PointShoot Post #7: Butterflies, Owls and Open Space

In keeping with the spirit of mindfulness, this series provides an opportunity for me to practice the art of gratitude.  Remembering, through quick snaps taken on my phone, the things I may otherwise take for granted in my busy life if I didn’t take a moment to stop and reflect.
It is a chance to consider those family moments that may otherwise get lost in the fast pace of everyday life.  The photos generally aren’t posed so don’t interrupt the ebb and flow of the day.  Instead they are a record of those moments between all the tears and tantrums that regularly occur but can all too easily be missed.
It’s about seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary.

My  last ‘Point Shoot’ post detailed a community event we attended for ‘The Great Get Together‘ event.  This post includes photos from our trip out to Hall Place which is about a twenty minute drive away from us.

Yes I must acknowledge that we still aren’t much better at getting everyone out of the house for our family outings at the weekend  but once we were out of the house there was much to feel grateful for.

  • I love that we can just head out of London on the A2, which it only takes us a few minutes to get to, and are then heading in the direction of some lovely places to visit.  Hall Place is only just off the A2 at Bexleyheath.  It is an old Tudor house with amazing grounds to picnic and roam around in.  Having a run round on the unexpectedly sunny Sunday morning was a good chance for all 3 children to release some energy!

Family running around the grounds at Hall Place, Bexley

  • While there we also visited the butterfly house where we were mesmerised by the various butterflies fluttering around us.  The kids loved it when one landed on my ear.  I couldn’t decide if I liked how it tickled or not!  Twin 2 worried that one may land on her too so I enjoyed some cuddles as I carried her around with me.

A picture of a butterfly getting nector from a flower

  • Twin 1 was most excited by the butterflies – though she kept calling them ‘bufferties’! I love this age where words are a bit muddled.  This reminds me that her sister keeps calling a computer a ‘cucumber’ at the moment.
  • Everyone we came across was really friendly and happy to help.  The lady at the butterfly house stored our buggy and bag away for us and was very smiley.  The man at the honey stall let the kids try LOADS of different types of honey and was very amiable with them.  The lady and gentleman at the owl enclosure were really kind to the children, spending a long time talking to them about each owl and letting them handle them.  Twin 1 was a little shy of the owls to start with and so the lady who was helping us really took time to make her feel comfortable.  It was very sweet to see how pleased twin 1 was with herself when she did get close to one.  As you can also see from the picture twin 2 was in her element and was very earnest about handling the owls and being gentle with them.

3 children and mum handling an owl

  • This final shot sums up the dynamic of the relationship between our 3 right now.  Our eldest can get exasperated with his younger sisters (they have just turned 2 and a half after all) but is so fond and forgiving of them too.  I think this is perfectly shown in this photograph below (honestly there is a smile on his face) when they were doing their favourite thing at the moment – having a ‘bundle’.

twin sisters jumping on their older brother

Did you capture any extraordinary ORDINARY moments on camera this weekend?

If so I’d love to hear about them.





  1. July 4, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    Oh I do love that final shot! The perfect moment captured. Sounds like a fabulous day out too. I love butterflies 💙 Thank you for linking up to #PointShoot 📸

  2. July 9, 2017 / 8:03 am

    Ah Bufferties is so sweet! I love it when they get words a little mixed up too. That last photo certainly does look to sum their relationship up, it is a brilliant capture and one that you will no doubt treasure as a memory of this time in your life. Especially to show the children as they get older. I love photos that capture real moments. #pointshoot

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