Our Autumn Bucket List

We've had an up and down summer, with Lara (and me!) finding the crowds in all our usual haunts over the summer holidays very difficult.  But now we have the place to ourselves again, relatively, we are already out and about making the most of beaches, forests, woods, splash parks, theme parks and picnicking like crazy.  Bring on autumn!

We've got big plans for the season to come and, whilst I'm still hoping for an Indian summer, embracing cooler evenings and mornings, and a preponderance of crane flies, is good fun too.  Of course, before we know it we'll all be putting up our Christmas lights, but we're all about making the most of the coming weeks in all their crisp, multi-coloured glory.  Life with kids should be fun as much as possible of course, and it's all about creating traditions and making memories for us.  I hope our girls will look back on their childhood as being full of fun, with a hefty dose of whimsy and magic.

Here, in no particular order, are our plans for this autumn:

1. Pick plums and apples.

2. Make a carrot cake.

3. Watch this tree and take photos regularly to see how it changes over the season.

4. Lots of autumnal arts, crafts and colouring.

5. Visit Furzey Gardens to see how the fairies are preparing for winter!

6. Play in the leaves.

7. Learn about the history behind Guy Fawkes Night and celebrate the day (we don't do Hallowe'en, so this is our big autumnal festival).

8. Have a BBQ on the beach.

9. Do leaf rubbings.

10. Go to the woods at dusk to spot badgers, bats and foxes.

11. Visit Slindon's pumpkin display.

12. Jump in muddy puddles.

13. Eat toffee apples.

14. Attend harvest festival at church.

15. Celebrate things we are grateful for at Thanksgiving.

16. Make a learning tree.

17. Bake cookies.

18. Start going to the library regularly.

19. Plant spring bulbs.

20. Have an autumn photo shoot.

21. Visit the new LEGO store in Leicester Square

22. Listen to Vivaldi's Four Seasons: Autumn

23. Visit Bekonscot Model Village.

24. Visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

25. Drink hot chocolate with cream, marshmallows, flakes etc!

26. Drive along the Rhinefield Ornamental Drive at Brockenhurst and picnic in Blackwater Arboretum.

27. Walk at least 10 more miles of the South Downs Way.

28. Visit the Ashdown Forest and play Pooh sticks.

29. Go to Ramster Gardens to see the autumnal colours.

30. See the fireworks display at LEGOLAND Windsor.

What's on your autumn bucket list this year?

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