The family portrait
It's the classic photograph that traditionally stood proudly framed on your Nan's mantle. Maybe it's just my family, but these days it's increasingly difficult to get everyone to be in one place at one time... and those family photographs are starting to look more than a little dated.
As your family grows, keeping in touch and creating new memories gets tricky. For my mum keeping in touch with family is really important. She lost her own mother when she was just seven and so most of her childhood was spent with her Aunty Kitty and her three children - Julia, Catherine and John. Being an only child, my mum was keen to make sure I spent holidays with other children. So from the ages of about 9 - 15, my summer holidays were spent at Julia's family owned house by the sea in Suffolk. I got to get to know my mum's side of the family there and had all sorts of adventures with them. We went to bed by candle light, had bonfires on the beach and built dens in the woods... those holidays hold some of my best memories. But as we've all grown up and made tracks across the globe we've not really seen each other properly in years.
This Christmas was probably the first time my mums side of the family has all got together in about 6 years. It was so lovely to catch up with everyone and to meet the new additions to the family.