October, gone in a flash although it has felt like the longest month, if that makes any sense? I’m conscious this is Tiggy’s blog and a record for her but anyone who’s followed Instagram or has been kind enough to message via there or has seen or spoken to me will know that October has been an incredibly unkind and tough month for me personally. I don’t wish to tell the world everything but suffice to say I’m incredibly lucky to have such wonderful friends and family around me at what has been a very difficult time but when you’re a mother of small children there’s very little time to stand still so keep moving we must and it’s Tiggy and her brothers who have kept me going as I have this month and of course will the next, and the next…
Tiggy is shooting up at an alarming rate and it wasn’t until I took pictures of her alongside her brothers this month that I realised how tall she was getting! The highlight of October for Tiggy has to be Halloween I think as she really seemed to enjoy dressing up and wasn’t at all phased at the devil, werewolf and zombie jumping about behind her!
I know Halloween is the end of the month but I’ll start this post there as the children (Tiggy’s brothers) have spent the whole month talking about Halloween and asking “how many sleeps” until we were at Halloween, bless them.
We normally go all out at Halloween, decorate the house, throw a party and usually put a marquee up in our garden filled with heaters (although it’s been incredibly mild weather wise here of late and I have a funny story about our marquee heaters as we ended up with 12 so the marquee is usually hotter than our house haha!) and invite friends and family but this year was a very quiet affair here as amongst other things we’re moving house and are in the process of packing everything up which is no easy task when you’ve not a spare minute to your day!
We were lucky that Halloween coincided with half term and an inset day from school for the boys on Halloween itself so we spent much of our half term week visiting places such as The Botanical Gardens (if you click on this it’ll take you to a blog post all about our time here this month) and various National Trust properties where Tiggy and her brothers had a great time carving pumpkins and collecting “Autumn treasures”.
One such day out Tiggy’s daddy had taken the day from work and came with us to Dinefwr where we enjoyed the day playing at conkers, although I do believe Tiggy’s daddy enjoyed that far more than the boys! We carved pumpkins, enjoyed a bite to eat in their coffee shop which was simply gorgeous, played in their magnificent gardens and took a tour of the impressive house where the children searched for pumpkins with each one found giving a letter to which ultimately spelt out the name of the resident ghost! All very spooky and great fun!
We spent much of our time outdoors this month jumping in crunchy leaves, playing “pooh sticks” on bridges, going for long walks and generally enjoying the fresh Autumnal air.
Tiggy’s brother Reuben took a tumble into the water near some falls on one of our walks which we caught on camera as he was jumping on rocks behind Tiggy and I as we were having our photo taken. We did tell him not to jump across the rocks as he’d slip but in true 5 year old fashion he didn’t listen but thankfully all that he hurt was his pride as he was telling his brothers that he could “easily jump across the rocks”. We also enjoyed the obligatory coffee and cake and hot chocolates full of marshmallows that these walks typically end in.
We played in our garden, possibly for the last time given the good weather and the fact that we’re moving although I’m pleased to say that we’re taking our garden play frame with us so hopefully the children here will enjoy many more hours of fun clambering all over it and Tiggy certainly has no fear and climbs and slides just as well as her brothers do, even if she nearly gives me a heart failure in the process!
You can watch a little clip of Tiggy coming down the slide by clicking on this link Giving mummy a heart failure on the slide!
We’ve fed ducks, collected leaves and enjoyed much needed family time and the company of loved ones.
**When the very lovely Kate from Two Little Peas And Me contacted us through Instagram and asked if we’d like her to make a T shirt for Tiggy it was a big yes please from us as Tiggy hadn’t really worn T shirts up to this point but as she’s getting bigger and toddling about they’re ideal with leggings (Tiggy’s in these pictures are from our faves at The White Company) and Tiggy’s T shirt is absolutely gorgeous and of wonderful quality. We’ve been asked each time she’s worn it as to where it’s from and we can’t recommend Two Little Peas And Me highly enough! Thank you Kate xoxo
We’ve watched some truly magnificent sunrises and sunsets this month too.
I’m looking forward to November as it’s Tiggy’s eldest brother Finlay’s seventh birthday for which he is most excited whereas I am questioning where on earth did the last seven years go?! So come on November let’s have you, (I say already being the 10th of November and only now posting October’s post but already November is turning out to be quite a wonderful month. If you follow Instagram you’ll see how this month has started at least).