One of the best things about autumn is the colours. This week saw the first frost of the year here (I’m glad I have a heated windscreen in my car). These leaves were in the car park near work…bizarrely there’s no sycamore trees there, or nearby, so I’ve no idea how far these ones had to blow to get there.
Shoot season has started. N loves spending time being a gamekeeper – he goes out with his dad on the quad bike at the weekends to feed the pheasants. And then when there’s a shoot, he goes after swimming to join the others and do some beating. His shooting jacket was a handmedown from his cousin last year. I reckon he’s got this year and next to wear it unless he has a huge growth spurt. This year they had… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2017 week 45 – gamekeeper”
This might not be the most focused shot, but I love it for this week’s Living Arrows. This was taken at Millets Farm where we went to pick pumpkins. N loves swings, they must be his favourite playground equipment at the moment. And surprisingly he actually let me take a photo and even smiled. It looks like he’s got 2 gaps in his teeth but all 8 of his milk teeth have been replaced by his adult teeth. They’ve just… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2017 week 43 – on the swings”
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”
About: Camping in the rain hacks for when you want to make the most of the wet weather No-one really wants to go camping in the rain but sometimes there’s no choice. You have to have fingers crossed in the hope it’s only a day or drizzle and that the sun will come back. But rain can put a dampner on a holiday for the parents at least. There are things you can do to avoid getting washed out, and… Continue Reading “Ultimate camping in the rain hacks – how to cope”
If you don’t have permanently hungry children at home, don’t be surprised if they turn into ravenous ‘hangry’ creatures when you go camping. There’s something about being in the great outdoors that makes everyone hungry. But with mealtime routines often more relaxed, sometimes you just need to pump them full of camping snacks. When we’re on holiday, we have more ice creams, and I’m also a bit more relaxed about snacks. Mainly because when we’re camping, although we take an… Continue Reading “10 tips for the best camping snacks”
I love going out and about with N. It’s lovely to spend time with him and see how he’s changing over the year. Last year we had a great time at the first ever Countryfile Live show, and again managed to get tickets to return there again this year. For once, there was no moaning from N. Hey, there’s tractors (and fairground rides which is what he was planning for), so there wasn’t a problem having to bargain to get… Continue Reading “Countryfile Live 2017 – celebrating outdoor life”
One of the things I love about holidays is getting out and about. I’m not great at getting out around home, unless we go out for the day, but on holiday there’s always places I want to see and do. This camping trip the weather wasn’t that great for doing much once we’d spent the 2 sunny days on the beach. But once the rain cleared in the afternoons we did cram in a couple of extra detours to places.… Continue Reading “A blustery Rhossili bay walk”
I’ve been seeing a lot of flax fields recently near us. Previously there haven’t been any round us, so it’s been lovely to see the fields amongst the greens and yellows. From a distance they look bloe, but up close, a beautiful purple. The field I managed to stop to photograph had a few lone poppies and a smattering of white flowers too.
For a working mum things are a bit strange and detached when your children start school. When I compare my life and interaction with school compared with my mum’s (who was a SAHM until we were secondary school age), it’s so different. I work full time, although compress my hours earlier in the week so I can do 2 normal time drop offs and 1 pick up on a Friday. The rest of the week, N is in morning club… Continue Reading “When kids activities mean more than just activities”