The penultimate day of the holidays at Coombe Mill can only mean one thing – the last feed run!

Coombe Mill Tractor Driving

The children had come to love the feed run and were sad that it was their last one, but this also meant that time was running out for Little Miss C to actually drive Farmer Nick’s tractor. Luckily though she finally plucked up the nerves to do so and she now talks about it as one of the highlights of her whole summer.

As if driving the tractor wasn’t exciting enough, this was also the day that she actually managed to find an egg herself too. A perfect end to a week of feed runs.

Coombe Mill Feed Run

After all this excitement it was time to get out again and go and explore on our final day in Cornwall. We were all agreed that we needed to head to the coast so that’s what we did.

If you lived here in the UK ten years ago you’ll probably still remember the devastating scenes that came out from Boscastle one August day. Hours of intense rain (including an inch falling on one place in just fifteen minutes) resulted in river levels rising by over 2 meters in an hour. As all this came down the river it washed away 75 cars, 5 caravans, 6 buildings and several boats. Homes and businesses were destroyed and seven Sea King helicopters helped to rescue about 150 people. Despite all the devastation, miraculously no one lost their life and there were no serious injuries.

Boscastle

If you look at Boscastle today it’s hard to believe what went on back in 2004. Boscastle has been rebuilt and is now a busy tourist village, with nice gift shops, cafes and there’s a lovely little walk out along the river to the harbour and the sea. When we went it was so peaceful with Little Miss C playing in the river as we went. It really was so had to imagine the force of the water that must have come down the river that day.

A wander long the river, a nosey in the cute little shops and a scrummy pasty for lunch in the National Trust cafe and then we were off for our next little adventure of the day – time to hit the beach again.

This time we headed for Polzeath – after lots of recommendations – and as we knew we just had an hour there we parked on the beach itself before heading towards the sea. Mr C led the way with LMC, whilst I followed carrying Master C. Mr C found a spot, started laying down the picnic rug and then we all collapsed down onto the sand just as I saw a woman jump up from the neighbouring family group, let out a scream of “Penny” and then head over. A whole beach full of people and we’d managed to set up camp right next to fellow blogger Molly from Mother’s Always Right. Talk about small world.

It was lovely to have a catch up and natter with her and also to see how absolutely radiant she’s currently looking. When I was at that stage of pregnancy if I’d gone onto a beach in swimwear I would have been mistaken for a beached whale. Whereas Molly was happily splashing in the surf in something almost resembling a glamorous photo shoot for a magazine. Damn these women who suit pregnancy! ;-)

We had a great time in the sea with the kids and building sandcastles on the beach. Living in land-locked St Albans we’re probably the furthest away from the coast that it’s possible to be in the UK and I miss the beach. We should definitely make a point of having more holidays at the seaside in future. That I’m laying down in the rules for future holidays.

So, beach fun over we rushed back to Coombe Mill for activity hour where we were making natural rafts that we then raced down the river. Fiona has blogged about this over on the Coombe Mill blog already and there’s a great video of us all too.

It was great fun and I think really helped LMC realise what is possible with natural materials.

Coombe Mill Natural Raft Building

Our raft wasn’t exactly a success and seemed to go missing somewhere between the start and end. LMC’s convinced it was just so fast that everyone missed it passing the finish line. I’m guessing it’s probably stuck in the river bank somewhere.

After the raft making and having a lovely chat to Fiona as her boys played in the river and LMC paddled it was time to head over to our last train ride of the holiday. Both children loved the Coombe Mill train, but Master C signing for “more” when he finished going round pretty much summed up his view of it.

Coombe Mill Train

So that was it, our last full day in Cornwall, and what an amazing holiday it was. It’s just a shame it’s so far away from Hertfordshire or we’d be back in a flash.

If you’re a regular reader of Being Mrs C then you’ll have realised by now that I’m rather nosey. I love the insight into other people’s lives that social media gives you and it’s just one of the reasons why I’ve become a big fan of Instagram.

To me, Instagram is as the name suggests – a capture of an instant of time in someone’s life. I don’t really go in for the fully staged photos so much – mainly due to lack of time – and I’m far more interested to see real life in people’s homes and the places they go than just stage-managed snippets.

