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It is extraordinarily humid and hot.  And yet somehow, by some miracle of childhood there are two little girls in my family who just want to run and play, who seem at least on the face of it to be oblivious to the sauna like conditions; or perhaps we just got the dosage of ice lollies right.  For the record, I on the other hand am sat writing this at 9 o’clock at night while also cuddling two freezer blocks, and my primary source of nutrition for the day has come in the form of ice lollies and salad.

I think the cricket team might also have been wilting in the heat this weekend; H was home earlier than he has been for many a week (which means they lost easily) and I think we spent longer eating tea with them than watching them play (well almost).

But all is not lost, we have a plan.  It might take just a few years to come to fruition, but I’ve got a couple of ringers that are really rather keen on joining in.  And so while our team manfully tried to put up some sort of bowling attack, the ladies decided it was time to start work on their own bowling.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Followed by a little fielding practice:

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Given that Kitty’s really quite tall for her age, and the fact that some of the team, well, aren’t, I think we could pass her off as an almost grown cricketer in a couple of years! And as you see Elma is never one to want to be left behind – all we need now is a ladies side.

For all that it was crazy hot running around in the sunshine (and these pictures were taken at about 5pm – we’re not even talking full noon), I’m glad that they want to run around, and I can only hope that if we keep exposing them to all sorts of sport and fresh air and exercise it will seem second nature to them.  And if they will just have the good luck to inherit their father’s aptitude for sport (never met one he didn’t like or couldn’t easily master) rather than mine (school gym reports generously praised my enthusiasm and willingness to have a go rather than highlighting the complete absence of talent or spacial awareness – and we’re all still astonished that I ever catch anything) I think they’ll be set; or at the very least able to pull off a good spin bowling impersonation!

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  • Fiona Naughton 28/07/2014 at 11:11 am

    Looks like they had so much fun! Such summery pictures 🙂 #LivingArrows

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    • Carie 28/07/2014 at 1:56 pm

      Thank you – they were definitely enjoying the sunshine!

  • Franki | Little Luca & Me 28/07/2014 at 11:20 am

    I’m the same with my sporting skills. They look so cute running around in the sun with such a happy look on their faces. Beautiful x

    • Carie 28/07/2014 at 1:57 pm

      Well I’m glad to know it isn’t just me then!!

  • PottyMouthedMummy 28/07/2014 at 11:20 am

    Gorgeous summery pics. Love that her little sister is following her around! x

    • Carie 28/07/2014 at 1:57 pm

      Oh totally me and my shadow!

  • erica @ expatria, baby 28/07/2014 at 4:23 pm

    looks like a lovely summery day! i’m loving this warm summer weather and also taking every change I can to go outside. it’s so great, hey?

    • Carie 28/07/2014 at 8:51 pm

      Mostly it’s great – as long as I have ice lollies!!

  • Brandi 28/07/2014 at 4:24 pm

    I am also addicted to ice pops and I can’t believe my kids don’t feel the heat as I do. Hard to keep up! Hope you have some reprieve in your weather, we have cooled down today thankfully.

    • Carie 28/07/2014 at 8:51 pm

      thank you – we’ve had a bit of a breeze today which has been bliss!!

  • Anna-Marie 28/07/2014 at 5:11 pm

    Even by these photo’s I can see how tall Kitty is! She has really long legs! I feel for you in this heat, not nice being pregnant in the middle of a heat wave! xx

    • Carie 28/07/2014 at 8:54 pm

      She is my six year old sized three year old! I think she’ll easily make my height if she keeps it up and I’m 6’0″!!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 28/07/2014 at 8:31 pm

    I really feel for all you pregnant people in this heat, I found it a bit unbearable last week and I’m not about to have a baby! x

    • Carie 28/07/2014 at 8:56 pm

      Mostly I’ve been ok but Saturday was really hard – I just couldn’t get cool – thankfully today has had a bit of a breeze but I’d still like it to cool off a smidge before the baby actually makes an appearance!!

  • Donna 28/07/2014 at 10:35 pm

    Your children are just gorgeous! I love how even on the hottest of days the children love to run around! There really is nothing better than sunshine and a ball! x

    • Carie 29/07/2014 at 8:31 pm

      It should have been Mad Dogs, Englishmen and children shouldn’t it – but for all that I’m glad they enjoy it!

  • Jennifer 28/07/2014 at 11:37 pm

    Such happy little ladies. I love their outfits and hats. Very sweet. My sporting skills sound very similar to yours. Found you through Living Arrows.

    • Carie 29/07/2014 at 8:43 pm

      If nothing else I’m incredibly relieved by how many other people seem to have got the ‘maximum effort – little to no talent’ report in gym!

  • Jenny 29/07/2014 at 2:30 am

    Looks like they had an absolute blast together. I love the hats! So cute. They look so much more grown up in these than last weeks. Funny how they can grow before our very eyes. Just beautiful. #livingarrows

    • Carie 29/07/2014 at 8:44 pm

      Perhaps it’s the summer – my two seem to be growing like weeds before my very eyes!

  • sally 01/08/2014 at 5:08 pm

    I think you are an extremely good cricketing wife to be there watching with the girls in that heat in your current condition! But then hard not to in a way when the girls obviously enjoy it.

    • Carie 03/08/2014 at 9:49 pm

      It’s not that good of me really – I have H text me to say whether they’re batting first or second and then I go down when they’re batting so I’ve got H and the rest of the team for the girls to play with; and then we only watch a little of the fielding before heading for home!