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Autumn Days!

Well it has been an incredibly long time since I last posted… so long in fact that we are even expecting a new addition to the family in March and I am currently 21 weeks pregnant!

Ayla has celebrated her 3rd birthday and life at home has been steadily becoming more and more like winter is upon us.

This Autumn we have been having plenty of Autumnal fun!… with walks in the woods and some leafy crafts to keep us busy on these blustery days.20151014_160142

We had lots of fun picking leaves from the garden one afternoon and making a lovely spikey hedgehog picture with all the sticks and crushed brown leaves.

We even had an unexpected ladybird guest in amongst our autumn finds!

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We made Mr hedgehog an eye and Ayla stuck on a buttercup just to make him feel special!

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We have had some lovely walks this season, one particularly special walk was through ‘The Knapp and Papermill Nature Reserve’ it was a beautiful clear day, we picked apples…

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Tried to spot some otters… (not this time!), found some ancient oak trees and met some

beautiful Highland cows with their calf’s.

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We ate the apples…although a little sour! 🙂

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This really is a super place to walk, such beauty and wildlife you really are in for a treat if you come walking in these woods! If you want to check out more info on the reserve this link will help: http://www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk/reserves/knapp-and-papermill

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Now what better way to cuddle up on these evenings as the darker nights draw in, than with a log fire and a mug of something hot!

And that is exactly what I intend to do 🙂 I absolutely love an open fire and I get quite excited at the prospect of it being lit up again!

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When we can we have been collecting some of the fallen, dead timber in the woods near our house, ready for cosy times next to the fire.

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In addition to open fires I also have a thing for candles… this is probably inherited from my Mum who actually has more candles in her home than anyone I know!

So today I took the opportunity to make some Autumn candle jars with some leaves found on our walks in the woods, some hemp string to stick around the top and a lot of PVA glue 🙂 to stick it all down!

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Ayla used some of her special stickers and feathers to create her own design

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These were really fun to make and I am thrilled with the overall effect 🙂

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On a sadder note, we recently went down to Richmond to visit friends and say goodbye to a very dear one, Saracen.

Being in his 30’s and having lived a very long happy life the difficult decision was made considering his deteriorating health to have him put to rest in the hope that his passing would be dignified, peaceful and would know love right up to the end.

He was an incredibly special horse and has played a huge part in my life as a teenager/young adult right through to me becoming a wife and Mum and he will always have a treasured place forever in my heart.

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Whilst being down in Richmond we were able to get up close to my husbands gate which he designed and crafted.

They are hung within the grounds of Richmond park. The Forged Metal which resembles branches and leaves of oak, are the gateway to the vista which can be viewed from ‘King Henry’s mound’. If you are lucky enough to be there on a clear day you can gaze right through the vista to London, St Paul’s cathedral.

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‘The Way Gates’ Richmond Park London – Joshua De Lisle – http://www.joshuadelisle.com

There is so much for me to catch up on as my blogging has somewhat disappeared.

I hope I can get in the rhythm of posting more regularly again!

Anyway I will leave you with a couple of extra shots of the season before I go…

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Here is to Autumn and all of its glory, I hope you are able to enjoy some of this beautiful season for yourself, God bless x

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Walked till we dropped!

Decided to take Ayla to a nature reserve nestled away not too far from where we live. I had heard about it from friends but never been, and once again it seemed we had the place pretty much to ourselves.

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We started off strong and keen… even Rosie the dolly was made to walk!

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We were showered with blossom as we walked between the apple trees, like walking down an aisle of confetti.

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I tried to capture as much of the wildlife as I could but as it is often moving it’s not always easy, so I took photos of still things…

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I knew Ayla was getting tired ….

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So we sat for a while on a log and watched the water go by (Even Rosie Dolly)

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I managed to gee us up a bit with the hunt for cows, there had been signs to say they were in the meadow, luckily we found two having a rest (or Ayla would have felt hugely conned seeing as I made such a big deal about going to visit them).

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After we found the cows Ayla was not up for much more and wanted to be carried. At this point I was in two minds whether to turn back but I was sure we must be nearing the end of the trail. I walked all the way around this field until I met a couple that said the rest of the trail was steep this way and she pointed me in the direction to follower a flatter trail.

I got lost….

Ayla got tired….

I can’t believe I got lost! …

We found a bridge which was exciting

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There was  map beside the bridge so we followed it……

I still got lost!

Ayla fell asleep

So I walked the rest of the way back with her swaying about on my shoulder as I made my way out of the nature reserve entirely and followed the lanes back to the road to find the car.

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Blissfully unaware 🙂