September was such a weirdo old month, we got out and about a lot of it but it was a quiet one with Mr S away for a lot of it, all the parenting duties landed on me. but as I said, we still got out.
We went conker collecting, visited my mum many times and even went to Epping Forest which is just up the road from us. it is now officially autumn but the leaves have been dropping since the beginning of September with the combination of the ex tropical storm Helene and two British storms within 24 hours of each other.
We have explored, collected many beautiful things that you would find in autumn and enjoyed seeing the season change once again.
The children themselves are back at school so it means time with the smallest of the family, who has been happy to deal with my walks around my local area collecting as many sticks as she can find.
I think like everyone else who hated the heat of summer, we are so glad to finally see the beauty that is the autumn months!
The ‘Sightings from’ Linky is run by the beautiful Caitlyis over on her blog at the start of every month, I love this linky as it gets my trigger finger snapping and makes me get out and take my camera with me, you can find her post here if you fancy joining up.
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
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?
Hello and welcome back to another Sightings from roundup post. This month has been a long one, with the mix of Mr S being away for the majority of it, we didn’t get out very often and my camera and I didn’t get a chance to explore. But surprisingly there was some photos that I had stored in my phone, so here is what we got up to in the month of august in photos.
Building and Exploring
We have had a lot happen in my home at the moment, I have been stuck in a little DIY cleaning mood so Mr S and I have put together various pieces of furniture. We took a little trip to Ikea while my mum had the older two children for the bank holiday weekend, It is safe to say my front room is slowly turning into the image I have in my head.
It also rained, it hasn’t rained in what felt like months. Robin is obsessed with the rain now and will climb up onto the window to stick her hands out, but because its been cooler, we have managed to get out and explore the world around us. We found conkers and plenty of acorns, We are all excited for when the threes change color.
Despite the lack of photos, I am glad we had such a good month, Its been a very ‘in the moment’ month so anything fun we did, I never took the camera.
Here is to another fun month of photographs.
Sightings from linky is hosted by the beautiful Caitylis over on her blog, you can view her post and join in by following here.
I have completely forgotten to do these post for a while now, blame my exhaustion and possibly not going out much to take photos!
PHOTOGRAPH \\ SUNDAY
These photos had been taken on Friday, we had been stuck in all week waiting for packages and other exciting things and we made a deal to go out and find some autumn goodies that may have fallen off their trees.
We found a few ready to pick ones but lots of them had just been blown of the tree from the windy weather.
Still it was lovely to get out and explore the area without worrying about missing any mail!
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.
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 🙂