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Most of our childhood memories are unique to us, even siblings will see the same experience differently, or remember different things for different reasons.  But in among all of that I think there are some childhood experiences and memories that are a sort of universal constant.  The precise details may differ, the location, who you were with, whether it was raining, or what happened next.  But I’d hazard a guess that every one of us can remember swinging, or running til you thought you’d burst, or, just for example, rolling down a hill.

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

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

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

The smell of the grass crushed under your elbows, the moment when you figured out how to tuck yourself together tightly so that you rolled down rather than round and round in circles, that funny sort of flying feeling when the momentum starts to build and you turn faster and faster and faster, and the comfort of finally coming to a stop and gazing up at the sky while the world whirls around you; waiting for your sense of direction and a little bit of balance to come back together so that you can climb straight up to the top and do it all over again.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Kitty hasn’t exactly mastered rolling just yet, I don’t think she’s realised that she has to lie down and she spends a bit too much time sat up to get that proper dizzying spin going.  But there’s no hurry, she’ll figure it out in her own time, and if childhood is for nothing else, it is for finding your way to things by a good deal of grass-stained trial and error!

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  • Fiona Naughton 14/04/2014 at 8:41 am

    How fun! What better way to spend a sunny day than rolling down a hill?! Oh to be young again. Looks like Kitty had a lot of fun 🙂

    Fiona @

    • Carie 14/04/2014 at 8:55 am

      Thank you – she was full of giggles and an amazing amount of energy!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 14/04/2014 at 9:43 am

    Haha what is it about hill rolling? Along with muddy puddles they are the BEST THINGS EVER for children! x

    • Carie 15/04/2014 at 11:46 am

      And for big girls too – although I think perhaps I ought to stick to puddles for the moment!

  • Franki - Little Luca & Me 14/04/2014 at 9:44 am

    I used to love rolling down hills, I can still be found doing it with my niece now, never too old. These are great photos of one of the best things about childhood and the ones with her arms and legs in the air is fab. Ohh that moment once you’ve got it mastered and you spy a big hill. Oh to be young again 🙂

    • Carie 15/04/2014 at 11:53 am

      I think it’s one of those things that you never quite forget how to do!

  • Anna-Marie 14/04/2014 at 10:00 am

    I LOVE the smell of freshly cut grass! This grass looks lush and even I would be tempted to have a little roll 😉 gorgeous pictures xx

    • Carie 15/04/2014 at 8:34 pm

      Ah well this isn’t just any grass – this is National Trust grass – it’s so much better than the grass in our garden!!

  • Michelle 14/04/2014 at 11:03 am

    I can remember rolling down the hills, what a great feeling it was 🙂 Lovely photos x

    • Carie 15/04/2014 at 8:35 pm

      Watching her try rather made me wish I could give it a go too!

  • Kara 14/04/2014 at 2:18 pm

    My little girl has been learning rolly pollys this week and is loving them, this reminds me of her so much xx

    • Carie 15/04/2014 at 8:38 pm

      I love the funny poses they get into when they’re learning; all slightly flailing before they figure out the neat tuck and roll that really gathers up some speed!

  • Jenny 14/04/2014 at 2:51 pm

    Rolling down the hill is the best! I still love doing this in a big field on a rolly hill. hahah Best childhood memories. She will remember forever. Looks like a gorgeous day for it too. #livingarrows

    • Carie 15/04/2014 at 8:41 pm

      Oh me too – there’s a slightly bigger bank at Upton that was a bit too muddy to roll down when we went this time that was just perfect for everyone to roll down last summer!

  • Super Busy Mum {Debs} 14/04/2014 at 8:24 pm

    Oh the rush you get when you roll down a hill. Young/Old…its always fun and what adorable photos too #livingarrows

    • Carie 15/04/2014 at 8:42 pm

      Like very bumpy turbulent flying!!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 14/04/2014 at 8:49 pm

    Hill rolling just has to be done! One of the memories from my childhood! x

    • Carie 15/04/2014 at 8:42 pm

      I think that’s it, it’s one of those things we can all remember doing – happy memories!

  • Vikki Holness 14/04/2014 at 9:20 pm

    This sure brings back some happy childhood memories. Hill rolling was one of our favouritest things growing up, especially in the Spring when there was an aroma of freshly cut grass in the air. Beautiful photos xxx #livingarrows

    • Carie 15/04/2014 at 8:44 pm

      Spring grass definitely has a different smell to summer grass, I’m sure of it!

  • Claire @ Great British Family 15/04/2014 at 7:59 am

    Looks like she is having lots of fun. Hill rolling is so much fun!

    • Carie 15/04/2014 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you – I think it was one of the highlights of her day!

  • My Two Mums 15/04/2014 at 10:27 am

    You never grow out of wanting to roll down a hill! She’ll get it perfected in no time. Love the action shots.

    • Carie 15/04/2014 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Faded Seaside Mama 15/04/2014 at 8:17 pm

    Great photos! I remember when Bunny finally got the hang of it as she rolled down a steep sandbank – I think she was a little surprised by how fast she went! It’s so much fun though, I wanted to join in!

    • Carie 15/04/2014 at 8:49 pm

      When you first really get it and suddenly start going at serious speed I think it is a bit of a surprise – Kitty is very clearly not there yet, but I don’t think it will be too long!

  • older mum in a muddle 17/04/2014 at 9:04 am

    Beautiful! Little A would stay in a half sit when she learnt to roll as well, she’s flattening out a bit now :o). Rolling and running is the stuff on childhood!. X

    • Carie 18/04/2014 at 8:31 pm

      It’s all part of the learning process isn’t it!

  • Emma Greenwood 19/04/2014 at 12:38 pm

    I love hill rolling, and so do the kids! such a great thing about childhood. So glad I am a parent so I can re-live doing things like this

    • Carie 19/04/2014 at 1:22 pm

      I know, it’s definitely one of the perks of parenthood!