Friday, 22 May 2015

Bluebells & Buttercups

by Bex

Yesterday Mum, Dad and I took the twins to Sheffield Park, an absolutely gorgeous National Trust garden close to our new home here in Sussex.  Since the twins learned to sit up on their own just in time for bluebell season, I wanted to try to get some pictures of them sitting in a sea of blue florals.  Sadly most of them were already dying or dead so they weren't quite as prolific in the grounds as I'd hoped but we managed to find a hidden shady spot where there were still quite a few under a large Oak and later we made the most of the early evening light in another patch with much fewer bluebells but some lovely buttercups and a dandelion clock to add some colour and texture to the pictures.  As usual, I've had trouble editing my favourites down to just a few to share here.

It was tricky trying to get a good composition while also thinking about where the babies would be able to sit safely amongst undulating roots and weeds, trying to remove bits of tall grass from being in the way and then also trying to catch them looking in the right direction and with decent expressions, never mind with both of them at once, hence the lack of double pictures!

Mum and Dad were on standby to catch wobbly babes and prevent the nibbling of any flowers and plants which, once she got over the wonderment of where she was, was all Priya wanted to do!  (I have much to catch up on with the blog, including the twins' weaning, but needless to say, Priya LOVES food and seemed to think I had plonked her right into the middle of a huge yummy salad!!)

I loved Kalyan's almost constant look of wonder (confusion?) with his hands out feeling the tall grass & flowers while Priya was constantly stretching and gazing around to see what she could grab (and attempt to eat!)

Whenever we stayed still for a while, the ducks would find us - they were so tame and obviously looking for food, one was rather disappointed that my boot wasn't edible!

After lunch in the tearoom, Mum and I sat on a bench chilling in the sun with the twins while Dad explored more of the grounds.

And then we found the pretty patch of buttercups with much the same expressions (eating and wonderment/confusion) until Dad came back and got gorgeous smiles from Kalyan.

And here are the outtakes (and the reason for no picture of the twins together in the buttercups!):

Poor Priya was getting hungry and tired!  I love how it looks like Kalyan is trying to calm her in the one above and like he's shrugging in the one below!

I obviously swooped in and fed her right after this!  Dad took a few pictures of me breastfeeding while sat in the grass before we left.

Poor hubby was stuck in work while we were all out having fun in the sun!  We might go back to the gardens with MIL & FIL on the bank holiday so Nik can also join us.  I hope you all have a lovely bank holiday weekend and that we all get more sunshine!  :)

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