An autumn walk at Chiltern Open Air Museum

As winter edges closer, our favourite places are now closing for the winter. A beautiful autumn day gave us the perfect opportunity to have one last day out at Chiltern Open Air Museum before the end of the season. Our previous visits have mostly focused on the houses around the green – this time we decided to explore parts of the museum we hadn’t visited before.

An autumn walk at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

The girls were snugly dressed in their waterproofs and wellies. The waterproof outfits have been fabulous – we bought them well over a year ago and they’ve been perfect for getting out and about in all sorts of weather. Admittedly they were a little on the large side a year ago but they still fit well now.

An autumn walk at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

It was just as well that they were wearing them for this visit as the muddy puddles proved to be irresistible. Jessica and Sophie were having a wonderful time, running through them, jumping up and down and generally splashing about. A moment of pure childhood pleasure.

Splashing in muddy puddles - An autumn walk at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

Which was brilliant fun until the inevitable happened and one of them fell over…

Falling over in muddy puddles - An autumn walk at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

Thank goodness for the waterproofs! A quick trip to the nearby toilet block to clean up the worst of the mess and we were ready for more adventures. We headed into the woods, where the girls had a wonderful time running through the leaves – Jessica often running ahead for a moment or two, before turning back to take her little sister’s hand.

Running through leaves - An autumn walk at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

These are the moments when I really see the beauty of the bond between my two girls; moments that bring me so much joy. Jessica encouraging Sophie to explore with her; the girls looking at things together, innocent and carefree. This is when I see childhood at its best – the wide-eyed wonder at the changing colours of the leaves, the excitement over a stick or a stone or spotting a creepy-crawly. One of the most wonderful things about parenthood is seeing the world through my children’s eyes and realising what a beautiful place it is.

A beautiful sibling moment - An autumn walk at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

Our path through the woods led us to the Iron Age hut and whilst the girls were happy to wander up to it and peer in, they weren’t quite so keen to go in as it was very dark inside and so we headed back to the Village Green.

Heading up to the Iron Age hut - An autumn walk at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

Thame Vicarage Room on the green is one of the girls’ favourite buildings in the museum – mainly because of the big chest of toys and games.

Toys and games in the Thame Vicarage Room - An autumn walk at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

On the other side of the green, the Henton Mission Room still had its decorations and display from the Harvest Festival which had taken place a couple of weeks’ earlier.

Harvest decorations - An autumn walk at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big LoveHarvest decorations - An autumn walk at Chiltern Open Air Museum - Little Hearts, Big Love

Both girls were completely worn out from all their explorations and fell asleep almost before I’d even pulled out of the museum car park. It felt a little sad to be saying goodbye for the winter, but we’ve made good use of our annual passes this year and created a lot of happy memories from our days out to look back on.

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6 thoughts on “An autumn walk at Chiltern Open Air Museum

  1. Louise I’ve loved seeing your posts from here over the year, there is always something new to see and watching the girls play together in the autumn sunshine must make your heart melt. They are clearly good friends and really look out for each other. Thank goodness for the waterproofs, that fallen face of Sophie is priceless but sometimes a good thing to realise that actually they are fine and can get up and play again. I hope you will be able to return in spring. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing on Country Kids.

  2. Oh, poor Sophie! But she was dressed for it, and I love that you stopped to take a photo, I would have too 🙂 Looks like another lovely day there, the photo of Sophie and Jessica holding hands is gorgeous. Special moments indeed x

  3. The picture of them holding hands is lovely. I’ve never been to COAM (though I did once have a phone interview for a job there) but it’s definitely another one for the bucket list. #CountryKids

  4. Oh bless her! I wish they did snuggly suites like that in adult sizes as it’s me who usually falls over.I love places that you can visit over and over again throughout the year that change with the seasons.There will a lot more adventures next year for you to enjoy.

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