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Me and Mine 2017: February


This February’s Me and Mine pictures are brought to you by the tale end of Storm Doris.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine, a family portrait project - February 2017

I actually managed to miss the entire thing; I left on the 5.47 train on Thursday morning headed north, arrived before the speed restrictions were in place on the trains, and then was in court from 9.30 to 5.30.  The court didn’t have any windows, and by the time we got out there was a little damp on the pavements and a light breeze rustling the trees.  Meanwhile back down south emails circulated my office to the effect that all trains had been cancelled going in and out of Birmingham, the Premier Inn next to our office was fully booked from early afternoon and several of my team had some adventurous journeys to get home.  Sat in my nice comfy hotel room I started to think it had been a rather well timed two day hearing.

At home it wasn’t too bad; the barn behind our house has lost a row of tiles, and a tarp blew down the hill and plastered itself to a few cars before making a bid for freedom, but most of the trees around us are still standing.

Friday was a lull but on Saturday and Sunday the wind and rain returned.  We caught a glimpse of a sunbeam and headed up to the windmill to capture a very windswept portrait of our family for February.  I know I’ve taken goodness knows how many shots of us all up at the windmill, and it will always be a favourite spot for photos, but it’s also quite hard to get a sense of the scale, and how proudly it stands on the peak of the hill so for this month all our photos are from lower down the slopes.  It also reduced our chances of getting blown away which was definitely a good thing.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine, a family portrait project - February 2017

Life this month has been busy as always; when February disappeared in no more than a moment I’m beginning to expect that this is just how life is at the moment.  I’ve been travelling a lot for work, and that’s going to keep going for this week at the very least, but we loved loved loved having half term together; time for the slow mornings and the big adventures both.  It felt very strange to go back to work and be without them, especially for Pip who was definitely discombobulated by the Mummy at home then Mummy goes to work and doesn’t even come home combination.  He was my little limpet at the weekend and I loved it, even if my biceps do feel like they had a serious workout.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine, a family portrait project - February 2017

I’m not going to tell them to say sausages next time – these are all expressions of great delight I promise!!

They got a week and a day thanks to a teacher training day so the first day back for Kitty is today and Elma tomorrow.  They’re both really excited to see their friends; Kitty has finally lost the tooth that was wobbly for ever so she has a whole new look to show off, and she spent Friday afternoon making a get well soon card for her friend who was too poorly for a playdate that I hope we will find in time to take in.

We’ve also got Kitty’s parent teacher meeting this afternoon, which I’m equal parts curious and nervous about.  To us it seems as if she’s settled in really well and is loving school, so I’ve got all my fingers crossed that the school thinks she has too.

So before we move into March, in February we have loved:

  • Half term! No school run (John), two days off (me) and their half term treat (the kids)
  • Our trip to the Chatsworth Farmyard;
  • Watching the carpet fitters lay our new lounge and stair carpets – if you’re two it’s the most exciting thing that’s happened in weeks, only closely ousting pavement chalk from top spot;
  • Adventures fuelled by white chocolate buttons;
  • Being woken up by a small boy two inches from your nose saying “Wake up! It morning Mummy!” and discovering that it is in fact half past seven.
  • Carpet picnics (on the old carpet!) and lazy pyjama Saturdays.

March looks likely to be similarly busy, especially this week when I’m in London two days out of five, so perhaps these are very apt photos as we continue to be blown through the year!

For now though it’s my little family, in a very blustery February:

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine, a family portrait project - February 2017

I’ve also just realised I was wearing the same outfit in January’s photo, I genuinely do own more clothes, I promise!!
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  • Laura @ Little Ladies Big World 28/02/2017 at 10:27 am

    It i s such a gorgeous spot Carie. Your hearing does seem to have come at the right time, we had a trampoline blowing through the garden incident which was interesting! It sounds like a lovely if not busy month though xx

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 28/02/2017 at 11:35 am

    Beautiful photos and such a scenic backdrop too! What a well timed Hearing, I hope it was a quieter month for you at work.

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 28/02/2017 at 1:47 pm

    What a gorgeous spot for your family photos even if it was a bit windswept. I love Elma’s dress! Sounds like your two-day work trip was well timed with regards to Storm Doris – glad to hear that it didn’t cause too much damage back home. Hope all goes well with Kitty’s parent-teacher meeting this afternoon. #meandmineproject

  • Laura - Dear Bear and Beany 28/02/2017 at 5:51 pm

    That’s a beautiful spot for the photos. We love carpet picnics too! Storm Doris was very windy down here and I was pleased to get home x #meandmineproject

  • Lee Winemiller Cockrum 28/02/2017 at 7:51 pm

    You look very long and lean in those leggings!

    You’ve made me want to visit that windmill!!

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 28/02/2017 at 9:36 pm

    Ooo, you were brave to head out in the wind but these are lovely photos. That windmill almost looks like it shouldn’t be standing. It’s like an optical illusion. Hope the traveling doesn’t go on too long for you … I remember working away … never as glamorous as what people think.

  • Lauren Belle du Brighton 28/02/2017 at 10:38 pm

    I know how hard it can be for little people to get used to odd parental comings and goings, my husband works away every so often and the kids always get confused! I love your windmill shots!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplatioms 01/03/2017 at 12:06 am

    Your opening line made me chuckle! You are a brave one! I always love your windmill pictures, so there’s definitely no need to justify them! You look like such a happy little crew, and Kitty really is your mini me! We love Chatsworth too… It’s the best!

  • Jess @ Picnics in the Rain 02/03/2017 at 8:09 pm

    These are really lovely photos Carie, the windmill is a great spot! It sounds like life is pretty hectic, I hope you have a great March x

  • Colette 02/03/2017 at 8:32 pm

    What lovely windy photos. Here’s to sunshine for March

  • Amy @ Very Much So 03/03/2017 at 5:33 am

    I love your windmill photos, such a lovely backdrop! That does sound like a well timed hearing if you missed everything and managed to travel by train. Sounds like a busy month but here’s to March, warmer weather, and more adventures. x #meandmineproject

  • Clare @ Maybush Studio 03/03/2017 at 8:43 am

    Love your windswept photos, though to be honest I’m fed up with the wind! I want some dry weather with no breeze, so I can do some DIY projects outside!

  • Sherry 03/03/2017 at 10:50 am

    That windmill is just beautiful! It really does sound like a busy month but with some great moments too and that photo of you all where the children are making some comical poses made me laugh a lot! March is very similar for me – I’m barely going to see the family for a chunk of it as I have a large audit to host but thats life as a working mum isn’t it? Your job sounds hard but a great challenge, in my 20s I wanted to work in law but I didn’t quite hatch a plan in time to be a solicitor #meandmineproject

  • Caro | The Twinkle Diaries 03/03/2017 at 7:17 pm

    You’ve had such a busy month!! Can’t believe you totally missed Doris — she caused total havoc in our area — I was glad to see the back of her!! My poor little trees either side of the front door were uprooted!! Lovely pics — where IS that windmill? Is it close to me? xxxx PS — have you booked your Blogtacular ticket??

  • Sarah 04/03/2017 at 12:32 pm

    We live near Blackpool which has it’s own micro climate it seems so we didn’t see much of the storm. These are some fab windswept photos you’ve captured – Kitty looks so pleased with her gappy smile! #MeandMine

  • Jenny 05/03/2017 at 5:57 pm

    Love the fields you live near and take your photos this is a beautiful location. Loving these Carie they are so gorgeous I love your kids smiles and you always have them laughing. Hope you have a wonderful month ahead. #meandmineproject