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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  • Clare wilson - These pictures are gorgeous, what perfect memories!ReplyCancel

  • RachelSwirl - She looks like she had an amazing time, I adore her camera!ReplyCancel

  • Donna - oh how i love these…she looks so, so happy you girls must have the most gorgeous day xxxReplyCancel

  • Karen - Just beautiful and how lovely to get to just spend the day together xxReplyCancel

Last week I was invited along to the Mondrian Screening Room for a special screening of a documentary film made by Flora Berkeley with Always Discreet. I didn’t really know what to expect but I had been told that it was about women’s health, breaking taboos and empowerment. As the mum of a feisty little girl and as a woman (obvs), it was something I was keen to get involved with. The older I get, the more I feel that the relationships I have with other women matter. We need the sisterhood and to know that our friends have our back so we can handle whatever life throws at us. I have an amazing group of friends who I believe I could talk to about everything and anything. Kids, work, sex, periods…what about if I was incontinent? According to our host 1 in 3 women suffer from adult incontinence, or AI as it’s also known. I was really surprised by that number because I don’t know that many women who suffer with symptoms of AI….at least I didn’t think so but a lot of women will keep something like this secret.

While we’ve become so open about many things, women are embarrassed to admit when they have AI. It’s not particularly glamourous after all, is it? But the number of women going to their doctor every day shows just how under-respresented this is and that’s why Always wanted to make this film, to show women that they aren’t alone. It’s not just about the products, although obviously they’re pretty proud of them, they want to start a conversation and for women to share their stories and empower one another. As you can imagine, something like this can really affect your day-to-day life. All the women involved with this film and with the product have such passion about the subject which was such a great thing to see.

I enjoyed the film and the setting within the Modrian Hotel was the perfect place for it. Although the subject matter is more on the serious side, there was a lot of laughter and chatter as we took our pick n mix and sat down to watch it. Flora is proud to make films with women and for women and feels like often notions of womanhood aren’t represented by real women. There was a real mix of ages and backgrounds in the film and I loved hearing their stories and getting the chance to meet Sandra and Jane, who both appear in the film. They are, not surprisingly, very proud of it and want to share their stories so that other women will feel like they can be open and honest and to show people that there’s no shame in it and what it’s like to live with AI. I thought the film was beautiful – you just can’t turn off the photographer in me! I think they should all be really proud of themselves.

After the film, there was a panel which included Anje who is part of the team at P&G and Asha from the charity Wellbeing of Women. I got to meet and chat with both of them afterwards and they are both very inspiring. Intelligent, funny and with such passion for what they do. It was lovely to meet them and so nice to see some friendly faces that I know already from blogging.

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You can find out more and see the film on the Always Discreet site.

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  • Donna - Well, I’m glad there was popcorn! xReplyCancel

    • Hayley - Can’t go wrong with a bit of popcorn!ReplyCancel

  • Jane Glanville Duckworth - What a wonderful round-up of such an empowering evening! (I adore your posts last picture – I’m wondering now what I was trying to explain via my gesture!) xoReplyCancel