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?
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 🙂
This weekend has been a manic busy one, On saturday the 9th the plan was to get my hair done but because Mr S was busy in London for some website related business I decided to cancel my appointment to save my mum from having to deal with my children for an hour.
Our main plan was to go to a garden center which is called Van Hage, I remember going there as a child with my gran and just being in complete awe of the decorations, the idea was to go there, grab some tacky tinsel and allow the children to buy their own decorations for the tree.. along with some plastic ones so Robin couldn’t break anything and we decided to head back there each year and once we get a bigger place to get a bigger tree and add more hand picked decorations onto it.
Once we found what we was after, it was time to head back home and place everything onto the tree, which I will cover in another post, but when we headed back we sat down and enjoyed some tea while the children ate their candy canes, I told Amelia to go brush her teeth after she finished hers and she came running back into the front room to scream at us that she just lost another tooth, she had lost one on Friday while at school and had complained that the second one was just as wobbly… so the tooth fairy had to hunt around for some money in a hurry, I was amazed that her top tooth fell out first but all her first teeth appeared within the week of each other as a baby and they often fall out around the same time frame after they turn a certain age..
I don’t need anymore falling out anytime soon!
Such a joker!
We had such a lovely time, I ended my night on some chip shop chips while Mr S was late back and even had a beer, which was gross but I still had some because the situation called for something and we didn’t have much else in the house I could stomach.
It is seriously feeling a lot more like christmas now.
Until next time
WE GOT SNOW! I think the children are almost as excited as I am! I honestly don’t remember snow like this, the world is cold, clear and white.
We decided to go for a walk in it, which turned out to be a stupid idea.. but it was just so much fun!
I’ll probably change my tune tomorrow hah!
Until next time