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Siblings in July


H and I try to get up about half an hour before the girls wake up. It doesn’t always work out that way but if we can manage it, and by which I mean if they can sleep long enough, we get time for a shower and to put the coffee on and just do enough organising of outfits and nursery bags and all the other bits and bobs that make up our morning.

H was downstairs making breakfast this morning, and I could hear from the shower that at least one small girl was wide awake and chatty, but it was only when I peered around the door into Elma’s room that I could see. Kitty, sat on the footstool to the nursing chair with her feet up on the base of Elma’s cot was chatting away to Elma, and Elma in turn was sat up as close as she could get to her sister, blankie still clutched in one arms snuggled up under her chin, giggling back.

It was one of those moments that brings everything into focus, the moment when you know exactly why you wanted children in the plural, and the moment when you really really wish you had the camera handy.

But in lieu of the photos that don’t exist, how about some that do?

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

We were having a very hot Sunday afternoon, we’d run a few errands, taken the girls to play at a play park and generally got nice and hot and crotchety and were heading home when H decided on a couple of detours. The first was a to the petrol station for a ration of ice lollies (one of many many reasons why that man is wonderful) and the second took us down a tiny little country lane, round a few wiggles, across a bridge and up on to the top of the hill.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

It’s a short walk from the lay-by, perfect for little legs, and blissfully cool in the breeze. And there at the top, the windmill, with a wall to walk along, solid stone pillars to hide behind, and a gorgeous plateau of grass for running around.

It blew away all the overheated frustration in an instant.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

The girls played hide and seek, Elma made a beeline for the one dried up muddy puddle to sit in for a dust bath, we listened to the wind whispering through the corn field beside us and in the distance spotted a train sparkling as it scuttled through trees.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And seeing the girls together, knowing that for all their squabbles the place they most want to be is with each other, lets you know that just occasionally, you might be getting it a little bit right.

Two little sisters, in July

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life


dear beautiful

This month I’m sending you on to Kelle. Her lovely relaunched blog continues to be one of the visual highlights of my day, she has enviable style and her little ones have a wardrobe my two can only dream of so I know you’ll enjoy seeing her pictures this month!

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  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 10/07/2014 at 7:25 am

    Aaaah… I can just imagine those first pictures… Those moments are magic, aren’t they?? This place looks stunning, and I love the shot of Elma peering round the corner at Kitty. So cute!

    • Carie 10/07/2014 at 9:56 pm

      I’m not sure Elma’s quite got the idea of hide and seek – when Kitty was counting she just ran straight up to her, poked her and said “seesta! seesta!” but we’re getting there!

  • Emma Kershaw 10/07/2014 at 8:09 am

    Amazing photos! It’s lovely when the kids get along and enjoy playing together 🙂 x

    • Carie 10/07/2014 at 9:55 pm

      Isn’t it just!!

  • Manneskjur 10/07/2014 at 9:19 am

    What a stunning background for some very sweet photos! x

    • Carie 10/07/2014 at 9:53 pm

      thank you very much – it is a gorgeous old windmill and in an amazing location on the top of the hill – you can see for miles!

  • Michelle 10/07/2014 at 9:28 am

    They are adorable and how sweet walking in on them giggling and chatting to each other xx

    • Carie 10/07/2014 at 9:53 pm

      It was definitely one of those moments when you just think “aww – this is why we’re having another one!”

  • The Reading Residence 10/07/2014 at 9:29 am

    I do love those special little sibling moments, though invariably, I’m without my camera, too! Looks like a lovely day out you had there, and I love the girls’ dresses x

    • Carie 10/07/2014 at 9:52 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂

  • Double Trouble 10/07/2014 at 12:29 pm

    Gorgeous photo’s,love the last photo of them hugging 🙂

    • Carie 10/07/2014 at 9:52 pm

      Thank you – I think it might be one of my favourites too!

  • Katie @ AMotherThing 10/07/2014 at 2:13 pm

    These are such beautiful photos!

