bluebell babies


I adore bluebells.
Those perfect little flowers
signal the beginning of summer
and that is always something to smile about.


But I also adore the nostalgia I get when I see them.
As a little girl I used to visit the bluebell woods near my grandparents' house every year.
My Nan would pack a picnic of chocolate and sweets
and we would stop half way through the woods to enjoy our feast,
sitting on an huge old tree stump that we called a picnic table.
I would pick small bunches to take home for my mum.
They were always the loveliest adventures.


Bluebells have become a firm fixture in my springtime now I am a mummy.
And my mum always comes along too,
because I think all children should get to have a picnic 
in the bluebell woods with their Nanny.
Last year my little man was my only baby,
and he looked so teeny.
But what a difference a year makes.


My two bluebell babies definitely enjoyed their adventure.
Although the beautiful boy is adamant that they are "purple-bells"
and I can definitely see his point on that one.
It was lovely to see them sitting in the long grass.
My beautiful babies among the beautiful bluebells.


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  1. Oh beautiful! Love how you put them in blue outfits too. Wish I had that kind of foresight!

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    1. Haha. So glad you noticed the outfits. I didn't think of it until I dressed her in her blue dressed, he was already dressed in something else so I decided to get him changed. x

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  2. Those photos are just perfect, look like they have come straight out a fairy tale. x

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    1. You're right, they are like a fairy tale. It looked like one when we were there. x

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  3. And what beautiful bluebell babies they make too! Stunning photos as always Lucy xxx

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  4. These are gorgeous photos Lucy, and I love that you actually could manage to sit the beautiful girl on the ground. I blatently am destined not to have a baby I can sit and make them look pretty in the bluebells because next year LL will be running around too! I love their little blue outfits too. As I was reading this Mads said 'Look Mummy thats DBG' Very cute. x

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    1. I'm so glad it was dry enough to put her down, although to be honest I'd probably have plonked them both in the flowers even if it was wet.
      And you might still get lucky with LL next year. When we went last year the little guy was just on the cusp of walking so was still happy enough to sit and smile at the camera for a bit. And his birthday is close to hers.
      So cute how our babies are such good friends now. Your Instagram feed always causes much excitement in our house. x

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  5. These are perfect sweetie! I love them x

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  6. Beautiful. We have not found any bluebell woods here so I'm now going to investigate!

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    1. You should. I love bluebells, and they are only around for such a short time. x

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  7. Gorgeous pictures. I wish we had bluebells near us :( x

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    1. Thank-you. I'm sure you could find some, all you need is some woodland. x

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  8. Gorgeous. I wish I had taken some pictures of Dylan exploring in the bluebells too x

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    1. Thanks. There's still time, although probably not much time as the bluebell season tends to be quite tiny. x

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  9. The photographs are lovely. We've just moved house and there are lots of bluebells around us, but unfortunately they are in private words and are all fenced off. I'm not sure it is setting a good example for the children to climb through the fence just to take some photographs ...

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    1. Oh no. That's such a shame. But then I can see why. They are so delicate and getting more rare so they need protecting. We are lucky to have two woods near us that still let you walk through and see them. But it's very different to when I was small and used to run around picking them. x

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    2. Maybe next year when we know the area better we will have found a public area. It is funny that my childhood memory of bluebells is so different to yours, it was drummed into me not to pick them.

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  10. Oh Lucy they both look so content there in the bluebells - you really do have the most chilled out kids, I love it. Beautiful photos, I'm off to see some near me this morning too- and the suns out - yay!

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    1. They were very chilled sat in the bluebells, I can assure they are not always that way. I'll look forward to seeing your bluebell photos. x

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  11. simply gorgeous, yes they are purple not blue, we have a few sporadic bluebells up here but nothing like this. Its amazing how the best childhood memories were the simple things in life, not the expensive days out. Nice that your mum is carrying on that tradition with your children.

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    1. It's definitely the simple days and time spent together that I really treasure from my own childhood. Such nice memories to have, and to get to make with my own children. x

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  12. Looks like the woods at Coombe Mill. Beautiful photos Lucy.

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    1. Oooh, lovely. How lucky are you to have something like this on your door step. x

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    2. Just thought, these would be lovely Country Kids photos too. Please do hope over and join me.

