It has been a glorious Autumn so far. Mild and sunny, with the most glorious colours in the leaves. We have been making the most of the great weather with lots of outdoor adventures and fun, before the winter hibernation draws us inwards.
We followed our wonderful holiday to Dorset up with a spot of youth hostelling, just two days later. It was originally booked to coincide with a Not Back to School picnic at Carding Mill Valley. Unfortunately, a rare day of bad weather meant that this got cancelled. Instead, we headed to the Coalport YHA in Ironbridge, as the kids were so looking forward to the trip away.
We spent a lovely day in Enginuity with the Kelly and Hupfield crew, making and testing bunnycopters, solving puzzles and exploring the interactive science museum
In the youth hostel, the games room proved a hit, especially giant Jenga The boys made it their mission to play every game there!
The following day we headed to the tar tunnel, then Coalport China Museum. The little ones did a spotting quiz, whilst the big three did a code cracking quiz, requiring them to find the answers to questions about chins production. The girls had fun painting plates, and everyone loved the children’s gallery.
Afterwards, a drive home for gymnastics!
The following day we were all worn out, so just headed to Oak Park for swimming. We did some cooking, and lavished some attention on poor Enderdragon, who had been ill for a few weeks despite vet treatment and TLC.
A meet up with lots of lovely friends at Come Into Play soft play followed.
Finally, that busy, busy week, a crazy day of paddling, playing, sand castles, crazy golf and ice lollies followed at Bosworth Water with the Kelly and Hupfield gangs
The weekend was bitter sweet. We rescued two lovely white ladies, Primrose and Sophie, who would otherwise have been slaughtered. As we returned home with them, we sadly found Enderdragon had passed away.
We had a lovely trip to the cinema to see Inside Out, which we all really enjoyed.
We spent a fun day in Shrewsbury with the lovely Hupfields the following day too. We got the park and ride bus into the city centre, and visited the Lego exhibition. We admired the Lego models of famous buildings, and enjoyed playing with the Lego in the gallery, and designing and testing our own cars. We also enjoyed the rest of the museum, where Amber, Alfie and Caleb completed the Lego minifigure quiz sheet, and we explored the dinosaur bones, medieval artefacts and other treasures. We also walked across town and explored the castle.
We had lots of fun baking and crafting the next day, before gymnastics, including making Grandad a birthday card.
The next day, in brilliant sunshine, we spent the day on a HE trip to West Midlands safari park. We had an amazing time with the animals, and on the rides and exploring the animatronic dinosaurs.
We spent the next day with Nanny and Grandad, celebrating his birthday, complete with three birthday cakes (one made by each child!) and chip shop chips for lunch
The following day was Wolseley HE Explorers, with lots of wonderful friends, making an amazing barefoot walk (all designed and made by the kids) and fab leaf pictures. The imagination and creativity of these kids never ceases to amaze me!
The next day we met Uncle Steve, Aunty Andy and cousin Toby for a fun play and cycle ride around the very large lake at Emberton Country Park.
The next day, Sunday, was another cinema trip, this time to watch Hotel Transylvania 2.
We attended the Walsall HE group on the Monday, where we learnt about different types of gemstones, and made our own bracelets out of real quartz. The children were very proud! We had a coffee with Nanny and Grandad before too
The next day, we met the Jones-Thomas crew for ice skating, then spent time with play dough before gymnastics.
The following day was a Halloween crafts day. Alfie made a crdboard Minecraft pumpkin, a paper plate pumpkin and Hama bead Minecraft pumpkin and Boo. Poppy made lots of ghost bats, and Hama bead spooky creations. Amber made a paper plate pumpkin, Hama bead pumpkin and painted some paper orange for another project.
We also met the lovely Bex and Violet for swimming at Oak Park.
The next day, we had fun at Forge Mill farm with the Kelly clan
We had an amazing Unschooling meet the following day The kids had an amazing time with the Hupfield and Jones-Thomas crews running wild and collecting hundreds of conkers at Attingham Park National Trust.
The next day, Amber and I went to the Big Hoot farewell at Millennium Point, where we got a last look at the large owls before they were auctioned off for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. We also had a yummy vegan lunch at the Warehouse Cafe. Poppy had fun playing at home with her best friend Cadi.
The next day, we met Charlotte, Mark, Katie Rose and Bella the dog at Rosliston Forestry Centre for a day of walking, playing, tree climbing, herb smelling and adventures
We headed to Peak Wildlife park with the Kelly and Hupfield crews the next day, where we got to see the penguins being fed, stroke a wallaby, admire the baby goats and play on the bouncy castle.
The next day was a trip to the library, lunch with Granny and Grandpa at Taybarns, then gymnastics.
The following day, a meet up with HE friends in Victoria Park, Stafford.
Amber accompanied me to look after Nanny the next day, whilst Grandad popped to Matt’s flat in London. She enjoyed playing with my old Lego – and having chips for lunch! She also chatted to my friend Sally, who popped in for coffee, about Minecraft.
The next day was a fun unschooling meet of cycling, play and sand at Beacon Park with lovely HE friends
Then, a trip to Dudley Museum to see the My Little Pony exhibition. The dinosaurs and fossils also went down well – as did the buffet lunch at the Venue
We had a lovely dog walk at Chasewater with the Kentish clan, plus Sherlock and Watson. The kids had great fun Back home, gardening and a Sunday roast (vegan of course!)
A lovely visit to the donkey sanctuary with HE friends yesterday. The children enjoyed grooming Alvis the donkey, but Molly and Bobby the dogs were the real hit! Afterwards, cycling and playing in Sutton Park
Today, making pizza, ice skating with the Howells and Jones-Thomas crews (including making snowmen!), then gymnastics
Other activities have included, lots of drawing and knitting by Poppy, a Back to the Future obsession with Alfie, lots of craft, cooking, chicken care and reading. We love unschooling