Sunshine, acorns and the enormous onion.

8 Oct

I can’t think of a better way to spend a lovely sunny day than walking through the countryside. So this weekend, after a hearty sunday roast we pulled on our wellies and grabbed some buckets for the journey. Experience has taught me that you either take a bucket or come home with a pocket full of pine cones, leaves and feathers! As we were at Grandad’s house this meant we could take our pick of country walks as there are so many that lead straight from his farm. It’s so nice to completely get away from any cars. The added bonus of being at Grandad’s house is being able to take his dog with us on our walk. Lily would desperately love a dog but for the time being she will just have to put up with borrowing one.


I love how the simple things in life still make my children happy. Seeing a cow or a sheep will have them running to get a closer look and a chat with some random animal and they get so much enjoyment looking for acorns and chestnuts or collecting interesting leaves.  I’ve always hated days out at expensive theme parks for just this reason, children are capable of making their own fun by just using their imaginations and I do believe this should be encouraged more in our busy lives.


free-range children

walking-collage-2We enjoyed climbing over gates, sploshing through mud and collecting lots of autumn goodies. We came across spiders nests, trees that were oozing some kind of resin (Thomas wanted to stick his fingers in this), toadstools and mushrooms and prize-winning Pedigree South Devon cattle. As cow’s go I think they are pretty gorgeous don’t you?


We collected lots of treasure on the way. Now, I wonder what we can make from this?


Now on a random note, just look at the size of this onion that Grandad grew!!




4 Responses to “Sunshine, acorns and the enormous onion.”

  1. Hayley @hayleyfromhome October 14, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    That is a massive onion! We always seem to end up collecting bits and bobs on our walks, especially at this time of the year. I agree with you too, children can make their own fun wherever they are and it looks like a nice walk for them.

    Over from Country Kids

    • greenmumsblog October 15, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

      It is pretty huge isn’t it! His vegie plot is on what used to be a grazing field for cows so I think it is well and truly fertilized!

  2. Coombe Mill (Fiona) (@coombemill) October 14, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    What a beautiful scenic walk, perfect for collecting autumnal treasures. Such lovely happy photos of your family enjoying their stroll and spending family quality time together. Well done to Grandad for growing such an impressive onion, I’m sure he could enter that in a County Fayre. Thanks for linking up and sharing your outdoor fun with Country Kids.


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