Pick pumpkins to be proud of from Millets Farm PYO

Millets farm pumpkin picking - Bubbablue and me

Sometimes children don’t want to do the activities suggested (food shopping anyone?).  But other times something sparks their imagination and they’re ready and waiting at the door to leave.  Picking a pumpkin is one of those times. I don’t really know why because we don’t go to town at Halloween at all.  But Millets Farm pick your own was something we did last year, and N obviously remembered and was keen to go again this year. I didn’t want to… Continue Reading “Pick pumpkins to be proud of from Millets Farm PYO”

Autumn days and traditions – enjoying outdoors

autumn days and traditions - Bubbablueandme

I love autumn days and it seems N is enjoying the autumn traditions too. Harvest festival and conkers Last week was harvest festival at school. That always means a walk back across the village green with all the children collecting conkers.  I love watching them all enjoying nature, talking about the conkers they’ve found and stuffing trouser pockets, jumpers and bags with plentiful brown bounty. Needless to say N was the last to leave which I wasn’t too worried about.… Continue Reading “Autumn days and traditions – enjoying outdoors”

Season of mists – what makes autumn?

what makes autumn great - Bubbablue and me

Keats called it the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’. It has 2 start dates – 1st September and after the Autumn Equinox near the end of the month. Autumn is pretty spectacular and has plenty of reasons why it’s so special,  including the fact that people born in autumn tend to live longer. I love autumn and it seems that everyone else seems to as well. Ok, maybe not the rain, gloomy evenings drawing in, and having to wear… Continue Reading “Season of mists – what makes autumn?”

Autumn colours in a walk at National Trust’s Stowe

gothic temple at Stowe

We’ve been striding through the National Trust handbook to all the local places near us, and last week returned to Stowe.  The last time we went was in early 2014, so a lot longer ago than I realised. This time I thought N might have wanted to do the halloween trail but of course not…instead we just followed round some of the other children to see the pumpkins that they were spotting as part of the trail. It was a… Continue Reading “Autumn colours in a walk at National Trust’s Stowe”

Bonfire Night at the Farm

I love bonfire night, having remembered great village events as a child and then the wonderful firework displays set to music at Lancaster Castle when I was at university in the city. Now we live outside several villages and before N was born, we never really went to firework displays.  Instead we used to watch from the house as we could see lots in different directions. Last year we took N to the local school firework display at our nearby… Continue Reading “Bonfire Night at the Farm”