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Given that we are not currently buried under 6 feet of snow (alas) and there’s even been the occasional break in the clouds recently, I’ve been trying to make sure that we get outside for at least some part of every day.

So many of my own childhood memories take place outside, even in the winter; blustery walks along the cliffs; sausages roasted over a driftwood bonfire on the beach, sharing warmth and supplies with the few other families who’d clambered their way down.  I can’t quite recreate those exact sights and sounds, or at least I can try but I’m pretty sure the park wardens might just have something to say on the subject, so we work with what we’ve got.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And what we have, is ducks.  It’s a classic for a reason, there’s just something so soothing about plopping little mouthfuls of bread into the water and watching the ducks scrabble and chase for each bite.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Our favourite park has a little bridge where the stream joins the main river that is just perfect for Kitty; she can feed the ducks without anyone feathered coming near enough to worry her, and because with the river in flood, only the ducks can slip under the rail she can choose whether or not she’s going to feed the Canada geese and swans that hover expectantly outside.

She always seems to find a Mummy duck (“the brown one”), a Daddy duck (“they’re the green ones; they’re boys”), and a Kitty duck, the lucky beneficiary of as much of the bread as she can chuck in its direction.

I can’t wait until Spring when she’ll have hoards of little fluffy ducklings to choose from.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

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  • Jenny 20/01/2014 at 9:00 am

    You cant beat good family adventures especially feeding ducks. Beautiful moments captured here. #livingarrows

    • Carie 21/01/2014 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Caroline 20/01/2014 at 10:54 am

    I am loving Kitty’s floral explosion outfit and Elma’s little grin as she looks on all wrapped up. Ducks are the best.

    • Carie 21/01/2014 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you 🙂 its a riot of colour all the way!

  • Carin 20/01/2014 at 1:38 pm

    We love going to feed the ducks too. 🙂

    • Carie 21/01/2014 at 10:42 pm

      It is so much fun too!

  • Jenni 20/01/2014 at 1:53 pm

    Simple pleasures!

    • Carie 21/01/2014 at 10:43 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Little Likely Lads 20/01/2014 at 1:57 pm

    Aww the simple things, lovely photos x

    • Carie 21/01/2014 at 10:46 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 20/01/2014 at 2:49 pm

    Beautiful photos as always Carie. What is it about feeding the ducks that every child just seems to love? We love getting some bread and going on a walk to feed them. Such simple pleasures that remind me of my own childhood.

    • Carie 21/01/2014 at 10:55 pm

      I think there’s just something completely timeless about it – I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like feeding the ducks!

  • Toby Goes Bananas 20/01/2014 at 4:45 pm

    Lovely pictures of what looks like a very enjoyable day.

    • Carie 21/01/2014 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you – it certainly brightened up a gloomy day!

  • YouBabyMeMummy 20/01/2014 at 7:05 pm

    Ah love the 2nd to last one, beautiful x

    • Carie 21/01/2014 at 11:02 pm

      Thank you so much!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 20/01/2014 at 8:56 pm

    Feeding the ducks should be in every adult’s childhood memories. I must do it more, I’m not even sure where our nearest ones are, the ones we usually go to are quite far making it something we don’t do enough. Lovely photos x

    • Carie 21/01/2014 at 11:11 pm

      It is such a classic – maybe you can tempt some ducks nearer to you!

  • hena tayeb 20/01/2014 at 10:06 pm

    sounds lovely. we should really do that more often.. the cold just makes me so lazy

    • Carie 21/01/2014 at 11:14 pm

      It is so hard to force myself outside when it’s chilly, but it’s always worth it in the end!

  • Claire @ Great British Family 20/01/2014 at 10:10 pm

    Lovely photos. I look forward to taking my little one to feed the ducks later this year.

    • Carie 21/01/2014 at 11:15 pm

      Isn’t it going to be wonderful when the ducklings arrive!

  • Donna 20/01/2014 at 10:32 pm

    You just cannot beat feeding the ducks! Lovely photos, looks like the children enjoyed themselves x

    • Carie 21/01/2014 at 11:16 pm

      Thank you, I think we all had fun!

  • Carolin 25/01/2014 at 11:19 pm

    This looks like the perfect family afternoon. Gorgeous photos x

    • Carie 26/01/2014 at 9:25 am

      Thank you, it was lovely,if a bit damp and grey!