Autumn Days


Do come and join us on our walk, won’t you? Do you have your wellies on? You’ll need them. It’s a bit brisk today so I recommend a hat and coat as well. Oh and don’t forget your camera and your bag to collect interesting leaves in. Ok, are you ready? Excellent! Let’s go. Quickly, we need to catch up with Tiny Tin Bird! Do excuse me as I stop to take photos …




Would you like a blackberry? There are loads of ripe ones along here. TTB thinks they’re great!

I always think that Autumn is the prettiest time of year, there are so many beautiful colours and the leaves are so striking and interesting. Look, these ones are going stripy but from the bottom of the branch upwards towards the end.


Here’s one for the collecting bag, thanks TTB!


“Where’s that water dripping from mummy?”


These shapes and colours are just delightful.


I’m afraid I didn’t do these majestic beech trees justice with this photo, they are stunning in real life and we stood and looked up at them for a while.


Let’s catch our breath before we go over the high bridge … oh look! Just a few flowers left on these foxgloves. This cottage always smells of woodsmoke in the Autumn and Winter, it’s such a cosy smell.


There’s a small brook in the woods that we have to cross now, there is a small metal bridge over it but that’s no fun, it’s much more fun to walk through it and feel the rush of the water around your boots. Hold tightly to my hand please TTB!



Not all of the leaves have changed colour yet, and the canopy above is lush and green in places. The air here always feels magical. Every time I come here I think that. It’s as if there are fairies just out of sight, watching us walk through and flitting behind the trees if we look in their direction.


Naturally, TTB has found a stick now and he wants to wash it in the brook. Oh ok then. If you really must.


We’re going on a bear hunt … we’re not scared! Uh oh, mud! Thick, oozy mud. We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it … we’ll have to stand and poke it with a stick for ages.



Ah look! We’ve reached the pool now. Aren’t the reflections perfect? Ok, Tiny Tin Bird, you sit and have a snack on the bench for a bit.


This little boy is getting a bit tired now and wants to go home. “Let’s just go and see the waterfall first!” I say, because I can’t come all the way out here and not see it. He agrees.


Ahhhhh. Just perfect! It’s so loud but in a wonderful way. I love the stillness of the water above it, followed by the motion of the water below. The rocks look almost man made, I’m never sure if it’s just the natural effect of the water on the stone or not.


As we sit on the wall, watching the waterfall, the sun appears and shines brightly for a few minutes, sending light through the canopy and dappling onto the woodland floor. The leaves are falling steadily from the trees like confetti. Once again I feel as though we are surrounded by magic and I feel so grateful to be here.


Ok, we do really have to start walking back now because Tiny Tin Girl has woken up. I’ve got her in the sling on my back and I can’t reach to put her hat back on so we need to get a shift on. But … oh look! A caterpillar! I suppose she’ll be ok hatless for a bit, she’s toasty in her fluffy all in one.


Crouching down to see one small detail certainly gives me the opportunity to see more. What a delicate shade of pinky purple.


On the way back we stop to notice the small things a bit more: water droplets on a leaf …

… the way these leaves descend in size as you reach the end of the plant …


… and how these leaves start to yellow nearest to the stem …

… seedheads …


… and more blackberries.


Oh yes. Autumn really is the most beautiful time of year. One last hurrah from nature before the winter months!

Thank you for coming on our walk, did you enjoy it? I think we’re going to stop for a hot chocolate on the way home now, see you again soon! x




One thing you should probably know about me is that I take a lot of photos. A LOT of photos. All day. Snap snap snap. The majority are taken with my phone – I finally got an iphone in January and I’m glad I did as it gives me many more opportunities to take photos. I have been making more of an effort to use my dSLR as well, so that I don’t forget how to, and I’ve taken some photos that I’m really pleased with. It takes better quality photos than my iphone camera, but it’s cumbersome and not practical for every moment.

