Sunday 22 March 2020

COVID-19 Day 2

Sadly as more and more things close down it becomes harder to get outside in the sunshine. The husband and I walked the dog - she is still terrified of cars and so the quieter roads make it ideal for her to try and overcome her fear. We then stopped for quick run in the park - making sure we were well away from other users.

Spring is one its way. I love blossom - this tree is near our house and it makes me so happy every time I see it!
P and I had our riding lessons and then I took E to her vaulting session. Whilst she vaulted I went for a walk. I love walking there - I often see hares.

Tomorrow our first day of home school / work from home. I wonder how that will pan out!

Saturday 21 March 2020

COVID-19 Day 1

Today we took advantage both of the sun and still being allowed out of our house. We drove about an hour and went to Dunstable Down. It was super windy but beautifully sunny. Lots of people had clearly had the same idea of us and there were lots of people flying their kites - the husband disappointed he had forgotten his! Piper enjoyed her run!

 We then had a quick look round Whipsnade Tree Cathedral which has trees, hedges and shrubs planted in the form of a medieval cathedral.

We then went riding before celebrating with a yummy Thai meal and some of P's homecooked chocolate biscuits.

Monday 16 December 2019

Day 13 Winter lights 2019

Today the husband. me and I and P went to the Winter Lights at Anglesey Abbey. This year we walked the other way round and there were more music with the lights. We also missed the smoke machine!

Sunday 1 December 2019

Thursday 8 August 2019

Thetford forest and Go-ape

P, E and myself went to High Lodge at Thetford Forest which is about an hour from Cambridge. I love Thetford forest although parking is expensive (although if you work out per person for a day out it is very good value! I paid £12.50 for a day (more than 4 hours!)) and the cafe isn't great  - I would recommend taking a picnic! There are lot of things (paid) to do or you could go for a walk or a bike ride on one of the many trails.
First the girls played on the lovely play equipment.

 Then we went for a walk through the lovely forest...

 ..and P enjoyed playing on the musical trail.

 The girls then went on the Treetop adventure which they loved. P got scared on one little part but managed it. They only got to round once in their hour as it was super busy which they were a little disappointed about.

Thursday 1 August 2019

Chelsea Physic Garden, Body Worlds and Mr Gum and the dancing bear.

We visited Chelsea Physic Garden, a short walk from Sloane Square tube station. You enter by an assuming entrance - 4 acres surrounded by high brick walls. It is a remarkable garden originally created in 1673 by the Apothecaries in which to grow medicinal plants. It’s a living, breathing museum, complete with labels and educational messaging next to every ‘exhibit’. If you want to know where aspirin comes from, you can actually see and touch the plant right here. We just enjoyed wondering round. P did the children's trial which she liked!

 We then went for a wonder round Battersea Park...

 ...and a snack in the park.

 We the took the tube to Piccadilly where we went to Body Worlds, a new permanent museum taking the place of Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Body Worlds is a museum made up of real, plastinated people and is unlike any museum or exhibit you’ll have ever seen. preserved human bodies used in 200 exhibits across 6 galleries giving a thought provoking, educational insight into our reproductive, respiratory, cardiovascular and metabolic systems. All exhibits are fascinating and strangely beautiful! It is worth noting there is a cloakroom before you enter the museum as you are only allowed a small bag for your journey round. There is also lift access and stair access on each floor as well. You get an audio guide which tells you about the different exhibits. 

We then walked over the river to the National Theatre.

 We went to see Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear in which Andy Stanton has adapted his own crazy but kind children's book about the unlikely friendship between feisty nine-year-old Polly and the giant bear she rescues from a miserable life of humiliation, and peppers it with bouncy songs by Jim Fortune. From what I remember it seems quite faithful to the book with shouts of, "The truth is a lemon meringue." It is suitably bonkers and we loved it!