Last weekend a friend hosted a "slay the dragon, stuff a scarecrow" party in celebration of autumn and Michaelmas. It was the most fun I had in a long time. A big pot of chili, pumpkin pies, huge bowls of tart apples and freshly baked mounds of bread was on the menu. For the entertainment, the slaying of the dragon involved wacking at the cutest dragon pinata I have ever seen. The children used swords in place of a bat. For the pint-sized scarecrows, my friend gathered up old one-year-old clothes and with a hay bale that had been completely pulled apart, the children excitedly stuffed and made the most adorable scarecrows. Julen loves his so much I found he had taken it to bed with him.
At school we marked Michaelmas with our traditional Harvest Festival. I am very short on photos as I always find it distracts too much to be truly present with the children from behind the camera. I did get a few shots of the kids grinding the wheat berries to make the bread and the bottom photo was taken by a parent and sent to me.
Autumn has been glorious thus far and I dream of more of this perfect weather as we ease into the cooler months ahead.