Our Autumn Bucket List

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Happy Solstice!

What a lovely day this is. Summer has gone! At last. I know this is will be a wildly unpopular opinion but I hated this summer so much. It was quite literally like living through the Nicolas Cage film – The Knowing. I was wondering if we were all done for, if this beautiful earth of ours was about to ignite into a massive ball of fire. To be fair, the way we are treating the planet we probably deserve such a horrific end.

Autumn is the most beautiful of all the seasons. The colour changes in the trees have to be one of my favourite things of the entire year. There is a journey that we often take, a motorway surrounded by countryside. As you come down into the valley you are greeted by swathes of oranges, reds and yellows. If you’re lucky, there will be mist deep in the valley. It is quite magical. Even as a child I would try to take mental pictures every year. I’ll have to see if I can get a proper picture one day.

“Listen…
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp’d, break from the trees
And fall.”

Autumn by Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1914)

The air changes. It becomes crisp and fresh with an earthy dampness to it. Temperatures drop but the sun still shines. Sun rises and sun sets glow like the sky is on fire. Red berries burst from bushes and creatures scurry about in preparation for winter. Pumpkins grow fat, hay is baled and harvest is celebrated. I couldn’t imagine a better season. Sure, I know by the time it comes around again, spring will give autumn a run for it’s money but after a long, dry summer, autumn is a refreshing reprieve.

Personally, I long for a woolly jumper, a wonderful cup of hot chocolate, lazy afternoons in front of our new log burner with blankets and Netflix. I want to make stew again, and bake apple pie. I want to scuff my feet around in the piles of leaves and snuggle down deep into my coat against the chill air. I long to climb into bed with a thick duvet and cold sheets, to stretch my chilly feet out across the bed and warm them up on my husband. I’m looking forward to creating autumn inspired pieces in my bullet journal. October is our wedding anniversary too, so we will also be celebrating that somehow.

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A & M. Copyright of Chloe Lee Photography

As a family, we have many things planned for Zosia to experience. I am looking forward to picking our own pumpkins and taking cute pictures of her wandering around the pumpkin patch. I want her to experience walking through puddles and kicking up the leaves. I can’t wait to buy her some wellies. I want to see her amazement at all the wonderful things that autumn will bring us, the sights, the sounds, the smells, the tastes. I want to take her to her first fire works show and to create autumnal works of art with her. Being a winter baby, I hope she likes the colder seasons as much as we do. Having a child makes the seasons come alive. I cannot wait to explore autumn with Zosia, to teach her about conkers and learn about the creatures and animals.

Our top 10 Things to do this Autumn:

  • Visit a local farm
  • Make our own autumnal wreath
  • Go to a ‘Pick Your Own’ Pumpkin patch
  • Craft with fallen leaves
  • Collect Conkers
  • Make a pine cone bird feeder
  • Make apple or pumpkin pie
  • Explore a local woods or forest
  • Use the new wood burner
  • Splash in puddles and run through crunchy leaves

The best thing of all, is that autumn leads to Christmas and winter and I cannot wait for that this year! I’ve created an autumn bucket list and I hope to get as much of it done as possible. What do you like most about this time of year? How many things do you think you’ll get ticked off? Drop me a comment below.

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Thanks for reading.

Peace and Love,

Monsterful Mama

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Our Top 5 Netflix Shows

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Now I know you’re all thinking ‘Not another Netflix post!’ but hey. Since becoming a mum and a part time supply teacher (especially as it is the summer holidays too), I’ve had some time to catch up and binge on some great TV that I missed when I was working full time. So without giving away too much, I’m sharing our five favourite shows on Netflix. This list represents some of the shows that we as a couple have enjoyed the most and is in no order. Oh and this is not a sponsored post.

Our Top 5 Netflix Shows

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Gotham Series 1 to 4 – 8/10

This is a story about a teenage Batman, before he is Batman. You’ll watch as Bruce Wayne fights puberty and villains. The show is mostly centered about Jim Gordon and the GCPD which makes it more interesting to watch.  It is a great, action packed take on early Gotham and the characters of the Batman series but be warned, by season four you may want to give Bruce Wayne a slap!

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Brooklyn 99 Series 1 to 5 – 9/10

A group of cops in New York hilariously fighting crime and kicking ass. This show is a load of laughs. It’s light hearted and witty and will have you in a binge session before you know it. It is so easy to watch. The relationships between the characters is pure genius and you will love to watch them as they unfold. We have binged this show hard. We cannot wait for the next series to come out later this month.

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Stranger Things Series 1 and 2 – 10/10

Of course I had to mention this one. If you haven’t seen or heard of this series already, you must have been living under a rock.  A group of kids who play Dungeons and Dragons suddenly have their world turned upside down (pun intended) when one of their group (Will) goes missing. They spend the whole of series 1 trying to find him with the help of a girl named Eleven and a dodgy cop called Hopper. It’s all a bit trippy with flashing Christmas lights and funky eighties hair do’s but Stranger things is a great show and has definitely kept us entertained whilst we wait for GoT.

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Santa Clarita Diet – 8/10

This has got to be one of the funniest things we have watched in a while. I was totally not ready for the zombie/cannibal Drew Barrymore. As a successful realtor and mum Drew battles a hunger for human flesh on top of the usual problems women face on a daily basis. It was nice to have a different spin on the usual sci-fi undead stuff.

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Atypical – 9/10

This show is just simply about a young lad with autism as he faces life in an American high-school. To top it off, not only is he trying to cope with the social complexities of puberty and high-school but his family also seem to be falling apart around him. It is a standard coming of age story but with a difference. As a teacher and a parent, I loved this show. It gets a bit emotional towards the end so make sure you have some tissues at the ready. I am so looking forward to the second series.

So what do you think? What have been your favourite shows so far this year? We’re looking forward to a few of these coming back with another series in the coming month and I am looking forward to seeing what Halloween and Christmas films Netflix will have up soon (hopefully).

Thanks for reading.
Peace and Love

Monsterful Mama

JakiJellz

I’m taking part in the Mummy Monday linky with Becca from Becca Blogs It Out