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Living Arrows 2015: 47/52


Living Arrows: a little moment of the week to pause, savour and treasure

We got home from church on Sunday morning, walked in the front door, and straight out into the garden.  This week I’ve really missed the sunshine, as we rattle towards the equinox I’m definitely at the point where I can spend an entire day without being outside in the daylight, I don’t even know what the weather was like on Thursday because the building I was in didn’t have windows, but from the way Kitty, Elma and Pip reacted, I don’t think I missed much either.

I rescued a garden chair that had blown to the end of the patio in the gales and we had a little search in the shed for garden toys that hadn’t already made it into the garage.  There, sat in the corner, was Elma’s Toddlebike. It was perfectly Elma-sized in January and just about still fits her now, but it’s always made Kitty look like a giant in a world of Lilliputians.

Elma was quite happily scooting up and down and I could see that Kitty was desperate for a go as we didn’t have her bike or scooter out, but she just couldn’t work out how to distract Elma for long enough.  She tried offering her hula hoop, and Pip’s car, and just asking, but no dice.  So there was only one thing for it: tandem toddlebiking!

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows

They were surprisingly fast, especially once they worked out that it worked better if Elma sat on the cross bar so that Kitty’s knees weren’t quite digging into her chin at every scoot and they whizzed around and around and around, much to Pip’s very great amusement.

And as for that young man – well after the girls had decided that they’d had enough running around and went inside to cuddle up on H and warm up before lunch, Pip Squeak extricated himself from his beloved car, crawled over to the bike and sat there, arms outstretched with that baby expression that can only read “you know what I want, why haven’t you done it yet Mummy? Are you really going to make me ask?”


So I hauled him up and on and he sat there, prodding it, trying to figure out how it worked and why the big sisters love it so much.

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows

He just about managed to make it go forward before sliding off the crossbar and deciding that he’d rather it was cuddle and nap time than sitting on the floor under a bike time, but I think it won’t be too long before he masters it and there’ll be three of them bombing up and down the patio!

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  • Emma T 23/11/2015 at 8:43 pm

    Aw, I love Pip’s all in one. Fab pattern.

    Makes me laugh when they just zoom round and round on bikes. N and my brother were out on N’s trikes on Sunday. Highly amusing seeing a 36 year old man riding a toddler bike!

    • Carie 23/11/2015 at 9:58 pm

      Oh that’s brilliant – must have been such a picture!

  • susan 23/11/2015 at 11:10 pm

    Such sweet, sweet babies you have. And what a perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday morning.

    • Carie 25/11/2015 at 8:42 pm

      Aww thank you very much 🙂

  • Donna 24/11/2015 at 8:22 pm

    Those photo of tandem toddlebike are just gorgeous, Kitty does look so big! Pip looks like he’s catching up with Elma so fast! x

    • Carie 25/11/2015 at 8:44 pm

      I think he probably is – the gap between the littlest two is certainly a lot smaller than between the girls!

  • Sian 24/11/2015 at 9:20 pm

    Ah what fun! So sweet that they are working together on the toddle-biking and of course, little brother wants in on the action. It’s good to get out in the cold and at least the sun was out!

    • Carie 25/11/2015 at 8:46 pm

      Oh it is so nice to be out and about and at this time of year I think we really have to grab each and every chance!

  • Hayley (@hayleyfromhome) 27/11/2015 at 2:18 pm

    Ahh gosh, those two girls squashed on there is so cute. So lovely to see them all wrapped up having fun outside and they are all looking very grown up! #livingarrows

    • Carie 27/11/2015 at 11:07 pm

      I think the tininess of the bike does emphasise just how very big they both are now – where did my babies go!