Family Photography {the ordinary moments}

Sunny Nights


While I love many things about winter, by the time Spring comes around I am more than ready to have my daylight back.  When you get up in the dark, go to work in the dark, see the daylight only as the square of the window. and then come home in the dark, by the end of March all aspersions towards Hygge or the latest pseudo-nordic counter to the winter blues have long since faded and I’m ready to great the sunlight.

It should be obvious, but it does make getting up in the morning just that little bit less of a struggle; somehow it just feels right, and it’s nice not to have to scrape ice off the car.

My first day of Spring isn’t necessarily 21st March, though it’s pretty close. It’s the first day that it’s still light enough to take photos after I get home from work.  Even though I haven’t yet rushed home from work and dashed to the camera, just to know that I can, that the part of me that itches to take photos isn’t confined to weekends and Wednesdays, feels like the pressure to get it right first time has eased up a little.

Space for the Butterflies - Sunny Nights

The girls broke up from kindergarten and nursery on Wednesday and to celebrate, as the clock hit 5pm I abandoned the laptop for a couple of hours in favour of taking them out from under their Daddy’s feet (because de-mob happy and cooking do not mix) and the four of us headed down to the woods for a little wander.

Space for the Butterflies - Sunny Nights

It was the most beautiful evening, soft and warm and the woods seemed all but deserted.  The path leads through trees that in a few weeks will be surrounded by bluebells but now have a carpet of lilac white wood anenomes.  They’re incredible pretty with just a whisper of magic about them, even as the girls ran through them in search of puddles.

Space for the Butterflies - Sunny Nights

Space for the Butterflies - Sunny Nights

It’s been pretty dry here for a couple of weeks at least, but our woods are to puddles and squishy mud what alpine mountaintops are to snow, and for every nice dry detour around the edge, the centre remains satisfyingly damp and squidgy.  It was only a matter of time before one of them fell over, and Pip took the honours, entirely unfazed and only pausing for a moment before heading off to find the next.  We only had half an hour or so before it was time to head home for supper (and back to the laptop for me), but we puddle jumped, found tiny baby bird feathers by the side of the field, and added a couple of sticks to our favourite den.

Space for the Butterflies - Sunny Nights

As the time for us to make our move comes nearer, with or without a house to move into, it brings into sharp focus, just how many memories have been made in the places we all but take for granted.  There have been so many photos taken in the wood, or up at the windmill, or even just at the gardens in town, and I know that we will find the places near our new home that mean as much as those that have seen so much of the story of our family.  But just as I know that, I know that I will treasure the chance to make just one more memory. It’s an extra reason to welcome the return of the sun, a reason to gather up the welly boots and push back supper for just a few minutes, and let the magic in with the light.

Space for the Butterflies - Sunny Nights

Joining Katie at Mummy Daddy Me and Donna at What the Redhead Said for The Ordinary Moments

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  • Leah 09/04/2017 at 9:19 am

    Fabulous photo’s, I love how your kids are just enjoying getting muddy xx

  • Laura - Dear Bear and Beany 09/04/2017 at 8:44 pm

    I’m loving the lighter evenings, it’s been really nice to make more the time I have with Alice when she gets home from school. We’ve been to the park more and spent time in the garden. Life definitely feels easier with more sunny days x

  • Jenni 09/04/2017 at 9:29 pm

    Gorgeous place to explore, spring is a lovely time x #ordinarymoments

  • Jenny Benton 09/04/2017 at 10:01 pm

    Hi Carrie, you write so beautifully, it’s always a pleasure to read your blog. Here in New Zealand it is now Autumn with the mornings and evenings getting chilly, but mostly calm and sunny days. With Winter waiting in the wings.

  • Sherry 09/04/2017 at 10:04 pm

    I am with you all the way on the lighter evenings and mornings, working full time makes it so hard in the winter. This week has been glorious for evening walks and i have to say I adore Pip’s trousers – I wish I could have some x #TheOrdinaryMoments

  • Laura @ Little Ladies Big World 11/04/2017 at 5:56 pm

    Gorgeous photos, I love the spring and the realisation that the dark changes so much. It inspires me to drop everything and go out in search of adventure – with camera in hand of course! x

  • Mary Smith 12/04/2017 at 3:13 pm

    Lovely pictures! I am so glad you got this time and moments with your little ones. It is so exciting that spring is here with its lighter nights – love! x #ordinarymoments

  • Joanna 12/04/2017 at 3:34 pm

    Stunning photos I’m planning on taking my son for more woodland adventures now spring is here.

  • Donna 12/04/2017 at 3:53 pm

    Those woods look beautiful and I know exactly what you mean about the light in the evening and being able to take photos – that is spring for me too! What a lovely walk you had x