Are you eager to embrace autumn or wanting to draw out as much of summer as possible? I used to be in the latter camp, this time of year often has better weather than August! Seren was born in a late September heat wave 4 years ago and we got married in early October sunshine 5 years ago. But, then this September started off unseasonably cold and I’ve had my first cold of the season too leaving me feeling bleugh all of last week. So, I think I will go with embracing autumn this year but still hoping for some sunny days which we can spend outside. Here’s what’s on my ‘things to to’ list:
1 Make crumble – the perfect cold weather pudding and an easy activity for the kids to help with – Seren loves “crumbling” the topping and helping to spread it. We made it last week with the last of the blackberries from the garden using a recipe from BBC Good Food and adding some coconut to the topping too.
2 Get outside – we tend to go outside whatever the weather to be honest (OK, maybe not torrential rain!) but I’m definitely going to make the most of park trips and running around the garden before it starts getting icy.
3 Plant bulbs – now is the time to plant daffodils, crocus and hyacinths to brighten up spring (we get very excited when they start to emerge in March). Tulips can be planted later, in November. There is a really good guide to planting spring bulbs on the RHS Gardening site. My top tip is – if you are planting in pots – make sure the pot is covered with netting as squirrels love to forage for bulbs to eat!
4 Collect treasure – Seren loves to pick up pinecones, sticks and feathers (ugh) any time of the year but autumn offers so much more treasure to collect! I’ve been remembering to take a little bag with us that she can use to keep it all in (or else I find weeks old feathers and leaves in my change bag or pocket).
5 Get winter wardrobe ready – for us that means digging out the hand-me-downs we have in the right size, doing a tiny bit of shopping and PUTTING AWAY THE SUMMER clothes or else Seren will be asking to wear her summer skirts and t-shirts in December. It’s really important to get Seren’s buy-in over all of this as she is really stubborn about what she will and won’t wear.
6 Try something new – September means a new start for lots of us (a throw back to school years I guess). Imogen is trying out a Tumble Tots session this week and Seren is trying a new dance class as well as starting at the school nursery in a couple of weeks.
7 Dance – we’ve started to do this in the mornings or in the ‘witching hour” (the tantrum filled time before tea or bed). It started with Seren boogie-ing around the kitchen and now Imogen gets up and joins in!
8 Track the moon – Seren is thrilled to see the moon again as the nights draw in and it’s visible before her bed time. She loves to look at it’s different shapes and how bright it is. There is even going to be a ‘supermoon’ at the end of the month.
9 Embrace term-time – if you have pre-school aged children then now is the time to head back to the parks, farms, softplay etc and enjoy the relative calmness!
10 Head to London’s Canary Wharf and catch a show at the Spiegeltent – hmmm, Canary Wharf, not an area renowned for family days out but for the 2nd year running the Spiegeltent event is returning to Canary Wharf as part of a programme to show that Canary Wharf has more to offer than just being a business district. Family events such as imaginative craft sessions, kids’ music sessions, Big Fish Little Fish raves and kids comedy events are on. We’re off to Eska’s Family Sing-a-long on Friday – a sing-a-long and improvising workshop for under 5s! For more information and to buy tickets see the Canary Wharf website.
PS – Things to Do in August