Summer afternoons picking elderflowers

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up on a Sunday morning convinced I had missed the elderflower season this year. I dashed out as soon as I was up, sure that I would have missed the best of the crop! I find time every year to make elderflower cordial, even the summer when Joe was born (full heartfelt story here).

A busy couple of weeks had meant that the elderflowers had to wait this year, but luckily opposite our house is the perfect lane for picking them. It’s quite shaded by lots of other trees, so a week or so behind the main season, and I was so happy to find that there were hundreds still in bloom, calming the elderflower anxiety (first world drama crisis, ahem).

It was also the perfect opportunity to try out my new to me Bobbin bike (committed eBay searching does pay off eventually!) and so I combined a cycle ride with elderflower collecting. The bike’s lovely wicker basket was the perfect thing for collecting and transporting the flowers safely home. Even if my family all laughed at me for being a massive blogger/IG cliche!

I hadn’t ridden a bike for over ten years and had forgotten how much fun it is; just complete exhilerating freedom, cycling down a country lane in the sunshine…it was a complete rediscovered childhood pleasure, just blissful. As Mia accurately summed up the moment, ‘oh Mummy, I didn’t know you could ride a bike…now we can cycle to the cafe together!’ She has only just learned to ride her bike after a long-standing lack of cycling confidence and some previous nasty falls. So we cycled along, collecting elderflowers like something from an Enid Blyton novel, wishing that every day could be like this. But if it was we would end up with a large amount of elderflower cordial and really achey legs!

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Siblings Project (September)

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Only a couple of weeks ago we were on holiday and every day was a beach day. It feels like such a short time ago, and yet we have already settled back into the school routine of early mornings, spellings practice and dance lessons! Mia and Joe have returned to their fairly seperate weekly routines and are seeing much less of each other than over the summer break. I took these photos on one of the very last days of the holidays, at the end of a lovely day at the beach. They are waiting at the edge of the sand dunes, tired and covered in sand, for their dad to bring the car from the car park to pick them up! And yet, there is always time for silliness and messing around with these two. Showing off and seeing who can make the other laugh the most.

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Joe may be four years younger than Mia but he contributes just as much to their crazy games and is often the instigator of the maddness.

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Here he is mid-dinosaur dance move whilst Mia is singing invented pop songs very loudly. Just occasionally I stop to wonder what strangers must think of our funny little family group. I think that most are quite amused, and some initially startled by the noise and enthusiasm of their games. I notice that older people, possibly grandparents and parents themselves, often just smile kindly. Perhaps they are remembering these sweet times with their own family (…well that’s what I tell myself anyway!)

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I have also been joining in with the Siblings Project on Instagram at @siblings_project . Come and take a look if you’ve not joined in already!

The Me and Mine Project

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