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Me and Mine 2015: August

31/08/2015

When we left home in early August I was absolutely certain that I was going to have no trouble getting this month’s Me and Mine photos.  In fact, so thought the naive, new to camping with children me, I’d probably have pictures of the five of us everywhere we went, I’d have too many to choose from.  Oh optimism you are my dear friend aren’t you.

It turns out that when the tripod is at home, as is the back up tripod (the buggy), and there are an awful lot of people about in all the lovely beautiful ever so slightly touristy places that you’re visiting you might not actually get a whole heap of photos.  I could see places to balance the camera, but then I could also see the next hoard of coach trippers bearing down on us just ready to turn around and whallop my camera into Honfleur harbour, and after I suffered a serious case of camnesia in Paris brought on by it being far too hot to even contemplate trying to get the camera out of the backpack, we reached Annecy, a whole week into our trip, without a single group shot.

So I did what anyone else would do.  I rounded up the family on the one and only sunny afternoon we had, stood them next to the shower block, attached my phone to the shrubbery via GorillaPod and set the timer app ticking.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

We are looking directly into the sunlight, which might just account for the littlest two determinedly facing away, or it could just be that that was the first time we’d seen those mountains without at least the top third being shrouded in mist.

The next set come from Switzerland.  We’d taken the train to Zermatt, and then then little train to Gornergrat, all in the hope of seeing some seriously impressive mountains, and as we slithered and climbed up from the station, a very kind man asked whether I’d like him to take our photo.  Yes, very much yes please I would.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

And yes, Kitty is holding a snowball.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

Now this picture you need to look at carefully.  Possibly blow it up at bit sort of carefully, because this is us with the Matterhorn. I know it looks like it’s us in falling snow but if you look very closely just above H’s head and just above the wall by his right hand, faintly visible through the cloud, is a mountain!

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

My last picture from Zermatt is another family selfie; towards the end of the day the girls were getting tired so H and I were carrying them.  Pip is the small blue triangle in the left hand corner, snoozing in the Ergo on my front, I’ve got Elma on my shoulders and Kitty is on H’s shoulders.  And as we walked along the road we could both feel that something wasn’t quite right with the balance.  And as we turned to look up we realised that the girls were holding hands as we walked along, and giggling ten to the dozen at the same time.

But before you worry that you’ve slept a bit longer than you intended to last night and it’s December, or that Europe is being plunged into another ice age, my last picture for August comes from our last afternoon, sat on the beach waiting for a ferry, and enjoying every last drop of sunshine.  I’d been for a little wander and found an ice cream stand to relieve me of a few Euros and everyone had tucked in, even Pip, who has this holiday perfected the art of looking woeful if anyone has an ice cream and doesn’t offer him a bite.  It’s another iPhone tripod timer app photo and I love it.  It’s sandy and ice creamy and ever so slightly silly, and it’s the smiles on all our faces as we reach the end of our three weeks that says that this trip was really something very special.

My little family, in August:

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

dear beautiful

 

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  • Louise 31/08/2015 at 8:29 am

    Beautiful photos Carie – love the one where the girls are on your shoulders and holding hands and the one where Kitty is holding the snowball. Combining sun and snow in one holiday sounds like it was a lot of fun – we went to Switzerland on our honeymoon and did the same so your photos brought back some happy memories for me. The final photo is just gorgeous – such a happy fun family moment to capture. Looks like you have had a wonderful summer together 🙂

    • Carie 02/09/2015 at 11:44 pm

      Oh what a wonderful place for your honeymoon, it must have been incredible. We pretty much fell in love with Switzerland at the border and it is definitely on the list to go back!

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 31/08/2015 at 8:35 am

    Lovely photos Carie and looks like you had an amazing holiday! Wow to you carrying Pip on your front and Emma on your shoulders! You are clearly stronger than I am! Adore that the girls were holding hands though! So cute! Xx

    • Carie 02/09/2015 at 11:43 pm

      force of habit! I can do Kitty on my shoulders too, but not for more than about 15 minutes because she’s getting properly heavy now she’s so tall!

  • Alex Bump to Baby 31/08/2015 at 8:41 am

    Wow, you’ve got some really love photos with some beautiful views. My favourite is the view on the first one. Stunning xx

    • Carie 02/09/2015 at 11:42 pm

      thank you – Annecy isn’t bad for backdrops is it! 🙂

  • Amber 31/08/2015 at 8:54 am

    I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW JEALOUS I AM. In fact, I hate you quite a bit right now. 😉 Oh, Carie, I know that you said you’d had trouble getting pictures but these are amazing. What a trip you had!

