On the 23rd September, here in the UK it will officially be autumn, and while the sun was nice, I cannot wait for cooler weather and lots of rain. I look forward to those dark mornings waking up, looking out of the window and seeing fog settle on the ground, the changing colors of the trees and the fun that comes from it.

But on those good days that autumn brings, I want to head out and explore our beautiful world as it goes to sleep, preparing for autumn. So I have decided to share with you all the things I want to do during the most wonderful time of the year.

Go Pumpkin Picking – We try and go every year to our local farm that sells all sorts of wonderful fruit, I’ve talked about it here and here. This year I will make it my duty to get along to the beautiful Cammas Hall, The children love being able to run between the pumpkins and make the all important choice of which one will grace our windowsill.  While I am not Irish, the tradition of placing a candle in the window on Halloween or Samhain is to guide the spirits home and seek a blessing for the coming year. Its actually fascinating reading about the history of this magical time of year.

Collect Conkers

Being very much a child at heart, I very much enjoy heading out in search of those conkers. Last year we went along to my mums for the day, exploring the area and finding a huge haul of conkers. Its great fun for everyone.

Make Decorations

Last year I did blogtober, and while it as a big bundle of stress, I enjoyed creating spooky Halloween decorations with the children, one of my favorites was the sun catcher leaf decorations. I am so excited to continue making beautiful autumn decorations for my home, We’ve been out and collected plenty of pine cones and acorns for other fun crafts which I will of course share with you.

Autumn Walks

I don’t know if you are aware, but I hate summer with a passion. So once the weather turns cooler I come out of my cave and explore my surroundings. One of my favorite things to do and something I am so excited to start doing is heading out and going for walks.

Go Trick or Treating

This year I want to take the children out and experience their first trick or treat night. I have always put off doing it purely down to my own anxiety, but I have banded together with a few of the mums from school and we are all going out together. The children have planned what they want to dress up as, and I am excited about getting my witches hat on.

Go Apple Picking

Every year now, we go picking apples along one of our walks. The apples we mainly pick are crab apples, which my mum then turns into jelly. However last year we only managed to pick enough for one tiny jar but my goal for this year is to get bags full for her.

Visit Hatfield Forest

Just up the road from us here in Harlow is the beautiful and ancient Hatfield Forest, famed for its cows and many cow pats, I am so excited head there with the family and explore this amazing and local area. Some of the trees in the forest are over 1000 years old and its just a perfect place to let the children explore or let a photographer like me, snap away.

As you can see, we have lots of fun things planned for autumn, I just wish it would get here so we can start doing some of them. What things do you have on your autumn bucket list for this year?

 

 

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Heatwave is over!

It’s officially over! After suffering 33 degree heat for almost two months solid, barely any rain in my county, we woke up to a cool day, albeit not that cool as it still was about 24 degrees but compared to before it was amazing.

The first thing we did was to get our shoes on and head out for a walk, I wanted to go find some pine cones for some autumn props/DIY’s and go see if the crab apples are growing, which they are!

We also came across some tasty berries, well one tasty berry, all the rest hadn’t turned black yet, but it was still lovely to see that despite the lack of rain and blistering heat, things are growing.

Yum Yum!

Who remembers going blackberry picking for pies in their childhood? My grandma and I always went picking for them, along with onions and potatoes after the fields got ploughed, which I am about 90% sure that is technically stealing…

We are looking forward to heading back when the apples are all ready for picking so mum can make her crab apple jelly again!

Happy Sunday Everyone 🙂

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Sightings from…

July was just a wonderful month, it was also one of the hottest months in a long while and its honestly been tough dealing with the heat while parenting, my blogging sort of took a back seat as I lost motivation to blog during the heatwave that covered England, feels odd that just a few months ago it was frozen, its safe to say I cannot wait until autumn and winter which as of now is only a month away.

Yes I have been counting down the days since the end of winter.

This month has been full of fun, adventure and memories. I decided to take the time to visit my old childhood home in the country and place some flowers at the grave that my aunt, grandma and granddad are buried which I talked about in a Photograph Sunday, I was sad to notice that there hadn’t been anything placed at the grave at all and it had become very weather worn, so mum and I cleaned it up and placed some flowers and it made me really appreciate my families past and make sure my children do not forget them.

Beach Life is Real..

It was also the hottest month on record, it hit 30 every single day of July and it was horrific! it has been beautiful don’t get me wrong and the sky has been full of blue and the odd cloud but my goodness has it been hard for those who like the cold weather, However thankfully it was stunning when we went away for our first family holiday and met my wonderful blogger friend Becca, her blog is here if you want to give her a read and I recommend you also give her a follow on twitter too, the children played in the sea and we all got a little sunburn but it was beautiful and thanks to the sea breeze it wasn’t to bad.

We took a trip to our local paddling pool which ended up getting full of rubbish thanks to the idiots in the world, plus we also took a trip into London to see Dinosaurs in the Wild which was so much fun, Decided to take a trip to visit my mum for dinner and saw how much Amelia’s tomato plant has grown.

All in all July was, despite the heat, such a wonderful month for us. I felt very positive in everything and I am excited to see what I snap in the month of August!!.

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The ‘Sightings from..’ Linky is run by the beautiful Caitlyis every month to celebrate in photos of what we see throughout the year, if you wish to join up head on over to her blog.

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This week has been a slow one for us, back to the normality and daily routine, I’ve been trying to catch up on all the important blogging and housework that often gets put aside when things get rough but I’ve also sat down and crochet for the first time in a while.