I like to take photos of everything and I find it really satisfying to look back through them and see what we’ve been doing. Things move so quickly at the moment and it’s nice to have a photo diary of things. I’ve been using the Project Life app to make a collage at the end of each day, then I upload it straight to Photobox so I don’t lose it. I’d like to make a photobook at the end of the year. I did Project Life last year using the albums, page protectors and printed photos: it’s amazing to look through but it was costly and time consuming. I’d spend ages trying to get the photos sorted to fit well into the page protectors and then by the time you’ve battled with how slow the Photobox website is, waited for the prints to arrive and then found time to actually get them in the album … well it’s a lot of work. The app is quicker though!

Maybe you think I’m crackers for taking so many photos, and I’m ok with you thinking that. I’m not going to stop though! The photo above is when we’d just registered the birth of Tiny Tin Girl – cutting it quite close to the six week deadline because we kept forgetting. Oops, poor second child.

The weather’s been good enough for drying washing outside but … we seem to be lacking in pegs. Can’t think why …

Oh YES that’s RIGHT, I used them all to make yarn pegs.

I was trying to make a colour combination, just for the sake of feeling vaguely crafty, and TTB came in and took over. That boy.

So instead of going “WAAAH leave my pegs alone you pesky boy!” we made it into a colour matching game.

He lost interest after that and I was able to put them away, I’m sure if I’d gone WAAAAH he would have been interested for a lot longer!

Ah here are some photos from my dSLR. I’m always proud when I get ones that have worked. These are from one of our walks in the woods.

And look! I was really pleased with this photo. You can tell from the tautness of the reins how much he wants to go into the water. Not going to happen!

I like to photograph little things as well, like buying new chalks for the yard. I went for giant chalks this year in the hope that he wouldn’t snap them. Well he can’t snap them but they do break if you drop them on the floor, but never mind. They’re fun and have been well used already.

And you might think, who takes photos of their shoes?! I was given these for Christmas in 2013 by my Grandma, but as my existing pair were still in good working order I kept these in the box. And now, I feel all fancy for having new shoes! I love the colour of them.


Another moment captured: making pizza dough for our evening meal. (Do you call it tea or dinner? I always used to call it tea but seem to have switched to calling it dinner since meeting Andy. And everyone up here in North Yorkshire seems to call it tea!)

Here’s TTB doing a spot of washing up. I wish they did toddler sized rubber gloves! I had to give him just warm rather than hot water and so had to re-wash most of the things anyway but he played in the sink for nearly an hour. What a great activity. It’ll be good when the weather is warmer and he can do water play in the yard again.


Later the same day: waiting at the station to meet Auntie Rachie (that’s my sister Rachel of course.) Dinosaur in hand. “Can you say ‘diplodocus’?” “Diplocus!”

Auntie Rachie is a brilliant auntie, and very good at blowing bubbles as well.

We went for a walk each evening, this one was beautiful. Have I told you how much I love trees?

Rachel wore TTG in the moby wrap one evening.

On Thursday we went to Leeds. Something you should know about TTB is that he loves cars. Thinks that they’re wonderful and can tell you the make of every car we see. We walk along and he’s going “It’s a Ford! That’s a Citroen! There’s a Peugeot! It’s a Nissan! It’s a Fiat! Think it’s a Land Rover! It’s a Hyundai driving along the road! It’s an Audi, got rings on the front!” and he often asks if he can touch them, but you can’t really go about touching other people’s cars. When he saw the food vans at Trinity Kitchen in Leeds, he was so excited. He asked several times throughout his meal whether he could go and see them again and when we did, he asked if he could touch it. If you want to, I told him. He was so happy! And rather awed by being able to touch the van. What a lovely boy.

He was a bit overwhelmed by the size of Leeds and how busy it was. I felt a bit bad for him really, he’s used to our small town and not that amount of people. He did enjoy being right at the top of the Trinity Centre and looking down over the rest of it. It made a good photo to play with the Rhonna Farrer app, too.

There. Lots of photos. It makes me happy. So happy.