Ben and Chloe have both been obsessed with collecting leaves on the school run this week – typically soggy dirty leaves that I had no desire to carry back home to my house! I promised Ben that we would go collecting leaves this weekend which he was really excited about.
I had only really intended to go to our local park (which we are lucky is just up the road) but it was such a lovely morning we decided to hop in the car and venture up to Heaton Park. As ever we hadn’t told Ben and Chlo what we were doing, just that we were “going on an adventure . . . “. I intentionally dressed them both in clothes that I didn’t mind getting filthy and shoved our wellies on.
Usually when we go up to Heaton Park we park in in the Hall Car Park so that we are close to the play area but today we chose to park in the Lake Car Park as we wanted to explore rather than play on the equipment.
Both children really relished in the freedom to run about, scrunch in the leaves, squelch in the mud, roll around on the grass and generally get mucky. It was warm enough that we didn’t need our coats, a beautiful bright day to start Autumn off. Some of the leaves were just starting to turn on the trees – the park is going to be stunning in another couple of weeks. We were really surprised not to find any conkers – there were several horse chestnut trees but not a single conker on them?! (I half wondered if they’d all been removed for some sort of crazed health and safety reason!) So no chance of ticking conkers off the Autumn Bucket List today!
On the way back to the car Ben ran down a hill and slipped right into huge patch of mud – cue him spending the journey home in his pants! Typically I just missed catching it on camera!
|The pictures don’t actually do justice to how
filthy he was!
So far this weekend we have ticked three things off our list:
And Dave has just bought the ingredients for me to make my apple crumble so I think that will be a job for Chloe and I on Thursday when I’ve got a day off work!