This blanket which I am making for Robin has taken me nearly 2 years of stopping and starting.. it is definitely a Labour of love but I hope that when I do finish it, she will get many years out of it.

My mum was the one who helped me learn to crochet after desperately trying to learn to knit for years and follow in my nans footsteps, my fingers couldn’t get on with it and would cramp up but crochet is nice and easy.. well this pattern is, I’ve seen some extremely difficult ones that I’d love to learn but I cannot figure them out..

I saw this pattern on I believe Pinterest and decided to grab some wool from a lovely Instagram seller who had a pack of rainbow wool perfect for the job and got to work..

I only have a few more bits to go but I am determined to get this one done!

Until next time

Sarah x

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Its always crazy to think that us as a family have never been away on holiday, its always been an issue with the fact that Mr S has only been driving for a year this December but from the 19th July to the 22nd we all bundled into the little blue ford and drove down to Dorset!

Mr S booked this amazing static caravan off a lovely couple who had a bunch of other caravans on the site and despite the fact that the children would be missing the last day of school (They didn’t seem to mind, it wasn’t like it was half way through term like some parents seem to do) we had a wonderful time.

The caravan was situated in the Littlesea Holiday Park just up a giant hill in Weymouth Dorset, from our kitchen window you could see the sea just over the rocky wall which sat on the coast and it was such an amazing caravan, I have many terrible memories of being inside these big static caravans as a child and it being a cold and damp place and being made to sleep in this tiny thin bed, but thankfully this caravan was beautifully looked after stunning and frankly bigger than I expected. it was a three bedroom, two bathroom one of which had such an lovely shower, trust me that its amazing to have a shower after spending 7 years just having a bath.. a beautiful kitchen, sofa sitting area and table, it had TV along with free-view which the children loved because they got to watch Cbeebies from 6 am (Yes they did really wake up that early) along with books, DVD player, DVD’s and board game and a kitchen with basic electronics, plates and cutlery..

It was more than I honestly expected, the owners had given us some bread, butter some juice and a small carton of milk along with a bag of ice in the fridge which was much appreciated as it was a hot weekend away.

The day we left, we had planned to leave the Thursday evening and get there ready for bed, but we underestimated the time in which we had planned to arrive and didn’t turn up until gone 1 am, but the children loved it, tired but enjoyed their long car journey south, we of course stopped once and got some food and a toilet break but it was a really clear and smooth trip with a beautiful sunset as we drove around London.

Our First Day – 

Robin of course slept in with us during the first night, she was sick in the trip down so I didn’t want her to sleep in the travel cot that the owners had set up for her, so I didn’t get very much sleep and she woke me up at around half 5 demanding to get up and go, so we made camp into the living room with the TV on and we had a brief nap on the sofa with the wind blowing in through the windows.

Kai and Amelia woke up around half 7 and started playing some of the games that was left for us and of course enjoy a good episodes of childrens TV and Mr S followed suit by getting up at around 9, our plan for the day was get out for a walk, explore the area and once the owner had popped round to greet us, GO FIND THE BEACH!

Robin was extremely confused as to what was going on so she was very nervous, crying a lot and just not sure about anything but after going for a walk she managed to settle down a little, we walked down to the little inlet area of the coast that we could see from our window and she soon fell asleep in her buggy so everyone got a little rest as the owner turned up.

We then headed down to Weymouth beach which because it was a Friday, was packed with people, so the children played in the water and of course collected shells after that we took a drive to the nearest Tescos for some nappies and to our surprise it was located on the very tip of Weymouth and onto the Isle of Portland which is lovely little area with amazing views, I wish we had more time as there was so many places I wanted to explore.

We headed home, got some fish and chips (of course) and all went to bed

 

Second Day –

Today was the day I was most excited and anxious for, Today was the day I was going to meet Becca, we’ve had this planned for months and it was finally time to meet someone I have talked to for a year on Twitter.. the plan was to meet up around 1 which gave us time to get ready and get down to the beach, our plan of meet up and thing to do was the Sealife center but after a quick search it was shockingly expensive so we decided to use it as a meet point and go from there.

Meeting Becca was wonderful, I thought I would be this nervous wreck but it just felt like I was meeting someone I haven’t seen in a while and had a good old catch up, she vlogged the visit which you can see here and I spent a lot of the time snapping photos, we only sat and chatted for 4 hours I think but it felt a lot shorter, I am usually the worst person with meeting new people but it just was perfect and I really want to meet up again and maybe without the kids in tow so we could properly sit down and not be in ‘Mum mode’ as much..

We all ended up getting sunburn but it was all worth it to get to meet someone so supportive and lovely!

More fish and chips once we got home.. Amelia and Robin went to sleep really quickly so Kai and I went out to explore the area and take some photos of the sunset, it was a long and fun day enjoying the sea and the sun.

Last Day –

The final day was upon us, we had planned to do pretty much nothing besides preparing the car, going for a final walk around the park and getting ready for the journey back, which went a lot quicker than I liked, we stopped at the same place as we stopped going to Weymouth, had some lunch and picked up a few drinks for the road and was home in time for a quick meal before the children had to head to bed, we did get stuck on the M25 which was annoying but we was under the flight path of Gatwick so the children plane spotted and in the case of Robin.. slept for most of it.

We all had such an amazing time, the only time the children acted up was at bed time because they just got so excited and I really cannot wait until we book up and go again and of course meet up with the lovely Becca again!

Best first family holiday ever!!

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