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Me and Mine 2015: March


After the roaring and only slightly lopsided success of buggy-tripod last month it seemed only fair that I should capitalise on that achievement and do another set of Me and Mine photos using the same trick. Well that and I haven’t taken the remote trigger out of my handbag yet (and in fact it may now have a permanent place there) so there’s no escape for the family now.

And it’s worth it, these pictures were all taken on one of H’s rare and treasured holiday days. We’d been in to town for lunch and full of the most delicious burgers, pulled pork and all sorts of other lovely things we headed down to the gardens to run off a little excess energy brought on by the application of fish and chips to small daughters.  It was a glorious afternoon, warm to the point of hot in the sun, peaceful, and really just perfect being there all five of us.  Pip giggled from his pram, Kitty and Elma raced up and over a row of blocks meant as stepping stones through the grass and H and I sat and basked in the sunshine.

The gardens have a lot of wooden sculptures; a couple of years ago a huge tree had to come down because the roots had become diseased and it was liable to topple at any moment.  But rather than just chopping it up and carting it away for firewood or something similar, they employed a sculptor.  The stump of the tree was left a little taller than me and cut at an angle; one half was carved with different pictures of bits of the park, all at roughly the point of the tree’s rings that correlate to it’s age at the time they were built and round the back there’s a little cubby hole for curling up and hiding in.  We watched it being carved when Kitty was tiny and I absolutely love it.  Other chunks have been made into seats, a tree to climb, and then there’s the crocodile.

Technically it is supposed to be a dragon although we’ve yet to discover if there’s a particular significance to dragons and Warwickshire or whether the sculptor just likes dragons (fair enough) but it makes a comfy seat and it’s hugely popular with little people for clambering over and if the girls want it to be a crocodile then I can definitely see where they’re coming from.





So the girls clambered, Pip wriggled and H and I looked around at all these children and knew in a silent look that we have everything we ever dreamed of and more.



My family, Kitty, Elma, Pip, H and me, in March.


And as for the outtakes – well my favourite has to be my two best boys having a chat!


dear beautiful

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  • Shannan 31/03/2015 at 8:01 am

    Hi there, fantastic pics of ‘you and yours’ šŸ˜‰ is this ur # you have set up…I’d like to join. Are there rules? X

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 9:09 am

      It’s not my set up – it’s a linky run by Lucy at Dear Beautiful, just link up a portrait of all your family on the last day of the month šŸ™‚

  • Louise 31/03/2015 at 8:16 am

    Such lovely fun photos of you all, looking very happy together and I particularly like the one where you’re all looking at each other – capturing a lovely family moment šŸ™‚

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 9:10 am

      Thank you šŸ™‚

  • Jenny 31/03/2015 at 9:01 am

    Carie these are my absolute favorite. I love all of them. I love that you all were having such a great time playing around and captures fun loving moments together. The girls (little birds) dresses are beautiful! I love these for MM too. Gorgeous capture this month as always. #meandmine

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 9:11 am

      I am worryingly addicted to Little Birds dresses for the girls – they have quite a collection now but they are just so lovely and the girls like wearing them and are still comfy enough to run around in them and climb crocodiles so they’re perfect!!

  • sustainablemum 31/03/2015 at 10:01 am

    Wonderful pictures, especially that last one!

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 9:49 pm

      thank you – I know it’s just the boys but I think it might be my favourite!

  • Jess @ Picnics in the Rain 31/03/2015 at 1:33 pm

    Amazing photos Carie, your family is so full of character, I love it! You really do look like you’re having a lot of fun!

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 9:48 pm

      Well character is one word for it….!! Chaos is the other šŸ™‚

  • You Baby Me Mummy 31/03/2015 at 4:17 pm

    Ah gorgeous pictures huni, really good fun x

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 9:48 pm

      Thank you šŸ™‚

  • Natalie 31/03/2015 at 4:50 pm

    These are great!! Thanks for sharing!! šŸ™‚

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 9:47 pm

      thank you šŸ™‚

  • barnraised (Jen) 31/03/2015 at 5:14 pm

    What fun and sweet pics!

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 9:47 pm

      thank you šŸ™‚

  • Carlin 31/03/2015 at 7:16 pm

    Beautiful pictures!!

