There’s something a bit magical about Autumn in the woods isn’t there?
The crunchy leaves, the natural warm colours of the season, that slight nip in the air.
I love standing beneath the trees as the beautiful crisp leaves fall down all around you, and it’s so lovely wrapping up all snug and warm in cosy knits and big chunky jumpers and getting to rediscover your inner child by kicking up some leaves and dancing in muddy puddles.
Our local woods are really enchanting. Hidden amongst some of the trees, you find these quirky faces that have been etched into old tree stumps.
There is something a little bit eery about them, but they’re so beautiful. They look like they belong in a storybook and they wouldn’t look amiss in a Godswood if you’re a Game Of Thrones fan.
The local residents (aka the squirrels) are super friendly too. As soon as your feet pass the gate into the woods they’re upon you, checking out if you have any food.
As cute as they are, we always air a bit of caution and never let Evie touch them. Although that’s pretty hard to do because some of them stalk you and chase you up and down the pathways. One even ran up my leg once and clutched onto me, which was pretty terrifying at the time. I’m a woose.
We’re planning on doing some leaf crafts this week to tie in with the autumn themed reading and autumn crafts that we’ve been doing with Evie. A quick pitstop to our local woods has been on the cards for a while.
But no trip to the woods would be complete without foraging, puddle jumping, visiting the ducks, picnics (in Autumn it just has to be a pasty)…
…and leaf throwing.
I really need to learn the settings on my camera to capture this properly. I’d love it if there pictures weren’t so blurry. Do you have any tips for this?
My sister and her new, beautiful little baby came to the woods with us today and all of us (bar the baby of course) joined in with the leaf throwing. It was such a giggle.
At one point my sister snuck up on Jamie and absolutely covered him in leaves much to Evie’s amusement.
We came with the intention that Evie would have a good run about, but apart from leaf throwing, she was obsessed with helping my sister Hayley push the baby. She got so cross every time we tried to get her to join in with leaf collecting (what we came for) or anything else.
Even when we stopped off for a tea break she insisted on holding onto the pram to make sure the baby was ok.
How cute is little Amelia? She’s so small and squishy! It’s so crazy how fast they grow. It doesn’t seem like yesterday that Evie was like this.
The woods is always a great trip out isn’t it? One big bag full of leaves and a tired toddler later, we decided it was time to head home despite being so sad to have to leave.
It was so peaceful in the woods today and we could have walked about for hours. But I’m so glad we got to share our mini adventure out with my sister. We can’t wait till Amelia is old enough to don some wellies and join in with Evie stomping about in the puddles.
Do you have a local woods that you visit often? Have you got any leaf craft suggestions? What’s your favourite season in the woods?