How Does Your Garden Grow – Nov 7th

First off, I have to apologise to any of you whose blog I haven’t visited yet to return comments from last week. I have a few health things going on with me right now, the weather has been playing havoc with my internet connection, both girls have had dreadful colds so none of us have slept and as a result I have fallen right behind with my reading and commenting. I promise though, that I will catch up with everyone this week and get up to date with you all.

Autumn is definitely here and judging by how cold it has become, winter isn’t far behind. The garden is very wet and soggy and there are leaves everywhere, with another mountain load still to come down! There is still colour though. My Hydrangea has changed colour again, but the flower heads are clinging on refusing to die away.
Hydrangea
My Japanese Acer is still clinging onto it’s leaves, although it’s beginning to look a little droopy now.Japanese Red Acer
My little yellow Acer is looking pretty spectacular. It really stands out against everything else.
Yellow Acer
Some of you may remember “Big Tree” from my posts during the summer. He is losing his leaves fast and not looking quite as magnificent as he does in spring and summer.
Big Tree
My Corkscrew Hazel has started to get it’s catkins. Poking out from the behind the crumpled leaves like spooky little white fingers.
Corkscrew Hazel Catkins
Finally for this week, I had a little play with focal black and white and snapped my lovely apple feeder from behind the Corkscrew Hazel.
Apple Bird Feeder
I am linking up with my lovely friend Annie from Mammasaurus for her beautiful How Does Your Garden Grow linky. Annie has really created something very colourful and beautiful and she work tirelessly to share the fabulous posts that link up. Do go and have a look, I guarantee you’ll find something to make you smile and brighten your day.

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Autumn Leaves- Country Kids

It’s been really cold here all week, but bundled up with fleece lined clothes and hats the girls have still spent loads of time rampaging around. The leaves are coming down thick and fast now in the garden, so daddy armed himself with the leaf blower, they all set off into the wilderness!Autumn Leaf Play

 

A pile of leaves later and all I could hear were shrieks of delighted laughter.  There they were, jumping, rolling and throwing huge armfuls of leaves all over themselves.playing in leavesJumping in Leavesburied in leavesthrowing leavesleafplaypiles of leaves

 

Apples were eaten straight off the trees and conkers were gathered and stamped on to be opened.autumn applesapples and leavesconker openingopening conkers

Autumn really is a fun season and I’m predicting many more days of leafy fun, perhaps with a nice bonfire or two thrown in for good measure.

I am linking this post with the fabulous Fiona from beautiful Coombe Mill for her brilliant Country Kids linky. Parents and kids, exploring the great outdoors together and having a fantastic time doing so.
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

The North Wind Doth Blow # One Week

As this is the last day of #OneWeek – winter linky hosted by the lovely Sarah of Older Mum (in a muddle), I decided to change the original post I had planned and opt for this one instead.  The weather suddenly decided to change from murmurings of spring, back into winter again.  It seemed fitting that I therefore end my contribution to One Week with some wintry pictures.

After being full of the joys of spring, this morning we awoke to everything being crisp and frosty, a sharp reminder that winter hasn’t disappeared just yet.  We ended up having to bundle up in snowsuits again!

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Todays outside wanderings were crunchy, frost coated ones.  We decided to collect frosty leaves, we I say we, what I actually mean is,  the girls decided to collect little piles of frosty leaves.  They even managed to find a frozen leftover windfall apple in our orchard.  They rolled around on the frost coated grass and even though their little noses were bright red, I had a battle on my hands getting them back indoors.  As the day wore on the North wind began to pick up and it turned really bitterly cold.  It felt like we were in the depths of winter all over again, winter at its harshest.  By the time I had bribed them inside with promises of hot chocolate and marshmallows, my feet were numb!

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frozen apple

I’m hoping that the North wind subsides quickly and doesn’t bring any snow.  It’s time for the new shoots to flourish, it’s time for the anticipation of bright sunny days, an explosion of baby birds, the return of the swallows.  It’s time to smell the freshly cut grass, it’s time for spring.

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One Week – Tuesday

This morning was another beautiful bright crisp autumn day, perfect for burning off lots of baby energy.  Our garden is now just a mass of leaves and I’m really hoping it can stay dry until the weekend so we get a chance to get them swept up before they turn into complete mush!

We got wrapped up in our fleeces, bodywarmers, hats and boots and ventured out into the great wilderness.  We are fortunate to have a really big garden and being in the countryside, it’s completely secure and private, so the girls can scream, shout and charge around without disturbing anyone.

Our youngest daughter has become fiercely independent since finding her feet and takes off at a rate of knots, giving me that look of “don’t you dare try to slow me down or hold my hand”!

So while her big sister is happily playing at the top of the garden on her slide and swing and rolling in the leaves, little miss bossy boots shoots off to the furthest corner she can get to and plays in those leaves!

Autumn fun at it’s best :)

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