    • Carie 02/09/2015 at 11:42 pm

      Oh no don’t do that, no hating!!! It was indeed an awesome trip, but also a very doable one!

  • Jenny 31/08/2015 at 8:58 am

    Wow looks like you have been on so many great adventures in August babes. Love the photos. Your littlest has grown up so much over the summer. So cute. Lovely #meandmine

    • Carie 02/09/2015 at 11:41 pm

      Hasn’t he just, one moment he was a baby and now I see distinct signs of little boy!

  • LauraCYMFT 31/08/2015 at 10:19 am

    Such beautiful photos! What a contrast in places. One looking gorgeous and warm and another looking so cosy and wintry! Sounds like you’ve had a brilliant Summer.

    • Carie 02/09/2015 at 11:41 pm

      Summer, winter, spring, autumn – I think we saw the lot!!

  • Jenna 31/08/2015 at 11:49 am

    Wow, what a great collection of photos.

    It can be so logistically difficult to take family shots sometimes, can’t it. You’ve done really well though. I’m sure you will treasure these photos.

    #meandmine

    • Carie 02/09/2015 at 11:40 pm

      It’s usually a bit of a military operation at home so I don’t know why I expected different just because we were on holiday!

  • Debs @ Super Busy Mum 31/08/2015 at 1:52 pm

    What a gorgeous collection of family photos! That first one with that view is amazing!

    • Carie 02/09/2015 at 11:40 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Kathryn 31/08/2015 at 2:09 pm

    It looks like you and your family have had some amazing adventures in August Carie! x

    • Carie 02/09/2015 at 11:39 pm

      it was awesome!

  • Amy @ Very Much So... 31/08/2015 at 7:45 pm

    These are great photos, full of memories. Looks like you’ve had an amazing holiday. I can’t get over the view in that first photo, stunning! x

    • Carie 02/09/2015 at 11:37 pm

      We found some really really beautiful parts of the world while we were away, just breathtakingly stunning!

  • Stephanie 31/08/2015 at 8:01 pm

    What a fantastic set of photos! Looks like you had an amazing time! I love the view on the first one, amazing!

    • Carie 02/09/2015 at 11:36 pm

      Oh it was utterly gorgeous, and that’s only the half of it!

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 31/08/2015 at 8:56 pm

    Gorgeous photos and your camping trip sounds amazing, so many gorgeous sights. I still think getting 5 people in a photo is impressive – looking happy and at the camera is just too much

    • Carie 02/09/2015 at 11:36 pm

      I think it definitely is at the ages of our little ones if there isn’t anyone behind the camera, remote triggers are wonderful but there’s nothing to look at!

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 31/08/2015 at 10:14 pm

    I don’t think you could get a more perfect set of family photos! The the stories behind them are the BEST! x

    • Carie 02/09/2015 at 11:31 pm

      Aww thank you lovely 🙂

  • Caro | The Twinkles Mama 01/09/2015 at 1:55 pm

    Blimey oh Riley — talk about four seasons in a month!!! What fabulous photos Carie!! You guys have been so busy! Can’t wait to meet you in a couple of weeks! 🙂 #MeandMine

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

    • Carie 02/09/2015 at 11:30 pm

      And I you – it’s going to be so much fun!

  • Donna 01/09/2015 at 11:04 pm

    I know these aren’t the photos you planned but they are lovely all the same! I wasn’t expecting snow ones and completely missed your trip away! x

    • Carie 02/09/2015 at 11:24 pm

      Ah yes that’s where I disappeared to for most of August! It’s certainly fun to mix it up a bit from the classic sunshine and summer pictures isn’t it!

  • Jane - Our Little Escapades 07/09/2015 at 8:55 pm

    I love your photos. The selfie is priceless. I love that we have the same thoughts about being able to get a family photo when out and about. I’m yet to get any group shots when out on our own so you have done amazingly well. It sounds like you had a fantastic summer together x

    • Carie 07/09/2015 at 10:19 pm

      It’s fun that something that sounds like it should be impromptu can take so much planning isn’t it!

  • Helen | Wonderfully Average 13/09/2015 at 10:20 pm

    Wow! What an exciting month August has been! And what a fantastic collection of photos. Sounds like it’s really been a summer to treasure 🙂 x

    • Carie 14/09/2015 at 10:55 pm

      It was everything we could have imagined – it was awesome!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 16/09/2015 at 7:40 pm

    Love all of these photos, Carie, but I think the. Last ones my fave! What an amazing summer you’ve had, hey?!

  • sally 17/09/2015 at 11:26 pm

    All such lovely memories for you. That last one is gorgeous, but what a special one with the girls on your shoulders, and we went back to Annecy many times on childhood caravanning holidays so that one has a particular place in my heart.