Autumn focus and leaf kebabs

Just like puppies, children need to be taken outside whatever the weather to run off extra energy, have a change of scenery and  fresh air. When it is autumn, we find many treasures on our walks, in fact Sophie is such a hoarder that she has a fabric bag called an ‘Item Bag’ to collect the leaves, conkers and creepy-crawlies that we find. Another way of collecting leaves which is aesthetically pleasing is to make a leaf kebab. Find a thin, firm stick which is about 20cm in length or grab a kebab stick from the kitchen then as you wander along collect beautiful leaves and impale them on the stick. When you return home, place the best of your autumn haul on a platter and light a few tealights to create an ‘autumn focus’ for the table.

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