Autumn Outdoors

Despite the distinct change in weather lately, we’ve been enjoying the great outdoors with gusto over the last week.  I really do enjoy the change in weather after the summer.  I get fed up of hiding out during the middle of the day, avoiding the high temperatures and blistering heat.  So I get excited every year when the seasons change and beautiful autumn arrives (aside from the annoying fireworks).

This week we enjoyed some time in the Isabella plantation of Richmond Park in southwest London with my lovely mum.  This is a place I have been visiting for years and love it because it is an open, green haven in the middle of a fairly built-up area.  Inside Isabella plantation the green leaves had changed to gold, red and amber shades, littering the ground and transforming the place into an autumnal paradise.

Racing into the Isabella Plantation.
Racing into the Isabella Plantation.
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Mum and Finley inspecting the autumn leaves and peaceful pond in the Isabella Plantation.
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This looks like a perfect bench for our picnic!
Fraser is captivated by the autumnal scene.
Fraser is captivated by the autumnal scene.
Lunch al fresco, under the trees.
Lunch al fresco, under the trees.
You can't beat cheese and onion sandwiches!
You can’t beat cheese and onion sandwiches!
Now that is a huge leaf!
Now that is a huge leaf!
I found a little clearing amidst some dense trees, littered with these pretty fallen blooms.
I found a little clearing amidst some dense trees, littered with these pretty fallen blooms.

We also made a little visit to a little hidden gem in southwest London called Deen City Farm, a petite farm just outside Wimbledon.  The kids got a chance to say hello to the animals whilst getting a little wet in the autumn showers.  All of the animals came out to say hello, except the pigs, who very wisely decided to have a lie-in inside their sty.

The playground at Deen City Farm.
The playground at Deen City Farm.
A joint-effort with the tractor driving in the Deen City playground.
A joint-effort with the tractor driving in the Deen City playground.
Some pretty flowers brightening up the farm.
Some pretty flowers brightening up the farm.
Fraser keeping an eye on the sheep.
Fraser keeping an eye on the sheep.
Finley making friends with the 'Billy'.
Finley making friends with the ‘Billy’.
A happy Fraser.
A happy Fraser.
Finley cheering on the cows.
Finley cheering on the cows.
And this might be something to try next time!
And this might be something to try next time!

With all of this outdoors fun captured perfectly on my trusty camera, I could think of no better excuse than to link up with Fiona at the Coombe Mill blog for her Country Kids linky.  This is the first time I’ve linked up with Country Kids, and will hopefully be one of many.  Hope you enjoyed!

 Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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6 thoughts on “Autumn Outdoors

  1. Looks like you’ve had such a lovely day out with your mum and the boys. That 1st photo is absolutely breath-taking: I love the colours, the angle, the layering of textures. It is perfect!

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    1. Mel, thank you so much for your compliment on that photo – I increased the contrast a smidgen, but that is it. I had a look back at it without the contrast change, and it hardly makes a difference. We had a great time with mum in Richmond Park, and at Deen City Farm with just the three of us. A muddy good time! 🙂 x

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