Sunday, 12 April 2015

{The Ordinary Moments 15} #15 'Strolls in the Sunset'

Something we are so fortunate for is the location of our house. The village where we live isn't much to write home about but we live far enough away from it to not really notice it. Our house is on the rural outskirts and the stunning views that surround us are what made us buy our little house 4 years ago, almost to the day. I remember coming to look at the house (before we bought it), in the middle of a blizzard, having to abandon the car half a mile away and walk up to the house by foot, but this still didn't put us off buying it. I also have fond memories of taking Little One out in his pram for his first walk down our lane to see the horses in the field nearby. 

This week, with the weather being utterly glorious for a change, we have spent most of our time outside, trying to tidy up bits in the garden, eating picnics on the lawn and going for evening strolls before Little One's bedtime. Each evening, around 7pm, instead of the usual 'In the Night Garden' and 'Peppa Pig' fest, we went out for a walk together, just down our lane and along to see the horses. 

Of course, Little One was totally in his element, being allowed to run around without his reins, collecting pebbles and throwing them in the field, and going through his little repertoire of animal sounds. He seemed so much like a little boy and less like a baby. It took me right back to that first walk we took him on in the same place, when he was a tiny, fragile newborn, straight out of special care. He could not look and seem more different. Time needs to slow down a bit sometimes. It seems you only have to blink and they've grown up.

As we walked along hand in hand, Mr F and I started reminiscing about how much Little One has changed, particularly in the past month or so. His vocabularly has come on in leaps and bounds, he's a real little chatter box and he's certainly inherited a feisty streak from somewhere. He can have the most fiery of tantrums and then be a little giggle monster a couple of minutes later, and he certainly knows what he wants. Only the other day, he went and opened the kitchen cupboard, tipped out a box of Weetabix and toddled off munching on a dry biscuit. A new set of child locks may be in order perhaps. 

But being allowed that freedom off his reins made him seem so much older somehow. He wasn't restricted by time or space, he was allowed to wander off, just enough for him to feel a bit of independence, and he loved it. He did manage to find a dry dog poo which he picked up and presented to us as a gift, which wasn't the best of moments. But he also talked to the horses and fed them some hay which were lovely moments.

The sunlight was just gorgeous, with the sun setting over the sky. What is it about the light in that 'golden hour' as it's called that makes you feel so emotional and reminiscent? Reminiscent of moving to this stunning location 4 years ago, but also sad at the realisation that we probably can't live here forever. Reminiscent of those first early walks in the same spot but emotional at how quickly he changes.They were just ordinary evening walks really, but I think I shall remember them for a long time, just like that first walk with our fragile newborn son, nearly two years ago. 





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  1. It looks so beautiful where you live! It's so lovely in the evenings now it's started to warm up a little :) x

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    1. Thank you Chantal- we certainly feel lucky to live here surrounded by fields. There are some not so nice parts down the road as with any place though. Massive thumbs up for these light warm evenings, definitely! Thank you for commenting :) x

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  2. Oh wow what beautiful photos especially that last one. I am a sucker for that gorgeous light. And what a treat for LO to stay up a bit later and go for a walk- we did this a few times with our girls last Summer. xx

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    1. Thank you Katie! Oh yes that golden light is just gorgeous- I know you love that light don't you? You capture it so beautifully in your gorgeous photos. We often find we deviate from routine a bit in the summer months and stay up later as a treat xx

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  3. Oh how lucky you are to live in such a beautiful place - that view is absolutely stunning and it must be lovely to go for a pre-bedtime stroll!

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    1. We do feel very fortunate to have this on our doorstep- it's hard to believe one of the UK's largest cities is just over the hills there! It is great for pre-bedtime strolls- perfect for wearing out the Little One! Thank you for stopping by and commenting x

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  4. Theres something so lovely about this evening light in that it lets you enjoy more time as a family i think. routines are a little element thats needed with little ones sometimes, but also having the freedom of walks lets it feel like a treat to them doesnt it! love the photos, lovely evening light xx

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    1. You're so right- and that evening light does wonders for raising your spirits and making you feel melancholic. Thank you Natalie- they're just iPhone pics, but sometimes they're the best type of pics xx

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  5. Gorgeous photos. It looks like a beautiful place for a walk.

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    1. Thank you Laura :) It's so lovely- seems to be a hidden gem as we never see a single other soul around here! x

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  6. This may be a duplicate so sorry about that! Anyway, beautiful photos- looks like you live in a lovely part of the country. There really is something about that time of the day isn't there? x

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