When I was a child, and I had been especially pleasant or sweet, my mother would refer to me as 'Mon Petit Chou Fleur'. I used to think that it must mean something abolsutely adorable. It turns out it actually means 'my little cauliflower'. 

Now I have two little cauliflowers of my own, who I'll refer to as Clementine and Bean. This blog hopes to capture a slice of their childhood, whilst also providing something useful for other parents.

Autumn Days

Autumn Days

With Autumn being suddenly edged out by the cold bite of winter, I thought I would share with you the highlights of my favourite season.

This year, to celebrate Halloween, Sam and I took the children to Tulley's Farm Pumpkin Spook Fest. By night, Tulley's offers a chilling Halloween experience, complete with the obligitory fake chainsaws and a lot of corn syrup, but by day they offer a pretty charming event for kids. My favourite part of the day was going around the corn maze and just taking in the autumnal beauty. I also really liked the 'hunt' element of it. Clementine was totally engrossed in trying to find all of the hidden characters in the maze, and Sam and I were really entertained by how dated all their names sounded. ('I can't find Brian!', 'Dad!- I just found Tracey AND Doris!') Other highlights included a haunted hayride and a pumpkin patch.

We took the ergobaby 360 carrier with us as a precaution, and I'm really glad we did, as most of the attractions weren't buggy-friendly. I hadn't worn Bean since suffering from a bit of back ache after flying with him on my own with loads of bags, and no pram- and really, I'd written him off as being too heavy to carry these days. I was totally proven wrong by the day at Tulley's though, and I so enjoyed snuggling with him. So much so, in fact, that I've worn him out and about a few times since and found it surprisingly comfortable despite his ten month heft!

Following on from Halloween, I tried to organise an Autumnal photoshoot with local portrait photographer, Kate Priest- unfortuantely, I got in just too late and all of the spots where we could have got both children together for photos were already taken. It's definitely something I'll be doing next year though, as her photos are just beautiful. I tried to take a few of my own in Preston Park and I think they turned out pretty well considering I was just using my camera phone and one of our left over pumpkins! The jumper is hand-knitted by Sam's 100-year-old grandmother's friend on her behalf. This friend apparently gives the money for every jumper she knits to charity, in memory of her late husband, which is rather lovely. The hat was made by an etsy seller called 'The little cloth shop', and I've had so many compliments about it. I think it makes him look like a little pixie. The leggings are Blade and Rose, and just perfect for Autumn. I'm so glad he got to have another outing in them before growing out of his 6-12 months clothes! (Big boy!) The shoes are his first and from Clarkes. They're pre-walkers, and a little more masculine than I was hoping for, but he seems to find them comfortable.

Halloween Decorating and Dining

Halloween Decorating and Dining