Living Arrows 15/52 {2019}

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.


On Sunday we went to visit Quarry Bank Mill, if you know its history then you will know that lots of children worked there. There’s an exhibition on at the moment called Rights of the Child which tells the experiences of the many hundreds of children who worked at Quarry Bank. Although it’s difficult for Daisy to imagine having to work she was really interested in learning more about it. She listened to some audio of the children describing their experiences which did make her a little sad. As much as I want to protect my kids from the harsh realities of the world I think it’s important to learn about these things.


Jake looks amazed in this photo, I think he was enjoying being able to touch things at an exhibition. He got to have a go at carding some of the raw cotton too which he really enjoyed. A kind lady gave us a demonstration so Jake knew exactly what to do, carding separates the fibres of the cotton and this used to be done by hand. Jake loved seeing all the machinery in action at the mill especially the water wheel, he’s always really interested in how things work.

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  1. April 15th 2019 / 8:10 AM

    What an interesting place for them to go and see, especially with the feature of child working; it seems like such an alien idea now!

    • April 20th 2019 / 6:21 AM

      You just can’t imagine it can you, we are so lucky to have never known a life like that x

  2. April 16th 2019 / 11:09 PM

    This sounds like a great place to visit, Daisy looks really engrossed in listening to the audio. #LivingArrows

    • April 20th 2019 / 6:29 AM

      She really enjoyed learning about the lives of the children even though it did make her a little sad x

  3. April 19th 2019 / 1:46 PM

    I think it is great that exhibitions exist that are hands on for children and teach them about the world. . #LivingArrows

    • April 20th 2019 / 6:36 AM

      It really is, we are trying to visit as many varied ones as we can this year x

  4. April 19th 2019 / 6:49 PM

    Sounds like a pretty great place to go! I had no idea what carding was and that it could only be done by hand!

    • April 20th 2019 / 6:41 AM

      There’s so much to learn at places like this, I love learning about history and I’m hoping the kids will too x

  5. April 20th 2019 / 7:04 PM

    I love visiting places that are really interactive for the kids. This looks like great fun! x

  6. April 21st 2019 / 9:16 PM

    What a great day out. Monkey is the same with a lot of these sorts of things making him sad but I agree you can only shield them so much. Sounds like a lot of interactive fun x

  7. April 21st 2019 / 10:01 PM

    It sounds like Daisy and Jake really enjoyed it. Did you go in the apprentice house? We went before Christmas and Toby was scared that the lady was actually going to make him stay and work there! #LivingArrows

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