I just love autumn – the colours, the weather, wearing boots, jumping in leaves, wrapping up warm, drinking hot chocolate and snuggling under a cosy blanket in the evenings. Although today is pretty grey and wet, at the beginning of the week we had some proper autumnal weather – sunshine and bright blue cloudless skies, but with a real nip in the air. The leaves have started turning, and as Daddy had the day off, we took a trip over to Basildon Park (one of our local National Trust haunts) for a spot of autumnal fun.
We took Rosalie’s Gruffalo Autumn Nature Trail book along with us to see if she could spot some autumn treasures and add some stickers to her book. She’s pretty observant so managed to stick a fair few Gruffalo paw print stickers down for finding signs of autumn.
Searching for conkers was a lot of fun, and we talked about the difference between horse chestnuts and sweet chestnuts and looked at how the shells and the nuts inside differ.
The nature trails through the woodland and parkland at Basildon Park are beautiful in autumn, and there is also a lovely spot for children with fallen trees, den building and a ball run which kept Rosalie amused for a good while. She’s become quite bold when it comes to climbing and had no fears scrambling up this tree!
Rosalie is quite a free spirit and loves being wild and exploring on her own terms. Days like this are some of my favourites – quality time in the outdoors with my favourite people, and seeing Rosalie as happy as a pig in mud.