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 9:46 pm

      thank you šŸ™‚

  • LauraCYMFT 31/03/2015 at 8:01 pm

    These are such fun pictures! I can hear the laughter!

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 9:46 pm

      Thank you – we always seem to have lots of fun taking pictures, even if we’ve yet to nail the holy grail of everyone looking at the camera!

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 31/03/2015 at 8:02 pm

    Oh Carie these are a gorgeous set of shots, you all look like you’re having so much fun, my fave is the one where you’re all looking at Pip sitting on Daddy’s knee. Just gorgeous šŸ™‚ xx

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 9:46 pm

      It does prove that he is the centre of our world – a very tiny and benign dictator!

  • Coco 31/03/2015 at 8:40 pm

    The “outtakes” are always the best ones! Thanks for sharing šŸ™‚

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 9:45 pm

      They’re quite often my favourites too!

  • Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog 31/03/2015 at 9:05 pm

    That last photo is heart warming!! I have one similar with my boys! xx

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 9:45 pm

      Thank you – it’s definitely my favourite of the boys together šŸ™‚

  • Claire 01/04/2015 at 1:19 pm

    Lovely pictures, everyone looks like they are having so much fun šŸ™‚

    • Carie 01/04/2015 at 10:24 pm

      thank you šŸ™‚

  • erica 01/04/2015 at 1:57 pm

    outakes are the best for telling the story!!!

    • Carie 01/04/2015 at 10:24 pm

      Aren’t they just!!

  • older mum in a muddle 01/04/2015 at 2:19 pm

    I loved that they made use of the trunk and it was carved and not chucked away. Great family shots, and have a lovely Easter! X

    • Carie 01/04/2015 at 10:30 pm

      we watched it being carved and I got to chat to the sculptor over a few weeks and hear all about the design process too – it’s a really beautiful tree, I’ll have to take a picture of it sometime!

  • Kathryn 01/04/2015 at 7:52 pm

    These are such gorgeous pictures! And what a gorgeous family you have! It’s clearly a place of special significance for you all, and it looks like you all had so much fun!

    • Carie 01/04/2015 at 10:30 pm

      Thank you šŸ™‚

  • Steph Oakes 01/04/2015 at 8:41 pm

    What gorgeous pictures! The ‘fun’ ones are always the best and that last photos of the boys is just lovely x

    • Carie 01/04/2015 at 10:31 pm

      It’s the look they’re giving each other, it’s just so sweet!

  • Stephanie 01/04/2015 at 9:10 pm

    What a great set of pictures! I love them all, so relaxed and having such great fun in them too. Is your remote camera button wireless? I picked up one but it is cabled.

    • Carie 01/04/2015 at 10:34 pm

      Yes, it’s a little clicker with a button on it about the size of a matchbox – best camera toy ever!

  • Emma Shilton 01/04/2015 at 9:20 pm

    Love these outtakes! They’re brilliant, it’s like a little story being played out. Great photographs x

    • Carie 01/04/2015 at 10:34 pm

      thank you šŸ™‚

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 01/04/2015 at 9:41 pm

    Absolutely love these Carie! You all look utterly bonkers- which can only be a good thing!xx

    • Carie 01/04/2015 at 10:35 pm

      I’m pretty sure utterly bonkers should be our family motto so we’re clearly letting it all shine!!

  • sally 02/04/2015 at 12:19 pm

    Gorgeous photos again! Do you manage to take them without anyone else around? I can half imagine you attracting an audience!

    • Carie 03/04/2015 at 7:38 am

      It was fairly busy for a Friday afternoon so there were a few people around – usually they just look curiously and walk on – it’s the joy of being British, no one would ever consider stopping and staring – and if they did I’d ask them to take the photo!

  • LittleOandme 02/04/2015 at 7:48 pm

    Such fab photos and you have made me want to go and eat burgers and head to the park!! I love the outtakes

    • Carie 03/04/2015 at 7:19 am

      Yay – burgers and then the park is the best!!

  • Jane - Our Little Escapades 29/04/2015 at 7:53 pm

    Love these photos, I love that it shows the chaos that family can bring. What a lovely thing to do with the tree to x

    • Carie 29/04/2015 at 10:26 pm

      Isn’t it just – I’m so glad they didn’t just chop it down – but the park wins awards almost every year so I suspect that inspires them to do bigger and better things each time šŸ™‚