Well this is slightly late! I forgot to post what we had been up to in October. I’d like to say not a lot, but we actually had a mini holiday, two birthdays, two Halloween parties and a couple of walks. So here is our October Round Up.
I will start by introducing the newest member of our family.
He is a ‘razor back husk’ turtle and he lives in our fish tank with the fishies. He is about the size of Molly’s palm and is super cute!
Molly is 6! Her birthday fell on a Sunday, but unfortunately so did Oliver’s first entrance exam for senior school. So, we left Molly and Finley with their Nan while we started the process for senior school and followed it up by a nice birthday meal in Pizza Hut. For each of their birthdays, the kids are allowed to choose where to eat. And Molly is a pizza fan!
I have wanted to visit Lake Vyrnwy for a while on the suggestion from a friend. I was under the impression we could walk around it and therefore it was quite accessible. It’s sadly not, and the most walking we did was around the back of the damn, through the sculpture park and then over the bridge. Don’t get me wrong, it’s lovely to look at, but not really much of a good trek.
A mini-holiday! I booked us a small break over the weekend to Hafan Y Mor in Wales. The newly developed site has lots of activities for the kids and is so close to the beach. We were supposed to be there Friday to Monday but I got the half term dates wrong! So, we left school on Friday and made the most of Saturday and Sunday on the park. Sundays’ weather was lovely and we managed to pack in hire-karts, a beach and coastal walk, and some dancing at the disco.
On the way back from Hafan Y Mor, we stopped by Moel Siabod cafe to have a mooch around there. We had a lovely cup of tea by the open fire and walked the Plas Y Brenin route of around 2 miles. We took in the welsh mountain scenery and lost ourselves in the trees for a few hours. Peaceful and perfectly autumnal.
This weekend was all about Halloween. We were invited to 2 different parties so we donned our outfits and got hot to trot. We transformed ourselves into the Addams Family, which was a very effective look!
What do you think?!
My mother accompanied us to Hawkstone Park Follies, which is another place close to us that we never knew existed! It is a paid-for experience, around £28 for a family, but we spent all day exploring and walking and trying to find the trolls in the woods. I wouldn’t normally pay for somewhere to walk, but this is a lovely experience that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.
With Halloween nearly upon us, and half term in full swing, I took the kids to Essington Fruit Farm to pick some pumpkins. As the rainfall had been very extreme this year, it was slim pickings to find some pumpkins that had survived. But, we went early and came out victorious with a good selection to carve.