If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise...
Whilst we didn't find any teddy bears on our last woodland walk, we did find plenty of woodland cuddly toys.
Now the big kids are back in school, I have to keep Izzy amused in the afternoons as it's very quiet for her without the older siblings at home. One of our favourite adventures is to go on a woodland walk.
It's lovely to walk along together, chatting about all we see, the leaves changing colour and falling from trees, different colour flowers and the bugs and birds that we see.
Izzy always has toys with her and for this walk she brought her new favourite woodland animal cuddly teddies. With the nights getting darker earlier, we have been lucky enough to see foxes on Gelliswick beach recently, but it was a surprise to see a fox in broad daylight in the woods. He is so handsome and fluffy!
On another note, the swans also returned last week, but since then I haven't seen them again so they may have chosen a different home for this season.
'Oh! But who is this creature with terrible claws, and terrible teeth in the end of his terrible jaws? He has knobbly knees and turned out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose. His eyes are orange, his tongue is black, he has purple prickles all over his back. ‘Oh help! Oh no! It’s a gruffalo!’'
Yes, of course, the Gruffalo came too. Although, the day I asked her to bring the Gruffalo with us as we were going on a Gruffalo trail she actually left him behind- oops!
Next we spotted a badger. We expect he was filling up on worms and slugs to keep him warm in the nearing colder winter months.
After feeding, it was time for badger cuddles!
Lastly, we came across a very rare sight in these woods- a deer.
I love deer and collect anything deer, fawn and Bambi related, so really love this soft toy. The graceful deer ate berries off the trees.
The old ruins are fun to play in too.
Once we reached the stream, we headed back. Lower Priory can be a circular walk but we like to just stick to the woodland part as it is a shorter walk for Izzy- we have to get back in time to pick the school kids up too. We were passed by lots of dog walkers and cyclists, it was quite busy for a week day.
As well as leaves falling from trees, we also found fallen maple "helicopter" seeds. I remember these would always fall by the swing in my childhood garden. My sister and I loved playing with them.
Izzy took turns dropping helicopter seeds, feathers and leaves, to see which ones dropped most quickly. We collected some leaves for Autumn crafts on a rainy day, but it has been dry every day so far (typical back to school sunny weather-beautiful!).
As always we also collected quite a few good sticks, some became magic wands and others were pet dogs, oh the fun kids can have with just a stick!
It was a lovely walk and we will be back in a few weeks to see more signs of Autumn.
The lovely Hamleys Woodland Animal Soft Toys c/o House of Fraser
The Gruffalo soft toy and imagination - child's own!