Today Mark and Luke have been busy in the garden. We are putting in a new bed for the rhubarb and tidying up the area where the trampoline was. Mark made a soil riddler with some wood and old drawer runners to riddle the soil and then the soil is going to be used in the rhubarb bed. All the stones and roots stay in the top and all the nice soil drops through. Luke was filling the soil riddler as Mark was pushing it backwards and they were getting through the pile of soil quite quickly.
The rhubarb bed has been edged with a sleeper and it is looking much tidier now.
Autumn has well and truly landed now, the trees are quite bare and most of the leaves are on the ground. The poplar trees on the drive look impressive but they drop a lot of leaves and branches in autumn. It's a never ending battle collecting them but next weekend we will collect them and burn them. Luke enjoys collecting them if he can burn them!
The cabbages never really did much and even the caterpillars seem to have given up on them! I think we will try something different next year.
Throughout September Blackpool has hosted the Fireworks Championships and whilst we haven't managed to see any of the displays this year, friends have said how good they have been. I love a good firework display and this year I think we will get together with my family and have our own display in the field.
I will be getting our fireworks from Aldi this year as their Specialbuys deal on bonfire essentials is available from the 15th and 18th October 2015, but be quick as once they’re gone, they’re gone!
Not everybody has our Scouting experience so to help get the fire started Aldi have a range of dry wood including Heat Logs (£2.99), Kiln Dried Logs (£3.99) and Firelighters (£0.79).
No Bonfire Night party is complete with fireworks and here are some of the fireworks that are part of the Aldi Specialbuys deal.
The Blasting Barrel (£9.99), lives up to its name, erupting with high silver plumes while changing colour and creating loud crackling white flashes.
I have a lot of younger nephews and nieces who don't like loud bangs and the Merlin (£19.99) or Astro (£4.99) selection boxes are packed with colourful displays, minus the loud bangs. These are also great for those with pets. The Merlin also comes with a firework safety lighter.
Another bonfire night favourite at our house is sparklers. I love writing my name with them and drawing stars with the sparkler. These giant sparklers look a lot of fun.
With products ranging from £1.39 to £39.99 there should be something to suit everyone's budget.
William had an inset day today so we decided to go for a bike ride. William wanted to do 60 miles but as we needed to be back to pick Luke up from school we ended up doing 53 miles. My legs were giving up on the last stretch so I'm glad we didn't go any further!
We set off in the fog but that soon lifted and it was a gorgeous day and really warm. We had one slight hicuup when the back wheel suddenly went flat but luckily there was a large grass verge so we quickly mended it and were soon on our way again.
We stopped for lunch at McDonalds in Fleetwood and sat in the sun to eat our lunch.
We then rode along the front to Blackpool and then made our way back through Singleton and Elswick. Unfortunately we didn't have time to stop at Bonds for an ice cream but once we had picked Luke up we went to a local farm shop for a well deserved ice cream.
53 miles is the longest ride we have ever done and takes us to over 600 miles since July!