I love being a mum. As far as I'm concerned it's the best job in the world! In fact, if I could stop my children getting any older I would have stopped them at about 4 years old. Don't get me wrong, I think my children are fab, and I love every moment I spend with them (on the whole), and those moments are becoming more and more precious as they are now 15 and 13. I know they are nowhere near adults and still need me to take care of them, but I also know that I won't be at the centre of their world forever and that time is approaching faster than I want it to.
That's why I love these jam jars full of caterpillars. Child number 2 has them lined up on the back porch windowsill. They simply shout childhood to me, how many adults do you know who would collect Caterpillar eggs from the cabbage patch and then religiously feed them every day, spending hours recapturing them when they escape. We no longer have toy ponies and paddling pools in our garden but I'm very glad we have cabbages.
I took this picture from the attic at the end of last week. I often remark to my husband how living here in the Dales is like living in a cloud. We often can't see the tops of the hills, it's as if someone has taken an eraser and rubbed out the top of the picture. Well here are the clouds, peeping over the horizon, just waiting to sneak up on us!
I took this one just because I could. That is, I could actually see right down the Dale for a change! No fog, mist, drizzle or low cloud today. No gale force wind preventing me from sticking my head out of the Veluxe window, ( I have to stand on my sewing chair. It's not very dignified!) Across the car park, past the church, over the rooftops, I can see almost as far as Aysgarth, a good 9 miles away. Just thought I'd take the picture... while I could!