Crisp fresh mornings, hot steaming cup of teas, fig scented candles and flickering tealights, fairy lights hung over the window, golden light peeping through the curtains, sleepy snuggly moments on the sofa, Disney films, homemade spiced apple cake, early evening pinkish sunsets after the golden glow of the late sun upon the rooftops, late night reading, snuggled under warm duvets, deep intense bebe kicks.
Slow moments at home are my favourite. Especially when the sun glows and you can feel the chill from the inside of the window panes. Autumn is my favourite time of year.



I have been spending these last few weeks soaking up all the moments with Olive before the bebe arrives. We have had plenty of playdates (for my sanity), one-on-one time and little wanders in the Autumnal sunshine.
My favourite dates with her are when it is just me and her and we are wandering with no destination or plan. Usually she suggests we "go for a coffee at the coffee shop!" and sometimes we do, and other times we just walk a different way through the churchyard in the centre and "look for squirrels". We don't see any, but we discover new things, stroke the friendly cat, collect sticks, listen to the magical church bells at midday, kick through crunchy leaves and end up choosing books to borrow at the library.
Sometimes it ends up with a "coffee date" at home at snack time. With milk, tea and slices of homemade spiced apple cake on the living room floor. Sometimes with my choice of music (Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons) but mostly Disney music playing in the background.
I will miss our little dates together but we are both looking forward to bebe cuddles now. Though I hope Olive will always be my best friend, and mine hers.


October adventures

When spontaneous trips to the local farm shop turns out to be the best mornings. The sun was shining, a slight chill in the air, perfect for a morning tea and cake date outside with friends.
We sat, chatted, sipped our hot tea whilst the littles roamed around in the barn, climbing hay bales, sharing plastic fruit dinners in between playing chase. It was such a blissful hour in that warm Autumn sunshine.

When each cake crumb had been eaten, every tea drop had been slurped we wandered behind the barns in search for the farm's friendly donkeys. Letting the littles lead the way, running (always running!), excitedly shrieking when spying tractors and then the lovely donkeys. They were so funny chatting away to the hairy mules, "come on boy!", collecting fallen tree apples and feeding them, falling about in giggles. I love watching Olive play and chat with her little best friend. They are so sweet together.
Once we had (over)fed the donkeys, said hello (and a quick goodbye) to the geese we ambled back to the farm shop to stock up on some apples. We tasted a few apples before making our purchase... and by 'we', I mean the littles! After a good ol' browse around the lovely shop, we resisted the selection of homemade cakes and organic cookies, decided on our apple choices and selection of vegetables in brown paper bags and went on our merry way.

We had the loveliest, slow morning. Countryside air, Autumn sunshine, fresh fruit and vegetables, tea and cake, making friends with donkeys. The absolute perfect combination.