Hi all! I haven’t blogged in so long. You can pretty much garentee when I take a break from this my mental health is maybe having a bit of a wobble. If I’m not in the right mind set I just can’t find anything worth sharing, which is silly really as this is a platform that actually really helps me see the beauty in all things motherhood (which as beautiful as it is is so hard a lot of the time too). I really need to learn to channel that and embrace it and use this space for healing and reflection, rather than closing it off at tougher times. But I’l work on that.
Any way, Autumn is here guys! my absolute favourite time of year. I love it. Well, honestly I’m a sucker for any changing season, I find it such an inspiring, optimistic time. I love digging out the different clothes and embracing a new series of traditions. So. Autumn. Fruit picking is something I LOVE with each season, nothing like strawberries in summer, blackberries come September. And I’m already so excited to visit Sopley next week to pick our pumpkins from a real pumpkin patch (an American tradition I just can’t get enough of). So when I saw on facebook that Killerton house were hosting an apple picking festival I knew we had to go. We had no idea what to expect but we headed out and I can honestly say it was my favourtie event I think we’ve done. It was the best! So geared to that toddling age group and just the empitome of Autumn. I couldn’t get enough of it. Some photos!
The whole event was set in an apple orchard in the grounds of Killerton house. They provided buckets and wheel barrows for the kids to collect all the apples, it was just idyllic. We often struggle at events like this as they often seem to skip that toddler age bracket but this was completely different, it was so friendly and really grasped Elins imagination. If the kids are happy you can garentee a good day for the grown ups too, and in this case they served cider cocktails so you absolutely couldn’t go wrong.The toffee apples may have been a big factor to sell this event to Elin, actually.Sometimes it takes stepping back to see how much your kids are changing. ‘Two’ hasn’t been terrible for Elin but it has absolutely been a massive learning curve for us both. I shouldn’t complain as she is very gentle, despite being a total pain, but like anything it has its challenges. This day we really saw how much Elin has grown and how we are leaving some of the frustrations that have plagued her behind. She waited so patiently in the queues for the tractors and was genuinely delightful to have with us, really engaging with each activity. Sometimes days out like this we get one quick cute photo (which obviously you share on social media) when the reality of the day was tears and tantrums and mummy loosing her shit. That one photo may have been the one second we plastered a fake smile and pretended we were having the time of our life. But actually this day we really did enjoy each other and were the proud owners of happy kids. Horay!
Favourite photo of the moment!This face paint though! Elin asked for hers done and we both knew how it would end up, we’d queue, she’d get to the front, the lady would dare to touch her and Elin would declare she was finished. We tried to talk her out of queuing but she was adamant so we just went with it. You wouldn’t think it but Elin can be quite an anxious child and her stranger danger has been through the roof at times and she loves her personal space more than anything. So for her to happily sit there and have her face painted by a total stranger is HUGE. and it made my mumma heart swell with pride. She declared she is a princess now and I am permanently melted. How the hell does face paint have the ability to do that to a mum? What is wrong with me!And then if the day couldn’t get any better you are able to press your own apples to make apple juice! It was so exciting for me let alone a two year old. As parents we like to give Elin an understanding of where food comes from and shes always actively part of preparing and cooking meals (whether I like it or not) so anything that gives us an opportunity to show her that is really lovely. And you can see just how proud she was of herself too! It was just lovely.Thank you so much Killerton! You created a space so fun and engaging and really celebrated the apple for all that its worth and you’ll be the first thing in next years diary as we couldn’t get enough of you. You also made a toddlers day so for that I am grateful!
Have a great week everyone.