Once again, life has been hectic and since the start of August, I feel like we have been in somewhat of a whirlwind of new beginnings, holidays, illness and general work-life balance/ imbalance! There was so many lovely weekends in August that I intended to write about including Darnaby’s Space Race at the Chickenshed Theatre and the Great British Tennis weekend. But August was when Archie started at pre-school and it wasn’t easy for him or us. We knew that it would be hard as he had spent all of his last 3.5 years with one of us and there were plenty of tears and upset, worries and anxieties, but he has finally settled there and is happy. But it has taken a good few weeks to get to this stage.
We had a lovely week away in Cromer, Norfolk towards the end of August shortly followed by a week in the Lake District for Granny’s belated 60th birthday celebrations.
Both of which I hope to write about at some point, as the place we stayed in the Lake District was so lovely we have booked to go back again for little sister’s 30th birthday celebrations in May next year.
Archie and I spent a lovely day together at ZSL Whipsnade on one of my days off and I thoroughly enjoyed a Mummy and Archie day. We had such a nice time. If you go check out the new butterfly house, it’s amazing!
We had a good old boogie at Monski Mouse’s baby disco dancehall last Sunday which was the last one for this season but she is back in May and I urge you to go if you can as it was so much fun and a great atmosphere in a beautiful spacious Spiegeltent at London Wonderground!
Here’s our top 10 of what we have planned for Autumn, throughout October and November:
1. School visits
Archie is due to start school next September and this is the time of year when eagerly nervous parents make visits to local schools before applications are due on the 15th January 2016. I have been to visit one so far and came away disheartened to hear that the furthest distance they accepted in the last two years was 0.3 of a mile. What a nerve-wracking time, but what will be will be. We have a number of visits in October and more in November. By then I would like to think we would be able to fill in the form with our 6 choices and forget about it till mid-Jan and in the meantime get ready to enjoy the build up to Christmas and a certain little man’s 4th birthday party.
2. Catching-up with friends before the madness of Christmas descends.
Speaking of the ‘C’ word, I have made a pact with myself to try and see as many friends as much as possible before December descends, even if it means a quick trip to the park first thing on a Saturday morning or a spontaneous invite round for a cuppa. I always think I am relatively organised but time seems to be taken up so quickly with relatively insignificant errands. However, on the flip-side the weeks are so busy that sometimes I want to schedule nothing into the weekends as by the time Monday morning comes along I feel like I need a weekend to recover!
3. Re-launch of Enfield Market
Our local historic market has re-launched as of yesterday and has a weekend full event line-up. Hopefully we will manage to attend something over the course of the weekend. There is a new layout, with new stalls as well as a food court with an array of mouth watering hot food traders. Perfect! Just what our wonderful little town market needed! All in perfect time to celebrate British Food Fortnight. Today they have Forty Hall Farm attending to demonstrate apple pressing and tasting and tomorrow a music ‘feastival’ where it will be a day of bands, dancers and the local radio broadcasting live. If you live locally make sure you try and go and support the new look market this weekend!
4. Birthday parties
Within the first few weeks of pre-school Archie had brought home two party invitations! This weekend is one of them and the other is mid-October. I am looking forward to them as much as Archie is as it will give me a chance to see how Archie interacts with the children from pre-school that he spends three days a week with as well as getting to know the parents! I must admit it was an odd concept to RSVP to a child’s party whom I have never met or even know what they or their parents look like! Apparently, so I have been informed from friends with older children, this is normal. Finding presents for children that you don’t know on the other hand is quite tricky! We also have my birthday mid-November and my niece at the end of November, it’s all go!
5. Bloomsbury Festival
Bloomsbury Festival is a charity established in 2006 which celebrates an explosion of performance, arts, music and heritage events in the neighbouring streets, parks, museums, galleries and public and private buildings of one of London’s most cultural quarters. There is plenty on over the 4 days from the 22nd – 25th October. the brochure is here. They have chosen ‘light’ as the theme this year to celebrate the International Year of Light 2015. There are a few things that I hope to be able to go to.
6. Oakwood Park Family Wildlife Club
We are looking forward to partaking in the next event, Autumn is Awesome, run by Wild Capital and the one in November, Wild Winter Crafts. Anything outdoors makes for a happy Archie and happy Mummy! Whilst we are there I am sure we will manage to kick about in fallen autumn leaves and gather the odd conker or two!
This year I would like to try and do a few craft activities with Archie for Halloween, maybe bake some ghoulish cupcakes. I am sure Pinterest will help me out with ideas!
Our local fireworks display has been cancelled this year but there are plenty others to choose from. In the past we haven’t taken Archie because of the noise but I think that this year he will understand and enjoy them so hopefully we will find a small, family-friendly fireworks display to go to.
10. Start getting excited about Christmas!
Not too early, but towards the end of November, once my birthday has passed! On the 29th November Enfield Town Market are hosting a Frost Fair combined with the Parade of Lights event which will celebrate the turning on of the Christmas Lights followed by carols, lighting of the Christmas tree and fireworks! What better way to end Autumn and celebrate the start of Winter!