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My feet ache but my eyes are smiling. I’m writing this on Sunday night, sat on the train back home watching Elma’s toes out of the corner of my eye as she snoozes in the buggy.       Kitty is doing her very best to consume her body weight in sweet things before home and the usual guidelines come back into force; and H is sipping a nice cold beer; well deserved after three days of wrangling small children and a buggy around London.

It’s turned into a bit of a Birthday Weekend tradition, a family expedition to London while I go to Britmums and H takes the girls on an adventure, and then we all spend Sunday together before collapsing onto the train for home.

There are so many stories to tell from the weekend; of the very great pleasure of meeting up with so many lovely blog friends, and putting real faces and real voices to their words and pictures (incidentally, you know how on the Internet you think of everyone as about your height, or possibly sitting down? It turns out they aren’t!); of a cab ride with a fabulously stereotypical London cabbie; of adventures recounted by a very excited three year old, and explained by a string of iPhone pictures; and of smiles and giggles and scamperings, and tired feet, and memories.

But for a little snapshot, a little moment of childhood adventures, we have to look to the park.

Regent’s Park has the very great advantage of being right next to Marylebone Station, or perhaps it’s the other way round. Whatever the answer it was perfect on a gorgeous Friday afternoon for a little picnic lunch and a chance to let the girls run off steam after the train ride south.

We ate under the shade of a little apple tree, played ‘tick’ (tig) in a sea of daisies that evidenced both past and current fertilisation by the resident geese, and then Kitty and H went off to feed the crumbs to the ducks.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life


Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And where Kitty goes, there too goes Elma, trotting along as fast as she knows how in every effort not to be left behind.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

It was a tiny moment in a wonderful weekend, but it must have been one the girls enjoyed; I met up with them in the park on Saturday evening as they came back from an afternoon at London Zoo, and as we walked along by the water’s edge, with Kitty’s warm hand slipped into mine, she told me about the tigers and the penguins and the butterflies, and the birds of prey, and the big bird that nearly flapped Daddy on the head, and I asked;

“So which was your favourite of all of the animals today?”

“Ummm – the DUCKS!”

So there you have it, there’s just something about feeding ducks leftover pretzel that will always capture the heart of a three year old.

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  • Brandi 23/06/2014 at 12:34 pm

    Sounds (and looks) like a wonderful evening and weekend!

    • Carie 23/06/2014 at 9:34 pm

      Thank you – it really was 🙂

  • Wendy McDonagh-Valentine 23/06/2014 at 1:49 pm

    Sounds like you all had such a wonderful weekend!! Of all the animals to choose, who would think your little girl would choose the ducks as her favorites? LOL!! I think that’s so wonderful!! Have a beautiful week!! : )

    ~ Wendy

    • Carie 23/06/2014 at 9:34 pm

      I think it might just have been because they were there in front of her – because her cuddly tiger has barely left her side since she walked out of the gates of the zoo, but for all that I’m glad she enjoyed the ducks – for starters they’re a bit easier to find in the wild around here…!

  • Jenny 23/06/2014 at 1:53 pm

    Ahhh this is so lovely. Happy Birthday again. Hope you liked me singing it to you at britmums. hahaha It was lovely to meet you and I love your birthday tradition in london. Sounds great. What a great way to end the weekend of celebrations with ducks! #livingarrows

    • Carie 23/06/2014 at 9:32 pm

      It was wonderful having you sing it to me at Britmums – I loved getting to meet you in person, it was so much fun hanging out with everyone (and eating pink cake!)

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 23/06/2014 at 2:22 pm

    Oh no! I didn’t know it was your birthday! Happy belated birthday!! And yes, some of us are of the somewhat shorter variety! Was so lovely to meet you and get to know you a bit off-line! Bring on next year!

    • Carie 23/06/2014 at 9:31 pm

      Trust me, when you’re 6’0″ most people (even those in heels) are smaller than you thought they were going to be!! It was so lovely to get a chance to meet you in person and have a really nice chat too – oh why does a year seem a really long way away!

  • Karen 23/06/2014 at 2:46 pm

    Aaahhh what a gorgeous way to share the weekend and birthday. It really was lovely to see you there. Loving the photos my girls still adore feeding the ducks xx

    • Carie 23/06/2014 at 9:30 pm

      Thank you – and yes it was lovely to meet you in person too – I had so much fun hanging out with everyone this year!

  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) 23/06/2014 at 8:43 pm

    This is such a tender moment with your husband and your children. So priceless =) #LivingArrows

    • Carie 23/06/2014 at 9:26 pm

      thank you so much 🙂

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) 23/06/2014 at 10:16 pm

    What a lovely end to your weekend 🙂 It was wonderful to meet you x

    • Carie 23/06/2014 at 10:22 pm

      Thank you – and it was lovely to meet you too – thank you for reassuring me that three children is vaguely doable!!