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Me and Mine 2016: August


Better than ice cream, better than sunshine, better than beer and sausages and Erdbeer Ritter Sport, better than waking up on the shore of a lake to a swim before breakfast, the very best thing about travelling was the being together, just us five.

What with being away for two weeks, and working a few days at home before we went, and then working three days and going straight into a long bank holiday weekend, it feels as though I’ve spent almost all of August at home with the family, wherever that home happened to be.  We had a wonderful time on our adventures, and I have so many photos to share and stories to tell that will have to wait for just a little while longer.  Suffice to say that it was brilliant (again!).

Travelling like we do, even with the car loaded to the gunwales with camping kit, strips away all the distractions of everyday life; there’s little housework to do beyond the washing up, and there’s only one room so we’re always together.  It isn’t always easy, you’d never believe me if I claimed that the children were angelic cherubs 24/7, especially when they’re tired, but in the way that it helped them to reconnect as a trio, and find their places within the family, I think it also strengthens the bonds that hold us together as a five.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine August

A crazy, slightly scruffy, adventurous five, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Being together gives me time to do the little things for the children that usually fall to Daddy, and to give John as much of a break as I can, to have the time to listen to what the children want to do with their days, and then try to make it happen, and time to share the both the things that we plan and the things that we just happen to come across.

People say that your holidays are supposed to be a chance to relax and rest and rejuvenate but lets be honest here, holidays with a five, three and one year old are never going to be restful in the same way that lying by a pool in the sunshine and falling asleep under a paperback would be. But while I came home from our holiday physically tired it feels like I’m topped up in love.  For a whole month it feels as if I’ve been there for all the important moments, shared in all the cuddles and the memories, and been there to meet their needs.  It’s been brilliant.Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine August

Our first photos this month were taken in the Black Forest, up on the top of a hill above Bad Wilbard.  It’s a stunning spot and we tucked in among the trees to have our picnic before doing a bit more exploring and then setting off back down the hill to the town below.  There’s no room in the car for the tripod so family photos rely on there being a convenient rock/tree trunk and if you’re after a tree trunk, the Black Forest is the place to find it.  Looking back I can smell the bouncy carpet of needles as they were crushed under our feet, the whir as the occasional bike whistled past in a blur of downhill lycra, and the chatter from other people on other trails around us.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine August

The second set were taken with the camera precariously balanced on a rock on the shores of the Walchensee in the Bavarian Alps.  This is what our August portrait last year would have looked like in Annecy if it hadn’t kept raining all the time!

I’d been thinking of taking a photo the whole time we were there but we were all having far too much fun in and out of the lake that it came down to our last morning.  Our tent, which had been no more than 10 metres from the water’s edge, was all packed up, and just behind the camera the car sat filled with badly packed camping kit and damp swimsuits and towels as we took our first turn towards home.  We were ready to continue the adventure but oh how we wished we could have picked up the lake and brought it with us.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine August

Yes it was as hot as it looks, yes the water is that clear (and that deep out in the middle) and the mountains tower up all around.  It’s breathtakingly beautiful.

And as we stare September in the face, and real life returns with the working week and school starting for Kitty and nursery for Elma, these are the memories I’m holding onto; shared memories of sunny afternoons and ice cold water, and my family, in August:

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine August

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  • Katy (What Katy Said) 31/08/2016 at 8:40 am

    I have SO enjoyed seeing your holiday photos, the scenery has been breathtaking!! So glad you had a fab time and I know exactly what you mean – holidays aren’t about relaxing anymore, they are about being together and I think that is more refreshing. #MeandMineProject x

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 31/08/2016 at 9:07 am

    Those photos on the shores of the Walchensee are just stunning. What a lovely August you’ve had and I love the way you describe your feelings on coming back “physically tired but topped up in love” – what a beautiful way of describing it. Having that quality family time together is just the best thing about holidays – they might not be very relaxing with little ones in tow but they’re full of love and making memories and it certainly sounds like you’ve made some wonderful ones this summer. #meandmineproject

    • Carie 02/09/2016 at 11:18 pm

      Given the adventures you go on I’m not surprised you get exactly what I mean – yay for crazy wonderful summers!

  • Tam 31/08/2016 at 9:54 am

    So glad you got to go and that you had such a fantastic time together! Absolutely stunning scenery xx

    • Carie 02/09/2016 at 11:17 pm

      thank you lovely 🙂

  • Mums Space 31/08/2016 at 5:12 pm

    These photos are lovely the views are amazing. So glad that you all got to have some quality family time together, making memories is so priceless and it looks like you certainly did that 🙂 xx

    • Carie 02/09/2016 at 11:16 pm

      Aren’t they just – it was so hard to tear ourselves away!

  • Laura 31/08/2016 at 8:28 pm

    Wow, amazing photos. Your adventures sound like so much fun! Nice to have the time together as a family too.

    • Carie 02/09/2016 at 11:15 pm

      It was amazing – I really miss them all now that I’ve gone back to work!

  • Pamela | Life With Munchers 31/08/2016 at 9:06 pm

    Woah! Those mountain photos! What a packed month you’ve had. September seems to be the start of reality for most. Xx

    • Carie 02/09/2016 at 11:15 pm

      It’s definitely back to reality with a bump for us but there’s fun in that too!

  • Mary Smith 01/09/2016 at 7:22 am

    Stunning pictures Carrie, I suddenly have a new place on my travel list!! Sounds like a lovely summer x

    • Carie 02/09/2016 at 11:14 pm

      Yay – go for it!

  • Janine Dolan 01/09/2016 at 9:34 am

    Lovely scenery. I am from Germany but I have never been to the Black Forest before. In fairness Germany is huge though so that’s my excuse. lol I lived in the North Eastern Part of the country and where you are that would be about a 10 hours drive for me.

    • Carie 02/09/2016 at 11:13 pm

      Wow you live almost as far away as we do! It is a stunning spot though so if you ever get the chance!

  • Alex Gladwin 01/09/2016 at 1:55 pm

    This was such a lovely post to read. How lovely is it that you got to have the most amazing time and make wonderful memories together as a family. There really isn’t anything better than spending time together as a family. Such lovely photos. xx

    • Carie 02/09/2016 at 11:12 pm

      true indeed 🙂

  • Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper 01/09/2016 at 3:41 pm

    Such lovely photos Carie- I’ve hugely enjoyed following your European travels, you’ve clearly had a fantastic time! x

    • Carie 02/09/2016 at 11:12 pm

      Thank you – it’s been amazing – now all I need to do is turn some pictures and video into a blog post or two!

  • Julia @ Rainbeaubelle 02/09/2016 at 9:33 pm

    My sister is in Annecy now with her family and loving it – it’s great to see your pictures too and you all look so happy. I agree family holidays are not relaxing but so worth it to get out together and have a break xx

    • Carie 02/09/2016 at 11:02 pm

      Oh lucky thing – Annecy is just so beautiful 🙂

  • Sarah Cantwell 03/09/2016 at 4:41 pm

    Gorgeous photos! The mountains make a wonderful back drop xx

    • Carie 04/09/2016 at 8:54 pm

      Oh they were even more beautiful in real life 🙂

  • Laura @ LittleLadiesBigWorld 21/09/2016 at 5:08 pm

    Oh what gorgeous photos, it really does look beautiful there. There are lots of great things about holidays but like you say being together is the very best and I am glad August has been lovely x