Like a lot of people it seems, autumn is my favourite season of the year. The colours, the cooler weather, the darker evenings and the smells. Much as I like to enjoy autumn from inside the house with a nice smelling candle and a mug of cocoa, I like to be out exploring too. With a growing family this is even more exciting now that I get to trample through woods and kick leaves with a little person (and with 2 little people this time next year!)
After choosing our little pumpkin (we did contemplate buying a ginormous one and putting Athena in it for chuckles!) we headed into the woods via the local village shop for some sausages rolls, pork pies and nibbles.
We’ve been sent a lovely picnic basket with some Vita Coco goodies inside so we took the opportunity to find the most secluded spot we could find for a picnic after choosing our pumpkin for this year from the amazing array in Slindon, West Sussex. When I was small we’d often go to Slindon for our pumpkin so it was lovely for me to be able to introduce my husband (who’s not local) and Athena to the joys of a locally grown pumpkin rather than picking one up from a display in a supermarket!
After a 15 minute walk (with Athena strapped to my back) we stopped to build a tepee! Okay, that’s not quite true… we actually stumbled across this one already assembled by some hard working wood dwellers (probably) so thought we’d borrow it to have our picnic next to. We ate our lunch in complete peace, completely hidden from the rest of the world in our little secluded spot. All we could hear were leave rustling in the wind and birds flitting about, it was perfect!
After we’d eaten and drunken our fill we let Athena lead the way and off she went charging through the woodland, stomping on leaves, picking up pine cones and throwing bits of flint stone around. She had a whale of a time, and if we didn’t look interested in everything she found she’d bring whatever it was right up to our faces for a proper investigation! It was the perfect autumnal Saturday.
Where is your favourite picnic spot?
You can find out more about VitaCoCo here, and thank you to them for the lovely hamper!