It’s the third month of my #littlestoriesofmylife project over on Instagram, celebrating and/or sharing the tiniest elements of the stories of our lives. Small doesn’t equate to insignificant: these are the little moments that add up to the narratives that carry us all. In Instagram’s frames of beauty or of emotion, we are each the teller of our own story. I ask for people to share their stories by tagging with #littlestoriesofmylife any picture that captures a moment, or contains a narrative, however small it may be.
The brilliant Howkapow design shop were kind enough to provide one of their beautiful Glacis Mugs as a prize for my favourite November image. As ever, it was tricky to choose it! The hashtag is full of so many lovely images, and so many wonderful small stories. It is always a privilege to share in every one. As with last month, I have selected six favourites, and one overall winner. I include with each image its caption, for therein the details of the story can be found.
@faye.goodwin: Winter preparation – the snow has arrived! 😁❄️
@catebutler: ‘I’ve been meaning to bake all this week, but deadlines and a busy schedule have kept me away from the kitchen. Today though, I decided enough is enough, I at least will bake muffins! A simple apple spice muffin recipe from @food52 was quickly whisked and mixed. As I waited for the timer, I caught up on a favorite podcast with the smell of apple and cinnamon filling the air; a hint at the holiday season just around the corner. A cup of tea with a muffin piping hot from the oven, and a side of a thriller and the autumn issue of @foxedquarterly; I’m settling in quite nicely on this chilly November afternoon.’@seedsandstitches: “We just got back from a lovely Christmas fayre in our local physic garden, but someone got VERY cold. So she (and her pyjamas) are warming by the fire and she’s wrapped in a blanket and drinking warm milk and then my heart burst into a tiny little pieces because this is exactly the sort of lovely thing I always imagined would come with motherhood.”@xantheb: “Glow… 💫 Some mornings they look like they grew in the night.”
@melwiggins: “Warding off a cold/tickly throat with my dad’s favourite surefire preventative hot lemon drink.”
@littlekinjournal: “Advent preparations. We are going for a less traditional wreath this year using eucalyptus branches, which means the house now has the most amazing scent.”
And finally, my favourite image is by Kat Goldin. Kat is an amazingly talented photographer and has been a huge inspiration to me over the years. She documents, among other things, her family’s life on a smallholding at the edge of the Scottish Highlands. Kat has the most incredible eye for light, and for finding beauty in life’s little moments. I adore the light in this shot, the stillness, the simplicity, and the open honesty of the words that accompany it.@katgoldin: “The romance of working in the non-insulated, non-heated studio wore off after the fireplace was condemned and the oil filled radiator broke. So I’ve moved to the spare bedroom- providing both warmth and easy access for workaholic me in the wee hours. Is it too early to say “roll on Spring?”
Kat, do email me your address, and I’ll arrange for your mug to be sent to you.
Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far. The #littlestoriesofmylife gallery remains a magical space to lose a few moments. The project is an ongoing one, so if you are on Instagram, please do continue to tag your images. December’s prize is a set of Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen and some cashmere bedsocks from The White Company. I look forward to sharing in your stories in the weeks ahead.