107 weeks and 1 day | The Eccentric English

This captured moment takes me back to last year.

We were having a lovely weekend camping when I got a message from an old uni friend saying ‘will you help me out with a design project I’m doing’.

Never one to shy away from helping a mate, I agreed and asked him what I needed to do.

And this was the brief.

Think of a place that means something to you.

 

Then go and measure a 10″x10″ square — on the ground — and dig it up. In one piece.

 

Next, stand behind the hole — holding the piece in both hands — and have your photograph taken behind the hole.

Erm… OK.

Obviously I couldn’t do it there and then, as we were in the middle of a field, having a rare old time with our friends but I promised I’d help him out when I got home. Which, obviously, was the best — most meaningful — place I could think of, in which to dig my 10inch hole.

(Plus, I wouldn’t get into any trouble either!!)

So a couple of days later — armed with a spade — my boy and I went out into the garden to take my photo for the project.

Now, I could have worn my everyday clothes.

I could have even worn my  gardening clothes.

But that would have been too normal.

After all, digging a square of earth and standing in front of the hole — whilst having your photo taken — is pretty odd behaviour right?

Right.

So why not fully embrace an eccentric English project, by looking like an eccentric English person? Party frock with wellies anyone?

Perfect.

So here is the result.

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A properly odd captured moment!! Looking like a properly eccentric English woman.

What my friend Rich didn’t get to see was the outtakes!

I look back on these and they really make me laugh! Two tiny boys — who’ve only recently started walking — careering in and out of shot. Falling over. Getting back up.

Aaah — these captured moments are some of my favourites! I’ll be so happy, in the future, that I took part in this crazy project! They epitomise a really happy summer, spending time together as a family and doing fun, random, things.

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Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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49 Comments

  1. 3rd April 2015 / 6:24 pm

    You’re amazing! And beautiful. Love this photo and all the out-takes! Such an amazing post :) Jess xx

    • 4th April 2015 / 9:47 am

      Awww — that’s a really lovely thing to say *blushing* — thanks Jess :) xx

    • 4th April 2015 / 10:31 am

      Thanks Aby — it’s my favourite party frock — in my very favourite colour!! :) X

  2. 4th April 2015 / 8:07 pm

    Love this Caro and you look amazing ,I love the honesty of the outages too, with the boys creeping into the shots x

    • 5th April 2015 / 10:32 am

      Aaah thank you!! It was SUCH a funny thing to do… I’ll really appreciate these pictures in years to come!! The Twinkles will grow up knowing thinking that their mama is a loon! :)

  3. 4th April 2015 / 9:29 pm

    What a wonderfully weird project!! I adore it and I adore the yellow dress!!! #MyCapturedMoment

    • 5th April 2015 / 10:33 am

      So weird isn’t it?! But lovely too — I loved the brief! Plus it gave me the opportunity to do something that I wouldn’t have otherwise! x

  4. 5th April 2015 / 9:48 am

    Oh my god this is too funny, I was like, “What??” when I read the brief, but the photo you took looks amazing – makes perfect sense now! #sundaystars
    Sabrina x

    • 5th April 2015 / 10:35 am

      Thanks Sabrina! Bizarre isn’t it?! But fun too… Might as well make the most of such an interesting brief! I’ll treasure these pics when I’m older! x

  5. Holly Poppins
    5th April 2015 / 11:14 am

    Sounds like a good little project to be apart of! I love your dress- it really suits you!

    • 5th April 2015 / 6:25 pm

      Aaah thanks so much! It was such a fun project to be part of :)

  6. Steph
    5th April 2015 / 7:33 pm

    Hahaha – what a fabulous omen to have on film – though of course yes I agree – the outtakes are what has made it all the more memorable! Love you, you nutter!!! Fab! Steph xxx

    • 7th April 2015 / 8:17 am

      Hahaha! Thanks Steph! :) I love all of them — the final shot is ridiculous and the outtakes are very sweet!! Such a fun project to be part of! :)

  7. 6th April 2015 / 9:37 am

    What a lovely, yet unusual, project to be a part of!
    I’m loving your outfit and your out takes, the boys wandering round is just so darn cute!
    I have to admit I’m completely jealous of your garden! You have my dream garden and I’m not surprised you chose it as your most meaningful place. xxx #mycapturedmoment

    • 7th April 2015 / 8:19 am

      Thanks Katie — I love our garden too… I was obsessed with ‘The Secret Garden’ when I was a child. It’s lovely to have my own secret garden now I’m all grown up :)

  8. 6th April 2015 / 5:10 pm

    Caro these have to be my favourite captured moment pictures of the week!! Your friend sounds fabulously crazy, which I love!! The yellow dress is just perfect – good styling!! xx

    • 7th April 2015 / 8:21 am

      YAY! That’s brill :) Do I get a prize ;) Haha! Just joking :) It was a brilliant project — so happy to be asked to do it. I’ll treasure these pics in years to come x

  9. Mackenzie Glanville (reflectionsfromme.com)
    7th April 2015 / 5:13 am

    Awe you look too cute, think I want that dress, sunshine yellow, love it! #Twinkly Tuesday

    • 7th April 2015 / 8:22 am

      Thanks Mac — it’s my very favourite frock! In my very favourite colour! Winner all round :)

  10. Morna
    7th April 2015 / 8:20 am

    What a strange project! I love that you fully embraced it though. I also love your garden!

