Autumn!

We’ve had such a warm, bright Autumn so far.  It was a bit of a surprise the other day when everything was covered in mist.

Now I’m going to bore you with lots of autumnal photos.  I’m on Instagram but I haven’t worked out how to use it or what it is for, you see.  So here they are.

Misty morning
Misty morning

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This was at Robin Hill
This was at Robin Hill
Not all the leaves have fallen yet
Not all the leaves have fallen yet
Although the tree had
Although the tree had
We had fun trying to catch the leaves falling from these oak trees
We had fun trying to catch the leaves falling from these oak trees
The fields were covered in these spiderwebs - I assume that the spiders are now gone
The fields were covered in these spiderwebs – I assume that the spiders are now gone

The season is over

Not Autumn, the summer season in the IoW.  All the main attractions (Robin Hill, Blackgang Chine, Carisbrooke Castle, Osborne House) are now shut until Easter – although Carisbrooke Castle and Osborne House will be open at the weekends.

Last week we went to the Electric Woods, which is meant to be for Diwali but really is just an evening put on by Robin Hill to mark half term and the end of the open season.  Electric Woods is still going until 5 November but then that will finish too.

Electric Woods
Electric Woods

Hallow’een

I’m sure you know that today is Hallow’een.  Our plan for today is to carve these pumpkins:

These were £2 each at the Co Op
These were £2 each at the Co Op

I don’t know how supermarkets make a profit on pumpkins – they take up loads of space and don’t cost very much.  However, when we were in the Co Op choosing these, we bought a load of other stuff so perhaps they are a loss leader.

My son was inexplicably excited about decorating the house but his enthusiasm waned after the first four decorations were hung.  He suggested that I might like to continue decorating the house in a spooky fashion while he watched James Bond Moonraker with Daddy and Grandad.  Ha ha!  No chance.

Decorating!
Decorating!

Teach Your Monster To Read

Sorry I’ve been away for so long.  It’s been half term and I’ve been hanging out with the lovely friends.  And my children, of course.

The problem with being away for a while is that you sort of lose the ability to get your point across succinctly.  It will come back, I’m sure.

What else have I been doing?  Oh yes, practising reading with my son.  He’s had half a term of school now so it really is time.  We’ve been going through the Ladybird Read It Yourself books and I’ve now also bought these.

Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds
Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds

I only came across them on a Mumsnet thread about phonics (which ended up being really rather vicious – I couldn’t follow it all).  They are all by Julia Donaldson, who I used to know as a child (she lived on our street and I played with her son).

The first band (the one we’re on) books are pretty easy and quick to get through and there are six bands altogether.  I really like the Ladybird books but even the first band is quite difficult.

While I’m on the subject, a friend recommended an iPad app Teach Your Monster To Read.  I’m not sure whether I have referred to this on here before but it is very good.  Particularly if your child (like mine) is addicted to the iPad.  Having said that, I think that my son is currently watching Pokemon on Netflix on his.

I’m going to stop buying sweaters now

I ordered both of these from Woolovers but I’ve sent them back.

Guernsey jumper
Guernsey jumper
Lambswool Fair Isle dress
Lambswool Fair Isle dress

The first jumper had a much smaller neckline than it had looked in the catalogue and was really rather itchy (but it was pure wool so perhaps unsurprising – I’ve been spoiled by synthetic blends).

The second was more of a long jumper than a dress but I have a very long body.  I think I need to be a bit thinner for it – although it fitted me okay, it wasn’t terribly flattering.  I caught myself doing that thing where I suck in my stomach and adjust my trousers in an attempt to make the thing I’m trying on look okay – which means it isn’t okay and needs to be sent right back.  So that’s what I did.