Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A Host Of Golden Daffodils... ♥

"I wandered lonely as a cloud, which floats on high o'er vales and hills, when all at once I saw a crowd, a host, of golden daffodils..." - William Wordsworth

I have always loved poetry, ever since I was a child I loved reading a learning new poems and one that has always stuck in my mind is I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud by William Wordsworth, in fact, I'm able to recite the first verse without prompt since I learnt the words in primary school. As I mentioned in my post about Spring Days With My Spring Babe, daffodils have always been a favourite flower of mine, I just love the yellow, they're so cheerful.

We always visit Blarney Castle in February and had wanted to go on Tyler Lee's third birthday to capture some beautiful snaps of him amongst the daffodils, but sadly it was bucketing down on the day. Once I saw the gorgeous sunshine yesterday and the bored look on my little boys face (is there anything sadder than a bored child?) I knew we had to get out and about and Blarney Castle seemed like the perfect destination.

There were so many beautiful blooms dotted around the gardens, including these lovely yellow and white flowers. I have no idea what they are, but they were too pretty not to capture on camera and they were next to a sign which said leprechauns are protected in the gardens so how could I resist?

We told our boy that there were fairies amongst the daffodils and he went off in search to find them. I was amazed by how carefully he moved through the flowers, taking care not to stamp on them or flatten them down. It's so lovely to have a little nature lover for a child and his gentleness does surprise me sometimes as he can be quite boisterous.

I loved seeing him interact with the flowers, peeking into each one to see where the fairies were and he even stopped to give a 'love' (kiss) to the flowers too. It was adorable to watch.

He even sat down between the yellow blooms for a little rest and to await a lollipop - his favourite treat at the moment. I had wanted to capture some pictures of him in 'daffodil avenue' as I call it, the place where we took his second birthday pictures, but sadly the daffodils there were already dying. They seem to bloom earlier and earlier every year.

It amazes me how grown up this little boy of ours is looking at the moment, he's only just three but seems to have a sense of being older in both how he looks and how worldly he is. I never want to stop capturing pictures of him, he's growing up so quickly and it's lovely to have these pictures and this little blog to document our lives together. The fact that he'll have a sibling to join in with this pictures next year just fills me with excitement.

I was so pleased to get he him out and about and to let him stretch his legs. A friend of mine commented to me that we always go on lovely adventures and that was such a great thing to hear. I never want my son to be a child who just sits in front of the television, I want him to be out and about, discovering the nature around him, getting some fresh air and burning off some of that amazing energy he has.

The face of a little boy who can finally go on the swings, or the 'see-saw' as he refers to everything in the playground as. I sat on the swings with my boy as Jacek went and took some pictures of the sun fading behind the castle. Tyler Lee was so happy swinging next to me and I loved this simplest of moments between us too.

We had a lovely afternoon together in the spring sunshine. The gardens at Blarney Castle are some of the most beautiful I've ever seen and they're always one of my favourite places to photograph.

We'll never stop being a family of adventurers.



  1. Gorgeous photos Fiona. I can't stop looking at this cute curls lol

  2. I really haven't seen any flowers yet this year, I suppose it's still too cold lol I can't wwait for daffs, they were my granddads favourite flower and always remind me of him when they pop up in my garden! The pictures are beautiful by the way. We had a moment at the park like this the other week just sat with my boy swinging it was so peaceful! x

  3. These photos are gorgeous, it looks like he is having lots of fun exploring. Photos with his new sibling next year will be extra special xx

  4. It's such a shame that you didn't make it on his birthday. It looks a beautiful place and your pictures are gorgeous.


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