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Me and Mine 2016: July


Perhaps this month it’s appropriate that our pictures are a little bit out of kilter and definitely nearer the unintentional outtake, because as we get to the end of July, the whole month feels out of kilter.


This first week out of school is known to be a bit of a humdinger while everyone shakes down and gets used to the rhythm of family days again and tries to recover from the end of term exhaustion, and there have been parts of our week that have duly hum-dinged, and may indeed explain why a certain very tired young lady, who is more than smart enough to have realised that if we’re all looking at the camera we can’t see what face she’s pulling, looks as though we’ve just served up a picnic lunch of worms pickled in over-cooked cabbage.


The car crash threw us all for a loop, especially Elma, who sits in the middle seat in our cars, saw the whole thing unfold, and now says “don’t crash this car Daddy!” whenever we set off anywhere, even though if you ask her she’ll happily tell you that “an idiot made our car crash”.

Right now on Saturday evening I should be sat in the late evening sunshine at our favourite campsite in Germany, sipping something cooled by being sat in the stream for half an hour, while the children make friends and run off the wriggles of the long drive at the start of this year’s European adventure.  Instead, I’m sat at home, with my arm still bandaged up because it starts to hurt pretty much as soon as I take the tubigrip off, desperately trying not to twitch because it’s been nearly two weeks since I’ve done any knitting, crochet or sewing and it appears that I wasn’t joking when I said I needed to make things as a sort of daily multi-vitamin for general wellbeing.  Accepting that our dream trip wasn’t going to happen quite as we wanted it has taken a bit of coming to terms with but thanks to some very creative thinking on H’s part and a good dose of charm, all is not lost and we discovered today that we will still be going, just not yet.


The upheaval has thrown us out of our routine, and filled our time with calling insurance companies and car hire and writing statements and drawing up sketches.  So perhaps it’s a fair reflection that in these pictures the camera had slipped down, decapitating H and me, though framing Pip perfectly, and in most of the others, at least one person is frowning, looking puzzled, or both.



They’re just us, sat in the back garden, on a day that was warm, but threatened rain at every turn, hoping that we could make good on our early morning promise of a picnic picnic not a carpet picnic,

My little family, in July:


And yet if I’d been able to persuade everyone to look at the camera and smile angelically, that’s what we’d have been going with.  Because I think that is how our life is most of the time; filled with love, and laughter, and quite a lot of yawning.  There have been some wonderful highpoints this month; watching Kitty finish school and reading her first ever school report with a mixture of awe and pride, spending time with my aunt (and her strawberry fields and her pool!), finally recruiting a new team admin at work (sounds like a small thing I know but it’s going to make a huge difference), and my top of the list moment, celebrating my cousin’s wedding.

It was lovely to see him so happy, and to meet his wife, and to see my uncles and aunts and cousins and have a whole day together to catch up and we’ve got some definite plans for a few more catch ups over the summer.  That by itself would have been more than enough to fill my cup to overflowing, but there sat just in front of us in the church was the very familiar face of the only one of my cousins who doesn’t live in the Northern Hemisphere.  That H has only met him once before tells you how far away we all live, and it was a brilliant surprise to see him there and to catch up and compare notes (his two little ones being of very similar ages to our littlest two.

So I’m cheating (when am I every not) and sneaking in one more photo with which to remember this month, and not just to prove that Kitty really can smile – Me and Mine and my cousin!


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  • Mini Travellers/FuelledbyLatte 31/07/2016 at 8:39 am

    Really glad you are all ok. these are lovely photos.

  • Brandi 31/07/2016 at 5:08 pm

    Sorry to read of your accident! Hope you are all on the mend and recovered and off enjoying adventures soon!

  • Jess @ Picnics in the Rain 31/07/2016 at 5:18 pm

    Oh Carie, I’m so behind with blog reading and I’ve just read about the crash, it sounds horrific but I’m so glad you’re all ok, apart from your arm. I love your photos, and Kitty’s faces! Beautiful shot from the wedding too xx

  • Caroline (Becoming 31/07/2016 at 5:31 pm

    Wow sounds like a nightmare and sorry your arm is causing you problems. Well done for staying so positive and they are lovely shots all the same. I do love the one at the end too 🙂 xx

  • LauraCYMFT 31/07/2016 at 6:50 pm

    Gosh sorry to read about your car accident! I’m glad you are all OK although I do hope your arm is better soon. Lovely photos. Pips’ hair has gotten so blonde!

