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This was an adventure for the sake of adventuring.  When we decided to climb Broadway Tower in place of Snowda-on-Cotswold I hadn’t set out to take our Me and Mine photo (and if we’re being totally accurate I didn’t actually take them) but my Living Arrows photos seem to come as second nature; they’re exactly my style of photos; a record of my girls though this and every other year.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

As it turns out, once you’ve been to the top of Broadway Tower, it doesn’t feel quite so insanely windy and cold when you get back down to the bottom again – although Elma, tucked up in the sling on my back, didn’t seem phased by anything, even her hat trying yet again to keep her cheeks warm!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And with Kitty restored to her usual smiley self, we went for a walk along the top of the ridge to say high to the sheep, and to enjoy being out in such a beautiful corner of the world.  We found plenty of sheep hiding down in a little valley, and very sensible they were too; suddenly once you were out of the wind the sunshine was pure bliss, and Kitty found her stride, heading up to the top of the hill to see “a million miles away”, chattering away all the time.


Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

But after a while even our intrepid explorer had had enough that she felt a little lunch might be in order and so we turned to head back, encouraged by the sight of a big black cloud whooshing in from Cleeve Hill and scattering what looked horribly like hail stones across the valley floor.

And there waiting for us on the other side of the tower was an extra special treat.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life






A herd of deer, coaxed out of whatever cosy spot they’d found to weather the afternoon by their lunchtime feeding.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life



They were just beautiful, and despite that rapidly approaching rain you can see in the background we still lingered to watch them until a dog in the field below sent them scurrying for cover.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I think that sometimes because we don’t have coastline or big mountains on our doorstep we forget the beauty in what is there; and I think we’ve all got plans to go back on a slightly warmer more picnic friendly day.  But for all that, I don’t think we’ll forget the day we climbed Snowda-on-Cotswold!
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  • Merlinda (@pixiedusk) 31/03/2014 at 9:02 am

    Looks like you had so much FUN! #livingarrows

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you – we did!!

  • Jenny 31/03/2014 at 9:28 am

    Looks like you had a fantastic family adventure. Lovely photos. #livingarrows I love a good castle tour. 😉

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 2:31 pm

      This one’s just a folly, a baby castle perfect for little girls!

  • Fiona Naughton 31/03/2014 at 9:51 am

    Beautiful photos! You’re little ones are so adorable and your littlest looks so cosy in her sling :)#livingarrows

    Fiona @ http://www.dollydowsie.com

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 2:28 pm

      I think she may have been the only one that was truly warm!!

  • Michelle 31/03/2014 at 10:11 am

    Amazing photos, looks like you had a fab day together 🙂 x #livingarrows

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 2:24 pm

      Thank you – it was a wonderful day out 🙂

  • Sally 31/03/2014 at 12:45 pm

    Lovely photos, and what a gorgeous fairytale tower to go and explore. Reading your words I was reminded of a quote a friend of mine posted on March weather the other day – ‘It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is Summer in the light and Winter in the shade’, apparently by Charles Dickens, not one I’d come across before but it’s felt very true where we are recently!

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 2:22 pm

      Oh that’s a fabulous quote – and sums it up perfectly – trust Dickens to convey on one sentence what it took me several hundred words to achieve!

  • Anna-Marie 31/03/2014 at 3:30 pm

    Gorgeous photos! looks like you had an amazing day xx

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you so much – it was one of those days that still brings a smile to my face thinking about it 🙂

  • Emily 31/03/2014 at 5:19 pm

    What a beautiful day, and gorgeous pictures! #LivingArrows

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 12:37 pm

      Thank you very much – it’s easy to take pretty pictures when the scenery looks like that!

  • older mum in a muddle 01/04/2014 at 4:43 pm

    What a lovely day out and such gorgeous pictures of your girls. Very impressed that you have a baby on your back and a bump on the front! X

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you – it’s all a matter of logistics (something I suspect I’m going to get good at in the years to come) – I can wear Elma on my back because the strap for the Ergo goes over the baby bump and that leaves H free to carry Kitty on his shoulders as the need arises! Also Elma’s a lot more cheerful on my back than anyone else’s – I don’t think I’ll be carrying her come the summer though 🙂

  • Franki | Little Luca & Me 01/04/2014 at 7:32 pm

    What beautiful photos and how amazing to see all those deer. We see deer a fair bit where we live but not a herd like that, usually one or two! Looks perfect for picnic once the weather gets a little nicer. #livingarrows

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 9:43 pm

      I think on a lovely summer’s day it would just be incredible – but also probably heaving with people with a similar plan, perhaps there is a good side to “freezeling” after all!

  • Donna 02/04/2014 at 11:01 pm

    What an amazing place! I love historic buildings but have steered clear since having LP and LM – You’ve shown me that it is still possible to go adventuring! x

    • Carie 05/04/2014 at 11:10 pm

      Oh it’s totally possible – it’s all about choosing the right places – and the more you go, the more they think it’s a normal thing to do!