The Traveller

So, remember that time I had to leave my two-year-old with my 83-year-old Nan? And they had such a bloody ball without me? Well here’s what I was working on…

This Harley was AMAZING – for an avid SoA fan, I was in my element!

Shot for Elle Croatia by the wonderful Elizabeth Gibson

Styled by Maureen Vivian

Hair by Alex Price at Frank

Makeup by Jaime Thomas

We shot on location in North London. I travelled with Virgin Trains

For my IMG portfolio click here

For my Boss South Africa portfolio click here

Sick toddlers

We got back to Joburg today, after spending all of yesterday and last night in Parys (with my mum and my youngest sister, Georgia – otherwise known as ‘Wildlife Sister.’)

But lo and behold, of course Stevie decides to get poorly. A 24-hour bug, falling directly over those 24 hours we’re away from home.

Call me a bad mum, call me what you want, but she didn’t eat and she was vomitting water and cattargh (sorry for those with sensitive stomachs). Pete had a couple of things to keep an eye on at home, so it fell to myself and Hollie (‘Yoga Sister’) to drive the 1.5 hours with a vomitting baby. And of course, the thought of leaving her at home did cross my mind, but I didn’t. She was so looking forward to seeing Nana Berny (or Nana Burby, in toddler-speak) and ‘Georda’ and My-Chew (Michael) that I couldn’t say no. And besides, she had a cold – a bit of excitement should take her mind off it, right?

She dozed uncomfortably the whole way there, waking up periodically for water. And she was extremely excited to see Nana Burby. But the excitement lasted all of about 10 minutes, until she realised Nana Burby was holding her instead of Mummy. And so began the rest of the day…

We went to see some cheetahs – usually Stevie’s favourite pastime ever – and she got bored within 20 mins. She giggled a bit when they hissed at her, but all too soon the tiredness set in and we went back to Nana’s.

Auntie Lollipop (Yoga Sister) didn’t get a look in. We got the wrong flavour Panado, so I had some sport trying to get it down her throat. She hurled up her Zinplex and sent (yes, she sent them) Nana and Yoga Sister to the shop to get her crisps and rusks.

She perked up a bit in the evening, but of course woke up every 3 hours or so annoyed because she couldn’t breathe through her nose. Mummy was very tired. Typical, 24-hour-bug hits when we go away.

This morning we left Parys at 9.30am. And of course, after a lie-in (by her standards) Stevie wakes up happy as Larry, ready to “go home and see Daddy and Cleo and Spoo.”

Little s**t. Of course, she’s fine today…

Leaving your child with your Nanna

On Wednesday, I was called down to London to do an amaaaaazing shoot with the lovely Elizabeth Gibson (link to her site at the end). This was excellent – we haven’t shot together for about 12 years and I’ve been dying to get some new editorial.
However.

I’m currently on holiday in the U.K. seeing family. And right now, until next Wednesday, Pete is still in South Africa. What to do with Monkey?


Nanna’s Babysitting Service, of course! My 83-year-old Nan (so Stevie’s great-Nanna) loves looking after her great grandchildren, and has never looked after Stevie before. So she saw it as a huge treat!

I dropped Stevie off at 7.30am, slightly apprehensive, with a Frozen backpack full of books, nappies and spare clothes, and was waved off happily from the window… typical, and there I was feeling nervous.

I then proceeded to get stuck in traffic on the Mancunian Way, run the last 1km to the gate and make it with two minutes to spare, to be told my train was cancelled and all my running was for nothing.


But, as is always the case, I eventually got to work, and it was incredible. I’ll publish the pics here when I get them. And I even managed to get an earlier train home! Bonus.

I walked into the house to find Stevie sitting with my Auntie Jacqui and my cousin, Jodie, snuggling watching Peppa Pig. We had a bit of a catch up and then, since it was already 10pm, we both went to bed. What a busy, amazing day!

Elizabeth’s website is http://www.elizabethgibson.co.uk

Her Instagram can be found at @elizabethcgibson