What did you do on your first day back at school?

Well, we went for a walk.  Yes, I know we’ve had the whole summer holidays to go for a walk, but really, there hasn’t been much chance, what with a new baby and the fact that it was rather hard to pin Nin and Ted down (because they were far too busy running madly around with their friends from the street on the green outside the house).  So, on the first day that their local friends were back at school, we went for our usual daily (or every-other-daily depending on whether I’ve needed to rest) walk.

Ted not only doesn’t *do* socks, but typically also forgets his belt *sigh*.  
Around us the wheat fields are ripening.  
Why would we stay inside with one of Nin’s yearly ‘Themes’ being farming when we have farming happening on our doorstep.  I tried to take a better photo, but was struggling with the overhead sun (and the fact that I didn’t realise the exposure settings had been fiddled with on the camera).  We picked a stalk of wheat to take back home with us (from the margins where they would be missed when harvesting anyway).  I had hoped to also investigate another field of grain but it had already been harvested (I’m guessing it was likely to also be wheat).  We’ll study the various grains more fully in the coming year, but whilst we had the opportunity I wanted to get us out and looking at a field so that they had some memory to draw on of seeing ripe wheat in months to come.
It was really hard to get a photo of this little fellow, flitting about so fast and with the bright light (I’m not a natural photographer and it’s even more difficult with a baby up front).
Ted is going through a “won’t wear wellies” phase which means he misses out on wading in the various streams in and around the woods.  Nin was able to walk for a little while along the stream and then the water got a bit smelly and she clambered up the bank.
We found various fungi, both in the wood, on the grassland and the playing fields we crossed to get to them. We noted the ripening berries and nuts and talked about where else we can go to find blackberries (not many along the route we took) and reminded ourselves that further along is a copse of chestnut trees.  At some point we hope to get some rosehips to make some syrup for the winter, but I don’t know how well we’ll do with anything else as it has been an unusual year weather-wise and it is having a knock-on affect (although this apparently differs across the country, from what I hear).
The ferns are so thick now that you cannot see the path ahead as it snakes through.  There are places they grow higher than the head and I had a moment of paranoia: expecting to see a velociraptor burst from the undergrowth.
And back out onto open land.
The grasses are beginning to yellow and the colours of autumn are slowly coming all around.  It’s good to get back to our favourite classroom – the beautiful countryside around us.

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