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Me and Mine – a portrait for May

Portrait - May

Portrait - May

As most of you will know, my husband Roger is being cared for at our local hospice but is able to have regular visits home when he feels well enough. These are treasured moments where we can relax a bit more and be ourselves, just spend some time together as a family and try to make the best of a truly awful situation. As I wrote last week, it’s about making the most of the ordinary moments that can often be taken for granted.

I’m trying to record as much of these moments as possible, taking lots of photos, making videos and trying to drink in the family time that feels so precious.

When one of our close friends Colin McPherson offered to come round and take some professional shots of us all together during Roger’s first visit home, I agreed straight away as it’s so important to me that we have some really good quality images of us all to look back on.

Colin is an independent photographer and visual artist, whose work is often seen in the Sunday supplements and indeed his own exhibitions, and being a good friend I knew he would be able to capture us better than anyone in our own environment. You can see Sam clutching his new Darth Vader toy and Florence having a good old look round him to Rog and I. I love that we are laughing in the pictures and look happy and relaxed.

I’m sharing some of them here, as I join in for the first time in the Me and Mine photography project.

I hope you like them as much as we do.

x Julia


Flo by Colin

Kids playdoh

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    Hayley Smith @hayleyfromhome
    May 31, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    These photos are truly beautiful, you do all look so happy and it is really special for you to be able to spend these relaxed moments in your own home, you can see how happy it makes you all. I’m so glad you’ve shared them Julia, lots of love xxxx
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    sarah christie
    May 31, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Julia such beautiful photos you all look so relaxed and so happy to spend precious time together as family x
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    May 31, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    What beautiful and wonderful photographs, and you all look happy and relaxed in them too. So nice that you’ve been able to capture this, especially with Rog being home. How special that you’re in your home together for this too. Love this post – Jess xx
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    Heledd - Running in Lavender
    May 31, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Julia these are such beautiful photos, full of love and happiness despite everything. I know that they will give you such comfort in the coming years. Cherish every second and keep recording all the ordinary moments. Sending you all my support xx
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    May 31, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Lovely photos off you all spending quality time together…Thanks for sharing all your beautiful pictures Love Cath x

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    Katie @mummydaddyme
    May 31, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Such beautiful photos of you all Julia. Such a nice thing to do to have a photographer come round to help you capture these memories together. Sending all my love. X
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    Mrs H
    May 31, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Gorgeous photos, Julia. You all look so happy. I love the first photo with Sam holding his Darth Vadar. You look relaxed and happy. A wonderful family. Hugs Mrs H xxxx
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    May 31, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Gorgeous photos, thanks for sharing xxx

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    Beth Twinderelmo
    May 31, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Ahhh how lovely. Darth would feature on our photos too if Charlie had anything to do with it! x
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    Kat | Beau Twins
    May 31, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Just beautiful darling. I’m so pleased you had these done, it’s so important. Sending so much love huni. Xxx
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    Caro | The Twinkles Mama
    May 31, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Aaah I’m so happy that Rog has been able to come home again. You all look so happy — these pics will be so precious in years to come. Sending you all lots of love Ju. So lovely to see you smiling xxxx #MeAndMine

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    May 31, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Oh what beautiful photos – they really capture the joy in being together and that’s so precious
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    Katy (What Katy Said)
    May 31, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    I love that you are holding hands and look so happy together. precious precious photos Julia, sending all my love xxx

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    Mini Travellers
    May 31, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    So precious, I love how happy Rog looks to be sat on the sofa holding your hand. It must be so fab for him to be there with you all. Wonderful to get these shots my lovely. Thanks for sharing with us.
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    May 31, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    They are all beautiful pictures. The one of you and Roger laughing and looking so relaxed is wonderful. This is such a lovely thing of your friend to do. Thank you for sharing xxxx
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    May 31, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    They are gorgeous photos and I think I love the first one the best where none of you are looking at the camera x

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    Californian Mum in London
    May 31, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Such wonderful photos. So nice to have a professional photographer come to capture you all at home. xx
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    Erin @Yorkshiretots
    June 1, 2015 at 9:46 am

    What beautiful pictures. You can see the love! xx
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    June 1, 2015 at 9:51 am

    So precious.

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    Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy
    June 1, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    These photos are just precious, how lovely to get a photographer in to capture these memories. They are beautiful xxx #meandmine
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    Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely
    June 1, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    They’re just lovely, Julia. I think the top one is my favourite because it captures a real family moment rather than you all looking at the camera waiting for the photo to be taken. Special pictures x
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    Mackenzie Glanville
    June 2, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Such happy photos, great memories you will cherish these for years to come xx
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    June 3, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    These are beautiful, beautiful photos of precious moments. Thank you for sharing them Julia, they show us all what love is. And, I keep meaning to say, thank your for sharing all that you are. I think about you all so much at the moment. Much love xxx
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    June 3, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing such lovely photos. I’m sure they will always be really special for you all xx

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    Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog
    June 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Capturing the smallest of moments all together has the biggest meaning doesnt it? laughter, emotion and togetherness. where you can quite clearly see how much you feel relaxed and loved with one another xx
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    June 4, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    So sweet that your friend came round to take some family photos – treasured memories indeed. Looks like you all had a wonderful time with Roger at home. xxx
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    Hannah Budding Smiles
    June 5, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Beautiful photographs, what a lovely gift to treasure. Sending you all love and best wishes xx
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