Welcome to a new little indulgence of mine here on my little corner of the internet. You may have noticed that Sundays have become all about our family life. The things I’ve read on the first Sunday of the month, the adventures we’ve been on the next, the things I’m loving to follow that and then I’ll be finishing the month with what the Bears have been up to. In short, it’s the place that I keep this blog true to its original creation: the place to the little moment that make our life extraordinary. It’s these little moments that I will be looking back on when I’m old and grey!
Up today it’s looking back on October and the adventures we’ve had as a family. It’s a good place for inspiration for places to visit and things to do, as well as a chance to have a good nosy as what we’ve been up to!
October has been a good month for adventures. Helped by the fact that I absolutely love autumn and love nothing more than heading outside with our little tribe to explore. There’s something about wrapping up warm in the crisp air and beautiful colours that I just love. Luckily, my family also share this sense of autumnal adventure, so we’ve enjoyed some fabulous little adventures this October.
ZOO TIME FUN
We’ve let our zoo membership expire for the first time since before the kids arrived. We still love it, but we just don’t use it enough now that we no longer live in Chester. So, before it expired, we headed out on one last zoo adventure. The kids had such a great time looking for animals and playing in the main (newly updated) play area, that we were almost tempted to renew again. However, we’ve been going regularly for YEARS now so I think it’s time for a break. I’ve no doubt we will re-join again at some point, but it will be at a stage where the kids will fall back in love with going to the zoo for a day out again
SPLASHING IN MUDDY PUDDLES AT CHIRK CASTLE
The rains finally came this month and wow did they come in the form of Storm Callum. When it blew over though what we were left with were puddles. Lots and lots of puddles! So, what else was there to do than just take advantage?!
One of our favourite places to go to jump in muddy puddles is Chirk Castle which is a National Trust property. To be honest we very rarely go in through the pay barrier except to use the facilities as our kids love nothing more than just playing in the huge puddles that form next to the car park. Add that to den building and the opportunity to walk through the small river there, and they have the best time at absolutely no cost to us.
Our big trip this month was to see the Blackpool Illuminations. I’ve never been, and Alex hadn’t been since he was little, so it was the perfect time to pack up the car and head up north for the afternoon / evening. It looked exactly like it did when we last went about 10 years ago, and it seems like nothing much has changed. We all had a wonderful time playing on the beach, scoffing down overpriced fish and chips, playing in the arcades and then of course enjoying the lights. You can read about our full trip here.
October means one big highlight for me. Pumpkins!!
We popped along to a pumpkin patch for the first time last year and had a lovely time picking our own pumpkins. However, the Bears were still a little young at that stage and it had mixed results: him falling every 5 seconds and a few meltdowns from her. Despite this though we decided to try again this year, as for some reason the Bear has REALLY fallen in love with the holiday and wanted to go along to choose her own. After filling the wheelbarrow literally to the brim with around 15 pumpkins, we managed to reduce it down to 4 (one each) to take home with us and carve.
ADVENTURES ON THE RAILWAY
Straight after pumpkin picking, we headed over to Betws-y-Coed to indulge our train obsessed boy in a little locomotive fun. What’s not to love about trains in all forms: models, toys, rides and a miniature railway. Although very small, it was a lovely way to pass a few hours and both the kids and the big kids had a great time. I did a full post on our visit here for anyone who would like a closer look.
HALLOWEEN AT ERDDIG
Finally, we enjoyed the main event: Halloween itself. Darcie for some reason had been looking forward to Halloween for months. Asking when it was coming since the summer. For that reason, we decided to go a little more “all out” this year. Decorations, mountains of sweets, costumes and plenty of carved pumpkins.
On the actual day we met up with Darcie’s best friend (and of course her mummy) and popped along to another local National Trust properly Erddig to have a look at what they were up to and we’re so glad we did! There was apple dipping, an apple trail, broomstick gymkhana and spooky stories. Needless to say, that the kids had the best time and it was a great way to spend the day.
So, there we have it. Our October. How has yours been?