Every year since J has been walking we have been pumpkin picking. This year was no different, although we went armed with a wheelbarrow as I’ve learnt from previous years J likes to pick the biggest one she can find!
Life has been so busy the past few weeks I’ve struggled to have time out and record our ordinary moments. The past week has seen 2 conferences, training, birthday parties and an off colour J to start it off. That naturally slowed our evenings and weekends down but our little tornado of energy returned towards the end of this week and so we set off on Thursday to stretch our legs and play in the fallen leaves
We’ve now completed three quarters of 2017 and into my favourite season. It seems that everyone loves autumn too and I totally understand why although I am unsure how we’ve managed to complete 3 quarters of 2017 already
After hunting online for a maize maze I found one in Basingstoke at Manydown Farm. The skies looked moody on Wednesday but as we’d never been before and I had both J and her cousin we decided to go ahead with our plan. J had been asking to spend a day with her cousin for weeks and when we told her that we’d booked it in she screamed with excitement
I cannot believe I’m writing this round up already but August whizzed by in another blur of busy weeks. I honestly don’t know how we have already completed two thirds of 2017, although I was looking through the photos on my phone the other day and we’ve had some wonderful adventures this year
I started writing my Ordinary Moments post for this week about our midweek trip to the forest and halfway through I realised that although it’s one of the things we love doing it hasn’t been ordinary for our way of life recently
I sit writing this from an airport waiting for my flight to Brussels and it kind of sums up life right now. So very full of travel and adventure. This week I’m away with work but this evening I’m hoping to do a bit of exploration of a place I’ve never been to before
I won’t lie and say I’m not anxious because I am, it’s the first time I’m going to Europe in 8 years (!) and I don’t speak a word of the language so I have a bit of travel anxiety. I figure if I can navigate New York on my own and drive from Canada to Rochester on my own I’m pretty sure I can manage a few hours in a city!
This saying just flashed up on the screen next to me- “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” – St. Augustine
It really sums up the last few months. I’ve always loved exploring and finding new areas, whether it’s near or afar, and J has inherited my love of a good adventure and exploration
The past 6 weeks have been bonkers for us as a family, one thing after another, one adventure after another and it’s given is so many amazing memories although the ordinary walks need to feature a bit more. Last night I was saying to the hubster it was Js first night at home on a Saturday for 6 weeks and it’s been a jam packed summer of travel and adventure
While our plan next year is to save and not go abroad, I’m looking forward to exploring much more of our beautiful country. For now though, here’s to my little European adventure and a look back on our 6 weeks of ordinary life
I write this whilst laying on an inflatable mattress surrounded by fabric walls and a fabric ceiling. For the third time in as many weeks we are camping!
J loved it so much at Camp Bestival she asked to go again as soon as we got back, and as we had been given a new tent by someone at work and needed to test it we thought ‘why not?’
Last weekend the hubster took her to a local campsite and this weekend I took her to mum and dads back garden as I wanted to see how confident and comfortable I was with her camping on my own
Both times we’ve put the tent up together and both times it’s gone fine, especially as we had no instructions! Each weekend the other adult has returned home for a good nights sleep and the other has had BBQ’s, tent parties and nights snuggled with J
She has adored every part of it and has been so excited each time we’ve told her – in fact next week I think she’ll be upset as it won’t be coming out again! With the success of it over the past few weeks we’ve decided to bite the bullet and go camping for a week as our main holiday next year
We figured if we can survive the constant rain at Camp Bestival (and a child who enjoyed running and spinning in the mud) then we can do a week in the classic unpredictable British summertime, come rain or shine
I love that you can strip it all back, sleep in a tent, have a BBQ and it makes for a great adventure for her (and us) even if it’s as simple as in my mum and dads back garden – it’s something every kid loves doing isn’t it?
Instagram is quite literally my favourite social media platform. I love looking at beautiful photos, reading snippets of daily activities and seeing new places to explore. Last week I saw a stunning photo of a “tunnel of trees” and after a quick search I found out it was a short drive away from us in a small place called Halnaker in West Sussex
We decided to make a day of it, taking a car picnic with us with a plan to walk through the tunnel of trees up Halnaker Hill to the windmill at the top. The walk wasn’t a long one, 1.5 miles there and back but it was simply stunning. As soon as we entered the tunnel we felt like we were transported into a magical woodland, with the autumnal colours on the trees, leaves on the ground and sun glistening through making it feel like a different world