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There’s definitely something special about swings that let them earn their position as a childhood staple.  I’ve written before about how much both my girls love playing on the swings and none of their enthusiasm has faded with the passing of time.  Kitty’s in that sort of in between stage where she hasn’t quite figured out how to propel herself on the big girl swings, or how to be confident that she won’t fall off, and on the baby swings she’s tall enough that she can scrape her toes along the ground as she whistles through, which I’m horribly afraid is going to catapult her out of her seat one of these days, but Elma, ah Elma and swings.  Elma loves swings. Possible more than Elma loves Daddy, Upsy Daisy and monkeys, and that’s saying something.

If her parents’ arms would hold out she would spend an entire play session swinging back and forth, only occasionally pausing with a frown; “No!! Fast!!” if we dare to ease off for a moment.

And so in a moment of truly glorious and beautifully unexpected late autumn sunshine it seemed only appropriate to try to capture my Elma in flight.  And to try to make it a little bit different from the hundreds of other pictures that I have of Elma in the swing, from the plumpshious baby of last year’s summer, to the little girl in head to toe waterproofs earlier this spring, I wanted to play around a little with the photography, to preserve and remember a little snippet of a day that October stole from August, and the golden sunshine and the warmth that we will not see again for several months.

I’d forgotten just how hard it can be, trying to keep Elma swinging, and be close enough to keep pushing her while also tracking a rapidly swinging little girl to try to get even some of her in focus.  I’ve got what seems like a gazillion photos of bits of swing flying blurrily across the screen, but in these I hope I’ve captured the essence of Elma’s joy in swinging,

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And it’s lovely to see her take such pleasure in something that is so very simple; to love being out in the fresh air, to have the memory of feeling so free and so weightless that you could just reach up and pull down a cloud.

It’s a feeling that never really leave you.  Go on, close your eyes, think back to when you were little, and then tell me you never wondered whether you could get the swing high enough to loop the loop.

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I may or may not occasionally be found perched up on the big circle swing with at least one of my babies tucked up in the crook of my arm as we gaze up at marshmallow puffs of clouds rippling out across a sky bathed in gold, and it’s my childhood memories that have me climbing in so happily – though for the record, if anyone’s looking I’m just being a devoted mother and making sure the children are enjoying themselves!

Well that and it gives my arms a break!

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  • Brandi 03/11/2014 at 5:20 pm

    I still love to swing!

    • Carie 05/11/2014 at 8:45 pm


  • Emma T 03/11/2014 at 9:20 pm

    Can’t beat a swing, and they have so much more interesting swings nowadays compared to the basic boring ones we had as kids. Lovely photos with the sun streaming through.

    • Carie 05/11/2014 at 8:44 pm

      Don’t they just – although I’ve yet to find one of those double swings with an adult seat in the middle that I’ve seen in pictures – that would be my ideal swing 🙂

  • bloggermummylauren 04/11/2014 at 8:56 am

    Beautiful photos, an unusual angle for a swing photo but it works so well. You have perfectly captured the joy n her face!
    I love sneaking a turn on the swings when we go to the park, it really does make you feel like a child again.

    • Carie 05/11/2014 at 8:42 pm

      I love the big dish swings where you can lie back and count the clouds!!

  • Vickie 04/11/2014 at 1:12 pm

    Lovely photos! Elma’s face really shows all the joy of swinging!

    Bubs won’t go near swings, no matter how hard I try, so sadly I don’t get to have a sneaky go myself.

    • Carie 05/11/2014 at 8:40 pm

      Maybe she’s a slides girl? Slides can be pretty fun as a grown up too!

  • older mum in a muddle 04/11/2014 at 6:28 pm

    What a gorgeous portrait of Elma; such joy in her smile; and yes, I always wanted to do the loop the loop! X

    • Carie 05/11/2014 at 8:35 pm

      I remember swinging back and forth seriously trying to work out whether it was possible – it just feels like flying when you’re little doesn’t it!

  • Merlinda Little 05/11/2014 at 12:07 pm

    Swing is synonymous to happiness not just for kids. I will just seat there and start moving and something in me will feel alive. Swings are so magical and I hope that whoever invented it has an award for making world a better place. #LivingArrows

    • Carie 05/11/2014 at 8:34 pm

      Oh definitely – I wonder who it was?

  • sally 05/11/2014 at 9:14 pm

    Lovely photos with the sunlight, I’ve frequently tried to capture moments on the swing and it’s so hard. And I love those big dish swings too!

    • Carie 05/11/2014 at 10:10 pm

      I’ll neither admit nor deny the gazillion failed outtakes on my hard drive right now!