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Me and Mine – a family portrait for November


I feel I must start by managing your expectations a little.  I know I said in last month’s Me and Mine post that we were feeling adventurous and we’d actually gone out and about to take a photo of the five of us that didn’t feature our garden fence because I didn’t want my entire series of photos to turn into Me, Mine and the Fence….

Well, this month we’re back with the garden fence.  And a very nice garden fence it is too.

This month I left taking the photos almost to the last minute.  I’d plan for each weekend and the days would dawn grey, cloudy and damp and only degenerate further as the all pervading damp turned into fat round raindrops that trickled tauntingly down the garden doors and plopped into the puddle that was once our patio, or the grey cloud would simply build, enveloping the sun in a thick blanket of darkness that my camera can’t even try to compete with.

And then one day I started to see blue sky peeking through; and the blue grew and grew until there was something vaguely approximating actual natural daylight outside.  Lunch was paused, children rounded up, the camera set up on the tripod and H extracted from the studio that was doing double duty as a home office.

So if in all of these pictures it looks like my family are desperately straining towards something just a little off camera; well that would be the garlic bread sitting on the dinner table.  I promise they weren’t too deprived and it was all still lovely and warm by the time we got back in.

And perhaps it’s appropriate that this month’s photo is at home. It’s always seemed to me to be a season of consolidation; a little gap between the flurries of autumn and then first the lights and sparkle and twinkle of December and all its celebrations, and then the bleak midwinter proper when January and February roll in and we start to long for Spring.

It’s a chance to just be, to be at home in the familiar rhythms of everyday life, to be so very uneventful and blissfully ordinary.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

This month we’ve loved: our trips to the park; watching Kitty in her final ballet class of the term; running up and down the side of the hockey pitch on bright sunny days and cowering under the corrugated plastic roof of the shelter when the rain comes battering down; kitchen dance parties while supper cooks; building Duplo and block castles; watching the girls laugh together without having any clue what they’re laughing about; and the simple little spur of the moment things, the time Kitty asked what colour you would get mixing pink and green and H took her off to the studio to mix them up and find out (a sort of steely grey if you’re curious) or the impromptu decision to have a fish and chip supper just because.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I’m really looking forward to Christmas this year; Kitty for one is incredibly excited.  If last Christmas was the first year that she got the concept of the celebration, this is the year that she’s mastering anticipation.  She tells me all sorts of things about Father Christmas including all the important points about how he’s going to get into our house given that we don’t have a chimney (he’s going to use the door), and what we need to leave out for him (she’s very particular about porridge for the reindeer), and at the same time is fascinated by the stories of the first Christmas, especially Mary and the angel.  And her excitement is becoming catching; the Christmas music is loaded on iTunes, we’ve been making gingerbread spice tree biscuits using my very best copper cookie cutters and I’ve even broken out the Christmas pinny.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I know this next month is going to be brilliant but at the same time it’s been nice to look back at November a little and to reflect on a month that was special in its own right, and not just a filler until Christmas.  I know I always say how thankful I am to have these pictures, and how pleased I am that I started but every month I seem to find another reason why they are special.

Special photos of my very special people.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

My little family in November:

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And as for the outtakes – well I think H is still waiting for his call back as a Burton Menswear model!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life


dear beautiful

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  • older mum in a muddle 30/11/2014 at 10:03 am

    …… what lovely pictures and sounds like family life is bumping along very nicely. I think the winter months are a time to be very kind to ourselves and relish the moment – in a way we need to consciously hibernate and slow down (if we can). Your fence must feel very loved! X

    • Carie 30/11/2014 at 10:41 pm

      Well it is the newest bit of fence – the old bit blew down a couple of winters ago and had to be replaced and the cost of fencing being what it is it should feel very special!!

  • Capture by Lucy 30/11/2014 at 10:07 am

    I love this post so much, every month the happiness in your family unit just beams out of every photo and I love the outtake! Burton model oh yes! I am longing for lighter Spring days too, but also enjoying cosy evenings, when you know it’s freezing outside and you are all wrapped up indoors. It’s such fab time of year for them at this age isn’t it?! All the anticipation of Father Christmas! Can’t wait to see next months. Thank you so much for being so supportive of this project xxxx

    • Carie 30/11/2014 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you (and you’re welcome!) – I do love the feeling of a cosy evening, it’s a bit like watching a really big storm and knowing that you don’t have to go out in it – I just wish my camera could cope a little better with the low light!

  • Becky Arber 30/11/2014 at 10:41 am

    There’s nothing wrong with Me, Mine and the garden fence! What lovely photos! You always do so well at taking them and being so organised!

    • Carie 30/11/2014 at 10:55 pm

      Maybe I should make it a spin-off each month – Me, Mine and the Garden Fence to go with Me and Mine!

