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The annual beach photo 2016

by Clare Mansell
The annual beach photo 2016

November is the time of year when we head to West Wittering beach for a winter dog walk and an annual beach photo. After many years of moving round postings and rarely staying in the same place for longer than 18 months we started this tradition as a way of capturing change in Theo, but also consistency in our lives.

I can’t quite comprehend that in January we will have been in our home for 4 years. Time has flown by and it is so lovely to see Theo so settled here, greeting our neighbours by name and feeling confident in the familarity of his environment.

Here are the first two photos that started our tradition, Theo at the age of 2 and 3…


And here he is last year and this weekend. He’s definitely started to shoot up and is looking noticeably long and lean. I love his casual confident pose!


When we took the photo last year I had expected (or hoped!) that Alice might be able to stand beside him for the photo this year, but although she’s taking a few steps we had to settle for her staying in the back pack. If this photo is anything to go by getting both of them to look at the camera for the next few years could be tricky!


So just like Theo she’ll have to wait till the age of two before she can start her own annual photo tradition! Of course the beach is always a great spot for some photos, so I couldn’t resist taking a few more…


And a rather rare family selfie. It may not be the best of shots, but I fear that without iPhones wed have about one photo a year of all of us!


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