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Siblings in August


I put off taking pictures for this month’s Siblings until pretty much the last moment.  Not that I seriously anticipated this month featuring a picture of three little siblings, but I thought I’d wait – just in case.

In between watching my tummy like a ticking time bomb I’ve been trying to make an effort to go out and about, and to do the kind of things with the girls that a newborn is going to make complicated, if not impossible.  Elma has just hit that stage in her walking where she really wants to be out of the pushchair, and is quite happy to walk for a big enough distance to make it practical to leave it behind without the safety net of a sling as back up if she needs a carry.

It’s been really lovely going for walks with a little girl holding each hand, and it’s opened up a new world of adventure; and yes I know the irony of having reached that stage in the full knowledge that it’s about to close down again for another couple of years, but you go with what you’ve got!  This week I took both girls on the little train ride at the park, something I’ve never done with both and never when on my own because we always needed someone to watch the buggy, and then on Friday we set out to conquer Kilimanjaro.

Kitty has been learning all about Africa at nursery, of which the key points brought home and rehashed at the supper table seem to have been that there are deserts, there are Masai warriors who dress up and paint their tummies (cue even more felt tip pen misuse in our house than when they did Australia and the Aborigines) and there is a really big mountain called Kilimanjaro which has snow on the top and a giraffe at the bottom (just the one giraffe mind!).

And with Friday dawning bright and beautiful, and a crazy rainy weather forecast out for the afternoon, I hustled us out straight after breakfast with a promise that we were going to climb a mountain.

“Like Kilimanjaro?” asked Kitty from the back seat.

“Well sort of.  We could pretend it’s Kilimanjaro, how about that?”

“And when we get to the top, we can make a snowball!”

“We might have to pretend the snow too, it’s probably just grass on the top at the moment.”

“But there might be snow!”

One of these days my daughters will probably fail a geography exam not because of any inherent lack of talent in geography but because their parents have consistently assured them that a hill that looks remarkably like Broadway Hill in the Cotswolds is Snowden, and now a Kilimanjaro that lacks both snow and giraffe, and would to the casual observer appear to be Observation Hill in Leamington.  My apologies ladies.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life


Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

But for a stand in it really isn’t bad; a beautifully steep sided grassy slope, just the right height for Kitty to sprint up, a good challenge to my very determined Elma, and manageable at Elma-speed with a bump on board.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And even Kitty, who I think had probably climbed the hill a couple of times over by the time Elma and I made it up to the signal post, felt like she’d accomplished something, as we all sat down for a little rest, and a little snack.

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

It’s a one sided sort of a hill, I’m sure it would be easy enough to park someone nearer to the top and walk in across the golf course, but where would be the fun in that.


Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life


If you look all the way down to the bottom you can just about see a few tell tale suggestions of a play park; our car is parked just this side of the play park and Elma walked every step of the way up that hill, cheered on by Kitty (who was of course in no way motivated by the promise of a snack that the top of the hill!)

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

We sat there in the sunshine on the nice wide plateau at the top and looked for church spires, the domes on the top of the Sikh temple gleaming white in the sunshine, and tried to work out where their nursery might be, or our house, and Kitty pretended a snowball and danced circles until she was dizzy, followed as she so often is, by her little sister shadow.  And while we didn’t see any giraffe (or other animals commonly found on the African savannah) when I asked whether we wanted to pretend a giraffe too I was confidently informed that the presence of the play park more than makes up for the lack of any safari experience; well you can’t slide down a giraffe!

Two little sisters, on the day they climbed Kilimanjaro, in August:

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

dear beautiful

And for this month I’m sending you on to one of my co-hosts who can need no introduction (although I’m still not exactly sure how to pronounce her new name of Manneskjur). Whatever the blog title Annie is as always all sorts of awesome, and takes the most gorgeous photos so I know we’ll all be in for a treat

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  • lucy at dear beautiful 10/08/2014 at 7:20 am

    How alike are your two girls looking lately? I think that as the little ones grow from babies into toddlers their looks seem to change, my two are definitely more alike now than they used to be.
    It looks like you had a lovely adventure together. I adore that photo of them sat together looking out at the world, so cute. x

    • Carie 10/08/2014 at 10:56 am

      I think they look more and more alike the older they get! They’re both such mini versions of my husband, I see so little of myself in their looks; and all three of them have a shared repertoire of expressions and gestures – it’s hilarious when you spot them all doing the same thing at once!

      • Louise 10/08/2014 at 2:05 pm

        Gorgeous photos. Hope all goes well with your new baby’s arrival – so lovely to be able to make the most of time with your two girls before there are three little ones 🙂

        • Carie 10/08/2014 at 10:05 pm

          thank you very much – it’s certainly going to be an exciting few weeks!

  • The Reading Residence 10/08/2014 at 8:03 am

    Ah, such a gorgeous post! Great to be free of the pushchair (albeit a short-lived stage for you) and a fab achievement for both girls. Beautiful photos and it looks like a beautiful spot, too x

    • Carie 10/08/2014 at 10:57 am

      Thank you – it was a lot of fun! We’re very lucky to be surrounded by beautiful places if we go and look for them!

