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Once upon a time there was a very solemn little pirate. But happily she wasn’t too solemn for very long.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

My lovely aunt celebrated a milestone birthday (which frankly I refuse to believe she has reached!) with what looks to have been the most amazing pirate party and so when those of us that couldn’t quite manage a night of swashbuckling gathered for lunch the next day, the assembled great nephews and nieces were not in any way shape or form short on props.

The six of us cousins have all had our babies fairly close together; eight of the ten having made an appearance in the four years between Kitty and her youngest second cousin who arrived a couple of months after Pip, so even when some of our number are missing, there are still a good clutch of little ones running around.

It’s so funny watching that initial cautious wariness between little girls who know that they know each other, know that they like each other, and have been excitedly telling everyone in earshot all day that they’re going to see each other, and then become suddenly so very shy when actually presented with the reality of their friend.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Of course give them an hour or two and they’re completely inseparable, running around the farm, hiding behind the sofa deeply immersed in some game that is unfathomable to the rest of us.

It’s so very familiar from my own childhood too; it seems to play out to a well rehearsed formula from the bustle of arriving, the hugs and excited greetings, especially for Pip who was meeting a little more of his extended family for the very first time, to catching up and sharing the family news over the most delicious roast lunch, a little stint outside in the fresh air, and then as the light faded, retreating back indoors to sit in the warm comfortable glow of the lamplight and just enjoy being together as the pirate piñata met its end at the point of the poker and the jelly babies that spilled out disappeared into the cousins.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

The pirate hat was passed from cousin to cousin, each one possibly cuter than the last (Elma says “Aaaarr!”), though we stopped just short of waking Pip up to see what a pirate baby would look like; epic sword fights were enacted; and in between the pirates pooled resources of stickers and colourings in to keep little hands occupied.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

The family itself may ebb and flow; but there is something so very lovely and that leaves me feeling so very loved in watching my own little ones fit into a rhythm of family that has been a constant since the days when I was smaller than Kitty.

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  • Molly 08/12/2014 at 12:38 pm

    Beautiful pictures as ever! I can totally relate to the family and cousins thing. My mum’s side of the family is massive and there’s always a baby or toddler around somewhere. This year me and one of my cousins both had babies within 3 weeks of each other. My grandma died earlier this year and we were both pregnant at her funeral. Although she’ll never get to meet our babies she lives on in them. She would have been so proud!

    • Carie 08/12/2014 at 10:35 pm

      Its lovely their being all so close together isn’t it – Kitty’s favourite cousin is only a week younger than she is and Elma, a small Australian cousin and my nephew were all born within four months so they’re always sure of a friend!

  • Jenny 08/12/2014 at 1:33 pm

    Ahhh Carie stunning photos. So sorry I haven’t commented in a while I have been so ill and feel like I barely can keep my own blog a float. Your little ones are getting so big I can’t believe it. I bet you are so excited for Christmas this year as we are. #livingarrows

    • Carie 08/12/2014 at 10:32 pm

      Oh I know what you mean about sometimes feeling you’re only just about keeping up with yourself let alone everyone else – and I hope you’re feeling better soon!

  • You Baby Me Mummy 08/12/2014 at 5:48 pm

    Such gorgeous pictures. Such beautiful children x #LivingArrows

    • Carie 08/12/2014 at 10:27 pm

      thank you very much 🙂

  • older mum in a muddle 08/12/2014 at 7:09 pm

    How lovely! Younger Dad has a very big family and so Little A has lots of little cousins on that side of the family – we actually live in the same village as some of her cousins which great for her, and it is great having family in general nearby! Have a lovely Christmas and holiday and I’ll see you again in the New Year! X X

    • Carie 08/12/2014 at 10:22 pm

      Oh that must be really lovely! My trio have got just the one first cousin, but the second cousins make quite a crowd and it’s lovely to see them playing together!

  • Vickie 08/12/2014 at 10:14 pm

    Beautiful photos! They really capture the delight and joy of the day. It’s wonderful that you get to meet up with extended family. Kitty, Elma and Pip must love all the fuss they get! 🙂

    • Carie 08/12/2014 at 10:41 pm

      Well Kit and Elma loved it – Pip spent most of the day asleep in the sling – though that is his happy place!!

  • hena tayeb 08/12/2014 at 10:22 pm

    adorable little pirates.
    this is one of the things i miss most about being away from family

    • Carie 08/12/2014 at 10:42 pm

      I’ll admit it’s one of the perks of living in the middle of the country – it’s never too far to go to meet up!

  • Emma T 08/12/2014 at 10:36 pm

    Gorgeous photos, or what sounds like an amazing family day. So much fun with some simple props #livingarrows

    • Carie 08/12/2014 at 10:43 pm

      thank you – it really was a lovely afternoon!