I’m always intrigued by how families spend their weekends. As we don’t have DIY to be getting on with or a garden that needs much attention, if any, we tend to pack our weekends with day trips, so it’s a bit of a break from the humdrum of the week. Saturdays are always hectic with classes and chores, so Sunday is our day-tripping day (that is unless Tia and I are working together!)
Lately, our go-to destination for day trips have been National Trust places. The kids get a runaround and fresh air and I get a big slab of cake. It’s a win-win situation!
To mix it up, we’ve been trying ones that are further afield. Even though Wakehurst Place is our first NT love, it’s good to get a bit of variety in scenery. We took a little trip to Scotney Castle as we’d heard good things.
Here are my children doing their favourite things to do when we go anywhere – Harper sitting, or in this case lying, to take a break, and Grayson channeling his inner Peppa Pig to jump in muddy puddles. You’d think we’d take a spare change of clothes for him but we never seem to remember.
One thing you’re guaranteed at a National Trust gaff is an impressive doorway to be photographed in.
Yesterday we made it to Petworth House to meet my parents for a picnic, as it’s halfway between us.
Petworth’s house is a good one for kids to look around as they have toy dogs hidden in various rooms, which encourage kids to actually look around the place. Harper seemed to have it in her head that she needed to talk to every person that was working in the house and ask them astute questions about the paintings and certain parts of statues’ anatomy.
Shortly after this photo was taken, Grayson found a small stone, decided it looked tasty and tried to eat it. He then projectile vomited over an antique rug and my husband, who basically had to hold handfuls of sick while we tried to clear it up! It was pretty scary and spectacular. Disaster averted, Grayson then spent the rest of his time telling everyone not to eat stones. Wise words, kid.
~ Laura xx ~