Another thing we did on our yearly end-of-october-forest-walk, was collect tons of leaves, pineapples, nuts and more, in the most beautiful shades of orange, yellow, red, brown.
When we got home, we couldn't come with a great way to use them for decoration. So we did what everyone would do: Pinterest, baby! We found some great and easy-to-make ideas right away.
We loved these the most:
The DIY Fall Centerpiece from May Days The Thankful Tree from Simply Vintagegirl
We didn't have the tiny pumpkins, but other than that, I think we managed to recreate the centerpiece quite nicely. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving because we're not American, but I loved the idea of the thankful tree anyway. This year we just went with a variation with leaves and pineapples, but next year we're doing the small chalkboards as well! We don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but we do have a lot to be thankful for!
This is how it ended up, I think it turned out lovely!
One of the things I love most about Fall, is the sound is makes when you step through piles and piles of fallen leaves. When my daughter and I went for our annual end-of-october-forest-walk, we made súre to run through as many leaves as we could!
L.M. Montgomery said it best in "Anne of Green Gables":
October has been a very special month for me for the past 11 years or so. It's the month that I met my (now-)husband. It's the month in which we bought our first (and current) house together. And best of all, the month in which my daughter (who wasn't actually due until the middle of november) was born. So I already think this is the best time of the year, just because we have so many great things to celebrate. The fact that nature feels the same way and provides us with beautiful colors and just enough sun to go out and enjoy them, makes it even better!
Every year at the end of october, my daughter and I go for a walk in the forest. We look at all the colors, the trees, the birds, the squirrels, the mushrooms growing everywhere. It's always such a fun day. We did so again this year and had a great time!
Hayrides are not a common thing where I live, so it wasn't easy to find one. When I finally found a horse riding school that offered them, I was excited because I always thought hayrides looked really charming.
We convinced some friends to come with us, and booked an hour-long ride. We got there on time, but turned out there was some trouble with the equipment, which meant we had to wait for 30 minutes before we could leave.
The hayride itself was fun, but lasted a bit too long for my taste. The scenery was beautiful, fall colors everywhere. But it was also very cold, and moved along at a very slow pace. And not to forget the joy of having to keep a 4-year old in the same place during the entire ride. She was very excited at first, she kept talking to the person in charge of the hayride, kept looking at the horse and the animals in the fields around us. But after about 30 minutes she got cold and anxious to move it along.
I don't think we'll be doing it again anytime soon. Well, perhaps when it's a tad warmer. Or when we're better prepared (hot cocoa, warm coats and blankets come to mind).
But I'm very glad we tried it!
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