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Miss Elma is turning out to be a rather thoughtful young lady.  Where her big sister dances, sing-shouts, and goes at a mile a minute all day long, Elma watches and waits.

She knows just where Daddy’s put the ketchup bottle and will ask for a little smudge for her plate with an outstretched finger, she’ll ask for “M-maw” as long as the ice-cream tub is still on the table, and she’ll carefully stalk Kitty waiting for that crucial moment when the toy of her choice becomes unattended for the millisecond needed to claim it as her own.

But now I think, judging on the current state of my lounge floor, my baby girl is applying herself to higher matters.

You see her Grandpa lives a long long way away.  He likes to come to see us on the train, but right now the train isn’t there.  Or at least, the train is, the track, not so much.  Grandpa lives in a gorgeous part of the world, that just happens to be the far side of Dawlish Warren.  Where there is no longer a railway line.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Now is it me, or… well, no I’m sure it’s not just me.  Here we have the evidence that Elma, railway engineer extraordinaire, is tackling no lesser challenge than that faced by Isambard Kingdom Brunel himself; the conundrum of how to restore her access to her Grandpa given that the middle of Devon is pretty much one whopping great big hill, and trains do not really like hills.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And if the evidence is to be believed, she considers the experiment to be a complete success!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

So National Rail, if you’re reading in a moment spared from playing tide fight with the South Devon coastline; this is what you need – a rickety rackety bridge, two slopey bits and a handful of hill supports; problem solved.

I should add a smidgen of caution though to this excellent plan.  Firstly, the chief engineer appears to have dispensed with the need for buffers, which you might want to reconsider; and secondly, and possibly more importantly, while the trains made it successfully over the rickety rackety bridge, they did all seem to fall off on the hill – to Elma’s very great glee.  You might want to consider a smidge more testing.

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  • Claire @ Great British Family 03/03/2014 at 9:21 am

    Fantastic! Lovely photos and Elma sounds like she’ll find a way to get her Grandpa to visit very soon.

    • Carie 07/03/2014 at 8:50 pm

      I think she may have convinced Grandpa to come and see her by car soon – clever girl!

  • Ivona 03/03/2014 at 10:24 am

    That is so nice, kids always find a way to resolve problems no mere how hard they are, I guess if there is a will there is a way. Keep building Elma you never know where the road will take you, perhaps to Grandpa.

    • Carie 07/03/2014 at 9:09 pm

      Ah if she’s got anything to do with it it will be world domination before we know where we are!

  • Carin 03/03/2014 at 10:36 am

    Ha ha! Fantastic! Clever little engineer! Lovely photos too 🙂

    • Carie 07/03/2014 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Anna-Marie 03/03/2014 at 10:45 am

    Gorgeous and Elma is looking more like Kitty with every photo you take xx

    • Carie 07/03/2014 at 9:18 pm

      There’s certainly no doubt that they’re sisters is there!

  • Vikki Holness 03/03/2014 at 11:43 am

    Oh i LOVE the story you’ve told through these photographs and if Elma has her way i’m sure she’ll be visiting Grandpa very soon. xxx #livingarrows

    • Carie 07/03/2014 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you – and I think Grandpa is going to come and see us soon so perhaps she’s cleverer than we think!

  • Jenny 03/03/2014 at 2:22 pm

    Adorable pictures of little Elma. She looks so proud of herself too. I love when they play independently and are so creative. So cute. #livingarrows

    • Carie 07/03/2014 at 9:46 pm

      Thank you – she’s definitely plotting something!

  • Mammasaurus 03/03/2014 at 6:40 pm

    Ahhh, mine are just outgrowing their track now but also went nuts for it back in the day – O love watching them building things – such a nice age for Miss Elma to be at!

    • Carie 07/03/2014 at 10:08 pm

      At the moment it seems to be Kitty doing the building and Elma the deconstruction – it certainly keeps the railway rather fluid!

  • Emily 03/03/2014 at 9:18 pm

    Haha! Love your post and sweet pictures. It’s nice to see the series and her sweet little baby fingers working so hard. Oh so lovely. #LivingArrows

    • Carie 07/03/2014 at 10:12 pm

      Aww thank you so much!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 05/03/2014 at 4:18 pm

    Your posts always make me smile Carie. Every single one!

    • Carie 07/03/2014 at 10:34 pm

      Aww thank you 🙂

  • Faded Seaside Mama 09/03/2014 at 11:52 am

    So funny! But also a little bit sad to think of her cut off from her grandad! I hope things are fixed soon for their sake! Lovely photos of real play!

    • Carie 09/03/2014 at 12:05 pm

      Ah Grandpa has been persuaded to come for a visit by car so she won’t have to wait too much longer!