Written by H and I. (note – she did type ‘conkers’ several times below, we’ve been working on exclamation marks)

On asking H what comes to mind, when thinking of Autumn time
She replied “conkers!”, but I thought that was bonkers.
“What else?” I asked but already she’s cross. She likes to remind me who is boss.
“leaves” she says “coloured gold and brown, we saw some of those when we walked into town”
“stones” she offers, (and I dare not say, that stones can be found almost every day)
I offer pine cones but am firmly told, that it’s not very good and that I am old.
“conkers then! CONKERS! conkers!!” “Conkers, mummy, CONKERS”
She cries. So sad. It makes me feel bad.

I think a break is in order.

autumn treats

We revisit Autumn time while in the bath, I try to make her laugh
“remember when we walked home from the park, it was starting to get really dark
it was empty – there was no-one, the squirrels had gone”
(it’s worth also saying we, have an albino squirrel; a local celebrity
in our park, a character we’ve never seen, we watch out in case but it isn’t to be.)
Anyway, our squirrels don’t hibernate, they stay in their dens and wait
I’d quite like to hibernate for a while, so sit gazing into the distance and smile.

I think another break is in order.

“Mummy! I have lots of Autumn things I need to say!” says H as she’s waking up at the end of the day
So I take pen and paper and make some notes, and this is what wins H’s votes :
“kicking some leaves around the park, lighter mornings but night-time is dark
warmer coats and days when it rains but we still go out and play some games
breathing out of my mouth and seeing some smoke in the air, is really quite funny when you see it there
I want you to knit me a new hat, so my head stays warm as I’d really like that”
For me it’s going to the park, practising cycling before it gets dark
Lipbalm and cream, snot and hankies, playing out late and watching H get cranky.

Yep, Autumn is here. Next stop, winter. Ho Ho Ho.

This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 November challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Woburn Forest’.

My favourite tip of Emma’s is 2.Play outside – Despite the drop in temperature, it’s great to wrap up warm and get outside in the fresh air. The sound of the leaves crunching as you stroll through the park or play in the garden is bound to get you and your children inspired, so why not head outside for a brisk autumn stroll before setting to work on your poetic masterpiece?