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Me and Mine – a family portrait for October


Do you think there will ever be a point when I don’t find myself thinking “how is it The end of October/Christmas/summer already?” Does time ever slow down again?

Because surely only a moment or two ago it was August and I was waddling around like a heffalump and wondering whether I ought to take some back up Me and Mine pictures. And now there’s a chill in the mornings and a damp earthy sort of smell in the air as leaves flutter from the trees and swirl through the rain to land in a sludgy pile in a corner of the garden. The sort of smell that should come with woodsmoke and a bowl of soup. And the ticking over of the calendar reminds me that it’s time for a family photo.

And for this, our third with Pip in the picture, I decided to be a little adventurous and deviate from what had all the hallmarks of becoming a whole series of “photos of our garden fence with people in front of it”. It’s just not that exciting a garden fence.

So we loaded up. Three children, two adults, one camera, one remote trigger, one sling, one nappy bag and all the other paraphernalia that comes with small children to make a military operation look like tiddlywinks in comparison, and headed to Charlecote Park to play their pumpkin trail in the hope that somewhere along the line we’d find a pretty spot to rest the camera. It’s a National Trust house; there’s always going to be a pretty spot.

It turned out to be a wonderful afternoon. Kitty took charge of the pumpkin hunting, dashing off to find the next one, lifting the lid to find a letter and scribbling them down on her card, and we strolled along at Elma-speed behind her. We saw the deer and the sheep grazing in the park, found a pumpkin in the old laundry, watched the pigs snuffling under the trees and the girls jumped off the mounting block again and again while Pip snoozed away cuddled up in the sling.

And on the little bridge over the river we found first a nice wide bit of bridge to rest the camera on,

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And then a very kind stranger who offered to take a picture for us and even managed not to be too baffled when I explained that you actually had to look through the viewfinder.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

My little family – in October.

And I’m so pleased that we did go out and about for this month’s photos, even if Pip is no more than a tiny sleeping face peeking over the side of the sling, because I think they reflect where we’re getting to as parents, the point where it really isn’t a big deal to go out for the afternoon and not bother with the buggy, the point where we’re completely within our comfort zone but still doing the things that we love to do. We’re not always there yet, but we’re getting there.

Well, that and the out takes are priceless, as H decided to show Kitty how to pose for “your paparazzi mother” based I believe on his experience of appearing in a promotional picture holding a bike once when he was a teenager and, from the looks of things, too much exposure to adverts for mature cruises and/or harlequin golfing jumpers in the back of his art magazines.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

dear beautiful

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  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 31/10/2014 at 7:39 am

    Mmmmm… woodsmoke and soup! That just about sums up autumn for me too! Gorgeous photos… love that little face peeping up over the top. Our pic was taken at a NT property this month too… we are loving all the exploring! Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my blog this week too… we have felt so wonderfully supported by you all.xx

    • Carie 01/11/2014 at 10:44 pm

      Thank you – I do love NT properties just for getting outside somewhere gorgeous, they’re definitely perfect for Me and Mine!!

  • Jane 31/10/2014 at 9:02 am

    Glad you are getting out and about, with Little E not eating every two hours now we are getting out a bit more. Not quite ready for family photos outside yet though lol

    • Carie 01/11/2014 at 10:45 pm

      it’s great when you get just that little bit more time to plan an expedition isn’t it!!

  • Louise 31/10/2014 at 10:48 am

    Gorgeous photos as always and Pip looks so very snug in that sling. Love H’s catalogue pose in the final photo! Can’t believe that this is the third photo with your little Pip in it – the last couple of months seem to have gone by so very fast x

    • Carie 01/11/2014 at 10:47 pm

      He does just love being in the sling; he’s so cozy and very very cuddly!

  • Hayley @hayleyfromhome 31/10/2014 at 1:40 pm

    Love your photos and so nice of someone to offer to take them for you. I have only just managed to start me and mine and my twins are 10 months so I think you are doing so well to carry it on with a newborn! This whole year has flown and I keep wondering if that it it now, every year just seems to get quicker and quicker! xx

    • Carie 01/11/2014 at 11:02 pm

      It was a really sweet offer, and some lovely photos too – definitely an improvement on the balancing it on the bridge look!

  • Louise (@TattooedMumsy) 31/10/2014 at 2:05 pm

    Lovely photo’s 🙂 I feel like I say the same about every month, how does it go so fast?! I also had a bit of fun explaining to someone about looking through the view finder to take the picture!

    • Carie 01/11/2014 at 11:01 pm

      It’s funny how quickly a view finder’s gone out of common use isn’t it!

  • Caro 31/10/2014 at 3:46 pm

    Haha! These are great!! 🙂 I particularly like your husband’s catalogue pose!! I’ve seen a lot of these over the years (I used to art-direct for catalogues before I had the babies)!! Looking forward to Pip making a proper entrance in the pics soon — time goes SO fast — I can’t believe my boys are so big already! They only arrived last year!! X

    • Carie 01/11/2014 at 10:59 pm

      Ah then you’ll know it well!!

  • Sarah (@tobygoesbananas) 31/10/2014 at 9:09 pm

    This sounds like the best kind of Autumn day. And even though Pip is just a face poking out of a sling they are still lovely family photos 🙂

    • Carie 01/11/2014 at 10:58 pm

      I think they’re a fairly accurate representation of Pip at the moment – he really loves being in the sling so he’s there as often as I can manage it!

  • LauraCYMFT 31/10/2014 at 9:11 pm

    Love these photos. You look like you’re having a great time, enjoying being outdoors with the little ones. Loving the catalogue pose!

    • Carie 01/11/2014 at 10:57 pm

      it’s really funny isn’t it – it’s the expressions that slay me!

  • Brandi 01/11/2014 at 2:11 pm

    These are lovely. I can’t believe how the time has flown.

    • Carie 01/11/2014 at 10:53 pm

      me neither – it’s crazy fast isn’t it – I can’t imagine how much faster it’s going for you if it speeds up with each additional child!!

  • sally 05/11/2014 at 9:33 pm

    Before I started reading my initial thought was is it really that time again?! Lovely photos, it looks a beautiful place, and your husband is very good allowing such perfect poses to grace our screens!