Family time, Life of a Mum

Farndon Fields

I love Farndon Fields- I cant believe up until recently I’d never been! A beautiful farm shop and restaurant just outside Harborough; the perfect addition onto a day in the town.

Highlights

  • The most instagrammable green grocers I’ve ever seen!
  • The funniest fish monger- who made D giggle by making a fish talk
  • The Gin section (basically my Christmas list right there)
  • Afternoon tea (I rolled out)
  • Affordable plants
  • A beautiful Christmas zone

Recently we tried out their afternoon tea; and it was amazing. I think me and my mum could spend hours here; browsing the amazing food and gin, picking out special Christmas decorations and partaking in another afternoon tea!

This past week we tried out Farndon Fields Pumpkin patch; I believe it’s the first year they’re done this, and it was AMAZING!!!

We embraced the mud ( it’s rained so much recently) donned our wellies and trudged up to the patch- WOW I’ve never seen so many pumpkins. We pics a barrow full and headed down to wash them (and 1/2 the field off our boots)

I love the effort they put into the Pumpkin Barn- a proper little cafe; yet still keeping it looking like a barn on a proper farm. We tried some delicious pumpkin cake, and grabbed a handful of recipes to try with our squashes (waste not want not).

I think it’s fully booked this year- but for next yeah I really recommend it- put a reminder in your phone now to book up at the end of September.

Farndon Fields Web

Baby/Toddler stuff, Playtime

Autumn Invitation to play

Tuff trays are great for the summer outside, but when we’re stuck inside I love making smaller play trays.

If I left Dorothea to it, she’d probably only play with her Duplo and her babies; but setting up a tray like this encourages her to play with different thinks in more creative ways.

Today’s play tray was made up of

  • A pumpkin ‘lid’
  • Conkers
  • Green play doh
  • A faux grass sample (companies will send for free)
  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Chia seeds
  • A cut up gift wrap tub
  • Grimms rainbow pieces
  • Wooden forest animals
  • Autumn coloured beads
  • Autumn colours pegs/pots
  • Orange cutters/ roller
  • Wooden spoon
  • Paper straws
    Autumn leaves
  • Our favourite activities using this tray were
    • Rolling conkers down the tube
      Pressing seeds and oats into dough
      Making fields for the animals and feeding them
      Fitting the beads onto the straws
      Stacking the rainbow/beads/animals
      Blowing the leaves/seeds/oats using the straws
  • I love making random play trays- they truly are ‘open ended’ play and you’ll be surprised at how your little one plays and how long it keeps them entertained.