Sunday, October 26, 2008

Tea & Leaves

I adore autumn and especially love October! Halloween goodies in the shops, talk of Christmas, cosy evenings in and let's not forget the food - pumpkin pie, soup, tea and toast (exceptionally more enjoyable on a dark, winter evening), everything is more spicier and rich and full of comfort! Just love, love, love this time of year!

Al and I delighted in taking Coby for a good old kick around in the leaves on Saturday afternoon. We drove about 3 miles south of Hitchin through the picturesque villages of Gosmore, Preston and St Paul's Walden. We took a stroll in Hitch Wood and although we didn't see anything as exciting as free roaming deer, bats, stoat, foxes, mink and hare, these are among the local wildlife in the area. We did find some mushrooms, a huge tree that had been uprooted and many beautiful leaves that we managed to identify with our swatch book from the Woodland Trust. There always seems to be a polite code of ethics when strolling in the woods, cyclists, dog walkers, couples out for a romantic walk, everyone we passed nodded a greeting our way.

After some fresh air, we drove up to Whitehall Farm and Emily's Tea Room. The farm has an eclectic mix of old and new with rusted pieces of machinary and small wooden workshops alongside the restored barn that houses the tea room. The animals on the farm are all very old including a 15 year old owl and a pony called Merlin.

Lunch was carrot and parsnip soup while Coby opted for beans on toast. And how can a cream tea be resisted? We walked it off loitering around the farm and stables and across the field to visit the pigs. A most enjoyable, if a little muddy, afternoon!

Sunday, October 19, 2008


As his third birthday approaches, we continue to marvel at his developing personality, especially his way with words...

"Mummy what you making me?"
"I don't like fluffy"

"Hold on, just give me two minutes"

"Presents?! For me?! Oh thank you, thank you"

"I love it mummy, I really love it"

"Look at me guys"

"Is this your pen mummy? Is it your office pen?"

"I don't want to watch Mary Ploppins, I don't like it"

"Ooh its a bit scary"

"Clam it Sudsy" (from the film Alvin & the Chipmunks)

"Stop! Stop Daddy! No talking"

And the best....

"I don't like poo poo"
"Why not Coby?"
"Cause its DIRTY!!!"

Come Find Me

Coby loves jumping into bed with us most mornings and he also loves bringing his entourage too. Scoop, Dizzy and Lofty, Willa the Rabbit, Woody from Toy Story, Donald Duck and many, many more soft and cuddly companions. He's very much into making caves or tunnels at the moment too and revels in surrounding himself with as much material as possible - duvets, towels, toys, coats, everything. His favourite game though is hiding amongst the stockpile of goodies and he, very amusingly, covers himself completely except for one hand poking out with wiggling fingers to remind you he is under there, just in case you were baffled by the mound of junk emitting soft giggles.

Incy Wincy Spider

In preparation for Halloween, we've bought Coby a fabulous spider outfit. He was delighted with it and wanted to wear it immediately before weaving his web of spider yarn up the stairs...

I Want to See the Animals!

A random request by Coby, but lazing around the house last Saturday, we thought it was quite a good idea. Literally, five minutes drive from our house, the farm we like to frequent closes from the end of October to March, so we chose to squeeze in one last trip to see Chloe, Belinda, Jim, Tot and Rosie. His favourite animals are rabbits and he delights in hopping around and making strange noises, can't quite get him to eat carrots though...

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Mini Break

I was so excited on Sunday because grandad and great uncle Tony came to pick me up and take me back to Lincolnshire for a few days. Mummy let me know a few days before what was happening and I wouldn't stop going on about it. I love going to their house and playing with all my other toys there. Nanny makes lovely dinners too! Mummy picked me up on Wednesday andin the car on the way home I kept asking to go back to grandad's house.

Here is me with nanny at Costa Coffee