    • Carie 10/07/2014 at 9:47 pm

      Aww thank you very much 🙂

  • lucy at dear beautiful 10/07/2014 at 3:08 pm

    Such a beautiful post Carie, and stunning photos. What a gorgeous spot for a little walk, and the girls look adorable in their dresses. And that story of them having a little morning chat is so sweet, I love catching my two having those little moments. x

    • Carie 10/07/2014 at 9:46 pm

      Aww thank you so much – I’ll admit that now I know how to get to it there’s every chance of it turning up in a Me and Mine shoot one of these days!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 10/07/2014 at 3:16 pm

    Gorgeous photos Carie, they may be my favourites of yours so far. The girls look gorgeous in their dresses and look like they are having lots of fun. I see so many similarities in my two when I see them like that. x

    • Carie 10/07/2014 at 9:46 pm

      I think that’s the lovely thing about blogging; getting to watch other families that seem so similar grow up together and spotting the similarities and differences; I know I see so much of Kitty and Elma in your two too – yay for gorgeous little girls!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 10/07/2014 at 5:45 pm

    Love the windmill photos, they are all gorgeous. I had exactly the same thing happen this morning, I witnessed some of the loveliest behaviour then when it came to getting the camera out they weren’t having any of it but I’m kind of glad I didn’t get my camera out in the end as it would have spoilt the moment I think x

    • Carie 10/07/2014 at 9:44 pm

      Same for me too – I only got to see the moment peeking around the bathroom door, and H caught it because he happened to be half way up the stairs and I waved to him to stop and watch. Even going across the landing would have told them we were around and I love watching the girls when they don’t know I’m watching – it somehow shows them as they truly are!

  • Keri-Anne 10/07/2014 at 7:34 pm

    Oh my gosh! That last picture! I love little moments where you just a little glimpse into their world of siblingness. x

    • Carie 10/07/2014 at 9:42 pm

      It is as you say, a little glimpse into their world – it looks like rather a fun place to be doesn’t it!

  • The mummy madness 10/07/2014 at 8:38 pm

    what beautiful pictures i love a natural shot where they are lost in playing. just so lovely

    • Carie 10/07/2014 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂

  • Jenny 10/07/2014 at 10:57 pm

    They are so adorable together and I know what you mean its a great feeling watching them love each other and have special moments together. Its hard to always have that camera ready but when you do its nice to capture that love, and fun together like you did here. Beautiful post. #siblingsjuly

    • Carie 11/07/2014 at 8:23 pm

      Aww thank you – I know I’ll remember the moments I don’t capture with the camera – and I’d regret spending my entire life with a black box pressed to my face – it’s all about the balance isn’t it, and enjoying both sorts of moments!

  • Jess @ Catch A Single Thought 11/07/2014 at 9:14 am

    What a perfect setting to take some photos too! They are absolutely gorgeous.

    • Carie 11/07/2014 at 8:27 pm

      Thank you very much 🙂

  • Nicola... Life Through My Eyes 11/07/2014 at 9:41 am

    Lovely sweet pictures. The girls look gorgeous and the location looks beautiful x

    • Carie 11/07/2014 at 8:27 pm

      It’s a funny spot – you can see it from the train easily enough but it’s taken me ages to work out how to get there by road!

  • Sonia 11/07/2014 at 2:10 pm

    Those little moments are so special aren’t they and would have made the most perfect photographs… but these are beautiful too! x

    • Carie 11/07/2014 at 8:30 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • sally 11/07/2014 at 11:15 pm

    Lovely, and what an amazing windmill too!

    • Carie 12/07/2014 at 9:59 pm

      Thank you; I think it’s my new favourite spot if just for the big horizons!

  • Camille 12/07/2014 at 2:34 am

    They are absolutely precious!!

    • Carie 12/07/2014 at 9:56 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂

  • Mummy of Two 13/07/2014 at 8:35 am

    Such gorgeous photos. It sounds like your girls are already becoming the best of friends.

    • Carie 16/07/2014 at 11:11 am

      So far so good – I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the teenage years!

  • Super Busy Mum 13/07/2014 at 9:40 pm

    Aaaah the cuteness! What lovely photos and as they are playing peek-a-boo round that corner…SO CUTE! haha, lovely post. x

    • Carie 17/07/2014 at 7:48 am

      Thank you so much 🙂

  • Donna 14/07/2014 at 8:37 am

    Oh those are such gorgeous photos. I love the moment at the beginning, sisters waking up and chatting to each other 🙂 What a great place for a leg stretch and a giggle x

    • Carie 17/07/2014 at 7:58 am

      It is a truly beautiful spot – thank you