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OK. So this week has been filled with wonder. Mostly good wonder, although a fair mix of hit-hand-on-forehead what-are-they-thinking kind of wonder too. I guess taking the rough with the smooth is part of the deal.

I’m going to focus on the good kind of wonder, because – quite frankly – reliving the other would give me a sore forehead, and also turn into a very long, boring story. Almost sorted. I hope.

Anyway. Moving swiftly on to the good. We had our Harry Potter Halloween party this week , which was so much fun, I cannot even begin to tell you. I’d like to do it every week. Please, please, please. I was in my element baking and making. So. much. fun.

(resisting temptation to show all the photos again…ooh…maybe just one more)

Anyway, the children loved it. The magic captured them. The sense of wonder. If only I could bottle it. Keep it safe until it’s needed again.

The party prep seemed to take up most of the week, but being back on the school run has given me the chance to enjoy the shift in the season. I love this time of year. The colours are vibrant. Our walk to school is looking amazing, at the moment. The hawthorn and oak have turned the most brilliant yellow. When the sun comes out, the leaves glow. Like a multitude of tiny sun catchers.

Although this morning, when I took my camera, it was misty. These are this year’s lambs in the field opposite, watching us on our school run.

It never ceases to amaze me how far a spider’s single strand of web can go. Several metres in our garden, if they get it right. Our garden seems to be wrapped up in many strands of it, at the moment.

We have a weekend of fun ahead. A birthday to celebrate. Firework displays to admire. Food to conjure up. Still apples to gather, leaves to rake and more pumpkin pie to bake. Investigating a green living possibility too, (more to follow on that one, I hope.) Eek! I’m not sure how I’m going to fit it all in.

Phew. Remembering to breathe. I hope you all have a weekend full of wonder too.

Word of the week has to be Wonder. How about you?

15 Responses to Wonder

  • The Reading Residence says:

    Have the party every week, why not?! The world is full of wonder, we’re often just too busy to slow down and notice it around us. Sounds like you have a fun weekend planned, enjoy the birthday. We’ll be having fireworks here, too, kids can’t wait! Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  • mummy here and here says:

    Oooo you have captured the weather well and the Halloween party looks so much fun X #wotw

  • Debbie says:

    Hi Cheryl, your party sounds like it was a hit! Love the ghostly faces in the soup… The morning sun at this time of year does have that magical feel, I love seeing sunrays breaking through the olive trees on a misty morning… I don’t think spiders ever sleep. they must spend so much time spinning and fixing their magnificent webs…. Sounds like you have another busy week next week, so have a bit of a relaxing weekend.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.


  • Kim Carberry says:

    The Harry Potter party sounds fantastic!
    It sounds like you have seen a lot of wonderful things this week…
    Have a great weekend. It sounds like you have loads planned x

  • Val says:

    A Harry Potter party ..what a fun idea …Ok I’m a rubbish parent ..lol ..Next year! (I shall forget again…there is no hope for me)
    Sorry the Wonder was varied (That was our week too!)
    Love the photos ..we’ve been having Mist and fog ..very Ghostly.
    The days are getting short and cold and a bit gloomy ..so methinks I should start to think about that midwinter festival that always surprises me !
    Have a Good Weekend!

    • Craft Mother says:

      Midwinter festival is a good one. I might up my game on that one. At least you have Thanksgiving to look forward to. Without it, it’s tempting to slip into the Christmas celebrating too soon.

  • Christine says:

    Glad the party went well, sounds great fun! My daughter is 15 now so her Halloween enjoyment is very much about decorating the house and welcoming trick or treaters. I baked my first ever pumpkin pie which was surprisingly good!

  • Sounds like a fab week and oooh a Harry Potter themed party sounds great. Those keys look amazing and do you know if there is one emotion I could bottle it would be wonder x

  • The Halloween party sounds like so much fun, I’m in awe of your creativity. I hope you had a fabulous weekend x #WotW

  • Wonder is such a lovely word for the week. I love seeing dew-covered spider webs, they are so pretty. So glad that you all had such a lovely Halloween party. Hope this week is a good one for you. #WotW

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