The Gallery (Week 35): Before and After


In the past four years, since we moved into our new home, there has been much growth.

The garden, once a section with nothing much than a lot of grass and a couple of trees now looks lush and inviting.

A little 9 month old Sophie, that chuckled in her Daddy’s arms on the swing of the Norfolk Pine tree, now tries to reenact the same photograph (without breaking a bough off the tree!).

Sophie then & now

Charlotte at 3 was cheeky and liked to trim her own hair. The patio looked barren with only tiny tree saplings. But just as Charlotte’s hair has grown, so too have those trees (and thankfully her inclination to cut her own hair has gone).

Charlotte then & now

We were a family with two children and two cats. Now we are a family of three children, with only one cat. That cat has a new favourite friend too, since Charlotte developed hay-fever and a general dislike of cat fur. Blacky, the cat, now follows Alice wherever she goes.

Then & Now

It’s been a real trip down memory lane looking at how our garden and ourselves have changed in the past four years. When we moved to this house Sophie was the same age that Alice is now. I remember a friend saying, ‘There’s room for more children in this home – are you planning to fill it?’! Well, here we now are filling very ‘full’ and it’s wonderful to see Alice exploring the house, just like Sophie did at that age. Charlotte has grown into a wonderfully responsible and helpful young girl, from a cheeky toddler that knew how to throw spectacular tantrums. Sophie has grown from a baby to a young girl about to start school. Dan and I have grown so much too. Dan setting up his own business, YouDo, with a couple of old colleagues and me in my confidence as a mother and woman.

Dan with Charlotte & Sophie now…

Dan, Charlotte and Sophie 2010

Me and Alice now…

Sarah and Alice 2010

Happy memories and it’s good to see how we’ve grown, alongside the many new trees and plants in the garden. I like to think we’re all stronger in spirit, like the trees are now strongly rooted in the soil – whereas once they were tentative saplings feeling out the way with their young roots.

Of course these three young saplings still have a long way to go in finding where to plant their roots. Dan and I can only hope that after years of living with us they turn out okay! Here’s the before… (no doubt we’ll be looking back at this in many years to come to see the ‘after’!)…

Three young saplings

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This post was inspired by ‘The Gallery‘ and the theme this week is obviously ‘Before and After’.

  • Chicken Grandma

    What a beautiful post…just like the flowers need nuturing and love so do children and indeed all are growing beautifully!!

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    Sarah Reply:

    Thanks my dear Mum and Dad xx Dan and I are both fortunate to have had the best teachers growing up x

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  • Concur with c. grandma – lovely post. I wonder what the next 4 years will bring? Scary to think of the big ones being 11 – would imagine a return to toddler tantrums?!

    The garden looks beautiful – please feel free to come and stay and sort ours out.

    xo

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    Sarah Reply:

    Gah! So hoping Alice doesn’t match Charlotte’s tantrum level. Sophie didn’t, but then she has her own ‘special’ challenges ;) Don’t they all?! x

    Thanks for the compliments on the garden – we can’t take the credit – just the pot plants (instant colour) is our work – we have had a lot of landscaping done.

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  • Jen

    loved reading this post
    and your analogy

    wow youve really done a lot to your garden havent you!!!

    keep up the wonderful parenting :)

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    Sarah Reply:

    We can’t take the credit on the gardening. We’ve had a very wonderful gardener inspire the colour, shape and form. We just caress our seedlings, instant pot colour and vegetables and herbs x

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  • Your garden is beautiful…and so is your family!

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    Sarah Reply:

    Thanks Helen x

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  • It is so lovely to see the transformation, both in the garden and in your family over the years. You and Dan don’t look an ounce different to four years ago…(even if you feel older!). I bet sometimes it feels like just yesterday and other times a million years ago!

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  • What a thoughtful and contrasting (is that the right word) post. It is so spiritual to see and feel the beautiful growth of our families. You should feel proud.

    Namaste, Nicole

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  • What a beautiful post! I love how much the garden has changed! xx

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    Sarah Reply:

    We have invested a lot in the garden and am so happy we did. We spend so much time outdoors and it gives us all so much pleasure and joy. Thanks for visiting x

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  • Jo

    really lovely pics :) x

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    Sarah Reply:

    Thank you!

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  • Very well done, clever photo gallery you have.

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    Sarah Reply:

    Thank you! I use Picasa collage – (for Mac – with iPhoto).

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  • I loved your collage of photos and the tale of your family’s growth over the past 4 years. Lovely to meet you

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    Sarah Reply:

    Thank you so much!

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