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Once upon a time there was a windmill. I may have mentioned it a time or two before.

And while I thought it was a lovely building, and a rather nice backdrop for photos, there are some people who are serious windmill fans. Β They maintain the windmill and more than that, once a year they open it up, build the wooden staircase under the arches, arrange for a really great ice cream van to come to play, and let fly the sails. Β Well, this weekend it was just two out of the four, but that was all that was needed to set the mill turning.

High up on the hill looking out over the top of the Cotswolds, the ditches and ramparts that show where a Roman fort once stood, and the silvery stream of traffic tootling up and down the M40, a monument to a slower pace of life and a beautiful and rather mesmerising sight as it slowly spun around.

And Kitty, excited possibly by the prospect of an ice cream as much as the changes since our last visit, ran up the path ahead of us, arms whirling.

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

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And when you’re three, and still young enough to get away with it and only attract indulgent smiles, why wouldn’t you want to run across a hilltop pretending to be a windmill!

PS – She did get her ice cream (strawberry and cream). So did I (honey and stem ginger).

PPS – I really truly do feed my children food that isn’t ice cream I promise. Β In the interests of balance I shall now devote myself to finding a reason to photograph them tucking into a giant plate of carrots or singlehandedly working their way through a box of cherry tomatoes or something similarly nutritious.

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  • Hayley @hayleyfromhome 15/09/2014 at 9:20 am

    What a beautiful setting, she look so happy and there is absolutely nothing wrong with ice cream πŸ™‚ #livingarrows

    • Carie 15/09/2014 at 9:52 pm

      It’s fast become one of my favourite places to explore – I think I’m just a sucker for wide horizons and around here you only get that on top of a hill!

  • sally 15/09/2014 at 10:12 am

    It’s OK, we believe you!

    • Carie 15/09/2014 at 9:51 pm

      I know – thousands wouldn’t!

  • Fi 15/09/2014 at 10:33 am

    Gorgeous pictures! I especially love the third one, she looks so happy πŸ™‚ #LivingArrows

    Fiona @

    • Carie 15/09/2014 at 9:50 pm

      thank you – she was having a blast!

  • life as our little family 15/09/2014 at 12:30 pm

    I love this setting, such a cute little girl. Who doesn’t love a windmill, especially as it has an ice cream hut! Good choices on the flavours. I am a liquorice & blackcurrant kind a gal! #LivingArrows

    • Carie 15/09/2014 at 9:49 pm

      Oooh liquorice and blackcurrant sounds interesting – though possibly fatal to pretty dresses ( which is why chocolate was ruled out!)

  • Jenny 15/09/2014 at 12:44 pm

    Nothing wrong with ice cream! Yummy! She looks so grown up here. Turning into such a lovely little lady. Love the dress too! beautiful captures Carie! #livingarrows

    • Carie 15/09/2014 at 9:49 pm

      She does keep seeming astonishingly grown up at the moment – and I don’t think it’s just the comparison with Pip!

  • preeta samarasan 15/09/2014 at 1:47 pm

    Hahaha, seriously, if any mum out there is judging you for feeding your girls ice cream whenever the opportunity arises, it’s their problem, not yours, isn’t it? Strawberries and cream: fruit, calcium, even a little protein! And doesn’t Kitty look glorious in her flowered dress. Did I spy a matching one on Elma in another set of pictures? My girls love to match too πŸ™‚ .

    • Carie 15/09/2014 at 9:48 pm

      Yes they’re the girls’ Sunday dresses this summer and they’ve made fairly regular appearances in my photos – they’re too pretty not to get every inch of wear out of them before it gets too cold again!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 15/09/2014 at 1:49 pm

    Haha! Will look forward to the carrot photos!! Love Kitty’s dress!

    • Carie 15/09/2014 at 9:46 pm

      I’ll see if I can think of a way to make carrot soup exciting – carrot cake would probably defeat the purpose!

  • Potty Mouthed Mummy 15/09/2014 at 8:15 pm

    Ah lovely, she looks so happy!! Must be the ice cream πŸ˜‰ xx

    • Carie 15/09/2014 at 9:44 pm

      At that point I think she was just fuelled by the promise of ice cream and the leftover effects of church BBQ!

  • Emma T 15/09/2014 at 8:59 pm

    Lovely photos, so carefree . And ice cream is what children were made for (except mine who’s stuck with sorbet or lollies!)

    • Carie 15/09/2014 at 9:43 pm

      True indeed – and sorbet and ice lollies are not to be sniffed at either!!

  • hena tayeb 15/09/2014 at 9:23 pm

    lovely pictures

    • Carie 15/09/2014 at 9:43 pm

      thank you πŸ™‚

  • Marylin 16/09/2014 at 4:31 pm

    Just gorgeous! She looks so happy. Beautiful girl, and oh my I’m jealous – that ice cream sounds divine. πŸ™‚

    • Carie 22/09/2014 at 10:40 pm

      it really was yummy – possibly the nicest ice cream we’ve had this summer!

  • older mum in a muddle 16/09/2014 at 6:08 pm

    Brilliant! I love the picture of her sticking out her tongue! X

    • Carie 22/09/2014 at 10:40 pm

      Maybe she can make that her trademark for her modelling career!!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 16/09/2014 at 7:32 pm

    A beautiful backdrop indeed and a beautiful little girl in front of it. x

    • Carie 22/09/2014 at 10:39 pm

      thank you – she is a little sweetie πŸ™‚

  • Sara 17/09/2014 at 2:44 am

    What a sweetie! I adore her dress and smile πŸ™‚

    • Carie 22/09/2014 at 10:37 pm

      thank you very much πŸ™‚

  • Steph @MisplacedBrit 21/09/2014 at 9:39 am

    Really beautiful series of shots! Love the colours, the light and the gorgeous smile!

    • Carie 22/09/2014 at 4:36 pm

      Thank you very much πŸ™‚