Thursday was the day of the teacher's strike, so we took the opportunity to go to Slimbridge in the sun. It was utterly beautiful - warm, wonderfully lit and a kind of bonus day with the little people.
Today we had the usual morning of football. The biggest boy was captain this week. The team fought really hard, but lost by a goal in the final minute. A good game though, so he's happy.
This afternoon we went to the country park. As we wandered round I had a sudden urge to start a new knitting or crochet project.
Oh how I love wool. Such a miraculous product of nature. Warm, cool, fire retardant, water repellent, absorbent, elastic. Clever, clever, clever. Nothing matches natural products. I just have to decide what to make. I shall spend a happy hour or two on Ravelry I think.
Being as it's mid-October, we headed for The Conker Place after admiring the sheep and alpacas. We go there every year. For some reason the boys have an obsessive need to collect their own body weight in conkers. Last year there weren't any. This year, plenty. Three carrier bags full are now in my kitchen. We played conkers all evening. Simple pleasures.
It's a lovely spot, overlooking the river, with beautiful views of the South Gloucestershire countryside.
As well as conkers, there were a few fungi. Some really enormous ones. I put some little feet in the shot, to give an idea of scale. The biggest ones had been knocked off of the dead tree stump they'd grown on. I don't know what type they are, unfortunately. It would be nice to know what they all are and which ones are edible.
Despite a morning of football, there's always energy for more. The biggest boy would play all day every day if he could. It's in his genes I think, his dad was apparently the same.
I spotted this growing on an apple tree on the way out. Mistletoe anyone?
We're not quite ready for that yet. Still enjoying autumn. Some of us haven't even stopped wearing shorts yet.
Have a good week all. I'll be back before you know it with more photos...