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The annual beach photo

by Clare Mansell
The annual beach photo

A couple of years ago we started a tradition of taking a photograph of Theo at our local beach during the month of November. This November’s picture is particularly significant because it marks the first time in our marriage that we’ve ever stayed in one place for more than two years.

Although I loved our time traveling the world, I find the steady repetition of the seasons and years in the same place very reassuring and I also hope that wherever we might end up in the future that this is the place that both our children consider to be home.

So first of all here are the photos from 2013 and 2014…


And here’s the boy another year on… His hair a good deal longer and his own sense of personal style definitely growing a bit too! Mismatched gloves and a hat which my aunt knitted for me about 20 years ago to match one I’d seen in a fashion magazine. I think he pulls it off better than I ever did! He’s also wearing a rather fabulous winter coat and some properly waterproof sheepskin boots, both of which I’ll be doing a review post about in a couple of weeks…


This year’s walk on the dunes wasn’t quite as lengthy as it has been in previous years as I was carrying Miss Alice and had to return to the car to feed her, but I did manage to grab a couple of photos of the boy. I think there is something a Brit Pop about that hair and the fur lined hood. Is it too soon for a 90s revival?


It’s funny how just by changing the location and the light (and the hat!) in these photos he looks so different…


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Hayley @hayleyfromhome November 23, 2015 - 2:46 pm

The hat is brilliant! I love photos in the same spot over years, you can really see how much he has grown and how all those little babyish features turn into little boys features, lovely photos xx #livingarrows

Emma T November 23, 2015 - 8:19 pm

Love how you do this each year. Wish I’d done something similar – great way of seeing how they’ve grown.

N made me remove the furry bit on his winter coat hood – he said it tickled too much!

claremansell@mac.com November 23, 2015 - 8:39 pm

That’s funny cause Theo is very fussy about the feel of his hair being cut and labels in clothes, but not the fur trim… yet! 🙂

Carie November 23, 2015 - 10:31 pm

I can’t believe how grown up he looks! It’s such a lovely spot to be putting down your roots 🙂

Donna November 24, 2015 - 8:07 pm

I love this series of photos and I’m sure I remember last year’s one too! He looks so grown up this year. It must be lovely to have grown roots where you are and not be heading off again x


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