It’s been a while since I did a Monthly Voice but with that ‘back to school’ feeling thick in the air, I thought it would be the perfect time to resurrect them.
For those that are new to this little corner of the internet, the Monthly Voice is a place for me to share what we have been loving over the last month and some of the things we have been up to. This one is like a bumper bonus edition because I haven’t written one at all over the summer.
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.
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.
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.
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!