Family Kitty {the ordinary moments}

In the depths of the mist

30/03/2014

Our car needing the sort of things that cars needs (and a few that they shouldn’t), we’ve spent quite a bit of time down in Stratford recently.  And whilst our car’s garage does have a set of hexibugs that Kitty gravitates to as soon as we walk through the door, it doesn’t really hold enough interest to keep a Mama, a Kitty and an Elma occupied for the full couple of hours it takes to do whatever it is that they do (can you tell that my version of car maintenance is to do whatever the garage, H and the warning lights tell me to!).

And so we found ourselves wandering through a frozen quiet town centre while the fog lingered, wrapped around streetlights like a damp fluffy pillow, shrouding the new and shiny bits from view until you could easily see the ghost of the place it was a hundred or so years ago.

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Kitty’s absolute bestest most definite first choice for the morning’s activity had been to feed the ducks, and after she’d repeated it a dozen or so times it started to feel like it had always been our plan, and so we put layers on top of more layers and headed out into the bitter cold. Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

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Stratford on a sunny day is warm and tranquil, a picturesque classic English river scene, complete with swans and people mucking about in boats, and, if you’re very lucky/unlucky (depending on your point of view) the Top Gear team in a Hovervan.  On a misty morning, with passers by swallowed up by the fog almost as soon as you’d spotted them, it’s completely different, and barely populated (see above reference to bitter cold for why!).

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We found a great vantage point on the canal bridge where Kitty could scatter bread crumbs through the railings to the hordes below without there being any chance of an inquisitive swan coming up to her for a closer look.

Well, it’s true about the swans not coming closer.  The pigeons soon caught up with us (but she’s not so afraid of them) and then there were the gulls, swooping in in a wide arc to dodge and outmanoeuvre the heavier swans in the quest for a morsel of bread.  Most of them settled for flying close above the surface of the water, bobbing and weaving among the other birds.  All apart from this chap.

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This one gull had us figured out.  He flew deep circles, low over the water and then banking high up to the level of the bridge, at which point he would pretty much backpedal; hovering in the air.

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It’s truly rather surreal to be stared down by a seagull hovering at your eye level only a few feet away.

But he had skill, I’ll give him that credit.  As soon as we threw out a little morsel he was off, catching it in mid air time and time again. 20140314-DSC_0216

We fed the swans and the seagulls, the geese, the ducks and one stray coot over and over until at last Kitty declared her hands to be “freezeling” despite her mittens, and a search for cake to be a medical necessity.

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I’ve fed ducks too many times to count, both as a child and a Mama, but never quite like this.

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  • Caroline 30/03/2014 at 8:29 am

    What beautiful pictures – especially the ones of the gull. It’s so fabulous when a moment like that just happens. Because, of course, you can never plan animal behaviour!

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 9:01 am

      Thank you – it was amazing to watch even if it was also a little spooky at the time!

  • mirari 30/03/2014 at 2:22 pm

    lovely photos!
    it looks like a great day you spent, even if it was foggy…

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 9:02 am

      thank you 🙂

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 30/03/2014 at 3:12 pm

    These are gorgeous photos Carie, and love the one of Kitty leaning against the statue and also the one of her at the bottom running away. There’s something so mysterious about fog I think, especially if you photograph it. Hope the car is better now. 😉

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 9:04 am

      Thank you – After multiple trips to the car doctor it appears to be recovered which is rather a relief, not least because I’d rather exhausted the options for playing in Stratford and the ducks were looking very well fed!

  • Kerry 30/03/2014 at 3:16 pm

    Love these photos! The photos of the gull are incredible. Looks like such a beautiful day out.

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 9:05 am

      Thank you – fortunately the gull kept doing the same manoeuvre so I had lots of chances to try to get a good shot – I’ve got just as many blurry ones to show for it!!

  • Anna-Marie 30/03/2014 at 5:45 pm

    Amazing pictures Carie xx

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 2:32 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Caroline 30/03/2014 at 7:53 pm

    Wow, didn’t know you did Wildlife Photography to Carie! Love the reflection of Kitty.

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 2:33 pm

      Only when the wildlife comes to me! Otherwise I’ll stick to small children, knitting and cake!

  • Rachel - 3yearsandhome 30/03/2014 at 9:18 pm

    The most amazing photos, Carie. It’s like a scene from an eerie ITV drama. Love them.

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 2:33 pm

      You do rather get the feeling that a corpse should come floating out of the mist or something – thankfully that’s only in ITV dramas!

  • Jenny 30/03/2014 at 10:15 pm

    WOW Carie these photos are stunning. The fog gives it that eerie feeling but greatest to them. They all look amazing. Glad there was fun had but I was just overwhelmed by the photography too. I am getting into my photography and trying to use my manual mode on my new slr so looking at pictures so differently these days. Long process but love these. #ordinarymoments

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 2:34 pm

      I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning about my camera – but the shots that come out perfectly are the ones that spur me on to learn more!

  • Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault 31/03/2014 at 9:19 am

    I find that fog can be claustrophobic but mist can be so magical as your pictures show. And I love that sculpture. #theordinarymoments

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 2:31 pm

      Thank you – in the summer the swans are a fountain but they turn it off for the winter and it’s still stunning!

  • PottyMouthedMummy 31/03/2014 at 12:00 pm

    Wow those pictures are beautiful!!!

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 2:23 pm

      Thank you very much 🙂

  • Merlinda (@pixiedusk) 31/03/2014 at 3:02 pm

    I love the birds shot moving! I am always trying to capture shots as this but not successful =P

    Looks like a nice trip! Love the ambiance! #ordinarymoments

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 12:38 pm

      Oh so many outtakes – that’s all I’ll say!!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 01/04/2014 at 7:03 pm

    I love Stratford! The last time I was there is a boiling hot day and it was heaving, this is so different! Gorgeous pics x

    • Carie 01/04/2014 at 9:42 pm

      I’ve seen it in the rain and the winter before as well as heaving every summer but this was the first time for me in the mist – it just felt so eerily deserted – very strange!