  • Manneskjur 10/08/2014 at 8:12 am

    Oh bless you – I love that you took them up Kilamanjaro! And they look like they loved it too. They look so silmilar and have the kind of faces that look like they are smiling even if they aren’t – if that makes any sense!
    Kudos to you for getting up that hill at the moment – and thanks for your lovely words x

    • Carie 10/08/2014 at 10:57 am

      I think that makes perfect sense – they are happy in repose! And definitely happy to have climbed a mountain!

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  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 10/08/2014 at 8:25 am

    When I was living in Leamington Spa with my dad just before I got pregnant with Cherry I can remember going there in winter on a snowy day and everyone was sledging down that hill! Lovely photos and I can’t wait to see three iblings next month! x

    • Carie 10/08/2014 at 11:00 am

      I think I’d be far too scared to try sledding down there – too crazy steep for me, but I can see why it’s popular in the winter!

  • Keri-Anne 10/08/2014 at 11:14 am

    These are such sweet pictures! They are so alike and SO pretty 🙂 x

    • Carie 10/08/2014 at 12:05 pm

      Aww thank you very much 🙂

  • Camille 10/08/2014 at 3:14 pm

    Soooo cute.

    I hope you have an awesome birth! Can’t wait to see the new little one. 🙂

    • Carie 10/08/2014 at 10:06 pm

      Aww thank you – and yes, fingers crossed it all goes smoothly!

  • Bells 10/08/2014 at 3:22 pm

    Your girls are gorgeous! Can’t wait to see your three siblings next month 🙂 x

    • Carie 10/08/2014 at 10:07 pm

      thank you – it’s definitely going to be a big change in the sort of photos I can take isn’t it!

  • Morgana @ butwhymummywhy 10/08/2014 at 7:07 pm

    What a lovely imagination filled adventure. I adore the photos on them sat on the top of the hill with their backs to the camera – so lovely xx

    • Carie 10/08/2014 at 10:08 pm

      It seems strange in some ways to have pictures of their backs as favourites, but they’re my favourites too!

  • Lindsay 10/08/2014 at 8:39 pm

    What a great adventure for your little ones!

    • Carie 10/08/2014 at 10:08 pm

      Thank you – they definitely had fun – I might just have to do some explaining to her nursery teachers this week though!!

  • preeta samarasan 11/08/2014 at 12:06 am

    They are so sweet, and I particularly love how they sit close up against each other — I recognise that from my own two girls, that casual affection, it melts my heart. And makes me wish I’d had a sister of my own to grow up with! But since I didn’t, I’m so very glad I get to watch two little sister grow up in my house. All the very best to you for the safe arrival of either a third little sister or a first little brother!

    • Carie 11/08/2014 at 8:29 am

      Thank you 🙂 Never having had a brother myself I think it’ll be a whole new experience for me if this baby is a boy!

  • Chloe (Sorry About The Mess) 11/08/2014 at 12:15 pm

    Wow – what a long way for Elma to walk! I’m seriously impressed. I don’t think Arlo would walk that far without complaining or wanting a ‘carry’….but he is generally rather lazy and still very much attached to his buggy board. I like your style with the snack bribery!

    • Carie 11/08/2014 at 1:58 pm

      Snack bribery will get us everywhere – and Elma just wants to do everything Kitty does, which can have it’s advantages!

  • Jess @ Catch A Single Thought 11/08/2014 at 4:55 pm

    Gorgeous photos, and I am seriously impressed at the distance walked. I’m not sure I could persuade either of mine to walk all the way up to the top! Love the story to go with it though, what a fantastic sibling adventure! #siblings

    • Carie 11/08/2014 at 8:19 pm

      Thank you – I think it was the tale of Kilimanjaro that really did it – although I did have some explaining to do to her nursery teachers today – apparently it’s the first thing Kitty told everyone about at circle time this morning!

  • Mummy of Two 11/08/2014 at 8:33 pm

    What lovely photos and it sounds like you are soon going to have your hands very full! I think this was a lovely idea and I am sure to your girls it definitely felt like a huge mountain!

    • Carie 11/08/2014 at 9:04 pm

      Well Kitty’s still been talking about it today and we went last Friday so I think it’s left a lasting impression on her at least!

  • sally 16/08/2014 at 10:00 pm

    Beautiful photos, you always have such lovely, sibling moments. And I got slightly nostalgic too looking at your photos of Leamington, I was at Warwick University in a previous life and vaguely remember a few visits over that way.

    • Carie 17/08/2014 at 12:29 pm

      Thank you 🙂 and yes if you visited Leamington then you probably encountered our mountain!

  • Jane 18/08/2014 at 8:11 pm

    What a great adventure and a fantastic imagination your girls have. The photos to capture the moment are fantastic. We don’t have imagination in our house and I’m yet to discover enough for me and my little boy! I think its great you did that walk with such a baby bump, I didn’t go very far near the end of my pregnancy, my body had had enough.

    • Carie 18/08/2014 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you 🙂 Perhaps a few hikes up mountains might persuade the baby to be a little less comfortable on board – you never know!