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Living Arrows 2015: 30/52


Living Arrows: a little moment of the week to pause, savour and treasure

My default setting when we’re having a tough day is to get out of the house.  Get outside, find the sun on your skin, dance in the raindrops, sprint down winding paths under a canopy of seemingly endless pine trees, in short, do whatever you need to do to give everyone that space to breathe, to find their balance and to come back together as a whole five, hopefully minus whatever was making us tetchy in the first place.  It’s a gift of space, a chance to sigh and let it all out, and generally it works, even if there are some days when it takes a little while.

On Saturday afternoon, as soon as Pip started stirring at the end of his nap I was calling to the girls to find their shoes and go to the bathroom because we were all going OUT.

“Where Mama?” they asked

“Just OUT!”

OUT in this case was the little woodland nearest to our village.  It’s a couple of minutes drive and if they’d build a friendlier footpath it would almost be walking distance from home.  And once you’re in, the trees quickly shield you from the lane that runs around it, and if you can imagine the motorway hum to be the sea crashing against a shingle beach, far away in the distance, you could be anywhere in the world.  It smells of the fresh green of bracken unfurling, and the warmth of pine needles underfoot.

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows

And so we walked, well four of us walked and Pip snuggled up in the sling.

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows

We jumped off tree stumps, squelched around muddy puddles, went to explore a lovely pine tree that turned out to be a prickly dead end, and when even that didn’t seem to be working and a sad and sulky little face declared that she never wanted to come here ever ever again, we ran.  Races from tree to tree, and then just full pelt as fast as a little girl and a Mama with a hulking great big eleven month old in a sling can manage.  And finally, a smile.

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows

A smile that broadened as we rounded the corner and came upon a field of gold, glimmering in the late afternoon sunshine.  We stopped, just drinking in that view, and then as the others caught up, sat on the edge of the field to talk about combine harvesters, straw bales, and the few heads of wheat that had escaped the combine.

Space for the Butterflies - Living Arrows

As we made our way back to the car H and I knew that we were late for supper, and that we’d stayed out at least an hour longer than we intended, but it didn’t matter, OUT was where we had all needed to be.

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  • sustainablemum 27/07/2015 at 10:35 am

    Out is good. It is pouring with rain here today and really, really cold but we are going out this afternoon! Perhaps you can send me the warmth that you have……..we were wearing tights and wooly jumpers on Saturday!

    • Carie 27/07/2015 at 11:36 pm

      It made it to us by Sunday – waterproofs, long sleeves and socks are the order of the day around here too!

  • LauraCYMFT 27/07/2015 at 4:12 pm

    Sometimes you just need to get out! Those impromptu trips are always the best I think. Lovely photos!

    • Carie 27/07/2015 at 11:32 pm

      Oh totally!!

  • Jennifer 27/07/2015 at 6:08 pm

    Hello! Thank you for your comment at backyardfarming.blogspot.com. I love your “just out” response, and agree that we need more time to enjoy the process of an outing without worrying about a destination. Your description of the woods had me right alongside you. I will enjoy reading more!

    • Carie 27/07/2015 at 11:32 pm

      thank you very much 🙂

  • You Baby Me Mummy 27/07/2015 at 9:21 pm

    WOnderful pictures, especially the first x

    • Carie 27/07/2015 at 11:31 pm

      Thank you – it’s such a pretty spot!

  • Angela @Little Apple Tree 27/07/2015 at 10:42 pm

    Out is very necessary in the school holidays when it’s all too easy to become at one with the sofa. Gorgeous pictures, especially the field of gold!

    • Carie 27/07/2015 at 11:28 pm

      thank you – it was such a beautiful lovely surprise!

  • My Family Ties 28/07/2015 at 10:36 pm

    Lovely photos of you and your family, it’s so great to get out we are feeling a bit cooped up at the moment with this awful weather but have been out today even though it was raining! #LivingArrows

    • Carie 30/07/2015 at 12:10 am

      Thank you 🙂 Sometimes you do just have to go, don’t you! My parents used to recommend swimming in the rain but alas no beach!

  • Amy @ Very Much So... 29/07/2015 at 7:50 pm

    I totally feel you with the need to just get out when you’re having a bad day. As soon as Lyra starts whining and whinging I throw our shoes out and get out of the house, even if it’s just to our local park. These are lovely photos, especially that last shot in the field of gold. Beautiful. #livingarrows

    • Carie 30/07/2015 at 12:11 am

      Thank you 🙂

  • Sian 31/07/2015 at 10:34 pm

    Sounds like a brilliant afternoon & just what you needed. That is a good trick, for when it’s all getting too much – I will have to try it!

    • Carie 01/08/2015 at 11:02 pm

      Oh do – it’s the best cure I know for a grumpy afternoon!

  • Nikki Thomas 02/08/2015 at 7:03 pm

    That last photo is beautiful. I agree that sometimes getting out is so important and routine doesn’t matter if you are all out having fun

    • Carie 02/08/2015 at 11:10 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • sally 25/08/2015 at 1:25 pm

    Out is always the answer round here too!

    • Carie 27/08/2015 at 10:41 pm

      it’s always the best isn’t it!