At the start of the month, I shared a little post on what to do during the autumn season, things I had planned to do with the children and along with that I wanted to share just how many we managed to do.

Conkers, also called Horse chestnuts which after some googling I found out that they are part of the lychee family, and I guess looking at them, you can sort of see it. Last year we went conker collecting later in the year and unfortunately there wasn’t many left, so I made it my mission to do it sooner rather than later and enjoy the season a bit more.

This time Robin got to get out and collect them too which she enjoyed, however in her sweetness she would call them acorns rather than conkers but that didn’t take away any of the fun she had. We stayed local and made it into a fun little walk as a family as that doesn’t happen very often with Mr S away for many weekends so it was a lovely little family adventure full of beautiful red conkers. We took along a little plastic bag but because of the sheer amount that the children found it split and I sacrificed my big bag that I got from Next which soon began to fill up as well.

There was just so many and a lot of them had only just started to fall, considering that a few days prior the UK got hit by the ex tropical storm Helene (I promise I wont go all weather nerd on you!) and while we here in Essex didn’t get the full force of the storm, it was extremely windy, but I expected a lot more on the ground while exploring. Mr S knocked plenty off the trees and the children enjoyed throwing the ones still in their little casings into the ground.

We collected so many that they managed to fill up one of those 9kg tubs of bird food!

I of course took my camera out with me, I am trying to use my Nikon a lot more in hopes that it will help improve my photo skills, to much of everyone’s annoyance. Here are the photos I took

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We are hoping to be able to complete our little bucket list for the autumn season, there is just something so magical about this time of year that makes want to get out and explore, its a shame it only lasts for a little while.

Have you ticked anything off your autumn bucket list yet?

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And all of a sudden it’s November! Why does the year drift by so quickly? Why can’t time just slow down for a moment and allow us to enjoy it.
It’s almost time for the season of pantomimes and plays, Christmas charity jumpers and the dreaded count down to begin! 
But first we need to get through Guy Fawkes night and then Christmas can finally take over! Our decorations don’t usually appear until the second week of December, we are getting a brand new tree this year so I may get some new decorations too (if Mr S lets me ha)
I have some exciting things coming up this month, I’m off to the Essex baby show in Chelmsford on the 20th tickets are available until the 19th so go get them! 
I also plan on doing a monthly favourites tag and possibly some Christmas diy craft ideas! 
I love this time of year 🙂
Mummy Cat
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 Once again we went to my favorite place to photograph  –  Cammas Hall but instead of strawberries and raspberries.. we went for the wonderful pumpkin!
So many choices to pick, big and small and even some charming green ones, middle kitten Amelia wanted this one.

I love going here every year, this time we actually used it regularly and I am excited to go again next year with Robin.
Time to Carve 🙂
Mummy Cat
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Last weekend we all went out for a walk as a family with the intention to collect conkers!!

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Impressive haul don’t you think? 🙂 I love autumn
Mummy Cat
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This is a pretty simple DIY – I adore candles and candle holders but more often than not I have more candles than holders.. so what I decided to do was use some old yankee candle style jars (one is an actual yankee candle) and turn them into jars for tea candles.



You will need some old candles, a knife or spoon, a dishwasher, some warm water and a paper towel.


Get the knife or spoon inside the wax and gently dig around in the jar (BE CAREFUL!!)



and it should pop out smoothly like this, I found the official yankee candle to be easier to remove the wax than the Poundland alternative.


Give it a little clean, this one didn’t need much doing to it unlike the others which needed hot water and a run in the dishwasher.


Add tea candles and ta-daaah! you have a new place to pop your tea candles in.. now that its nearly the darker months I can see myself doing this a bit more.

Toodles for now

Mummy Cat

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