Autumn lurgy!

The weather was interesting last week. Chilly starts awaited us for the school-run each morning, yet by the afternoon it was bright and very sunny - perfect t-shirt weather.  While we are apparently heading for an "Indian Summer" this week, the leaves are changing to yellow and brown and it's decidedly CRUNCHY underfoot on acorn-strewn footpaths. 
I was feeling VERY Autumnal on Friday and planned lots of seasonal crafts and things to do over the weekend, but these cold-to-hot days seem to be good bug-breeding weather and we have all been struck down with some horrid lurgy, so we didn't get to make them. To top it all,  I haven't felt up to knitting or crocheting either. 

On Saturday the lad was really not well so Little Miss went to a friend's birthday party without him. She's not quite 2.5 but was so grown up and excited to be going on her own, and had a lovely time.
Between My Boy recovering and Little Miss and I getting ill, I took them for a trip to Winkworth with their Grandma. It was surprisingly still very green there, although there were some signs of change.

The littlies were delighted to discover this new bench...
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.....which they particularly loved as Owl Babies is a favourite book in our house.
They named the babies Sarah, Percy and Bill after the characters in the book.



Last week we collected conkers* and pine cones. I wasn't sure what to do with them but after reading that conkers MAY possibly contain arachnid-repellent properties (the giant spiders at the moment - oh my!) decided that some should certainly live in the sitting room.  Their dark shiny skins are just perfect with candle-light ... although surprisingly difficult to capture on camera. 
You can see more of the things we had intended to make (including some lovely lanterns and a felt leaf garland) by visiting my latest Pinterest board ...



Each time I open my yarn drawer I spot that perfect Autumn yarn (King Cole Riot) do you recognise it? It's my nemesis ...... I'm not sure if I'm ready to tackle it yet, but it would seem a great time to try. So maybe a day of cuddles and Ravelry-broswing for me!
I hope you are well, sniffle-free and enjoying your Monday. I'll be back tomorrow with my One a Day Tally.
*International readers: 'conkers' is the name given to Horse Chestnuts here in the UK and at the moment there are bazillions of them falling to the ground in spiky-cradled glory!

7 comments

  1. I love the conkers and candles - beautifully autumnal :)

    Sorry to hear you guys aren't feeling well though, I'm still trying to shake off a cold myself!

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  2. That bench is wonderful, no wonder the kids were excited. The conker display is gorgeous too. I love the look of conkers and they really sum up Autumn for me and brings back memories of hunting for them with my Grandmother near her house.

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  3. There must be a chainsaw artist around at my place, because I found a wooden buzzard (or red kite) while I was strolling through the forest last Friday. However, your bench is more better than my raptor. The baby owls are so cute. :-)

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  4. Hope everyone is recovered. Love the candle arrangement. Must get some "conkers" for chasing away spiders here. I hate spiders!!

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  5. Your little gal is just adorable w/those cheeks and oh gosh her lovely jumper and necklace. What awesome wood art to stumble upon. That yarn looks beautiful and you're brave to go at it again.

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  6. Wow- fantastic pictures today!!!
    I love the wooden owls, they are adorable!!!!
    Love the giant tree as well!
    Hope all the sick people are better now
    x

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  7. The yarn is definitely a beautiful color for fall. Hopefully you can make it work for you!

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