The Gallery – Autumn

The Gallery is the brainchild of Sticky Fingers.  Every week she gives a prompt, an idea, a notion and we have to go out and take a photograph using that prompt. Or just use a photo you already have.  I then have to  post it on my blog and write about it.

The weeks Gallery is Autumn.

girl boy garden autumn leaves rake

I’m a huge gardener.  My parents are/were huge gardeners and although I don’t really remember actually gardening with them as a child I do remember being in the garden watching them spend hours keeping our garden looking perfect and the enjoyment they had out of it.

We are very lucky in that we have a big garden and the kids and I spend many many hours out there having fun.  Mr P’s jobs are mainly fixing the fences and putting the leaves into the wheelie bin.  My job however spans from mowing the lawn, weeding, planting, cutting back and basically making sure it looks gorgeous and even though I do say so myself I do a pretty good job.

I have a very complex diary that I’ve written myself after a lot of research and am continually updating it that literally tells me by the week what I should be doing with the garden i.e. planting bulbs, cutting back the roses, feeding the grass, replanting etc etc.  This is with a huge amount of advice and help from my mother and father in law who are both enormously knowledgable.  I also have an amazing friend who is a gardener and she helps me put the garden to bed in the Autumn and wakes it up in the Spring.  I’ve only known her for a few years but she and her partner Steve just rock – if you live in South London please please look Helen and Steve up at

I love the time I spend out there with the kids.  They each have small spades and rakes and share a fab wheelbarrow (bought by Grandpa) and can honestly spend hours moving soil from one place to another or help me with the watering (when there’s not a ban!).

So it’s been a joy this week putting up my Autumn photo for The Gallery.  It basically sums up not only Autumn with us clearing up the leaves but basically the whole year as we spend so much time out there enjoying it.

Thanks so much for reading and I look forward to hearing what the next Gallery theme will be.


How many children do you want?

“How can you say there are too many children?  That’s like saying that there are too many flowers” Mother Teresa.

Do you want a Von Trapp brood or a comfortable number that seems easily manageable?

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post I’ve been in the lucky (well I think lucky) position of always knowing how many children I want, and luckily Mr P has agreed with me.  Two children works for us and that belief has never changed.

We have, however, just had my nephew and niece to stay (my brother and his wife were at a wedding for the weekend).  They are 10 and 8 and are just the most lovely children and are a joy to look after.  The amazingness for us was that we have had a very very chilled weekend.  From the moment they walked through the door they played with our children (aged 5 and 3) continually.  Hide and seek, drawing, puzzles, football, lego, mummy and babies – literally every game under the sun they played.  Mr P and I just didn’t know what to do with ourselves.

I ended up finishing 3 craft projects that have been hanging over me for the past few weeks and Mr P got some paperwork done which means he hasn’t had to do it this afternoon after my niece and nephew left.

So… I totally understand that if they were our children full time that they perhaps wouldn’t play so nicely or for that long together however I can see the argument of 4 children.  The first 2 go to school when you have the second 2 and then they can all keep each other entertained when jobs and chores need to be done!!

Is that too simplistic a view? Probably.  A lot of my friends who have gone from 2 to 3 say that it’s because they just didn’t feel their family was complete yet.  No ulterior motive, no babysitters on tap, just because they knew they wanted to be a Mummy of 3.

So what has made you stop or carry on?  Money, number of bedrooms, can’t stand the thought of going through pregnancy or labour again or did you keep going for the other sex even though stats aren’t on your side?

This is a debate where there’s no right or wrong however if you are lucky enough to be able to choose the number, how many children do you want?