Family time

Philip Hill photography Cornwall

On our last trip to Cornwall in May the lovely Philip Hill offered us a photo shoot. We gratefully accepted and met him on the glorious wide expanse on sand of Gwithian beach Hayle

Dot making sand angels

Phil quickly made us feel at ease; just chatting and said to just explore and play. Dorothea can often be shy with new people; but was quickly chatting to Phil as he was showing interest and encouraging her to mess around!

Puddle jumping- a favourite activity

The photo shoot in all took less than 2 hours; and was very relaxed. It felt more like a play and walk on a beach, rather than a structured formal shoot.

As you can see the pictures are beautifully natural, and the whole experience was relaxed and fun.

Philip is local to South Cornwall and is available for family photography, holiday photography, bump to one, animal photography and weddings.

Less than two weeks later view showed me a preview of over 100 photographs; and then I chose the ones shown here to be edited and in high resolution.

Let me know what you think…………….See his links below




Whistletot Lane

Whistletot Lane is a mobile ‘role play village’ based in Leicestershire.

Since Dorothea was tiny we’ve enjoyed attending creator Freya’s initial classes ‘Story Imaginory’- last month she launched this new venture.

Classes/sessions are running in Market Harborough, Kibworth and Wigston- these would be suitable for babies; once they have confident sitting balance up to school age. Dorothea is 4.5 years and loved it.

Wherever possible Freya’s set ups use ethical/wooden/high quality toys from great brands such as Le Toy Van, tender leaf, Olli Ella and Melissa and Doug.

There are two set ups that change each week; yesterday’s was: vets, post office, cafe, cleaning, campsite, building site and there’s also a book area with a ball pit.

Dorotheas favourite section yesterday was the cafe and she enjoyed making mummy ice creams.

It’s a lovely environment for mums; with free unlimited tea and coffee- and also cakes available to buy if you’re feeling peckish.

It’s obvious Freya prioritises cleanliness, safety and quality. All the areas were spotlessly clean, gel and wipes were available- and drinks served using disposables.

We can wait to go again next week

Classes are pay as you go; but need to be booked in advance- £7 a sessions and siblings are 1/2 price ( or FREE if under 9 months) Whistletot Lane web

Insta- Whistletot Lane

Also look at their other classes storyimaginory Baby relax

Dots outfit – shorts from Small eco steps use ‘kelly’ for discount, tee from Bee boo buzz use ‘ninja10’ for discount