Getting Out and About As a Family During Autumn

Getting Out and About As a Family During Autumn

While some people morn the end of summer come September, I’m in my element,I love the change in seasons. I’m always ready for the ‘out with the old and in with the new’ no matter what time of the year it is, but Autumn is by far my favourite. It’s not that I’m not sad to see the boys go back to school, just like most parents (not all judging by my Twitter feed) those first few days where the house seems particularly empty and lifeless are always unsettling, but I soon get into the routine and the school day flies past.

For me, it’s all about that last little burst of life that nature’s going for; the berries, the fruit and let’s be honest here, our summer. Yep, this is most definitely my favourite season of all, I have an inbuilt urge to get out and about as a family during autumn. I’m not sure if it’s that Devon pretty much shuts down come the end of October so subconsciously I’m trying to pack in as much as I can before the weather takes a turn for the worse, not that it really does down here, we’re pretty dull when it comes to doing weather.

We’re very lucky to live within an hour’s drive to Dartmoor,  we pack up the kids and dog, thrown on our walking boots, pack up a picnic and take a walk across one of the tors. The scenery is simply breathtaking along with seeing the Dartmoor ponies free ranging it. No wi-fi, very little phone signal and no distractions. Bliss.

When we’re not dragging the boys along the moors (that actually sounds worse than I intended!) We’ll make the most of some of the local attractions as they’re much quieter this time of year. Or simply taking a woodland walk, blackberry picking. year after year my freezer harbours the tell take sign of a Sunday’s walk through the Byes in Sidmouth where we’ve stopped to pick the juiciest purple berries, resulting in stained fingers and minor scratches as we attempt to get the biggest which dangle just out of reach.

Then there’s the conkers!

Hours are lost as we scavenge the ground for the biggest and shiniest then head back with pockets bulging and (more) cut fingers from trying to prise open the freshly fallen ones. Why do these marvellous Autumn harvest fruits require so much physical pain? I guess that’s the challenge though, if it was easy it wouldn’t  be as much fun! There’s no actual purpose to our conker collecting mind. I’ve had a few failed attempts to show the boys how to play a game of conkers but the quest of collecting them is always more fun. (My Auntie Kaye swears by decorating her house with them to keep the spiders away but having a house full of the male species, dog included, creepy crawlies are usually a welcome sight.)

So what’s your favourite season? Do you hanker for the new buds of spring or the excitement of snow?

Getting out and about in Autumn as a family, there's so much to do to make the most of the last few months of good weather.



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  1. B giles
    10th September 2015 / 9:17 am

    Winter . Good excuse where we live to snuggle up in a cold afternoon . Log burner on and watch a Doris day movie ,
    Spring , the start of new life . (In more words than one as I’ve two grandsons born in May . ) , but I love to sit in the garden watching the new growth for the year ,
    Summer , BBQ ‘s , beautiful sunrises sun sets sound of children enjoying them selves . This season I always get my whole family together , thanks to school holidays . Late summer watching the swallows in the evening feeding like mad , before early autumn heading south for winter ,
    Autumn , I love it , I love the colours , watching the trees turning , shedding their leaves , the getting the garden ready for the months ahead . The chilly autumn morning , ,yes uch , spiders and moths . And damn wasps . , harvesting the last bit of veg . The smell of bonfires . . Most daily conversations mention what an awful weather wise summer we’ve had , but to me you look at our amazing spring we had . Hic up August . But then like today a perfect autumn day . On that note must go . I’m taking my grandson and daughters dog up to Bee r head for a walk , I promise you the Veiw will be amazing . After so many years I m still at aw e when I look around at the coastline . . So yes autumn is magic ,

  2. 15th September 2015 / 7:13 pm

    My favourite season seems to change all the time. Although I do love all of the above elements of autumn too. Plus the warm jumpers, snuggly evenings in and any excuse for a hot chocolate! Cornwall is a bit the same as Devon, everything seems to shut down. We’re also making the most as much as we can. I’d love to visit Dartmoor one day. I’ve heard (and seen in pictures) that it’s absolutely stunning and perfect for walks and picnics. I’ve even heard that a bit of mizzle doesn’t taint the lovely atmosphere and lovely views there. x #twinklytuesday

    • 15th September 2015 / 7:58 pm

      No you’re right a bit of mizzle doesn’t stop play. We love going up there to sledge as it’s one of the few places in Devon it settles.

  3. 15th September 2015 / 10:47 pm

    My favourite season used to be summer but as I’ve got older I can say, without question, that it’s spring. The newness, and the anticipation of a long summer ahead of you. Autumn makes me feel a bit sad, as everything is dying back and it’s the prelude to winter. But you’re right. There *are* conkers. And that’s something to be grateful for! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with us xx #TwinklyTuesday

    • 16th September 2015 / 9:12 pm

      I used to feel sad with that late summer feeling but I think the prospect of log burners and hot chocolates as well as Christmas and my birthday I’ve been able to reprogramme my thinking.

  4. 17th September 2015 / 9:20 pm

    I love the Autumn too and have a long list of things to get up to on our bucket list. You make a very good point about attractions being less busy 🙂 we also love conkers my little one plays with them all year round! #twinklytuesdays

    • 17th September 2015 / 9:47 pm

      I get just as excited about conker collecting sessions.

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