Thursday, 10 October 2013

Autumn Adventures

I feel like I really haven't used my National Trust membership enough this year, which is a shame. I guess 4 or 5 years ago I would have laughed if I was told I'd enjoy things like that in the not so distant future - but there you go, it's a part of growing up. Add to that Small's  desire for adventure - so we headed off to Charlcote Park. It's one of my favorites, and has day as it 's not too far away.

Although it might not look like it, it was a lovely Autumn afternoon. I think if I had to pick, it's my favorite season. I love the colours of the trees, wrapping up in scarfs and Samhain. It's a nice time to reflect on all the wonderful things that have happened this year now that it is approaching it's end.

As I discovered, there are many benefits to National Trust in the Autumn - the best one being windfall apples. We found a huge display of lovely cooking apples to take home for a donation. We also went on a 'Deer Safari' - which involved a tractor trailer ride around the park to see all the animals. Small didn't want it to end!

After a nice walk, playing with conkers & pinecones and gawping at sheep (not to meantion some awesome finds in the second hand bookshop) we popped into  Charlcote Plants & Flowers.

We've been to Charlcote loads of times before, but never realised the little garden center at the entrance sold fruit and vegetables - but I'm glad I took a look. They had so much amazing produce and it's all either grown on site or as local as possible.

I left with a small haul including local cauliflower and kale for Small's Lentil & Veggie Bake tonight.


  1. oh she is so adorable! I think this is the first time I have commented, but I have been reading for some time. I was so pleased you showed the photo of the pumpkins, I bought a funny little squash from our organic market stall and now I know what it's called! It's as hard as a canon ball, so I'm thinking to maybe cook it in the slo cooker!
    I love it that you are raising your beautiful baby as vegan, I wish I had been vegan and had the resources to do the same when my son was tiny.

    1. Hi , thanks for your comment :) really glad my photos helped!