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In my heart of hearts I wish I could shunt Warwickshire just a smidgen nearer to the coast. ย The sea and the beach were such a constant feature of my own childhood it seems a little strange to me to be bringing up my children so far inland. ย But for all that we do live in a very lovely part of the country, it’s just that sometimes you have to go and search out the loveliness, it isn’t as blindingly obvious as when you open your bedroom curtains to see the bay stretch out before you, the lighthouse away on the point, and all the beaches in between.

We’re not a million miles from the top of the Cotswolds and I’m looking forward to exploring them a bit more when the children are a little older, there are a few more peaks and hills (District and Malverns respectively) a little further away for when we’re all a bit older, and for right now, we’ve got the park.

Kitty, Elma and I, on one of our buggy-free expeditions had pretended our way around the mini-golf, run around and around the big circular flower bed, stopping only for Kitty to fell Elma in the occasional affectionate rugby tackle, and for Elma to point out all of the flowers as “peeenk! lello!!” regardless of colour, and sat in the shade of the trees to watch the ducks and count the fluffy little baby ducklings.

This little stream runs all the way through the park and down to the river; we’ve seen it full to the brim in recent months, and in full flood through the winter, but right now after weeks of sunshine it’s nothing more than a trickle’ barely enough to float a pooh stick.

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But that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to make sure that you’ve had a really really good look for fish, or sticks, or, knowing Kitty, they were checking for trolls, or monsters or just possibly Daddy!

Well at least until we notice Mummy

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I love that despite wanting to wave, Kit still doesn’t want to let go of Elma, just in case that water becomes too enticing, even if it rather confuses Elma

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But who wants to do waving when there’s a stream; they were so happy just hanging out here, watching the water trickle by, and I could quite happily watch them for as long as they want to play.

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  • Potty Mouthed Mummy 11/08/2014 at 10:36 am

    What a lovely little bridge! They look adorable x

    • Carie 11/08/2014 at 1:44 pm

      thank you very much ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Clare Mansell 11/08/2014 at 11:04 am

    You’ve captured a really lovely moment there and such a pretty spot. I understand your longing for the sea entirely. When we’ve lived away from the coast (in Canada we were a flight or about 12 hours drive from the coast!!!)it has always felt odd and a little claustrophobic, BUT we eventually made it back to the shore as I’m sure you will too one day…

    • Carie 11/08/2014 at 1:45 pm

      One day maybe…! For now where we live is pretty perfect for everything apart from spending the afternoon at the beach – and there’s always a trip home to see my Dad if things get really desperate!!

  • Chloe (Sorry About The Mess) 11/08/2014 at 12:12 pm

    So sweet that Kitty was being the protective big sister. Looks like a lovely spot for a walk. I’d love to be closer to the coast too, although having grown up in London it’s easier for me to pretend I don’t know what I’m missing!

    • Carie 11/08/2014 at 1:46 pm

      It’s funny isn’t it; if we were in any other country the fact that I’m a couple of hours drive to the coast would seem like nothing – definitely a nation of island dwellers the lot of us!

  • Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy 11/08/2014 at 12:27 pm

    What gorgeous photographs. I love the one with them mesmerised by the stream. It’s funny how we feel we need the latest toy (or *coughs* iPad) etc to keep them entertained indoors, but outside it’s just so simple.

    • Carie 11/08/2014 at 1:58 pm

      One of many many reasons why I love the summer and being outdoors as much as possible!

  • Lauren 11/08/2014 at 1:24 pm

    That’s gorgeous, they are such sweet sisters. I imagine you’ll have some pretty good helpers for No 3!

    • Carie 11/08/2014 at 1:59 pm

      I hope so ๐Ÿ™‚ that’s assuming he or she ever deigns to make an appearance mind you!

  • Brandi 11/08/2014 at 3:26 pm

    Looks like a lovely spot. I have to agree, I wish I could move myself closer to the ocean! I grew up about 2 hours away, now we’ve got an over five hour trip. Boo. Maybe some day.

    • Carie 11/08/2014 at 8:17 pm

      I’m not sure you can get to be five hours away from the sea and still be in the UK! But maybe one day we’ll both be a bit nearer!

  • Maria (One Tiny Leap) 11/08/2014 at 3:53 pm

    These are really precious photos! x

    • Carie 11/08/2014 at 8:17 pm

      Aww thank you very much ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hayley @hayleyfromhome 11/08/2014 at 8:09 pm

    A lovely moment captured, I can understand how you could watch them as long as they wanted to stand. So sweet that they keep holding hands too. I love how children can be fascinated in the simplest things xx

    • Carie 11/08/2014 at 8:20 pm

      I suspect it was more coercion than voluntary hand holding on Elma’s part, but I’m glad that Kit takes such good care of her sister!

  • Sarah 11/08/2014 at 8:23 pm

    Aww, they are just adorable! And what a pretty park you’ve got.

    • Carie 11/08/2014 at 9:03 pm

      Thank you – it’s in the shadow of the castle so I suspect it gets a lot of attention – all the better for us ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 11/08/2014 at 8:30 pm

    So sweet, that first one is gorgeous. x

    • Carie 11/08/2014 at 9:03 pm

      thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • dean of Little Steps 11/08/2014 at 9:15 pm

    You take such beautiful photos! When I grow-up, I want to be just like you ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Carie 13/08/2014 at 8:07 pm

      He he! Thank you very much ๐Ÿ™‚

  • hena tayeb 11/08/2014 at 10:35 pm

    she is a good big sister.

    • Carie 13/08/2014 at 8:07 pm

      She really is!

  • sally 16/08/2014 at 9:51 pm

    Lovely sisterly moments and looks a very pretty park. I’m feeling slightly guilty on the coast front, since we love it so much and rub it in everyone’s noses a tad in the Summer! You haven’t got good paddling/swimming rivers/lakes anywhere near have you? I think I might be able to manage without the coast close by if I still had a good river nearby instead.

    • Carie 17/08/2014 at 12:30 pm

      Never apologise for showing so many gorgeous pictures of the coast – I get my seaside fix vicariously through everyone’s blogs!! We’ve got splash pads but the river and canal near us aren’t safe for paddling (or clean enough for that matter) so for now it’s splash pads all the way!