Wednesday, September 21, 2016

What Children Like

I never get any protests from children. All you get are giggles of mirth and squirms of delight.
I know what children like. 
~ Roald Dahl

There is no shortage of adorable children in Peterborough. And of course, since kiddos come in all shapes, sizes and species, you'll find a few of the non-human variety here, as well.

I hope you enjoy.

come on
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.
~ W.B. Yeats
These two siblings were having a bit of a tug of war on the dock, one evening. He wanted to stay and she wanted to return to the nearby restaurant.

come on lets go
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
~ Kahlil Gibran
She won!

dock at dusk
Watch the littlest kids carefully; the biggest messages for the grown-ups are hidden there!
~ Mehmet Murat ildan
Closer to sundown on the same day, a younger pair peered into the water together while their mom watched over them from just outside of the camera's view.

I like dogs
Big dogs
Little dogs
Fat dogs
Doggy dogs
Old dogs
Puppy dogs
I like dogs
A dog that is barking over the hill
A dog that is dreaming very still
A dog that is running wherever he will
I like dogs.
~ Margaret Wise Brown
Bounding into the water just like a little kid, this dog couldn't be happier.

The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog. ~ Ambrose Bierce
And back out again with his victorious capture. He runs to his person to toss the ball into the river for another opportunity to swim and fetch.

dalmatian splash
A child's imaginary playmate just might actually be there. ~ Doug Dillon
Same river, different dog with his kidlet, having a late afternoon swim.

kayak kid
Your children will smash your understanding, knowledge and reality. You will be better off.
Then they will leave. You'll miss them forever.
~ Tibor Kalman
And then they moved on. The dalmatian was in a kayak with one of two adults (though only one of visible in this photo) up ahead.

someones birthday2
A party without cake is just a meeting. ~ Julia Child
I'd hazard a guess that there were a bunch of kids enjoying a birthday party just inside this home.

Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Speaking of parties, the little cutie hidden behind the cup is one of Carol Anne's neighbours who recently attended her milestone birthday party.

two shoes
A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I suspect that this little guy has another pair of shoes much like this at home.

Sleepy Zeph
Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia. ~Joseph Wood Krutch
The only "kid" I have still living with me is my beautiful Zephyr.

The soul is healed by being with children. ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky
This little sweetness was having fun exploring the sand and splashing in the water.

whitehorse fan
When a kid says "smell my hand," it almost never smells like cinnamon. ~ Brian P. Cleary
And finally, this exuberant little girl was feeling the evening music at an outdoor concert.

More photos coming up soon. I do also hope to get around to some blog visits before too long. See you soonish!


William Kendall said...

Zephyr is a cutie pie sweetie!

Always count on dogs to have fun in the water!

Marie Smith said...

Gloriois youth! Beautiful photos!

joeh said...

Good stuff!

stephen Hayes said...

These pictures of children are sweet and make me yearn for grandchildren.

Cloudia said...

Thanks for some beautiful tears, Hilary

Anonymous said...

Great photos. If those tug of war kids had been mine, one would have wound up in the water.

Linda said...

Cute kids and pets, so delightful! Love the reflection shot.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Wonderful photos of kids, dogs, and cats. I absolutely love the shot of CA's little neighbor. He's a colorful little guy.

Ruth Hiebert said...

It's always fun to watch children being children.They know how to enjoy each moment.

DJan said...

Again your pictures have melted my heart. Love the first and the last ones the most. :-)

Gary's third pottery blog said...

The little boy in the hat and boots drinking juice, awesome :)

messymimi said...

You have a beautiful cat and lovely neighbors!

Anvilcloud said...

A nice thematic post once again.

Out on the prairie said...

You captured a lot of fun here, lovely share.My grandkids wear rubber boots on the farm so they can go anywhere and not destroy their shoes

ellen abbott said...

you always take such wonderful photos.

photowannabe said...

Adore your photos of the Kiddos.
You have captured their personalities to perfection.
I do love the little guy with the pair of shoes that he has another pair just like that at home.

Rita said...

I've always loved the quote by Kahlil Gibran. (I hope I spelled that right as spell check doesn't recognize him--lol!)
I especially loved the little girl at the end joyously listening to the music and your little one. ;)

Jenn Jilks said...

Wonderful photos and perfect quotes!
How is the dear Zephyr?

A Cuban In London said...

Great pictures! :-) Thanks.

Greetings from London.

Shammickite said...

The little chap at Carol Anne's party has the best ears I've seen anywhere!

Gayle said...

Always a game for me to see if it is possible to choose a fave. So......after looking several times and rereading the quotes......the faves are narrowed....the little man w/hat, red shirt, drinking punch in the festive boots AND your kitty. Julia Child, such a grand quote. You have such a keen eye and ear. xo

Catherine said...

Dogs, children and cats, with some beautiful poetry thrown in too. Lovely post Hilary - made my day x

Bob Bushell said...

They are nice, the kiddies. Fabulous images Hilary.

Lady Fi said...

So exuberant and joyful!

yaya said...

Every shot a delight! Love the kids playing tug of war and their reflection in the water is pretty too! My fav is the kiddo with the cool hat and fun boots! They all make me want to jump into the water!

Jackie said...

What a pleasure to be here. Always. Your photographic talent brings happy to my heart.
And....your Zephyr is adorable
Warmest hugs,

Barb said...

Sweet kiddos! Kids having fun and living with joy - that's what it's all about. Love the little guy with blue and red shoes toting his animal friends.

Mage said...

What wonderful richness. Thanks for tantalizing us with these images. :)

Tabor said...

These are so lovely. I am not sure in the U.S. I could take very many pictures of others children without getting into trouble. We have to be more circumspect here.

Daryl said...

awesome .. i love when kids dress themselves

ToBlog today said...

Your photos are lovely, it so depicts what summer on the lake is all about. :)

Kerry said...

Our cats definitely have no trouble sleeping during the day. But at night they do have bouts of insomnia. And that's why they have to be locked downstairs and away from us.

Mandy Southgate said...

Oh, another gorgeous photo set! You've inspired me to go out and practice more people photos. I love the photo of the exuberant little girl at the concert. ♥

Unknown said...

Hilary: Timeless energy and a lot of fun with these photos that celebrate life! :)