Over the last year or so Aly from Bug Bird Bee and I have been happily sharing virtual cups of tea (and coffee) with each over on Twitter – simply enjoying chatting away with each other when we both sat down for a cuppa, much as you do with someone in real life. As we both discovered Instagram some of our chat moved over there along with pictures of our cups of tea. Soon the #mycuppa and #igteaclub hashtags were born and more people started to join in sharing pictures of their morning cups of tea, coffee shop lattes and cappuccinos, and mugs of bedtime cocoa. With Instagram users all over the world one of us might just be getting up with a mug of Earl Grey whilst someone else is curling up with a hot chocolate before heading to bed. People in winter have been hugging their mugs for warmth, whilst those in sunnier climes instead swapped their hot drink for an iced tea or coffee.

Sitting down with a cuppa – or grabbing one on the go – is such a key part of so many people’s days that we really want people to share it. So, as the new school terms starts here in the UK, and people start to get back into more of a daily routine Aly and I are kicking off #MugTour on Instagram.

All we ask you to do is post photos of your cuppa on Instagram  - be it tea, coffee, a hot toddy or whatever else you fancy – and just include the #MugTour hashtag. Tell us where you are, use a nice looking mug if you have one and there are bonus points (where points mean absolutely nothing!) for the most impressive places that your mug tours to in the week. If you can get a landmark in the background then even better still. Feel free to also use the #mycuppa and #igteaclub tags and remember a cuppa’s always nicer if you have a biscuit and a nice natter with it.

Every Monday one of us will be posting a MugTour Monday round up of our favourite pictures from the week.

So, what are you waiting for? Pour yourself a mug full of something and get snapping!

I’m on Instagram as RealBeingMrsC (someone else got BeingMrsC before me!) and Aly is BugBirdBee. Please follow us and say hello!

As much as I love my husband there are just some things that men just don’t seem to understand. A woman’s need to have several bags is one such thing. Yes, the kids did already have perfectly adequate rucksacks, but having a new bag to try out is an exciting thing so when 1 Two Kids asked if Little Miss C and Master C would like to try out a Hugger bag each over the summer holidays the female half of the family certainly jumped with joy.

With the strap line “… feels like a hug” Hugger bags are slightly different to your normal children’s backpacks. Rather than being stiff in structure they are very soft and do seem to mould themselves in shape to the kids’ backs when they had them on.

Hugger

We were sent two Hugger backs to try out this summer and both have been given a thorough testing.

LMC was sent a Totty Tripper Medium in the Floodle Doodle Green pattern and she fell in love with it as soon as it came in the post. Not only did it come on holiday with us to Cornwall, but it’s also been used in many many role play adventures around the house. In LMC’s imagination it has travelled on Safari in Africa and been all the way to Tasmania with her to visit DorkySon.

Hugger

She’s packed it with toys, clothes, play food and numerous cuddly toys and thinks it’s “brilliant”. The softer, flexible feel of the bag has certainly worked well for squashing all her necessary travel companions in. I noticed that she was unable to fit all her picture books in it when we went on holiday as it’s a bit smaller than some other children’s backpacks, but that’s the only, very small, downside with it.

For Master C we were sent the Totty Tipper Small with rein in the Monster Skaters pattern. As well as having a main compartment and front packet, this bag also has space on the side for a water bottle (something that we use loads) and also a loop at the bottom on which to clip on the supplied reins, and a chest strap. Now, Master C is a child who runs pretty much everywhere and is yet to understand the word “no” properly. He loves to run towards cars, especially if they’re driving at speed on a nearby road, so having him on a rein is a must when he’s out of his pushchair.

The thing that I really liked about this Hugger bag is that it’s much larger than other reins rucksacks that we’ve tried, meaning that we could actually fit a water bottle and snack in it for Master C – and even a waterproof coat. At first I was also quite excited to see that the reins clipped on at the bottom of the bag. The one we normally use has then clipping on at the top and as Master C is a child who likes to run round in circles I was always worried about the risk of strangling him with the reins. I thought the different clip on position would help to minimise this risk. When we tried them out though if Master C ran off (as he does) then the reins clip on position actually resulted in the backpack being lifted up his back as I tried to run after him. That’s something that doesn’t happen with them clipped at the top. It also made it harder to stop him from falling fully if he tripped whilst walking. I’m not totally clear if this is all just features of the design, or maybe just the fact that we are so used to using reins that clip on at the top and this gives a different feel when using them. It’s hard to explain without actually trying them for yourself.

