A Yearly Trip To The Fayre {The Ordinary Moments #35}



Each year in the first week of October there is a local fayre. Pre-children it isn’t really something that appealed to me all that much and I never really entertained the idea that I would even start going. Except as soon as Eva was old enough to ask to go, old enough to hear other people talk about it and with the curiosity of any child think of the bright lights, loud music, exciting rides and the sugary treats, we would make that trip.

Every time she is so so excited. And this year was also a little different, as we approached the fayre, walked past the rides each with their own loud music merging into one another in a deafening mix, there was another excited little face to see. Roma of course was around last year, but she was 8 months old and largely confined to the pushchair as she watched all the fun going on around her. She would wave to Eva and look like all she wanted to do was to join her.

I love it when you have that visual reminder of a day gone by. Of how fast they grow and of how you don’t really think about it day to day just getting on with life and appreciating the now. We passed the place where last year I sat feeding Roma a cheese sandwich whilst watching Eva on the front of a ride ringing the bell every time it came past. It made me smile at how far we have come and even though I always say I would go back in a heartbeat to the baby days and have one more cuddle, I adored the fact that now, as they stood in the queue for the same ride hand in hand, Eva with a protective arm around her little sisters back as people walked past, I didn’t want to.

Having Roma there so ridiculously excited definitely permeated to Eva. It was almost like it allowed her to be childish and enjoy every moment that little bit more.  More often than not it is Eva that is leading the way, that is teaching her little sister every day and it was so utterly wonderful to see the difference the other way around. For Roma to have such an effect on her big sister, to know that having a sibling definitely does work both ways and that such an ordinary moment can secure the tight bond between them. Roma absolutely brought the fun of the fayre to life for them both.

Although of course Eva still spends most of the time on a ride staring at other people looking like she isn’t enjoying herself at all whilst Roma squeals with delight and I am sure she would go to the fayre for the candyfloss alone. But I have learnt that that is just her, a moment from last year in particular is etched on my memory when her and a like minded friend asked to go on a train ride. His dad and I watched on as they both sat stern faced, suitably unimpressed and looking like they had been unwillingly coerced into spending another £2 of our money, yet both came off saying they liked it and asking if they could go on another one.

We walked around the fayre, spent a small fortune on rides and hook a duck to win something plastic that broke before it was even fully unwrapped and bumped into friends along the way. We sat on a bench to eat candyfloss as the sun started to set and even Roma tried some (that didn’t go down too well I am secretly pleased to say and I think she will stick with her prunes in the future).

It was a lovely way to spend an evening and I realised in that moment as I saw teenagers in crowds laughing and enjoying themselves without their parents that this would be us one day. One day sooner than we would like.

This might not be somewhere I would choose to go, but the children choose it, and I choose them.



Eva in the background looking unimpressed!


The excited face you see when she comes off a ride!



Linking with Katie Mummy Daddy Me for the Ordinary Moments



  1. October 9, 2016 / 9:12 am

    Those photos are beautiful, absolutely beautiful!
    My mum used to live by this church that did summer and christmas fetes, but she’s just moved to this little village and they do fetes and carnivals, so excited to take Lucas to the first carnival on the 23rd October! Unless our little lady decides thats the day she wants to be born! haha. I love little fetes and carnivals and they make for perfect memories and photos too.

    • Laura - Little Ladies Big World
      October 20, 2016 / 8:16 pm

      Thank you so much. The carnival sounds so exciting, these things are so amazing, I hope you he has a great time. x

  2. Sherry
    October 9, 2016 / 10:14 am

    The last few sentences brought a tear to my eye. Time really does seem to be going by so quickly doesn’t it? Beautiful photos, they speak so many volumes of childhood #TheOrdinaryMoments

    • Laura - Little Ladies Big World
      October 20, 2016 / 8:18 pm

      It really does and I am feeling is so acutely at the moment as they hurtle towards 6 and 2! x

  3. Notmyyearoff
    October 9, 2016 / 2:44 pm

    This has been completely us this year. Z going on all the rides whilst I feed the baby a cheese sandwich in the pushchair and he looks on a bit bored. I’m hoping we can join in a bit more next year. Love your photos!

    • Laura - Little Ladies Big World
      October 20, 2016 / 8:20 pm

      haha yes we have all been there, but next year will be so much more fun as I am sure next year will again for us too, that’s the thing it constantly changes doesn’t it? x

  4. Laura - dear bear and beany
    October 9, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    We haven’t taken the girls to the fair yet. There is one that comes to town every year, but I haven’t been for years. I’m sure it won’t be long until its on Alice’s radar and we will heading there! They are funny at this age where they don’t look like they are enjoying it, but then bounce of like tigger all excited. Lovely photos x

    • Laura - Little Ladies Big World
      October 20, 2016 / 8:22 pm

      If I am honest I probably wouldn’t go if it wasn’t for Eva but I love that she loves it x

  5. October 9, 2016 / 6:49 pm

    Oh Roma’s face is just a picture, she must have been so excited to be big enough to go on the rides with her big sister! When I was growing up there was a fair in town each year for the regatta; we never used to go down to it as it wasn’t really my parents kind of thing but I have a crystal clear memory of the day my Mum took pity on our longing glances and took my sister and me to play hook the duck (we won green marbles!). These are the moments that make the memories 🙂

    • Laura - Little Ladies Big World
      October 20, 2016 / 8:24 pm

      She really is and it is just so adorable to watch! Ah that is so cute. I t isn’t really my thing to be honest and so I really hope they have lovely memories in spite of that x

  6. October 9, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    Aw your photos are just so beautiful, just stunning. It sounds like a lovely little tradition. We have a similar one here as well that comes around every year and our girls love it too. Roma’s face in these are just a picture- she looks so in awe of everything and she has the twinkliest eyes. x

    • Laura - Little Ladies Big World
      October 20, 2016 / 8:25 pm

      Thank you lovely. Even though I am not the biggest fan, when I look at it through their eyes its hard not to love it x

  7. Lynda H.
    October 11, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your post. I thought your post was beautifully written

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