Friday, September 18, 2015

Fruits of Autumn

Now that we've settled back into our crazy school routine, I can focus a little on autumn that has hit us full force. Rainy days, cool nights, leaves falling, apples ripe and ready. My favourite season, but I never seem to have enough time to properly enjoy it. 

I've been harvesting at the allotment. It's been a small harvest this year, the onions and courgettes are the only thing that did well, but it's my first year and I've learned a lot. I still need to dig up my potatoes. Only one row made it, the other row planted didn't come up at all for some unknown reason. 

We discovered a pick your own corn field near our fave petting zoo. A huge bag of corn for 20 euros, amazing. And a local field to pick free sunflowers, love free produce.

Fave new purchase, a huge griddle from a friend who was sadly leaving the country. But I think of them everytime I use it. Still can't make pancakes or French toast fast enough to feed my monsters though. 

First pumpkin of the season. Don't think mine are going to ripen at the allotment as I got them in too late. Made a lovely corn bread chorizo stuffing with it and still have some in the fridge for pumpkin bread, that I can't eat. Gluten free sucks sometimes. 

First bottle of apple juice from our trees. It was a bit sour so I added honey and made it into apple gummies for Pudding's birthday party.  

The Barnacle Geese are heading to the winter home.

Our resident hare is loving the windfall apples.

And Pudding is loving the puddle jumping. 

Pudding's birthday party.

Playing with parachutes. 

Just love the autumn light here. 

Spinning girls. 


I hope you are getting a chance to enjoy all the fruits of autumn. 

Friday, September 11, 2015


I have memory books for all the kids where I paste photos and momentos in and write entries about landmarks in their livees. I started off quite keen with Mouse, but the more kids I have, the faster time passes and the less time I have to look back and reminisce. Poor Thistle's book hasn't been updated since her last birthday. That may be one of my jobs for this weekend, besides making her a horsie cake for a little birthday party this kids want to throw for her. 

I can start getting organised here by finding some photos from the past year:

You're a funny soul, my Thistle. You are still totally inquisitive 'What's that?' is your favourite phrase whenever you hear or see something new. You get along well with all your siblings and have special relationships with each of them, but I can already see the beginning of jealousy and rivalry between you and Bump. 

You love animals especially dogs and love to pretend to be a dog. You are fearless when trying new things, but have started to be a bit shy around new people. 

You love dressing up.

We are just starting to get tantrums and hints of the Terrible Twos, but for the most part you are polite, happy and have a lovely personality. This year you've gotten walking and talking firmly under your belt. You've weaned from breastfeeding and started sleeping through much earlier than any of your siblings (thank you!!). You've had a busy year of visiting family in America and Scotland and are a pro at flying on airplanes. 

Two is the beginning of independence for you. I can't wait to see how you discover your world and your own desires. Take it easy on your old mum though, please. 

Happy birthday, Thistle.

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