Hugger

The reality of trying to work and do childcare at the same time. Seriously though – you can see what I mean about the backpack lifting up.

There are times when we are able to let Master C run free when we’re out and about and the way that we usually do this is to unclip the reins and leave the backpack on his back. We really struggled with the clip on the end of the reins though and found it very difficult to unclip quickly. I know you want it to be secure and not come undone on its own at all, but this seemed to have gone the opposite way. On several occasions we ended up having to take the whole backpack off instead.

Overall we thought LMC’s Hugger bag a huge success, but Master C’s just didn’t quite work for us. It’s a shame as I really liked the size of it, but the reins arrangement just let it down a bit. I’d definitely be interested to hear if others have had similar problems, especially if they haven’t used another style of reins backpack first.

In the meantime though LMC is busy packing her bag for her next imaginary adventure – apparently this one is an overnight train and aeroplane journey to Wales. We might have to fit in a geography less somewhere in this though as we’re apparently travelling via Hong Kong!

Disclaimer: We were sent two Hugger bags by 1 Two Kids for the purposes of this review. All views and opinions are my own.

I really need to play catch up a bit with my holiday diary or we’ll be into the Christmas holidays before I’ve finished writing about the summer! But then again there are plenty of days later in the holidays where the write up will probably just say “kids watched far too much CBeebies today” and that should speed up the blogging process!

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For our penultimate full day at Coombe Mill we decided on a day trip to the Eden Project which is about a 40 minute drive away. Now the Eden Project is probably one of Cornwall’s best known tourist attractions now and somewhere that everyone wants to go to – and rightly so as it’s brilliant! One tip before you set off though – tickets can be a bit on the pricey side, but if you book in advance you can save up to 15%. Even better still, you don’t need to print anything out, so you can actually just book the night before (as we did) and then you just have to take a special reference number that they email to you to the people on the ticket desk. Very simple to do – and a good thrifty tip.

EdenProject1

Once you arrive at Eden and are through the ticket section it’s hard not to be blown away by the scale of it all. Not only is the site physically huge, but the famous biomes are far bigger than you first expect. Both the Rainforest Biome and Mediterranean Biome are fantastic learning opportunities for people of all ages and it’s very easy to totally forget that you’re in Cornwall whilst in there. We all enjoyed the new Rainforest Canopy Walk in one, and had a gorgeous Mediterranean lunch in the other.

Eden Project

Outside the children had great fun running around the various gardens and Little Miss C enjoyed seeing some of the slightly quirky touches around the site.

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When we visited the Dinosaurs Unleashed event was on which Mr C and I thought was very good. Master C was puzzled by the whole experience of being confronted by a huge roaring dinosaur. LMC however was completely and utterly petrified! Just goes to show that not everything suits everyone and looking back through my photos the whole thing does look a bit gory.

Eden Project

We had a wonderful day at the Eden Project, and once again it made me think more about the fact that the project is so much more than just a tourist attraction. The Eden Project is also a charity and a social enterprise, aiming to teach people about the environment around them, the world as a whole, and what we can all do to understand it better and help to protect it. Whilst LMC learnt a huge amount from going around it just aged 4, children that little bit older would gain so much more. Even I found myself reading some things and realising that previous assumptions had been wrong.

Eden Project

The Eden Project impressed me the first time we visited, and five years later it’s done the same again. If you’ve not been before then please do make a trip as you won’t be disappointed. On our last visit we totally overlooked all the play areas, but this time the kids certainly made the most of them dotted all around the site. Perfectly spaced out to let them run off steam whenever they needed to.

Eden Project

And if that wasn’t enough excitement for the day – after a quick power nap in the car on the way home they made it back to Coombe Mill in time for the evening train ride.

Coombe Mill Train

I’m also delighted to say that that evening Mr C and I finally made time to play Scrabble together too. It’s something we used to do regularly before we had children yet now children, work, housework and tiredness just seem to get in the way. I miss those evenings. More so than I realised. The fact that I actually managed to win this time (a rare event!) pretty much made my day.

Scrabble

We’re huge nature fans here in the C family – so much so that Mr C also runs UK Nature Blog when he has time – and we all enjoy getting outside as much as possible to see what we can spot. From a young age Little Miss C has been a big insect and bug fan and we’ve always encouraged her to see what she can spot in our own back garden. So being asked if we wanted to review How Strong Is an Ant? was a perfect opportunity to teach her a bit more about all the bugs and insects that she enjoys finding under stones and in the soil.

