Me and Mine Photography

Me and Mine 2017: June


It became abundantly clear, as we tried to set up for photos, wrassle Kitty into school mode, and keep on packing, just why we have never before tried to take our family photos by our old front door. It’s a really lousy spot for photos; unless your dream set up involves a drainpipe, a really pointy windowsill that you keep bumping your shoulder on, and enough orange brick to give everyone a charmingly oompa-loompa-like glow. Also the light is wrong, but as I never discovered a place in our old house where the light was right (except the studio, and that was a conservatory, so that’s cheating) that at least should not have been a surprise.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine, a monthly family portrait

I’m not quite sure why we’re half out of the frame either, I suspect the involvement of some small child between the camera set up and the pressing of the button but we are still all in the frame, and imperfect as they are, these are the photos that I wanted to capture to mark June in our Me and Mine year, and to mark the end of more than a decade of calling that our front door.

That was the last morning in our house; we owned it until mid-morning the next day, but by that Thursday evening we were all moved out of our house and our village and our county, and setting up a tent.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine, a monthly family portrait

It’s strange looking back at these photos. It’s only been a couple of weeks but it feels like a different life and I can’t imagine living there anymore, any more than I thought I could imagine it as someone else’s house in the weeks leading up to the move. It’s an inner confidence that even though we are living in a tent, and we still don’t have a completion date other than “as soon as possible”, moving has been the right decision.

It was a difficult sale, and to be honest one of both John and my highlights of the month was seeing the sale go through without any more hitches. That and watching the removal men lift the kids playhouse out of the garden and straight on the van all in one piece – I’ll show you the video soon, I promise.

Of the children it was only Kitty who was upset about leaving, and while she found it hard to say goodbye to the only place she’s ever known as home, she and her littler siblings have done really well with the whole upheaval.  There have been tears and moments when discombobulation won out over common sense (and that’s us as well as the kids) but I think they’re doing pretty well.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine, a monthly family portrait

It doesn’t hurt that the move has brought them their much adored aunt and uncle, the strawberry fields, the swimming pool and Bob the cat, they’re nearer to school and spending no time at all on what Pip calls “the overtake motorway”.

And while they re-enact snippets of my childhood, John has made sure there’s a bit of his sneaking in as well, taking them for their first ever trip to the bowling to liven up a wet afternoon.  The girls enjoyed it and Pip was completely in his element – finally, finally he’d found a place where it was OK to throw balls inside!

I had planned to bookend this post with a picture of us in our current canvas home, but it’s England, and summer, which means that when it was sunny it was too hot to move, I only left the swimming pool under sufferance, and digging through a pile of things to find the camera and tripod wasn’t at all appealing, and now it’s raining.  But last weekend we went “housing” and drove south late on Friday night to spend the weekend with my Dad, and while we were there we went to visit Coleton Fishacre (otherwise known as my dream house and garden).  John had just run a half marathon, hence the “I’m shattered, let me go and have a cream tea and then a snooze in the car” expression but it’s a lovely memory of a weekend well spent.

My little family, finishing June as we mean to go on!

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine, a monthly family portrait

Now roll on July and the real dream home.

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  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 30/06/2017 at 7:22 am

    It’s lovely to capture a few shots of you all outside your old house to mark the end of an era even if you are half out of shot! Glad all went well in the end and hope you are all in your new house very soon. I love the last photo of you at Coleton Fishacre. #meandmineproject

  • Laura - Dear Bear and Beany 30/06/2017 at 2:09 pm

    The photos are perfect because they captured a really big moment for you all. House moving is so stressful and I’m pleased that it all went through finally. Fingers crossed you will get a moving in date soon. x

  • Laura @ Little Ladies Big World 30/06/2017 at 3:13 pm

    Lovely captures of such a special time although it did make me laugh as its not always a perfect picture dream is it? Glad all went through and you can start your new adventure x

  • Sherry 30/06/2017 at 9:37 pm

    These are so heartwarming, I’ve loved reading about your adventures in the tent and your new lifestyle since moving out of your old house. Fingers crossed everything moves soon x #meandmineproject

  • Lee Cockrum 01/07/2017 at 2:00 pm

    So exciting to hear about the progress towards the new place! Hope the rest goes more smoothly (and quickly.)

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 02/07/2017 at 10:50 pm

    I hope that you get your new house move in date soon!

  • Sarah 04/07/2017 at 3:11 pm

    What lovely moments to capture – I wish we’d got a picture outside our old house before we moved. I hope you get a completion date for the new house soon – I think you’re very brave living in a tent for the foreseeable! #MeandMine