Welcome to my autumnal show and tell.
While gathering leaves, and enjoying the glorious recent Autumn weather, I have also been collecting various other nature items with my kids. We have found conkers, beech nuts, acorns, berries, toadstools, leaves, twigs…….
We brought home a selection (but not the toadstools) and arranged them in a bowl in our hall. I have commented on several lovely blogs recently, admiring their beautiful autumn/fall decorations in their homes.
So, in honour of that, and breaking with our tradition of NOT decorating for the seasons here in Ireland, apart from at Christmas time…….
…….here is our nature bowl
and I have placed it on our hall table, so I guess we now have a nature table – it’s just like being back at Primary School!
The kids were particularly intrigued by the conkers (and yes, he has had his face painted as a lion, in case you were wondering!)
I was never great at conkers myself, but have great memories of my brothers “secret recipes” designed to make their conkers the hardest and strongest.
However conkers as a favourite playground game is in danger of dying out all together if health and safety conscious school head teachers have their way!
I used one of my many recent group portrait photos of my kids, and found this lovely poem by Glenda Campbell.
There’s a special kind of closeness
That begins with childhood trust
and deepens as you grow.
There’s a special kind of happiness
in sharing little things,
The laughter, smiles, and quiet talks
that daily living brings.
There’s a special kind of comfort
in knowing your family’s there,
To back you up, to cheer you up
to understand and care.
Of all the treasures life may bring,
your family means the most,
And whether near or far apart,
That love will hold you close.
Coming soon – more photos and another autumn layout.
Until next time, take care.