We spent Sunday at my in-laws house, situated at the top of a small hill and surrounded by forest in the Scottish Borders. It had been a little while since we had visited their house, instead meeting them halfway or at our own house, so it was nice to visit them for a change.
We also took advantage of the dry autumn day and went for a walk in the forest. O took his balance bike and had great fun bumping down the stoney path. A on the other hand found a stick and ran all the way down the hill, chattering all the way down.
At the bottom of the hill were several tractors that normally work in the forest. O and daddy had a good look round while A investigated the ground with his stick and jumped off wooden planks.
I knew from previous visits there was a chestnut tree just round the corner and we went to look if there were any conkers around. We found a fair few after searching through the grass, but nowhere near the amount that we found last year. They were also a lot smaller than we normally find too, I wonder if that’s because we’ve had a very dry autumn as that seems to be our local tiny blackberries problem too.
With my pockets full of conkers we headed back up the hill in a different direction, with views over the lowlands.
I put A up in the carrier, but the wasn’t looking very tired so I let him down when he saw the puddles and started squealing at them.
Of course he had great fun splashing in the water and O happily zoomed through the puddles on his bike.
On the way back to the house we found some pretty Fly Agaric toadstools, I was impressed with their colour and the fact they were quite intact.
Have you found any conkers or Fly Agaric recently?