  • Louise 30/11/2014 at 11:27 am

    Gorgeous photos and I love your comment about looking back on November as a special month and not just a filler month on the way to Christmas. The outtake photo of H with his catalogue pose made me chuckle. Can’t believe how much your little Pip is growing – it really doesn’t seem so long ago you were posting your first photos as a family of five. Glad to hear lunch stayed warm whilst you manage to take advantage of some blue skies x

    • Carie 30/11/2014 at 10:56 pm

      Thank you 🙂 It is extraordinary how much Pip’s grown even in the last month – and this month he’s even awake to peer bemusedly at the camera!

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 30/11/2014 at 4:06 pm

    Hasn’t pip grown! I am impressed you made it outside, ours was so disorganised it is on the bed! hehe. November is definitely a month of transition and snuggles and we can’t wait for December too

    • Carie 30/11/2014 at 11:26 pm

      Our picture last November was all of us hiding under the duvet – I think I’ve played that card already!! And yay for excited little people and not so little people in the run up to Christmas 🙂

  • LauraCYMFT 30/11/2014 at 8:14 pm

    These are great shots! Even the outake one is fab!

    • Carie 30/11/2014 at 11:27 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Caro | The Twinkles Momma 30/11/2014 at 10:22 pm

    Aaaah these are so lovely — and also the first Me and Mine pic that Pip makes a proper appearance and looks interested in what you’re all doing!! He’s been all bundled up in the last few… SO gorgeous to see that beautiful baby face at last!! He’s a poppet!

    I love the penultimate shot the best — a gorgeous tangled mass of family togetherness. Lovely 🙂 X

    • Carie 30/11/2014 at 11:27 pm

      He is definitely making a bit more of an appearance than last month anyway! And doesn’t he look puzzled by it all – poor boy, what has he let himself in for!

  • Amber 30/11/2014 at 10:22 pm

    What wonderful pictures! Your children seem like such little characters.

    • Carie 30/11/2014 at 11:28 pm

      thank you very much 🙂

  • Kimberly 01/12/2014 at 8:36 am

    I love, love, LOVE your family pictures! You have a beautiful family and what a treasure to have taken a family picture every month. Maybe I’ll have to start doing this. It was also fun hearing about your Christmas preparations and all the excitement for the upcoming season.

    • Carie 01/12/2014 at 12:39 pm

      Oh you should definitely join in Me and Mine – it was one of Lucy’s best ideas ever and I’m so glad I started; they tell our family story so very tidily without all of my witterings!!

  • Vickie 01/12/2014 at 12:29 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I especially love H’s Menswear Catalogue shot and Kitty and Elma’s cheeky faces. 🙂

    • Carie 01/12/2014 at 12:46 pm

      The one thing I can always say for my Me and Mine shots is that they’re full of personality – maybe one day they’ll all sit down and smile nicely at the camera, but I think I’d miss it if they did!

  • Donna 01/12/2014 at 1:52 pm

    There’s absolutely nothing wrong with your garden fence. Lovely photos! You all looks so happy x

    • Carie 03/12/2014 at 3:06 pm

      It’s still standing – which after the wind this last week is a serious achievement!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 01/12/2014 at 8:30 pm

    I think these might be some of my favourites yet Carie- all so colourful and you all look really happy. And it’s a great garden fence. ;0) x

    • Carie 03/12/2014 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you 🙂 – I’m beginning to think the garden fence is scene stealing – I’ll have to rest it next month in favour of the Christmas tree!

  • sally 03/12/2014 at 1:30 am

    Lovely shots, especially that last one before the outtake! Glad you got outside for that one bit of blue sky, and that November has been a good month for you all.

    • Carie 03/12/2014 at 2:25 pm

      It was funny too – all it took was the glimpse of blue sky and I had them all scrambling outside for pictures – poor family but I know they love having a record of us all month by month 🙂

  • Sarah (@tobygoesbananas) 03/12/2014 at 10:15 pm

    Lovely photos Carie, you do all look happy to be there (despite the call of the garlic bread!) – and it might just be the garden but at least you got outside to take them. We managed to get ours in the garden this month too – so many of ours seem to be Me & Mine & the living room, and the garden is a bit easier now Toby is walking!

  • Jane 06/12/2014 at 9:32 pm

    Love your photos, even the outtakes. I’m thinking I have found an option on my camera that will take a few shots like this. Well we will see what December brings for us lol. I love that you are getting the excitement for Christmas. It’s something I miss, and pray for. Can’t wait to read next months post x

    • Carie 06/12/2014 at 10:27 pm

      Aww thank you – I always love the outtakes for the snippets of personality that sneak through!