Exploring Family Kitty {the ordinary moments}

Horsey Horsey don’t you stop


We took the girls to London this week on a sort of impromptu day trip; sort of impromptu being the trip that you talk about as a nice idea for several weeks and then only seriously get down to planning it after the children have gone to bed the night before you’re actually going!

It was a day full of wonderful moments, and I shall have to add to the Postcards series before too long, but for today, I have just a little snippet to share.  It happened as we came out from the shadows of Waterloo Bridge, strolling along the South Bank in the twilight to stretch our legs and let a certain someone work all her wiggles out.  She was sat up on H’s shoulders and as we came around the corner the wiggling started again in earnest.

“Daddy! I just really want to get down! Please!!…..Daddy!!!”

It was there, and it was beautiful, and all she knew in that moment was that she had to go closer, and quickly and now.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

A carousel.  Golden and luminous in the dwindling daylight, a blur of lights and tinny organ music and horses dancing to the tune.  It’s no surprise that she found it utterly irresistible.

We stood by the railings and watched a ride go round, Kitty glued to the circling pink and gold and H and I chatting by that parental telepathy that you never could quite understand as a child yourself, but comes so easily now:

“What do you think?”

“Have we got enough cash?”

“Yes; do you think she’d like it, or try to climb off mid-ride?”

“Shall we ask her and see?”

Yes, she very much would like it, and with promises to hold on very tightly, she and H disappeared off to the ticket office.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Elma and I found them the perfect horse, with plenty of pink for Kitty, which just so happened to be set up in a lovely spot for taking pictures, and they climbed on.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And then they were off; cantering around and around and around, a beaming smile on every circuit.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And then all too soon the bell rang, the horses slowed and they gently drifted to a halt, and all that remained was to give “Our Horsey” a nice pat, and perhaps a wooden sugar lump.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Because it’s not every day that you get your first ride.

mummy daddy me



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  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 09/03/2014 at 7:36 am

    Aww that is really lovely! Such gorgeous photos of a lovely happy moment. So sweet and love the parental telepathy 🙂 #theordinarymoments

    • Carie 09/03/2014 at 7:43 am

      Thank you – I love it when the littlest things can make her so happy!

  • Caroline 09/03/2014 at 9:47 am

    Awww. Thomas literally dragged me on this very carousel just a few weeks ago. Shouting “we ride mummy, we ride” he ran in, past a short queue of people waiting to pay, forcing me to scrabble for change and catch him up. He loved it too. So much so that we took a special trip back the following weekend when we were in London again!

    • Carie 09/03/2014 at 12:02 pm

      I rather get the feeling he and Kitty would get on rather well seeing as they share the same excellent taste in carousels and steam trains!

  • Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork 09/03/2014 at 10:04 am

    Lovely lovely lovely, especially the photo of Kitty patting the horse. Fairground rides have got to be one of the best things about being a kid. And about being a parent, actually – I can’t wait until M is old enough to go on them with me!

    • Carie 09/03/2014 at 12:03 pm

      I’ll admit I was a little envious – maybe when the girls are a bit bigger and we wouldn’t have to abandon a buggy we can all go together!

  • Seychellesmama 09/03/2014 at 12:45 pm

    This is just gorgeous!!! Lovely lovely photos, she looks like she’s having the best time. First ride on the carousel is definitely a special moment to remember x

    • Carie 09/03/2014 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you – she was just about from burst from happiness!

  • Miliwife1 09/03/2014 at 3:50 pm

    Your photos are lovely! I remember my first ride on a carousel…. I was desperate to have a go and then cried so much they had to stop it and let me off. My family still mock me about it…… x

    • Carie 10/03/2014 at 8:37 am

      I’ll admit I was a bit worried she’d do something similar but she loved it – phew!

  • Double Trouble 09/03/2014 at 6:32 pm

    I absolutely love love love this post, the photo’s are so lovely. First carousel ride is most definitely one to treasure. My 18 month old loves the carousel.

    • Carie 10/03/2014 at 8:39 am

      Thank you 🙂 I think some of the photos will definitely have to find their way to the printer!

  • Katie 09/03/2014 at 7:28 pm

    Gorgeous shots Carie – i’ve taken F on the one on Brighton seafront before and he loved it to. Perhaps a little too much, I had trouble trying to explain it costs money and we can’t spend all day on a carousel! x

    • Carie 10/03/2014 at 8:40 am

      I rather suspect we won’t get past another carousel without an impassioned plea from little miss, but fortunately they are few and far between round these parts!

  • Carin 09/03/2014 at 10:32 pm

    Oh this is too wonderful for words! I love carousels, and so does my girl. This brings back so many sweet memories of her first ride. Treasure it, Carie!

    • Carie 10/03/2014 at 8:41 am

      Aww thank you 🙂

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 10/03/2014 at 3:32 pm

    Oh Carie, so beautiful. Her little face and the way she is riding along with her Daddy. I think carousels perfectly capture childhood.

    • Carie 11/03/2014 at 10:58 am

      You’re definitely right – they’re something timeless and magical!

  • Claire @ Great British Family 10/03/2014 at 7:48 pm

    I love traditional carousels. Beautiful photos and it sounds like a lovely moment.

    • Carie 11/03/2014 at 11:08 am

      Thank you – she looked like she was about to burst with happiness most of the way round!