TURN BACK THE CLOCKS

TURN BACK THE CLOCKS

While it’s tempting to spend an extra hour in bed when the clocks go back this Sunday, we’re planning to follow the advice of blogger Laura Pashby of Circle of Pine Trees and embrace the great outdoors instead. After all, there’s no such thing as the wrong weather, only the wrong clothes

It’s always a good day for an outdoor adventure. A blogger, freelance writer and photographer, I’m mother to three boys under eight. We’re lucky enough to live in the English countryside, with hills, woods and valleys right on our doorstep. On autumnal days like these, the children love to play in the woods, collecting pinecones and conkers, crunching through piles of leaves, and endlessly searching for the ‘ultimate’ stick. With the clocks turning back this weekend, we’re given an extra hour of daylight in the morning, which we make the most of by meeting up with friends and heading out for rambles, more often than not with a flask of hot chocolate and some homemade cookies packed up in a backpack: perfect fuel for hungry adventurers.

At the weekends, when my husband is home from work, we adventure as a family, often a little further afield. A trip to the seaside is the ultimate treat. There’s something particularly lovely about exploring the beach off-season, when it’s quiet. I’m a great believer in the old adage that there’s no such thing as the wrong weather, only the wrong clothes. With the kids wrapped up warm in Mini Boden, never mind the weather- we’re ready to go wild!

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My seven year old’s favourite part of his outfit is the wolf print Big Creature Applique T Shirt: he has declared it ‘Epic!’. Usually not a fan of fleeces, he was also completely won over by the softness of the Sherpa Hoody, and it keeps him toasty warm. His Slim Fit Jeans are hard-wearing cord, and we love the range of bright colours. Leather High Tops are waterproof, but also cool, and the velcro makes them speedy to put on, too. He’s been wearing Fleece-Lined Anoraks every autumn since he was small, and this is his favourite design yet. Boden coats always pass the hand-me-down test with flying colours, so this one will be well-loved by his brothers in turn.

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My five year old is delighted with his bat print Halloween T Shirt, particularly because it glows in the dark, making it the perfect outfit for Halloween, Bonfire Night, and all other autumnal occasions! His Jeans are super for chillier days, with their soft striped lining. We’ve long been a fan of the Shaggy Lined Hoody, which serves as a substitute coat on warm days, and provides a snug layer when the weather turns cool. His Padded Jacket is a super toasty coat that also looks great. Finally, proving that it’s the little details that really count, a pair of socks with a Glow in the Dark Bug print make for a very happy (and cosy) boy.

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The highlight of my two year old’s outfit are his grey fleece-lined Suede Desert Boots. Perfect for keeping tiny toes warm on chilly days- he loves them so much, he even wants to wear them to bed! Cord Cargo trousers are comfy and robust: excellent for jumping about in, and his Double Layered t-shirt is cosy and soft. As well as featuring his favourite animal, the polar bear Festive Jumper is warm, and really rather sweet. Add the Fleece-Lined Anorak with a cheerful star print, and he’s ready to go exploring, whatever the weather.

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If I had a little girl, I would almost certainly dress her in the outfit that my friend’s two-year-old daughter is sporting. The Duffle Coat in purple is bright, warm and timeless. What better to team it with than a striped T-Shirt, a Twirly Skirt, and a pair of cheerful Patterned Tights? Fun, practical, and perfect for jumping into piles of leaves. The rose gold Short Leather Boots are so funky that I wish they came in my size! She is delighted with her new footwear, and has thoroughly tested it by scrambling up hills and leaping over tree roots.

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