Harvest Festival songs, apple crumble & conkers – An Autumn Bucket List Update!

Another sunny Autumn Sunday, another great day for ticking tasks off the Autumn bucket list!

Dave has made the most of the good weather and got some jobs done outside – clearing the guttering, resealing the back door (in the hope it might foil some of the slugs who think it’s ok to come in my kitchen every night – yeah I know, super grim) and generally getting some bits of tidying done while I took the chance for Granny and Grandad to have a good old Skype with the kids.  Chlo was very excited to talk to them and kept saying “you house” and telling them that she was playing outside with Ben.  Her language has come on loads recently so it was really nice for them to be able to actually chat with her.  Ben read them his school books and told them all about how he stays at school till tea time now.  In the middle of the conversation Ben suddenly asked “Is it Sunday today?” then got really excited when I told him it was as apparently that meant all the conkers would be falling from the trees!  I had to explain to Mum and Dad that this was in fact because I had told him we could go looking for conkers at the weekend as I’d been at work all week.  We agreed to go to the park after lunch.

Once we’d eaten and Chlo was asleep, Ben got ready to go to the park but decided he’d rather Daddy took him (this has been a bit of a theme this week – apparently he likes it “12 much better” when Daddy takes him to school!)  I set them the challenge of bringing me back a horse chestnut leaf, a conker in its case and one out of its case.  They were back really quickly – with the leaf, which was looking a bit worse for wear, and two conker cases which were surprisingly smooth.  It turned out that when you opened the cases the conkers inside just hadn’t formed – whether this is something to do with the weather this year or a problem with the tree I’m not sure.  We will keep looking but this one might be a bit of a “tried and failed” on the bucket list!

We decided to crack on and make the apple crumble while Chloe was sleeping.  (I really must do some baking with her this week but I decided the crumble was a better job for Ben).  He had a really good go at peeling the apples but it was a bit tricky and he gave up after a while preferring to just eat the apple peel instead!  (I’m not convinced that the peel of cooking apples can have tasted that nice but he seemed to enjoy it!)

While we were preparing the apples we listened to some Harvest Festival songs on youtube – Cauliflowers Fluffy and Autumn Days – he has been practising them for the Harvest Festival at school this week so enjoyed singing them to me – and I enjoyed singing along with him as they are firm favourites from my own school days!

As I cut all the chunks of apple up I explained to him that it needed cooking to make the apples soft and the sugar would stop them tasting bitter.  He enjoyed watching the softening process and told me they were going all mushy.  He was also happy to taste!  Making the crumble topping was quite a good job for Ben – I showed him how to rub the butter into the flour and sugar which he enjoyed – though in fairness I ended up doing a good chunk of it as he got bored!  He was really excited when it came out of the oven and was really looking forward to having it for tea – there were in fact tears when he realised it wasn’t his main course and the pasta would need eating first!
He loved his crumble and ate two helpings! When we told him he’d done a really good job he said “It’s all thanks to you though Mum!”

So here is the updated last – we’re not doing badly all!

1. Collect conkers 29.09.13 – attempted for 2nd time but poor harvest in our park! 
2. Get wrapped up and go to a bonfire (this might fall by the wayside depending on Beak!)
3. Kick leaves   22.09.13
4. Splash in puddles  22.09.13 (and basically every wet school run!) 
5. Make an apple crumble  29.09.13
6. Enjoy the fireworks (assuming Ben and Chloe aren’t scared this year . . . )
7. Introduce Ben and Chloe to the joys of hot Ribena
8. Autumn themed crafts
9. Celebrate my beautiful god daughter’s 1st birthday  21.09.13
10. Introduce the kids to the joy of sparklers
11. Blow “dragon breath” in the cold air
12. Leaf rubbings

If you want to know more about our Autumn Bucket list check out the original post here: Autumn Bucket List


  1. September 29, 2013 / 7:46 pm

    Sounds like a fab Sunday for all involved! Yummy, I love apple crumble!

  2. Wicked World of Lucas
    September 30, 2013 / 9:54 am

    What a fab day. I am loving your Autumn Bucket List – what a fab idea. Popping over from BlogsRus

  3. September 30, 2013 / 10:52 am

    You're doing so well with your list – I haven't even made mine yet!

  4. Time waits for no mum
    September 30, 2013 / 4:49 pm

    Love the idea of an Autumn list of things to do (or for any season for that matter), it's so easy to get lost in the day to day chores etc, it's nice to keep your eyes on the prize!

    • September 30, 2013 / 4:58 pm

      I intend to make it a seasonal habit! 🙂

  5. September 30, 2013 / 5:45 pm

    Wow! Looks like your list is coming along nicely! Apple crumble looks devine!

    • September 30, 2013 / 7:51 pm

      It was indeed lovely – Ben came home tonight and asked if there was any left, he was most disappointed that it had all gone and asked if we could make some more!

  6. September 30, 2013 / 7:09 pm

    I am loving him in his bakers hat!! it sounds like it was a super busy but fun day.

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

  7. Fozia S
    September 30, 2013 / 8:28 pm

    Oh what a fab idea to have an Autumn list to work through… You are doing well!

    Ooh apple crumble… The thought of it is making my mouth water! 😀

  8. September 30, 2013 / 7:43 pm

    Love the way you have scored through the "have dones"…Pity about the conkers, conkers our way have just come out. And thanks for reminding me about Cauliflower Fluffy, will really miss that one now J is at Big School.

    • September 30, 2013 / 7:51 pm

      There's nothing better than crossing out a list 😀 x

  9. September 30, 2013 / 9:01 pm

    What a good idea about the bucket list! I'm sure there's lots more wonderful moments in store for you this Autumn 🙂

  10. Karen Bell
    October 1, 2013 / 7:04 pm

    You're doing well with your autumn bucket list.
    Love the look of that apple crumble, looks like Ben enjoyed making it x

  11. AK Templer
    October 1, 2013 / 8:28 pm

    aw check out Chef Ben he looks very cool in his apron! looks like he had loads of fun! loving your bucket list!

  12. Loubelle
    October 1, 2013 / 8:52 pm

    I love, love, love apple crumble, just can't decide wether it's best with custard or whipped cream. Yummy

    • October 2, 2013 / 3:09 pm

      I actually didn't put anything on mine this time, the kids had ice cream. Though watching This Morning yesterday they put clotted cream on and that sounded amazing!

  13. October 1, 2013 / 8:05 pm

    Love your list and I really should make one. We are yet to collect conkers this year, but plenty of apple crumbles. Ow. You could combine your item 11 with toilet tube dragons. That would be interesting.

    • October 1, 2013 / 8:22 pm

      Funnily enough I had thought that! Blowing thru them in the cold air could be really effective!

  14. Emmysmummy
    October 1, 2013 / 9:33 pm

    WOW almost half way through the list already – well done

  15. October 2, 2013 / 10:04 am

    I am loving your list – what a great idea. Love apple crumble and love how you explained about it getting soft.

  16. October 4, 2013 / 9:12 am

    What a truly Autumnal day, and such simple pleasures that really appeal to children. Skype is a marvellous thing, isn't it? I need to get it sorted out to chat to my brother in Australia.

    Nipping over from the blogsRus share thread.

  17. April 28, 2014 / 3:16 pm

    This is so sweet, I'm going to pinch your idea with the list! How Fab!

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