A festival of autumn


Last Sunday we visited the Earth Trust for a festival celebrating autumn, water, and all things pumpkiny. I have mentioned my love for the Earth Trust many times, including our trips to the lambing weekends here and here and to the wonderful Oxfordshire Goes Wild event.

As supporters of the Earth Trust there was no way we were missing the autumn festival! Their events are always so well planned for families, with outside activities, including crafts, storytelling and a usually some delicious local food at their Poem Tree cafe.

20141005_134451 There was a very popular mud pie kitchen…Joe was so so happy sitting in the middle of it all, with his spoons and leaves.

20141005_133957The beautiful Earth Trust chickens, surrounded by windfalls

20141005_134338Some of the pumpkins were incredibly well hidden in trees!

20141005_134650Cracking fresh walnuts with rocks! A pleasing amount of destruction, with shells going everywhere, and a tasty snack!


20141005_134113Water facts in the orchard

20141005_135005He refused to leave the mud pies

20141005_133248Gorgeous natural arrangements

20141005_132734edBaby sensory area with natural objects to explore

20141005_132204I fell in love with the classroom chairs…

20141005_135931and this, my favourite shed

A wonderful day, outdoors, celebrating the start of a new season.

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20141005_132734edA portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2014

Mia: distracted from her pumpkin hunt for a few moments by some beautifully crafted fairy wands

Joseph: sensory play in the barn at the Earth Trust

Joining in with Jodi at Practising Simplicity for the 52 portraits project. Pop over and take a look at the wonderful portraits everyone has taken this week!

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009A portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2014

Mia: takes the lead role in this house as chief active play specialist!

Joseph: so I’m not playing by the one portrait rule this week, but I really couldn’t choose! The first photo just makes me laugh…Joe is posing for the camera, but is so dishevelled/dirty/sitting on his baby walker. The second is him in his favourite place; the playhouse in the garden…he loves to sit underneath it, in the gravel and mud, and play with the plant pots and garden tools…happy for hours!

Joining in with Jodi and the other lovely bloggers at Practising Simplicity for the 52 portraits project.

Highlights from Thame Food Festival


We started the weekend with a lovely visit to nearby Thame for the annual food festival. I do love food festivals and have been know to drag family members as far afield as Abergavenny to attend them! Surprisingly though, I have never visited the Thame fest before. It was fantastic; so many different stalls, with a really wide variety of food to try or take home. One of my favourites, and Mia’s, is churros, so we started off here, whilst Andrew and Joe queued for Japanese dumplings!


Followed by a vanilla macaron that tasted just like good ice cream



Off-duty chefs!


Beautiful borlottis from Sandy Lane Farm


Jam jars of flowers decorated so many of the stalls


There’s no beating the cinnamon sugar-chocolate sauce combo


Eaten in style…pink sparkly ballet shoes and cat ears optional


Sandy Lane Farm’s magnificent looking display of veggies




The most amazing pale green squashes


Admiring the beautiful aubergines, mini pumpkins and kale


My choice of macaron, earl grey flavour


Our stylish transport to and from the festival


The front!

20140927_173451I love the taste of English apples at this time of year


Photogenic beans!

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20140922_125157A portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2014

Mia: has perfect eyesight, but trying frames on is always fun!

Joseph: has a similar attitude to packaging

Joining in with Jodi and the other lovely bloggers at Practising Simplicity for the 52 portraits project.