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?


With the summer holiday just around the corner and finding nothing to do without breaking the bank and you will be honestly surprised what is actually in London to enjoy and explore so I wanted to share some fun things that you can do in our capital city that you might enjoy doing with your children and you can find many top deals on London attractions with Groupon!

The Science Museum

One of my favorite memories of visiting London is exploring this wonderful museum, in South Kensington, Founded in 1857 and I think me and my family have visited the place so many times, I have plans to take my children there at some point, the excitement of running up to find the amazing glass bridge which I remember being told was ‘musical’ when in fact it was a marvel of engineering, a glass bridge that was supported with steel wires!

The Natural History Museum

If you are a fan of dinosaurs and the history of our natural world then this is the place to head to, I also have some wonderful fond memories of walking into the big hall and seeing Dippy the Diplodocus (Who is currently on tour around the UK), walking into the Darwin exhibitions and seeing evolution right before your eyes, my absolute love of dinosaurs and planet earth comes from this wonderful place.

Madam Tussaud’s

You cannot go into London without going to one of the biggest attractions, meet famous celebrities and heads of states.. well their wax figures I mean, the last time I went they had this fun area full of histories serial killers which was housed in this dark maze with many actors making people jump, it was absolutely amazing if a little scary.

Tate Modern

One of the most amazing art galleries you can find, with famous modern works of art some of which you might recognize and others you have never heard of, one of the big things about the Tate Modern is their giant exhibition area which has often been in the news with different and often interactive works namely a giant slide or complete darkness, if you can manage to go when one of these are showing then you are lucky to experience it.

Hyde Park

If you don’t mind a bit of a walk, up the Mall past the Queens residence is the beautiful Hyde Park with paddle boats and of course the wonderful Diana Memorial which you can dip you tired feet in during a hot day, Hyde Park isn’t to far from the first two attractions that I mentioned so are wonderful if you want to go and eat some lunch and take time out in this rare piece of green surrounded by the city.


What fun things do you enjoy getting up to in London? or even your own city/town.

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