  11. 7th April 2015 / 7:26 am

    lovely photos! Looking lovely in that frock even if it is while gardening! thanks for linking up to #sundaystars

    • 7th April 2015 / 8:23 am

      Thanks Amy! I’ll let you into a little secret… there was no gardening that day ;)

  12. 7th April 2015 / 7:45 am

    Little ones are great at photo bombing. What an interesting idea. I also can’t think of many places I love that would be thrilled with me cutting holes in their ground but I love the concept.

    #twinklytuesday

    • 7th April 2015 / 8:25 am

      HA! That’s why I did mine at home!! I could just imagine being arrested for digging up a square of earth in a prominent public position! Good job ‘home’ is my most meaningful place! :)

  13. 7th April 2015 / 10:37 am

    Lol, that is brilliant and I love the way you’ve embraced the eccentricity by taking the photo in a party dress and wellies – brilliant. Love the outtakes with your twins too – such fun photos :-) #twinklytuesday

    • 7th April 2015 / 10:57 am

      Thanks Louise — as they say, if you can’t beat them, join them!! I thought the project was odd so it seemed fitting to take an odd photograph! :)

  14. 7th April 2015 / 12:07 pm

    What a creative response to an ambiguous request! I’m not sure exactly why, but this post and your response make me want to spend the day creeping on your blog, lol! I love it!!

    • 7th April 2015 / 5:46 pm

      Haha! Gotta love an interesting brief eh?!Thanks so much Christina x

  15. 7th April 2015 / 12:48 pm

    Amazing photo. Love the “behind the scenes” photos. Lovely dress!

  16. 7th April 2015 / 2:25 pm

    Oh my word, your garden, amazeballs! It’s so secret garden and you look all Alice in Wonderland in the pics. Love crazy ideas like this one (and the crazy kids photobombing you) #twinklytuesday

    • 7th April 2015 / 5:55 pm

      HA! Thanks so much! The garden sold the house to use, if I’m honest. I’ve always been a sucker for a walled garden ;)

  17. LittleOandMe
    7th April 2015 / 6:10 pm

    Wow you look a character in a book! This is so bonkers but amazing at the same time! Also what a gorgeous garden
    #twinklytuesday
    Becky xx

    • 7th April 2015 / 8:57 pm

      Haha!! It was quite surreal, I must say! My husband’s eyes nearly popped out of his head when I rocked up in my favourite dress! ;)

  18. Penny Pincher (Dawn)
    7th April 2015 / 8:49 pm

    The dress is awesome, looks great with wellies lol

    • 7th April 2015 / 9:07 pm

      Haha!Thanks so much :) Most dresses look good with wellies, surprisingly! I know this, as mine always get taken to festivals!! No point saving them for best!! ;)

  19. 7th April 2015 / 8:50 pm

    Gorgeous photos, gorgeous dress, gorgeous lady! :) xx

    • 7th April 2015 / 9:08 pm

      Aaah — that’s lovely of you to say — thanks so much Sarah! x

  20. 8th April 2015 / 7:33 am

    Ha that’s absolutely brilliant. Love that picture of you! Fabulous dress too!

    • 9th April 2015 / 10:52 am

      Hahaha! Thanks pet :) Makes it slightly more amusing with a straight face, rather than a smile! ;)

  21. 8th April 2015 / 9:16 pm

    Brilliantly bonkers. Your garden is AMAZING! I love walled gardens but we just have a broken fence. I like the idea of random challenges. Might have to start this with our friends. Could get dangerous.

    • 9th April 2015 / 11:07 am

      Hahaha! Thanks so much Adrian! What is it they say about the English being bonkers? It’s definitely a totally false accusation! ;)

  22. 9th April 2015 / 11:42 am

    That is BRILLIANT. And oh – your dress with those wellies! I’d be seriously tempted to turn this picture into a print for the kitchen… it’s wonderfully eccentric and quite lovely.

    • 10th April 2015 / 1:44 pm

      Haha! Thanks Amber — it makes me grateful that I have such odd friends, cajoling me into doing random stuff like this! ;)

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