We headed out to the farm again this afternoon to collect some sweet chestnuts from the tree on the hill.
Unlike horse chestnuts you can eat these, so we collected a basket full.
Enclosed in a prickly casing, the best way to get them out is to gently stamp on them with your gumboot and they pop out.
The tree is great for climbing too. I think it's been here for a long time.
The children love it out here and sometimes I feel a little bad they we moved into town. But I'm happy that we can still visit.
We then went back down the hill to explore the river.
Time to go home....
To cook chestnuts make a X with a sharp knife on the flat edge of each one (if you don't they will explode in the oven). Heat the oven to 200 C and roast for 20 minutes. Shell while still hot. They are soft, earthy, nutty and delicious. A little fussy to prepare, but worth it.
A fun and easy thing to do while out in the garden is to make autumn crowns.
All you need is a selection of leaves, a stapler and a strip of firm card. It's nice for the children to collect various types of leaves. Encourage them to look for different colours, sizes and shapes. You could also use flowers and feathers to add different colours and textures.
Measure around the circumference of their heads and staple the strip of card to make a circle. Arrange the leaves and simply staple them onto the card.
Sadie wore her one all day ~ simple, fun and gorgeous.
They only last for a day, but that's alright because you can always make another one tomorrow! x