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I may just perhaps just possibly have mentioned that little Miss Elma is slightly partial to the swings at the play park. Only a little bit of course!

It’s the first place she heads to when we get near to the gate, the lure of flying through the air propelling her as fast as little legs wrapped up in waterproofs and wellies can possibly go (“I run-en Mummee!”).

She’ll stand in front of the object of her desire and with earnest expression turn to me: “this one Mummee! This one!”

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And so we lift her in, pull her back and let go and she’s off, soaring through the air with a ribbon of laughter pealing out behind her.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

We go to one of the parks almost every day, it’s part of the rhythm of our days, a habit picked up in the days when it didn’t take 30 minutes to dress everyone in sufficient layers to leave the house that I’m trying to cling to even through the rainiest of days, and every day we start with the swings. Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life


It’s not that it’s one swing for Elma and one for Kitty, for one thing Miss Kitty is now so very tall that her feet scrape the ground in the little girl swings and has accordingly been banished to the big swings for fear of catching her toes and being catapulted across the playground, and for another, well did I mention that Elma loves swings.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Just at the moment that I feel my arm start to be in serious danger of falling off she’ll want out of the first swing, but as soon as those wellies hit the floor she’ll take all of three steps across and turn around:

“Now this one Mummee!”

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

You’d have thought they would be exactly the same, but it turns out she might just be on to something – after much scientific studyΒ I can tell you that one of the swings is a smidgen higher and the other one swings a little faster; and of course that must be the reason she needs to have a go on both! Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

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  • Dre 17/11/2014 at 11:38 am

    Such lovely and natural photos and how cute are those swings! My little one loves the swings too, it’s definitely her favourite thing at the park and in our backyard. We try to get to the local park often too or at least spend some quality time outside every day, no matter what the weather is doing. It’s good for the soul! x Dre

    • Carie 20/11/2014 at 11:38 pm

      It’s what I’m trying to keep doing this winter – though it’s harder than it was during the summer when all we needed to do to go was to put on shoes!

  • Clare Mansell 17/11/2014 at 12:43 pm

    I remember loving the swings when I was a kid. Such a lovely thing to do and best of all, it’s free!

    • Carie 20/11/2014 at 11:37 pm

      It’s the simple things that are the best!

  • Potty Mouthed Mummy 17/11/2014 at 2:05 pm

    Such a cutie! Love the expressions on her face xx

    • Carie 20/11/2014 at 11:36 pm

      thank you πŸ™‚

  • Hannah | MakeDo&Push 17/11/2014 at 3:47 pm

    Gorgeous photos πŸ™‚ Busby is also a swing fiend! xx

    • Carie 20/11/2014 at 11:33 pm

      Sensible girl – she clearly has excellent taste!

  • Brandi 17/11/2014 at 3:48 pm

    So sweet. Love her hat!

    • Carie 20/11/2014 at 11:32 pm

      thank you – I made it for Kitty when she was a baby and amazingly it still fits a nearly two year old Elma!

  • life as our little family 17/11/2014 at 4:30 pm

    I love the fun she is having, comes through so much in her sweet little face! Who doesn’t love the swings and the park. #LivingArrows

    • Carie 20/11/2014 at 11:32 pm

      It’s definitely the easiest way to make Elma smile!!

  • Kimberly 18/11/2014 at 5:59 am

    Adorable! #Livingarrows

    • Carie 20/11/2014 at 11:31 pm

      thank you πŸ™‚

  • Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog 18/11/2014 at 11:32 am

    Lovely photos, you can really tell how much fun she was having πŸ™‚

    • Carie 20/11/2014 at 11:30 pm

      Oh she really does just love swings!!

  • sally 19/11/2014 at 1:14 am

    Swings are great, and I will have to pay more attention to the science behind them now! Lovely photos.

    • Carie 20/11/2014 at 11:23 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