Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Hearth Side

A few more from Bonfire Night... we could never allow the weather to stop the sparklers (indoor mini ones)! 

And there should always be toasted marshmallows with your hot chocolate!

Up To Date At Last!

Aha, we have finally caught up! 

So to finish off emptying my camera and phone... we have a couple of photos from a wet and windy night in the cemetery round the corner for our New Milton Fireworks display which is always almost a week after bonfire night for some unknown reason.

On Remembrance Sunday, Thea was out and marching in the parade with her Brownies Group.

And last week other than the usual classes and activities we also celebrated with this lovely girl on her birthday... 

and Ayla deepened her love of cars by finding one big enough for her to get into and drive! 

I know what she's going to want for the garden next summer!!!

Sunday, 18 November 2018


|It arrived so quickly but luckily the weather has been dry so I don't feel like our autumn has been too short. The forest is still ablaze with colour .

As part of our seasonal work this year, we have a new curriculum guide which includes stories, poetry, finger plays and songs for Ayla, food recipes and crafts... it's actually pretty great. 

We made the date caramel for dipping apples into and I was happily surprised that all four of them liked it and came back for more the following days. 

One of our favourites things in November is the Into Film festival. For two weeks there are free film screening across the UK for schools, being home ed means we can make the most of it... and we always do!

There have been a flurry of screening for us, the brilliant Japanese animation Isle of Dogs which I highly recommend and Mary and the Witch's Flower, which is also Japanese animation but English language. The big two also saw the Princess Bride, all three went to the lovable Ferdinand and Tom & Orion got to watch the latest Star Wars movie they've been waiting for. A whole bunch of great films for the price of the petrol to get us there, love it!

The highlight of the first half of this month though was a performance of Peter and the Wolf by an Irish dance theatre company which the big three and I saw in Bournemouth. 

It was so well done with a play on the original orchestra piece per character by having each character have a different dance style. It was genuinely funny, scary and sad, and the kids got a chance to dance at the end. 

Friday, 16 November 2018


Halloween has always been one of their favourite holidays. Since Orion & Thea were very small they have loved dressing up and planned and replanned their outfits. 

This year we had the Dia De Los Muertos twins, the Black Cat and Boss Baby.

We have always held a party, but with so many different friends they want to invite and currently having a very small home, the forest has become our venue. I have to say it works perfectly for that traditional autumn Halloween feeling rather than the gore fest this day has become. 

We had pumpkin (oranges) and spoon races, pumpkins (oranges) on the head races...

lots of winners and lots of prizes...

A pin the nose on the skull game...

And everyone's favourite make a toilet roll mummy game!

They did a beautiful and very fast job this year!

On to the donuts on a string challenge...

And then they tend to take off on a sugar induced play on the rope swings, in the dens and generally running around. 

This was her 'don't tell Gabe I've nicked his mask' look...

And of course no Halloween could be complete without trick or treating, before its home to hot chocolate, a fire and some stories to wind things down. 

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Down At The Pumpkin Patch

Somehow we missed the pick your own season over the summer so we weren't going to let pumpkin season pass us by. Instead, I combined one of the Monday Meetups I organise with the farm and we ended up with pumpkins, play and gorgeous photos taken by a dear friend. 

I think this is my favourite... he drives me crazy constantly running away with her, but its so sweet at the same time. 

This was one half of the group, and I love the captures of them together, its exactly what you want for your children... freedom, friends and being outdoors. I'm so so happy our children's education doesn't limit this for them.

And two extras from me...