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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Days out as a family for us is a rare thing, Mr S works all week and then often works all weekend and evenings on his website either travelling to different events or simply just being swamped with work but when we got invited to go along to Dinosaurs in the Wild which is located in the Greenwich Peninsular in London, right next to the O2 I made sure that he kept that day completely clear so we could enjoy time as a family.

Dinosaurs in the Wild is an tour back in time, many millions of years to the Cretaceous period which is home to many glorious and stunning dinosaurs, It only takes a few seconds but we are whisked away to TimeBase67 that is home to scientists who are studying and learning more and more about these creatures in the flesh.

We was given these special glasses which we had to put on when the tour guide told us and during our trip to Timebase67 we got our first look at the dinosaurs which jumped around, blocked our path and made both Kai and Amelia gasp in delight, Robin was that keen on it but the experience is designed for ages 5 and up but she soon relaxed and had fun seeing the dinosaurs. Once we had reached TimeBase67, which one of our tour guide explained is very much like the modern Pentagon in which it is a multi leveled laboratory in each has different areas to explore and learn about the Dinosaurs we was told more about the history of Chronotex and shown around the base, we even got to see an autopsy which was pretty interesting and gross, which lead us into another area where they had all these eggs in various stages of hatching, the technician that explained to us about the eggs pulled out one which he walked off with only to return with a brand new baby which was adorable and also got the chance to feel what a Dinosaur poo felt like.

I think one of my favorite parts of it was when our tour guide pointed over into the corner of the room and with little interest mentioned that the weird mammal in the jar was a ancestor of the human race.



 

We ended our journey in the observation area and I don’t want to spoil too much but it was actually really amazing, this is the only part that young children might find scary and if I am honest I got a little scared too.

Now onto the important bits, The children absolutely loved every second of it, even Robin who is younger but such an adventurous little girl, Kai was so excited about seeing the T-Rex and Amelia loved seeing the Triceratops and I think the part that was the best was just the science was correct with the dinosaurs themselves as obviously in recent years its shown that they aren’t the brown/grey mess that we previously thought but colorful and even furry or with feathers which pleased my little science brain.

When I first read up of Dinosaurs in the Wild I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, previous experiences with Dinosaur related attractions have all been models that move and there was some of that but a lot of the scenes outside the windows are of course graphics enhanced with the special glasses which are similar to the 3D glasses we get from 3D movies in the cinema and I feel like that made things even better, looking out of the windows in the observation deck was incredible and the drive down to TimeBase67 felt like we was on an actual trip with the movements and sounds.

The actors that showed you around the area as your guides were perfect and funny, interacted with the children perfectly and always asked them questions with sharing knowledge of the dinosaurs that they had on show at the various locations of the base.

It really was such an enjoyable day in which all my children had a good time, including us big kids who just love dinosaurs and the history of our planet, Dinosaurs in the wild will be running in London until the 2nd September so make sure that if you are up for a heart pumping adventure go grab some tickets and have fun exploring 67 Million years into the past.

Until next time

 

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Disclaimer - Dinosaurs in the Wild tickets were gifted to me for a honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

This weeks photo has to be the one I took last week of the fog from the beach at Great Yarmouth, we went out to Norwich and I thought it would be perfect to head to the beach to end the day but unfortunately the whole world was covered in this blanket of sea mist.

The sea is out there somewhere…

We walked a little by along the sea front in search of something to drink for the journey home to only find everything closed and the beach almost deserted!

There’s something so magical about fog and mist, however it made the whole town feel dirty and broken down but I think the lack of people made it that more enjoyable.

Until next time

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This weeks photo comes from my day over my mums house, Mr S needed to do some much needed catch up on some writing that hes been doing for his website and because the children can be such a handle and very noisy I asked my mum if we could come to her house for the day and let him get on with it.

and he did..

but I took my camera and snapped away lots of photos of the children and her garden/house

These are Cyclamens that sit in her conservatory, if you follow me on my instagram you would’ve seen this photo already but I love how clear and clean everything looks.

Today we are off to my aunts house for a meal, expect anything I take today to end up in next weeks photograph Sunday

Until next time

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The final photograph Sunday before Christmas, and it’s a random one, last week we finally got our first family car and went on a little outing to a tesco, not very exciting I know but it was lovely to finally get out on our own without help..

So today’s photo is of my husband in the drivers seat.

I can’t wait until we can have more adventures in the New Year, it’s opened up our world a bit more and we no longer have to rely on my mum taking us places.

I am super proud of him 🙂

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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