Never mind mists and mellow fruitfulness, autumn brings half term; season of lie-ins, and a trip to the north east.
And velvet maxis, some small compensation for the nights drawing in.
Here's Uncle Gary (the old ham) laden with luggage and my children, heading for Newcastle last Saturday.
By the next day, Nina ended up in A&E (for antibiotics - yet another skin infection) and Owen had managed to fall in the lake in Leazes Park.
But look - all is well, despite the Biggest Bandage in the World, and a dousing.
And breathing in the sea air at Tynemouth Long Sands is always therapeutic.
The Grand Hotel, built in 1872 by the Duke of Northumberland as a summer residence.
Famous guests include Laurel and Hardy, who stayed here when they were playing at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle.
Stan Laurel spent some of his youth in the local area and attended school in Tynemouth.
The ruins of Tynemouth Castle and Priory.
The decorative Victorian ironwork at the metro station has been refurbished, and looks wonderful.
How funny that my girls look more like my sister than me.
The kids love spending time with Sabena and Gary.
And I am quite happy to admit that I appreciate having a couple of days without them!
It's nearly time for Hat Attack over at Judith's, and I am ready and waiting.
1970s Dereta velvet maxi skirt and ankle boots - Ebay
1970s sheer blouse, bangles, necklace and hat - charity shopped
1950s tapestry bag - vintage shop in Birmingham
Belt - retail (sale)
Tomorrow, we'll be avoiding the trick or treaters as usual by going out, because we're arsey like that.
See you all soon!