Its been over a month hasn't it? I have pondered over stopping by to say hello but then changed my mind and pondered over other things instead. We had Eid back in October and I can barely remember how we celebrated the day, a day where we honour Prophet Abraham.
October was a muddy month with a huge amount of puddle splashing and a messy canal side walk in our wellies.
We had a great half term holiday - one week off school - and planned to fill each day with plenty of excitement. It started with an afternoon at Brock's Hill with a school friend where our boys ended up with wellies full of water, pants full of sand, and clothes muddier and wetter than you could ever imagine. Tuesday was an exciting trip to the theatre to watch Dinosaur Zoo - where almost life size dinosaurs lurked on stage.
On the Wednesday I was too ill to do anything so we had to cancel our plans. Colds were bothering everyone in that month. Thursday was a trip with friends to the soft play centre and Friday we were at the Great Central Railway. I was so disappointed when we got there to realise that my camera had been left at home... It was such a wonderful experience riding the original steam train that I think we will return again and again and again insha'Allah.
Saturday we were back at the theatre for Hairy Maclary (from Donaldson's Dairy) which was another real treat, I do so love the theatre, its not posh or hoytey toytey, it feels really homely to me now really, mine and my boys little special treat.
October also involved making lots of things with apple in them to use up some of the damaged fruit from our harvest, setting up an egg and pumpkin stall in front of the house, and painting and decorating the kitchen.
November has had its cold days but has mostly been good. Beautiful sky overhead has been an almost daily treat on the way home from school, and two delightful frosty mornings to enjoy on the way there. No frozen fingers or ice cold toes just yet alhamdulillah. There has been fireworks with school friends, rainy days, a hospital visit to see a sick relative, Wistow walks, Abbey park jaunts, a school theatre production, Knighton park, wearing a white poppy for Remembrance Day and wearing mama made spotty fancy dress for Children in Need. Two pumpkins were carved (we made soup and pie and froze the rest), more apple recipes were followed and we donated money to war torn Syria and the weather beaten Philippines. D had a sleepover (the first in a year) and I had a brilliant girls night out eating and chatting and being silly. We've been to Newarke Houses Museum, had tea and cake in our favourite bookshop cafe in Clarendon park and D and his dad went to the Botanic Gardens with Nanna.
Now December is soon to be here and I promise that my plan is not to disappear on you again :-)