Living Arrows | Life’s a Beach

‘You are the bows from which your children as living arrows, are sent forth’ Kahlil Gibran

The Living Arrows photo project is about celebrating childhood by capturing it in a photograph once a week. I will be joining in with a photo each of Mabel, Greta and Ernie, hopefully using it as a way to improve my photography skills, as well as creating a lovely collection of photos for us to look back on at the end of the year.

This week our Living Arrows photos are from a quick trip to the beach on Friday afternoon because THE SUN CAME OUT!! And it made me happy. We had to wear coats, don’t get me wrong, it’s still March. But the sunshine did start to get me a bit excited for summer and all the adventures we can have when it warms up a bit.

We almost didn’t get there at all, it took us an hour to get ready to go out because the girls weren’t listening to a word we said (reoccurring theme!). But I’m glad we persevered because we had the best time. I think we had all started to get cabin fever after being housebound by coughs and colds for most of the week.


Ernie had cuddles with Daddy in the wrap again. When we go out, Carl usually carries Ernie. He’s with me so much of the time, it’s nice to have that break to run around and play with the girls, and it’s nice for him to spend some time with his Daddy.


Mabel really liked drawing pictures in the sand, digging holes and burying stones. There was some kind of story to her game but I couldn’t keep up. Her imagination astounds me.

  Greta went for that old favourite pebbly beach game – throw stones in the water while jumping up and down and shouting SPLASH! She was also entertained by the couple of dogs we saw going for a swim.

I just love watching the girls playing so naturally outside, making a game out of whatever they find lying around and using their imaginations. It’s the best antidote to all the technology I fear they are getting adicted to.

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  1. March 14, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    You can’t beat a trip to the beach, regardless of the weather. There is something great about having the freedom to run around on the sand. Lovely photos x
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    • Louise
      March 15, 2016 / 10:31 pm

      Totally, the smell of the sea air always takes me straight back to my childhood

  2. March 14, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    I love the beach at this time of the year we often have our local one to ourselves! Looks like you had a glorious day for it. #livingarrows

    • Louise
      March 15, 2016 / 10:32 pm

      Yes there was only us, dog walkers, and another mad family having a pinic!

  3. March 14, 2016 / 7:45 pm

    Oh! I love these pictures of freedom! They are stunning and I love the girls’ hair. Nothing like windswept hair and being at the beach. Ernie looks so sweet too in his carrier xx
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    • Louise
      March 15, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      Oh thankyou. There is something so freeing about being by the sea isn’t there!

    • Louise
      March 15, 2016 / 10:34 pm

      It was a bit cold but it wasn’t too bad. I think the sun shining makes you feel warmer even if it’s not.

  4. March 15, 2016 / 12:38 am

    Lovely beach pictures and oh so happy girlies! Whenever we go out as a family Dave always carries the little one!
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    • Louise
      March 15, 2016 / 10:34 pm

      It’s nice isn’t it for Daddy to have a turn at being the one attached to the baby!

  5. March 15, 2016 / 2:35 am

    Oh what happy and busy little bees they are – I LOVE the beach, I don’t blame them! PS I love your kids names, they’re adorable! #livingarrows

    • Louise
      March 15, 2016 / 10:36 pm

      Oh thank you, I’m a bit obsessed with names and I love them x

  6. March 15, 2016 / 9:04 am

    Looks like you all had such a wonderful time at the beach. It truly is something special watching our little ones imagination unfold! Gorgeous pictures hon.xx #livingarrows

    • Louise
      March 15, 2016 / 10:35 pm

      Thank you. It was a lovely trip x

  7. March 15, 2016 / 11:04 am

    its crazy how good the sunshine can make you feel! lovely photos

    • Louise
      March 15, 2016 / 10:35 pm

      There is nothing more soul nourishing than a beautiful sunny day!

  8. March 16, 2016 / 8:11 pm

    I envy your trip to the beach. We live about 1.5 hrs away so don’t go often but YAY for the sun coming out! It’s been so lovely hadn’t it? The sunshine makes so much difference. Also, your kids have just the best names! x
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    • Louise
      March 16, 2016 / 8:41 pm

      Thank you! I’ve always lived near the sea so I really take it for granted, I can’t imagine living somewhere where I couldn’t just pop to the beach! X

  9. March 17, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    I love the beach during the colder months, there is something so wild and freeing about it. And I love seeing my little just running around playing with whatever she finds. #livingarrows
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  10. March 20, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    Hurray for the sun! It really makes such a difference doesn’t it, even if it is still a bit chilly. Your girls definitely look like they were enjoying the beach, and Ernie looks so snuggly with his Daddy too. #LivingArrows
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