Elma Family Kitty Pip {the ordinary moments}

Mud Mud Glorious Mud!


There’s a reason why things become a classic.  And a reason why mud makes such a frequent appearance in our favourite children’s books.  From the squelch-squerch of the mud in We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, to just about everybody in Secret Water, it seems that getting stuck in the mud, or covered in mud, or just having fun playing with mud is a childhood rite of passage.  And yet it doesn’t really get that muddy around us very often. A little bit muddy yes, but we mostly get puddles, not that thick oozy mud that your feet sink into, that sends you sliding around like a baby giraffe on ice, that clings to your boot in great clumps making each footstep heavier than the last.

But this weekend we found exactly that kind of mud.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

H had a hockey match in Shropshire and rather than loose him for the day we decided to go and watch (cue lots of “Run Daddy Run!” from the smallest spectators – I’m thinking of getting them pompoms) and then go on and do a little exploring of our own afterwards. And with a 3-2 victory secured we headed out to the hills to go for a walk and settled on climbing up to Wedlock Edge.  

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

It’s a little rocky ridge running down the middle of the valley with quite a steep drop off either side (though sadly the view is mostly behind the trees in the section we walked) and from the car park we headed straight up the hill.  And as we climbed the path got a little squishy, then our feet started to sink in a little bit more, and then more, and then as we continued towards the top of the hill is just got more and more wonderfully squelchy.  

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

It was that sort of mud where you can feel the ground trying to hold onto your boot as you lift your foot, and where you choose your next step very very carefully.  H and I were going warily with the littlest two in the slings but Kitty set too and plodded through with great determination as the mud climbed up the side of her boots. Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

It was skiddy and giggly and just really fun, balancing Kitty between us and trying to make sure that none of us fell over or lost a boot in the process.  All I can say is that after I’d taken these pictures we went through some even deeper and squishier mud and as Kitty’s boots sit in our hallway the only colourful bit visible is the pink bows.

As we came back down the hill Kitty was getting pretty tired and declared “I don’t want to come here ever again!!”, but by the time we’d got to the bottom and found the car and the stash of chocolate buttons she’d revised that to not until the summer, and when we tucked her into bed and asked her for her favourite part of the day there was just one answer:


Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life     

I couldn’t agree more!

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  • The Reading Residence 01/03/2015 at 8:27 am

    Oh, that is proper mud! Lots of fun, and sounds like it was the stand-out feature of the day, too πŸ™‚

  • sustainablemum 01/03/2015 at 8:55 am

    It would be more than the wellies with mud on if my two got near it……….

  • Kim 01/03/2015 at 12:48 pm

    Yay for mud. I have to admit I am a little surprised the mud only made it to her boots πŸ™‚

  • erica 01/03/2015 at 1:45 pm

    Oh how fun…it’s wonderful to find the perfect mud and be suitably dressed to play in it !!!
    Have a great week Carie.

  • Mary 01/03/2015 at 8:51 pm

    I love that you were prepared for it, that makes it all the more fun. Mine usually are attracted to the mud EVERY time they don’t have wellies on!

    Your pics are lovely and it looks like a love walk out x

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 01/03/2015 at 9:13 pm

    My boys LOVE this type of mud. They get extremely excited when there’s potential for them to lift their foot and not knowing whether the welly is going to come to or not. Looks like you all had a wonderful time x

    • Carie 02/03/2015 at 10:47 pm

      It is just that perfectly sort of squelchy isn’t it – and the welly roulette is a classic!

  • Donna 01/03/2015 at 10:58 pm

    Oh wow, that mud! Looks like you all had a great time and Pip looks so snug in the sling x

    • Carie 02/03/2015 at 10:34 pm

      It’s definitely his happy place it’s true!

  • Yanic 02/03/2015 at 2:01 am

    Oh my, I can’t wait for mud puddles… they are some of our favorite things! Jump in a few for us, won’t you? πŸ™‚

    • Carie 02/03/2015 at 10:31 pm

      I promise – I’m sure it won’t be too much longer before you have mud again!

  • Jess @ Picnics in the Rain 02/03/2015 at 1:14 pm

    A great bit of wholesome fun there Carie! Nothing like a muddy walk to make for a good weekend πŸ™‚ Love Pip’s face, he looks so happy! I’m glad Kitty came around and decided she enjoyed the mud by bedtime x

    • Carie 02/03/2015 at 10:30 pm

      I think she always liked the mud she just wasn’t too keen on the hill!! Next time, more mud, closer to home!

  • Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life Blog 02/03/2015 at 1:41 pm

    Mud glorious mud! We love this too! xx

    • Carie 02/03/2015 at 10:21 pm

      Yay!! The more the muddier!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 02/03/2015 at 7:53 pm

    That really is proper mud! I must admit I do inwardly cringe when the girls jump in mud like this, but I try and stop being silly as it is a rite of passage of a child! πŸ˜‰ Kitty is looking so tall! xx

    • Carie 02/03/2015 at 10:19 pm

      I’m just really hoping it all washes out from her tights and her skirt!! It was a lot of fun though πŸ™‚

  • Alexandra @dontcallmestepmummy 03/03/2015 at 4:05 pm

    This looks like so much fun. This type of mud is always across the street from us if there has been any rain, and my beautiful buggy unfortunately knows this well haha. Lovely post xxx #ordinarymoments #livingarrows

    • Carie 03/03/2015 at 10:09 pm

      It’s great mud for wellies but yes, definitely not quite right for lovely buggies!!

  • Hurrah For Gin 04/03/2015 at 11:06 pm

    Ahh i love Kitty’s ‘I don’t want to come here ever again!’ statement, ha.
    My boys would LOVE all that mud and i can’t believe how big Pip is now – gorgeous.
    Sorry i’ve not stopped by for a while Carrie i have been very bad with my blog reading (so busy!) x

    • Carie 05/03/2015 at 10:17 pm

      It was truly wonderful mud – I think H and I rather enjoyed it too!!

  • sally 09/03/2015 at 11:51 am

    Love that photo of Pip peeking out over the sling! And yes mud! We have quite an attraction with it down here, and quite a lot of it for large periods of the year – including the hold on to your wellie kind! I’m so grateful for the invention of washing machines.

    • Carie 09/03/2015 at 9:14 pm

      Our beautiful county does have it’s fair share of mud doesn’t it – I spent large chunks of my childhood rescuing my boots from various bits of Dartmoor!