Thursday, 18 April 2013
Thursday, 4 April 2013
The fields around here are full of new lambs:
All this good weather has meant we have had plenty of time for family fun.
2) Family Fun
Its been a busy and fun time with running, scooting and trips to the park. Of course being Easter we had to go on an Easter Egg hunt too. Today we went hiking with the local ramblers group. There will be fuller post tomorrow but this is a taster:
My brother and his family have been staying in Kendal for a long weekend and its been lovely to spend time with them. Our boys had great fun playing together and we had lots of fun together:
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
As a family we have been doing the National Trust Easter Egg Trail for about 4 years firstly at Bodiam Castle and now at Sizergh Castle. I like the fact the trails take you all over the property hunting for clues and the children love the egg at the end! This is one of the earliest Easter's we have done the trail (no chance of the eggs melting like they did in 2011!). We did the trail with my parents, my brother and his wife and my nephew. Having more adults than children meant I had a lot more time to take photographs..
The trail is different every year to try and take you to different bits of the grounds or solve mysteries. This time we started in the courtyard:
Clue 2 took us into the fabulous gardens which are full of useful information boards and most of the trees and plants are labelled:
A combination of garden remodelling and a late Spring meant that the gardens were a lot barer than on previous visits but there were still lots of things to catch the eye such as this mossed covered tree:
Several clues were in the kitchen gardens and it required adult help for my 2 to solve all of them:
The gardens are protected by this fabulous looking scarecrow:
With this being Cumbria we had a clue involving Wordsworth and daffodils. This bank is covered in traditional native daffodils which are known as Wordsworth daffodils. My 6 year old reckoned they were so named as Wordsworth wrote a poem about daisies!
The trail ended in the rock garden. Here they had to count Acers and try to see how many frogs, toads, tadpoles and frogspawn they could find. This managed to take up a lot of time as the rock garden has a lot of paths and pools to explore:
We managed to find a lovely sheltered sunny picnic bench to eat our sandwiches at surrounded by daffodils and wind chimes:
Afterwards there was time to watch the birds at the hide on the edge of the grounds, we saw about 7 species between us all:
We all still had enough energy left to wander around the rest of the grounds to get closer to the main castle:
Our visit was rounded off with a genteel game of croquet as they had left out garden games at various points in the grounds. The family won't be competing at a high level just yet but it was a nice end to the trip:
So now we just have to wait until next Easter to do it all again. Who knows what the weather will bring next time...
Monday, 1 April 2013
First up now I'm running for around 30 minutes non-stop its actually easier to go out with the children. I just need to workout a route that is feasible on their scooters (i.e. not too many road crossings or steep hills) and that has a bribe at the end of it. Luckily Kendal is fairly good for this as we have routes along the river and old canal bed. The bribe at the end was a trip to Abbot Hall park playground. This was the resulting mapped route from MapMyRun:
Yes it was a little bit extra jiggly as I had to retrace my steps a few times to chivvy along a reluctant 6 year old! I also had to run round the park several times at the end to finish the run as my children were about to go on strike so I called a halt to the proceedings for them and sent them to the play area. The run was anything but a steady pace with having to look after the children but my split times weren't bad:
The children enjoyed a good play in the park with a quick picnic whilst I recovered (amazingly its getting easier much quicker!). Then we all needed to warm up so nipped into the cafe at the Abbot Hall Art Gallery (see yesterday's post!). It was then a team decision to cross the courtyard and visit the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry as we had never been. It cost £5 for me but the children were free so an inexpensive visit. We all enjoyed looking at the recreations of historic shops, industries and homes:
|Bobbin Making from Staveley|
|16th Century bed|
|Arthur Ransome's sketches and notebooks|
I will have to back sometime on my own as the children didn't let me read a lot of the information as they kept rushing on to the next exciting display!
Afterwards we did some shopping in Kendal (have you ever tried buying gloves in March - apparently its the wrong time of year!). The children had their last Christmas book tokens to spend so we spent forever in Waterstones. A minor miracle occurred as I came out without buying a new book for myself!! I did attempt to run part of the 3 kilometers home but the 6 year old went on strike so I had to content myself with walking.
Today we met up with the extended family and with 3 children and a dog needing some exercise we again mounted up on the scooters (this time I took mine) and headed to the park from my parents' side of town. Once again the old canal path is perfect for this kind of expedition:
It was a bit chilly at the park but the children still had plenty of fun on all the equipment:
We could also just see the Kendal kite festival up at the castle:
And there were plenty of birds enjoying the River Kent:
The scooting looked so much fun that we even persuaded granny to have a go on my scooter:
Then it was a return leg along the canal path and my son spotted this cheeky little thing in the tree:
Later we rewarded ourselves with a yummy Easter tea:
Next challenge is the annual Easter egg hunt at Sizergh but I'll have to get the children to scoot across town first so that I can get in a run!