FAMILY FESTIVAL TIME: JUST SO

Reading through the Just So Festival website is like stepping into another world - one that is full of magic. For three days in late August, Just So offers a chance to dream, play, get messy, have fun, and step outside day-to-day normality. Find out more details on the Geoffrey and Grace blog... Photo credit Just So Festival

Hello all, I had a dream of a weekend at Sisterhood Camp, more on that later. It got me thinking about our family plans for the summer and what we might get up to.

In August the three of us are off to the Just So Festival at Rode Hall in Cheshire. We’ve never been before but over the last few years I have seen several friends take their little ones along, and it always looks like such good fun.

Reading through the Just So Festival website is like stepping into another world – one that is full of magic. For three days in late August, Just So offers a chance to dream, play, get messy, have fun, and step outside day-to-day normality.

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THE WELSH HOUSE: A RUSTIC RETREAT

Why escaping to a rural retreat is so good for your well being and helps you to slow down. Learn more about our stay at The Welsh House, our digital detox, and how re-connecting to nature is good for the soul.

What a wonderful weekend we had at The Welsh House.

All the way through January and the beginning of February, our weekend retreat away at The Welsh House was shining like a little beacon on the horizon, helping me find my way to the end of a busy month.

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A SLOW FAMILY LUNCH: FOR THE LOVE OF LINEN

Why a slow family lunch is becoming a tradition in our house and why it’s one of the simple things that recharges me for the week ahead.One of my favourite things to do at the weekend is have a long, slow, family lunch, where we gather around the table, get to spend time together, and enjoy home cooked food.

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5FTINF FEATURE LIONHEART MAGAZINE

Interview with 5ftinf Philippa Stanton in Lionheart Magazine Issue 7 Photographs and words Melanie Barnes

Some of you may recognise this table top as that of artist Philippa Stanton, who is perhaps better know as 5ftinf on Instagram. I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing her at her home in Brighton last Autumn, for the wonderful independent publication Lionheart magazine. The focus for this latest issue is ‘Art’ and I knew Philippa would have some fascinating things to say on the subject, so I couldn’t wait to chat to her.

It was so great to hear more about her work, what creativity means for her, and of course there were lots of conversations about Instagram. I could have hung out with Philippa all day, and it was a real treat to photograph her whilst she worked, and to see inside her lovely home. Not to mention a peek inside the treasure trove that is the famous shed (where Philippa paints, and also is the starting point for her yearly art installation).

You can read the full interview in Lionheart – issue 7, which is out now. Buy your copy here.

Also, I thought you’d all love to see some extra photos from the shoot that day… Enjoy!

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SLOW PARENTING & THE SCHOOL RUN

Tips on slow parenting and the school run on Geoffrey & Grace. How do you get your kids out of the door in the morning in a calm and grounded fashion.

All parents everywhere know how challenging the school run can be. It has the power to turn the most sensible and reasonable grown-up into a quivering mess. What is it about those first few hours of the day? They bewitch us and we end up barking one syllable words over and over again at our children…”SHOES!” “TEETH!” “COAT!”

Honestly, if anyone saw me in the morning trying to hustle Bailey out the door, there is no way they would think I was an advocate for slow living.

I am convinced that time is actually faster for those early morning hours. Every day, without fail, minutes seem to disappear.

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