Appreciating a Sunny Autumn Monday

Today has been one of those glorious bright, clear autumn days.  A chill in the air first thing this morning led me to get tights out for Chloe for school and winter coats rather than the lightweight jackets which have been worn up till now.

I took a chance on hanging the washing on the line, knowing it probably wouldn’t be dry by tea time but would have at least had some fresh air through it!  As it turned out I managed to get two loads of bedding and a full load of kids’ clothes pretty much dried so that they only needed a quick blast on the radiator.  It’s definitely getting towards my least favourite time of year when it comes to laundry though – keeping on top of the washing for a family of five can be pretty demanding, particularly as we currently don’t have our tumble drier so any hint of sunshine and I’ll be pegging things out on the line!

With the big two at school and Amy enjoying a bit of bonus time with “Hange” I was able to get myself off to the hospital for an xray on my back and then tick plenty of jobs off my never-ending “to do” list.  Of course the afternoon disappeared quickly and it was soon time to collect my little team from school – I decided on the spur of the moment we should make the most of the sunshine and head to the park on the way home.  I chucked some cartons of juic and a few KitKats under the pram with my big camera and went to collect them. 

Chloe came out of school covered in paint – her coat (yes the one I’d just got out of the cupboard for the first time this autumn), her tights, her dress, her face, her hair – yet with no idea of what she’d actually been painting.  The three of them tossed their coats off and shoved them under the pram, keen to go and play! 

Chloe leapt straight into chucking leaves around and Amy quickly followed suit, we spent a while exploring the leaves before they decided it was time to go and explore the equipment.  Ben has recently learned to use the swings independently and though he likes a good push to get him going he’s able to create and maintain a fair old height – he spent much of the time we were there swinging as high as he could! 

These are moments which make me really appreciate my current work situation.  The sun was shining and we made the most of it.  Were I a full time teacher, I’d have not picked them up till 5pm and it would have been straight home for tea and bed.  Watching my babies play together in the autumn sunshine is everything. 




  1. Pippa Ainsworth
    October 20, 2015 / 8:13 am

    Gorgeous photos, it's lovely to just take time like that when you are lucky with the weather.

    • October 21, 2015 / 6:14 pm

      Absolutely. I feel so privileged to be able to make a spontaneous decision like that.

  2. October 21, 2015 / 6:44 am

    Gorgeous i'm loving all the autumn photos this week. #whatevertheweather Karen Minitravellers

  3. October 21, 2015 / 7:01 am

    Such lovely photos, they all look like they're having lots of fun! It's one of the things I hate about my current work situation, out of the house at 8am and home at 5-530pm so quite often we miss the last of the Autumn sun #whatevertheweather

    • October 21, 2015 / 6:15 pm

      It's hard isn't it – going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark is probably the thing I hate most about the winter.

  4. Karen Bell
    October 21, 2015 / 12:17 pm

    Gorgeous photos. Love autumn days like that and you're right, it's so nice to be able to grab opportunities like that. #Whatevertheweather

  5. October 21, 2015 / 1:42 pm

    What lovely photos – I do love those crisp clear sunny autumn days (especially knowing there's a lot more grey drizzly ones ahead, sadly). #whatevertheweather

  6. October 21, 2015 / 4:38 pm

    Great photos of the girls and fab that you get to spend more time with them, that's what life is all about! #whatevertheweather

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  7. Sara Murray
    October 21, 2015 / 8:16 pm

    We went to the park after school this afternoon and it really is such a wonderful thing to be able to do. We'll be making the most of it while the weather cooperates! Gorgeous photos x #whatevertheweather

  8. October 21, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    It's so nice to get out in the late afternoon sunshine, these are the moments that my mummy misses during the week as she works full time. 🙁 Great piccys, enjoy the rest of the bright crisp days of October xx #Whatevertheweather

  9. October 21, 2015 / 10:10 pm

    Moments like these really make you appreciate life and our kids. I love all those happy smiling photos of your children, they are really memories to treasure forever, there is a lot to be said about enjoying the everyday simple things in life, no need for anything else. Love your autumn photos!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

  10. October 22, 2015 / 7:25 pm

    Beautiful pictures, I love an impromptu adventure! Such a fun. Becky x #whatevertheweather

  11. October 23, 2015 / 12:29 pm

    Such pretty pictures! Covered in paint is a sure sign of a great day at work. It is these little moments that are so precious isn't it. They look so, so happy!! I love the pictures of them all together and throwing leaves. It looks like you had such a wonderful time. I hope your back is ok! And I'm glad you got to dry your washing on the line. We've been risking that and doing it all this week and thankfully it's been so, so nice! Thank you so, so much for sharing this on #whatevertheweather x

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