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Hey blog, well it’s been a while! You take a few weeks off to enjoy the summer holidays with the kids and before you know it, it’s November! I wish I could regale you with tales of international travel to exotic locations but we only ventured as far as the Isle of Wight (the kids think that’s abroad though, don’t tell them). It was wonderful making the most of the holidays before they both started their new schools and I’ve photographed some beautiful weddings over the last couple of months which I am really excited to share with you soon. Oh! And most exciting of all, we got a puppy!

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This is Bessie Rainbow Twilight Sparkle, the latest addition to the Willis household and was named by Honor (given that I gave her Sunshine as a middle name, I wasn’t sure if that was immediately obvious or not). Bessie is a Cavachon which is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Bichon Frise cross, although she is much more cava than chon which has lead to a lot of teasing from my friends that she is probably neither of those and is in fact, a Springer Spaniel. She is very sweet but very lively! This is the first time we have had a puppy (our previous dog, Saffy, was fully grown when we got her) so it’s been a learning curve. She loves to steal our things, particularly clothes, Shopkins and Lego models and she loves going outside. A couple of weeks ago she decided she just couldn’t wait to go out and bolted out the door when Bevan left for school, I was hysterical and running after her in my slippers and an old breastfeeding nightie (I’m classy like that) and I’m sure I mooned the neighbours at one point…. I’ve also cleared up more wee and poo than I thought possible but we’re slowly getting there….

One of the best things about having Bessie is that some of our friends got puppies at the same time so we can get together for walks and puppy playdates (and commiserate over ruined carpets). It’s like the days of playgroup all over again only we aren’t so sleep deprived. We have been meeting up in the local woods to practice recall (Oh yeah, I know all the lingo…) and get them used to being off the lead. I’ll be honest, Bessie mainly likes to roll in the mud with the other pups but it’s bound to click at some point, right?

A few photos from our walk with my friend Gemma, my little goddaughter and their puppy, Coco.

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Yesterday was the last “Honor & Mummy Day” for us *sob*. Today and tomorrow are preschool days and then both kids are off until September (um, yay!) so it was the last day with just my smallest BFF and I decided to do something special with her. When Bevan started school he was an only child so I didn’t plan a special day out (which he was quick to remind me of!). I asked her what she wanted to do and while her suggestions of Disneyland Paris and Butlins were brilliant ones, we settled on Whipsnade Zoo which isn’t too far away from us. She’s only been to the zoo once before, it’s a pretty spendy day out and I *was* planning to take them in the holidays (don’t tell Bevan that…) but how often can you just spoil them for no good reason? It was quite nice to just indulge her and say “yes” to everything. You want to go and see the elephants for a fourth time? Absolutely! You want an ice cream even though you only ate a penguin biscuit for lunch and didn’t eat the £3 sandwich I just bought you? Let’s get you one! This is what it must be like to be a grandparent.

Obviously, there are an obnoxious amount of photos of our day out because that’s just how I roll. These are all taken with the Canon 40mm 2.8 pancake lens if you’re like me and appreciate knowing these kind of details!

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She INSISTED on bringing along her favourite camera even though I didn’t think the zoo was really the place for it…what do I know…we have some great pictures of my flip flops and her hand (x3) though, so that’s nice…

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I had the loveliest day with her and it absolutely melted my heart when she said it was the best day ever! Going out with a bang. I feel so so lucky that I have been able to be at home with them so much. I do find it really difficult juggling everything with my business and I don’t have as much time for work as I’d like but I will never regret spending time with the children.

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Part of me wishes I could keep her this age forever. So much love for this sweet girl.

 

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I wouldn’t exactly say I’m an outdoorsy kind of girl, I’m usually the one on a hike that’s wearing Converse. I do think there’s nothing like a bit of fresh air though and I try to make sure the children spend as much time as possible outside. We’re really lucky to live where we do, we’re surrounded by woods to explore and our house backs on to a field which is just picture perfect in the summer. I used to wish I had a photography studio but I’ve come to realise that it’s the nicest backdrop I could possibly have and I have a list of local places that I like to visit. One of my favourite places is Rushmere Country Park. I LOVE this place, there’s so much to see and discover and I love that around each corner is something different. The kids love it here too, they love the little fairy houses and building dens. I think it’s a shame that they can’t play out like we did when we were little so it’s great being able to take them somewhere where they can run riot and really enjoy themselves without me worrying, even if they do end up completely filthy! Apart from rambunctious kids, it’s so calm and quiet. All you can hear is birds and the rustling of the trees and there’s no phone signal so if you really want to escape, it’s the place to go. And they have a cafe that overlooks the woods. What more could a girl want?

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Taken with  a Canon Eos 3 & Agfa Vista 200 film 

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