July 10, 2013

IMG_2690A few years ago a sunny day meant sitting in our London garden with a jug of Pimm’s. Or another cold beverage of choice. We’re huge tennis fans so when Wimbledon was on, we’d have a portable television outside, continually re-positioning it to minimise the glare. If it was really hot, we’d abandon the house for a local pub and sit in the beer garden.

Nowadays, when we’re blessed with sunshine and blue skies, you’ll find us chasing our toddler up and down our Surrey garden while she squeals with delight.

In-between that she’ll happily chat with her dollies in her playhouse, feeding you plastic garlic and asparagus if IMG_2710you’re invited in. Sometimes you might get a potato.

Her swing has been put to good use although POD has realised Daddy can push her ‘into the sky’ and Mummy is just a little bit rubbish.

The slide really is just a makeshift climbing frame. She’s happy to go down it on her bottom or belly but insists on scampering back up it again like a crab. Quite impressive for a two and a half year old.

It’s been so sunny these past few days, POD’s been able to play in her paddling pool.Β She was apprehensive at IMG_2763first, opting to transport water from the pool to her unused sandpit and vice versa.Β It wasn’t long before the toes were in, the face got a soaking and water was being was hurled everywhere.

Amazing how much fun you can have with two buckets and some water.

There’s no better sound than POD with the giggles, it’s infectious. She finds pouring water on Mummy hilarious – I’m sure it’s payback for continually taking photos of her!

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  • Reply Louise July 10, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Such lovely pictures – how do you get her to keep her hat on?

    • Reply Charly Dove July 10, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Thanks Louise – funnily enough she rarely keeps her hat on. It’s only when she’s occupied she forgets about it πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sara (@mumturnedmom) July 10, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Brilliant photos – love the last one in the slide show – chillin’ out πŸ™‚ The sun makes for such lovely days and memories, happy smiley photos!

    • Reply Charly Dove July 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks Sara – she’s loved being outside and entertaining herself πŸ™‚

  • Reply Notmyyearoff July 10, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Love the photos – especially the one where she looks like she’s relaxing in the pool. And that stripey hat is like her little trademark πŸ™‚

    • Reply Charly Dove July 10, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Thank you Tas – she was hilarious just lying there! I’m amazed that hat stays on, it doesn’t always πŸ™‚

  • Reply Molly July 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I love rainbow colours… I so want a hat like that


    • Reply Charly Dove July 10, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks Molly – it’s great that hat isn’t it. Was a present and she rather likes it πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lou's Lake Views July 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Such gorgeous photos, funny how an ideal summers day takes on a whole new meaning once kids arrive πŸ™‚

    • Reply Charly Dove July 10, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      Thanks Lou – it is funny how our priorities change isn’t it! I still like Pimm’s though obviously πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jaime Oliver July 10, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    beautiful pictures Charly, POD is so gorgeous so glad your getting some quality time in the garden x

    • Reply Charly Dove July 10, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you Jaime – POD’s loving being out in the garden. So so glad we moved out of London πŸ™‚

  • Reply bluebirdsunshine July 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Great pics, and I love her rainbow hat, my little girl has one very similar and it makes me feel all summery just seeing it!

    • Reply Charly Dove July 10, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      Thank you – it’s one of the few hats she actually keeps on her head. Just for a few minutes mind πŸ™‚

  • Reply older mum in a muddle July 10, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Oh how lovely – she’s so enjoying herself. You have to make the most of it when the weather is like this! I think all children prefer their daddies pushing them on the swing – mine included! X

    • Reply Charly Dove July 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      She was having such a great time distributing water everywhere and playing! The joys of being outside πŸ™‚

  • Reply LauraCYMFT July 10, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Lovely sunny photos! Her paddling pool is so sweet!

    • Reply Charly Dove July 11, 2013 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you Laura – it’s a lovely pool. She’s already getting to long for it though πŸ™‚

  • Reply becky @ lakes single mum July 11, 2013 at 10:34 am

    kids take such delight in simple things like water play on a hot day

    • Reply Charly Dove July 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      They so do Becky – it’s really great to watch πŸ™‚

  • Reply Multi Layer Mummy July 11, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Toddler giggles are the best, store them away in your memory banks πŸ™‚ We’re from central London and remember hot days up there, we lived by the river though, but now the beach which is miles better.

    • Reply Charly Dove July 12, 2013 at 8:39 am

      It’s just the best noise isn’t it. Must be amazing living by the beach, that’s the one thing we’re missing πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jaime Oliver July 12, 2013 at 11:27 am

    lopped back for #PoCoLo πŸ™‚

    • Reply Charly Dove July 12, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      Thanks lovely – was due to have another post up but the Internet went for a burton πŸ™‚

  • Reply Louise July 12, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Such beautiful photos it is great to see you making the most of the sunshine! x

    • Reply Charly Dove July 12, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Thanks Louise – she had such a great time out there. Particularly when she was throwing water at me!

  • Reply Mammasaurus July 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Such happy sunny photos! That’s just how summer should be!

    • Reply Charly Dove July 12, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Thank you Annie – they’re just the best days aren’t they. Even more so if it includes a sneaky Pimm’s πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lorraine (Gin & Cornflakes) July 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Really captured summer – lovely pics and lovely words – although you had me at Pimms πŸ™‚

    • Reply Charly Dove July 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks Lorraine – I really fancy a Pimm’s now. Funny how that happens πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mummy of Two July 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Gorgeous pictures as always! It’s amazing how much your life changes when you have children isn’t it. I wouldn’t change my life now for anything!

    • Reply Charly Dove July 12, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      Thank you – I’m getting obsessed! It is funny, I can’t remember what it was like before POD. I know people say that about their children but you really don’t believe them πŸ™‚

  • Reply anna July 12, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    lovely pictures! its so nice having good weather! i will have to have a look at the gallery and join up some time, dont think i have been over there

    • Reply Charly Dove July 12, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Thank you Anna – it’s just great having sunshine. I wish it was sunny all the time!

  • Reply MummaG July 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Beautiful photographs and a lovely way to spend summer time.

    • Reply Charly Dove July 12, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Thank you – it’s the simple things in life πŸ™‚

  • Reply Iona@Redpeffer July 12, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    What gorgeous pictures. What fun too-just as it should be!

    • Reply Charly Dove July 12, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you Iona – simple fun with water is just the best πŸ™‚

  • Reply Only Best For Baby July 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I love these photos, so natural. POD is so happy playing in the garden with water. It really is the simple things… x

    • Reply Charly Dove July 13, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you so much – POD just loves playing with water. Not much of it today mind, we’re all melting!

  • Reply Funky Wellies July 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    The sun shining, a garden and water to play with… It does not get better!

    • Reply Charly Dove July 13, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      It really doesn’t does it – just brilliant to get some sunshine πŸ™‚

  • Reply Verily Victoria Vocalises July 14, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Gorgeous photos as ever lovely :). I think the variety of food on offer in her play house is wonderful!! I can just imagine her running up and down your garden, a lovely image. Thanks for linking to PoCoLo xx

    • Reply Charly Dove July 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Thank you Vic – and for taking the time to comment in your manic week! I’m so glad we got her that playhouse, she just loves it so much! Definitely made the right call moving out of London too πŸ™‚

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