pertinent than many previous shots.

No, really.

Well, as is evident from many of my earlier photos we have a small baby and she spends an awful amount of time requiring entertaining. We do this in a multitude of ways but one of my favourites is to place her on her play mat while waving various toys around and making silly faces. I also sing and make strange cooing sounds.

You’d think that this would be a frightening experience for such a young girl but she seems to like it.

At the moment she’s trying to slobber over everything and pull Jo’s hair as frequently as possible. She loves laying down on the bathroom rug while we shower and is a big fan of being thrown in the air. When I do the later I risk being showered in sick/sputum/both.

Life is good.



Angles, originally uploaded by rutty.


I’m an odd one, sometimes. OK, often. I like to take photos of the most odd, boring things to see what happens; sometimes it works but much of the time I just create something too horrible to share.

I think that this one is worth keeping though. I’ve been a member of the Utata group for nearly three years and only ever contributed to one project and as I’m trying to reignite my desire in photography I figured that Utata might be a good addition to the 365 thing.

The latest project is titled “Cornered” and I’ve been trying to find interesting edges and corneres of things. As expected I’ve taken some rather poor photos of things but this one appeals to me quite a bit. I love minimalist photos and I think this has lots of interest with the lines and shadows.

It won’t win any prizes but I like it