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    3. Thanks for coming over and linking up your beautiful pictures to Country Kids.

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  13. They're certainly gorgeous photos to be treasured :) xx

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  14. Oh what absolutely gorgeous pictures, I love that they co-ordinate with the bluebells x

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    1. Haha, thank-you. The coordinated outfits were a last minute thing but I'm glad I did it. x

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  15. Stunning photo's! I love bluebells too x

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    1. Thank-you. They are just such pretty flowers. x

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  16. Utterly gorgeous, babies and bluebells both !

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  17. Bluebells evoke a lot of memories for me too. Looks like you have been making some lovely new memories with your little ones.

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    1. So many people seem to have nostalgic feelings about bluebells. It's so lovely. x

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  18. Beautiful babies and beautiful photographs! X

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  19. Gorgeous babies and amazing photos!! Thanks for popping over to my blog, I've added to you my reader and can't wait to see more photos. Xx

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  20. Stunning pictures, I love bluebells, such a gorgeous time to head out for a walk!

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    1. Thank-you. Bluebells never fail to make me smile. x

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  21. These photos are stunning. They both look so cute exploring their surroundings and the purple-bells (clever boy!).
    My memories of bluebells as a child also involve my nanny. For some reason they don't grow in the park we went to anymore. It was gorgeous. The area would be covered with bluebells and daffodils. It really was like a fairytale x

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    1. It was lovely watching them explore their surroundings. And he was really quite adamant that they are "purple-bells" not blue ones. It was so funny. x

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  22. Stunning. Your little girl is just beautiful in her bluebell blue outfit. What a lovely day for a picnic. #CountryKids

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    1. She did look cute in her blue dress. And she loved feeling the flowers. x

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  23. They definitely have a point about 'purple bells'. Lovely to have a family tradition like this. My #CountryKids post also has some bluebells in it - had to stop my toddler from kicking his football into them.

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    1. I thinks it's lovely to pass on these traditions too. It really makes me smile. x

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  24. What amazing photos and colour co-ordinated too. Really lovely Lucy. I think we sat near each other at Blog Summit so hello if it was you :)

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    1. Thank-you. It's always nice to be a bit colour coordinated! ;)
      You should have said hello at Blog Summit, I was a bit distracted entertaining the little miss. x

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    2. I was a bit over excited at Blog Summit I think - first blogger event :)

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  25. Beautiful photos, and such a lovely tradition to have. We have a snowdrop wood near us but it's private and has only ever been open for visitors at my twins' nap time! Next year, next year... Popping over from Country Kids :)

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    1. Ooooh, I love snowdrops too. We went to see them in the winter but the little lady was too small to really sit amongst them. So I'm hoping for that next year! x

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  26. Oh my what gorgeous photos. I love that hair band it is so cute. The clothes choice is amazing.
    I am glad you said that about the purple bells as I told my husband only today that ours couldn't actually be bluebells as they were purple :$

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    1. My little boy was so adamant that they should be called "purple bells", and I think he's absolutely right. x

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  27. Lucy I LOVE this post, I adore the beautiful photos but I also read your words and nodes my head. Bluebells hold a lot of similar special memories for me too . It's a shame we are not a,lowed to pick them now x

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    1. Thanks Jenny. I think a lot of people hold lovely bluebell memories, perhaps it's because they are only around for such a short time that we really remember them. x

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  28. Just beautiful moments captured xx

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  29. Awww just beautiful Lucy, as always :-)

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  30. Oooh these photos are beautiful - we love bluebells as well, it's something I really enjoy seeing as I grew up in South Africa and to my knowledge there are no bluebell woods there so not only is my little one seeing it for the first few times so am I.

    Just stopping by from the Country Kids linky

    Laura x
    www.sidestreetstyle.com

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    1. Ahhh, that's so exciting that you get to discover them as a grown up. They are such magical little flowers. x

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  31. What gorgeous pictures, we like to go to the Bluebell Woods near us too and always hope to see a bog baby there. Have you seen the Jeanne Willis book?

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    1. I haven't seen that book. I'm going to check it out as I've met Jeanne Willis and she is amazing. x

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  32. Just gorgeous, nothing else to say really. :)

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  33. These photos are gorgeous! Love them!

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