April: catching the end of the camellias

April: catching the end of the camellias

Last year, 5 days after Buster was born we had some photos taken by the amazing Polly of Little Kin. It was a bit of a struggle to get everyone up and organised, clothes sorted and so forth, house tidied etc after only being home a couple of days and I could barely sit down, but my goodness it was worth it. Lying on the sofa feeding the baby in the weeks after that I was able to put together a book of the photos, make birth cards to send as thank you notes, each time I scrolled through the photos reminiscing how tiny he was (and he wasn’t really, he was 10lb 8oz…). I promised myself that each year around their birthdays (they celebrate a week apart, both born at 40+5) we would meet Polly and have some more photos taken. I managed to keep that promise to myself and we lucked out with a glorious spring day – we went back to the same places that I had my maternity photos taken but I will save those for another post. She took photos of the whole family and I will share those in due course but no-one want to scroll through hundreds of photos in any one post. For this one, I’ve chosen the ones of Pip and I having a lovely time playing in the camellias, in what felt like a place where fairies would live, whilst Polly did something magical with her camera.

Life has been pretty tricky since these were taken if I am honest. I’ve been struggling rather with feeling super low, unable to do much beyond get myself to work 5 times a week and look after the children, household and so on. Sadly blogging did have to take rather a break for a bit, but I’m hoping I might be recovering and coming up for air a little bit… We will see. Trying to be kind to myself and not endlessly berate myself for what I haven’t done, rather celebrating the little moments of joy and beauty. Like these camellias…

Fashion notes for those interested: Pip wears blouse by Elfie London and skirt by Pipkin Clothing, my dress by Teija.

All photos by Polly of Little Kin. (This is not a sponsored post!)



  1. Rebecca | AAUBlog May 18, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    definitely not time to beat yourself up on things – I go through peaks and troughs with my blog too. Hard to be motivated all of the time. Stunning pictures x

    • thelittlepip
      May 21, 2017 / 9:30 pm

      Thanks love – you’re right, no-one is motivated the whole time!

  2. Vikki Holness May 20, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    Don’t be so hard on yourself lovely, it can be so difficult to find the perfect work/life/blog balance and it’s perfectly understandable that at times, something has to give. I go through period like this frequently – you’re not alone at all! Absolutely beautiful photos xxx

    • thelittlepip
      May 21, 2017 / 9:32 pm

      Thanks for this Vikki – I know everyone struggles with this but it can be so helpful to hear sometimes. I love the photos, I think Polly did an amazing job!

  3. Emma @sophieellaandme May 20, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    These photos are beautiful It is hard finding the right balance for everything – be kind to yourself x

    • thelittlepip
      May 21, 2017 / 9:34 pm

      Thanks Emma – it is hard isn’t it. Trying to take it easy but I just get so stressed trying to fit everything in… x

  4. Amber July 3, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    Oh goodness, Rachel, these images are SO BEAUTIFUL. <3 Polly has a fantastic eye.

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