  • Jenny 31/07/2016 at 8:23 pm

    OH Carie bless you all I am so glad to hear you all are ok though but it’s awful when plans get moved, ruined or changed last minute that you have your heart set on. The family looks like they are thriving happily here though and glad to hear you get to still go later in the year. Big hugs lovely #meandmineproject

  • Pamela | Life With Munchers 31/07/2016 at 9:37 pm

    Oh dear…I’m sorry to hear about your crash. Glad you all safe though. I’m sure you’ll have a gorgeous summer regardless of where you are xx

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 31/07/2016 at 9:47 pm

    So glad that you are all ok (well apart from your arm which I hope heals soon – it must be incredibly frustrating not being able to knit or crochet when you love it so much). Just been reading about your car accident and sounds very scary – thank goodness for H’s quick reactions which meant that it was not as bad as it could have been. Glad to hear that you are still going to go on your holiday and love the funny faces that Kitty is pulling in this month’s photos.

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 31/07/2016 at 9:59 pm

    Lovely photos and Kitty looks like she is having so much fun. I really hope your arm heals soon x x (and stop growing Pip, you are looking far too big!)

  • Katy (What Katy Said) 01/08/2016 at 9:00 pm

    Oh Carie I didn’t know! So sorry to hear this! I do love that first photo best! #MeandMineProject

  • Lauren Belle du Brighton 01/08/2016 at 9:23 pm

    You poor thing! I really hope you can get back to the needles this month! I love your outtakes, we always more outtakes than anything remotely usable!

  • Laura @ Little Ladies Big World 01/08/2016 at 10:31 pm

    It must be truly disappointing to have to change plans like this but I am glad you are all mostly ok and hope the crash becomes distant memory soon. I too find getting everyone’s faces to resemble anything normal is hard work when you’re not actually behind the camera – and I only have 4 of us. Lovely real photos xx

  • lucy at dear beautiful 02/08/2016 at 3:17 pm

    Okay, so Kitty actually makes me die in these photos… what a little cracker!!! I know it’s been a tough month for you, but I love these photos of you all because they are so relaxed and real and fun. x

  • Soppy mum (Sara) 02/08/2016 at 6:17 pm

    I’m so sorry that you had such a rotten start to your holiday. Hope your arm gets better soon and that there are no longer term issues with car journeys. Take care and have a lovely holiday xx

  • grace 03/08/2016 at 12:18 am

    hi Carrie and family, sorry to heard about your accident but that is also why I’m commenting. I received whiplash a few days before Christmas, I had no idea how dangerous that it was and thought I was ok. whiplash can ‘develop’ over time and the next six weeks are very important for you both. Because I didn’t understand this I got back into life and using my arm (whiplash on right side of neck and I’m right handed). Long story short I’m still strapped up now and can’t use my arm for much, they say for at least a year. If some one had explained to me the need for rest and regular check ups on my neck in that first six weeks I would be totally recovered now. Please look after yourselves and make sure everything is ok. When I started getting worse they found a tiny tear in one of the ligaments in my neck it was about 1 mm but caused so much further damage because I did not know to rest. Hope your holiday is restful and you don’t use your bodies as workhorse at this time (this also includes carrying children, bags etc). Think before moving and ‘mindfully’ care for your bodies. Blessing grace

  • Anna 04/08/2016 at 9:11 am

    Oh dear. So very sorry to hear that. Just read about the accident and sounds like a very scary moment. Did you take arnica for the shock? And for the children? Those things stay in your body for a long time, even when scars have healed. It is worth taking it now if you haven’t and for bruising etc… And what a shame about your trip having to be cancelled, but now at least only postponed…Where do you go in lovely Germany? I can imagine how frustrating it must be not having the use of your arm for all the things that boost you and ” fill your cup” and obviously for it must be tricky with the children’s needs too! Time to dive into some inspiring books? I Hope it heals well and you are soon back to full strength and can look forward to your break. Take care in the meantime.