I like Halloween for us it is a bit of fun, I have taught my children to be respectful of others beliefs. When we go trick or treating we look for decorated houses to knock at, they never go without me and they always remember there manners.
I am still working on my mum's crochet blanket which will go on my bed eventually, I am trying to make it so that it it long enough for me to snuggle properly into it, as I am 5'8 I have a way to go yet. hopefully I will have it complete before winter properly arrives, although it is feeling like it is here now!
The pink wool, as if you couldn't guess, is for Stephanie. I am making her a new cardigan. As my niece and nephew are asleep in my room where the white wool I need next for the blanket is I decided to cast on and begin the cardigan.
As I have said before I am very lucky to live so close to London, I love to visit as there is so much to do.
This weekend my Dad, Step mum and youngest brother came to stay. They had one request to go to London. Off we head to the train station. Thanks to Southeastern group save offer it cost £47.00 for 4 adults and 2 children to go off for the day all round London and travel via the high speed train. Not bad considering with my railcard I usually pay around £22 for me and my 2 children.
We visited Buckingham palace, Trafalgar Square, Houses of Parliament, and had a trip on the London eye.
Being autumn there were lots of leaves around to enjoy; lots of leaf fights to amuse the children and passersby!
We have been on the London Eye before but the others hadn't. We went on just as it began to get dark, whereas the children and I have only been on during the day before. It looks amazing as the city gets lit up for the evening.
I am fighting a cold today, I managed to ignore it yesterday so that we could still enjoy our day out. I have given in today and just relaxed in the hope it will go away quicker. My Dad and family have just gone home, my sister and her children are not due back from her friends house until to morrow, Stephanie has gone to visit her Dad. Which leaves Dylan and me in a very uncharacteristically quiet, and very much appreciated quite house.
On the way home from work last week I saw signs saying that there was a oick your own pumpkin farm open this weekend (the one just gone). So on Sunday my sister and I headed off with our two youngest to have a nosey.
We came home with 4 lovely pumpkins; 2 orange ones for carving, a grey one and a light coloured one. I forget what the proper names are for them all. It cost £10 for all 4 of them. I'm very impressed they are HUGE.
WE had a lot of fun picking them and the farm staff couldn't have been more pleasant. One of them even lent my sister wellies for going up the field as the weather meant it was rather boggy. Everything had been thought of; there were wheelbarrows along with a helpful staff member who pushed it for us all the way to the car, a friendly lady who told us which pumpkins were available and suitable for what, the man who washed the pumpkins off and even allowed Stephanie to use his hose to wash hers by herself (making her day!). There was even a hose in the car park for us to wash our wellies before going home. It was FANTASTIC!
The lady told us it is a yearly event for their farm, we will definitely be going back next year.
I like to try and by locally where possible and if we can have fun and get mucky along the way then even better.
We came home had a hot shower each pulled on our pj's and enjoyed one of this each:
So what is happening on your allotment/ gardens this month?
I don't have a lot happening on mine I have had a poor year crop wise, I am determined to do better next year.
I am still picking cooking apples off the tree, the pears are very poor this year, I don't seem to have many at all. The pumpkins are growing well;
Just waiting for them to change colour now
We spent a lovely couple of hours at the allotment where we have made great progress. We weeded the cabbage plot, dismantled the pea/bean frame. Stephanie has taken over a part of that bed as she wants a flower garden, she planted some spring bulbs there today. I had a general tidy up under the fruit trees.
I need to find out about pruning the fruit trees this autumn as they are in desperate need, but I have no idea where to start- perhaps a trip to the library for a book may be a good starting point...
I have been extra busy these past few weeks, I have lodgers staying with us and they don't show any sign of moving on for a while yet. I am also struggling to get back into the work routine. I know know it has been 5 weeks of this term already but I don't feel like I have got the routine going yet, possibly not helped by the lodgers being here.
I did finally finish Stephanie's school cardigan I was knitting. I am now trying to get the crochet blanket of my Mum's finished ready to go into my room when I get it back!
We have celebrated Dylan's 14th birthday- time goes far too quickly. It doesn't seem that long since he was a cheeky little toddler.
The birthday boy chose his treat to be a family trip to Mcdonalds- he had nan and grandad there, 2 aunts and 4 cousins as well as me and Stephanie.
The cake felt very hot this year with all those candles!
We went to Bodiam castle today; me, Stephanie my sister and nephew. Stephanie's choice of day out as Dylan is with his Dad this weekend.
Exploring the castle
We had lots of fun jumping off of various surfaces; a new phone means much better pics and lots of fun testing out what it can do
We all had a go at rolling down the big hills too
I am hoping to get myself organised- hopefully you will see a bit more of normal service resuming soon!