After our successful Leaf Hunt on Sunday, and outdoor Leaf Art on Monday, we were feeling inspired and in the mood for a bit more Autumn Art on Tuesday morning. Monkey was unwell, but the other three drew pictures of their Autumn treasures, and then we did some leaf rubbings. I say “we” because I did it as well – and it was very satisfying and therapeutic!
The yellow, green and blue leaves in the picture above were drawn by Tiddler. In the photo collage, they rather blend in with the leaf rubbings, but I was very proud of his observational drawing skills – well, they are a good leaf shape, even if the colour is not so accurate – we did not discover any rare blue leaves!
On Tuesday afternoon, we wanted to take the three children who were well enough out for some fresh air, but Monkey needed to stay inside and rest as he was very poorly. So first of all, Tiddler and Rabbit went with Granny to pick some apples in her friend’s garden. Later on, I asked Owl to come and pick some berries with me in the woods, and Rabbit decided to come too.
We set off through the village, and as I turned to take a photograph of Rabbit I noticed that Owl had brought one of Daddy’s old phones with him so that he could take some pictures of his own. Rabbit, therefore, featured in quite a few photos, but I don’t think she minded the attention! We walked up to the green, and then across to the woods, past the allotments where we admired someone’s amazing pumpkin and squash harvest.
We had a lovely walk, and managed to pick plenty of berries. There were a lot of rosehips, and we were surprised (and pleased) to find a reasonable number of brambles too.
After being out for quite a while, we reluctantly turned back as the afternoon was almost over. It was beautiful and peaceful, and we could have stayed longer, but it was nearly supper time.
The children enjoyed squelching in the mud with their wellies, so we paused for a little while in a particularly good muddy patch. Rabbit took a turn with the phone camera, and thought it was very funny to take a picture of me taking a picture of her.
As we left the woods, we picked some haw berries and a few more brambles at the roadside, and then went back across the green. After a very quick play on the roundabout, we walked back to Granny’s house, stopping to pick some elderberries on the way.
We arrived back in time for supper, and had stewed apple and bramble for pudding. I brought the rest of the berries home with me, and made another batch of elderberry, rosehip and haw berry syrup. It was a lovely walk on a beautiful Autumn day, and it’s nice to have something to show for it too.