Dear mummy, we’ve had a hectic week and have been enjoying the last of the summer sun.
We’ve visited The Vyne (National Trust) a couple of times and played in their walled garden with the tractors and garden toys.
We’ve been to The Vyne many times before and every time we visit we find something else to occupy our days with. Walking around looking at all the different shaped leaves looking for apples and pears in the orchard was great fun. Autumn is filled with so much colour and it was easy to spot the red apples against the bright blue sky. We’ve been in every season but Autumn has to be our favourite time of year.
We hunted for conkers and collected them on our picnic blanket, along with some colourful autumn leaves. My mummy calls them ‘fire leaves’ as they look like they have been burnt. She also picked up some really spiky horse-chestnut shells which house the conkers to show me where they come from and what they look like when they fall from the trees.
We had fun making ‘Conker Monsters’ out of the ones we collected and my mummy spent some time piercing their shells with a hot metal skewer which she heated up with a lighter and matches. The are actually easier to make a hole in than you think – it’s the threading which is tricky!!
Once they all had holes in them, we used some foil parcel-wrapping string to feed it through the hole and make our conker monsters. We found that normal string didn’t work and kept bending half way through! We gave our conker monsters a green fluffy head and googly eyes. I’ve had real fun chasing people around with him…even scaring the cat!
While we were at The Vyne over the weekend we also found some pumpkins in the gardens and I told mummy that someday these would be big enough to be transformed into Cinderella’s carriage! For the time being though they are the perfect size to carve ready for Halloween.
The Dahlias were out in full glory and their pretty petals filled the edges of the walled garden with a beautiful spectrum of colour. We even managed to purchase a bunch to take with us.
That wasn’t all of the autumn colour applied to our lives last week. My mummy got a new car to chauffeur me around. It’s called a Suzuki Vitara and is perfect for our little family. I love the Autumnal gold colour and over the next couple of months we’ll be putting it through its paces and testing it out. The Houndmills AutoPlaza team at Suzuki City, Basingstoke were very helpful and kind. Watch this space for a comprehensive review and we’ll let you know what we think. It reminds me of a giant shiny conker!
Its been a great couple of weeks and I’ve had some great outdoor fun! It’s amazing how bright sunny days filled with friends and family and beautiful colours can really cheer you up.
Love Bella x