The Good Question! books, of which this is one, are a lovely series for children to help them answer all sorts of questions about science and nature. Each book is organised as a series of commonly asked questions and the answers seek to not only answer the question, but also explain a bit more about the topic as a whole.

With LMC only being 4 this was a book that either myself or Mr C had to sit down and read with her, but she was absolutely fascinated when we did. Some of the questions in there really made her think and it also tested her comprehension skills when I’d read a section to her and then go back to the question at the start and ask her it again. The illustrations are very detailed and also kept her attention well when I was reading quite lengthy bits of text to her.

The only downside that I can see to this book here in the UK, is that some of the terminology is quite American. Ladybirds are referred to as ladybugs and woodlice are pill bugs. This caused a bit on confusion to start with as LMC still struggles with the idea of people in different countries calling things different names. Older children would probably be able to cope with this concept better.

Overall though I was impressed with the detail in this book and the approach of organising all the information as responses to questions. I can definitely see this as being a book we go back to over the years, and a valuable addition to all our children’s nature books.

How Strong is an Ant? and other questions about… Bugs and Insects by Mary Kay Carson is part of the Good Question! series and published by Sterling Children’s Books. ISBN 9781454906858 Published in September 2014.

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of How Strong is an Ant? And other questions about… Bugs and Insects for the purposes of this review. This post contains affiliate links.

The Wednesday of our week in Cornwall was a perfect opportunity for me to indulge my inner train-spotting geek. I don’t hide the fact that I love a good steam train and seeing as both the kids are huge fans of Thomas the Tank Engine too I was pretty sure that they wouldn’t mind me dragging them along to the Bodmin and Wendford Railway after that morning’s feed run on the farm.

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So, the start of our trip to the railway wasn’t exactly brilliant. Somehow me trying to pay by credit card caused the whole chip and pin machine to blow up when I entered my pin number and then when they’d rebooted the machine I discovered that it had actually managed to blow the chip on my card too. Just what you don’t need half way through a holiday, but still.

Bodmin Railway Bodmin Railway

The train journey itself was lovely. a 13 mile round trip of that rhythm that old steam trains have as they go along the track. 13 miles of two children (mainly) just looking out of the window and enjoying themselves. 13 miles where I was able to gaze out of the window too and imagine the golden age of train travel. See I warned you I was a train geek didn’t I?

Bodmin Railway Bodmin Railway

Anyway, train journey over and after a quick pub lunch in Bodmin itself, we continued with our plan to try to get a year’s value for money for our National Trust membership in just one week and we nipped up the road to Lanhydrock. Now Lanhydrock is just gorgeous. Not only are the grounds and gardens lovely, but the the house itself is probably my favourite of all the National Trust properties I’ve ever visited – even above Tintagel’s Old Post Office. Unlike so many properties where you only get to see the “above stairs” rooms in Lanhyrock you are taken round all the below stairs rooms too – and their kitchens are something that have to be seen to be believed. Rather than there just being the one kitchen and possibly a scullery along side it, Lanhydrock has a kitchen room for pretty much every purpose you can imagine, and more beside. Certainly Lanhydrock is the only property I know where the National Trust have put in a room about half way round the tour with a couple of comfy chairs in it so you can have a much needed sit down!

Lanhydrock

Little Miss C enjoyed the children’s trail of trying to find a number of toy trains dotted around the house and Master C took great pleasure rushing from room to room as fast as he could and shouting “light” every time he saw a light. Simple pleasures.

Lanhydrock

Since our last visit they have also built a brand new visitors’ centre and car park, and a fantastic children’s playground next to them. Perfect for the children to run off some energy before the car journey home.

Coombe Mill Railway

And when we got back to Coombe Mill it seems my little train spotters in training hadn’t had enough rail excitement for the day as they very happily went over to have a ride on the Coombe Mill railway before bed! Rather pleased me that did.

Whoops – it appears to be Tuesday again, despite me spending the morning convinced it was Monday. And worst still, last week’s Ladybird Tuesday appeared to go AWOL. Apologies.

Ladybird Learnabout Party Games

But, this is the last Ladybird Tuesday of the summer holidays here (noted by the torrential rain falling outside) so let’s celebrate with a spot of Party Games from the Ladybird Learnabout series 634. And first thing’s first – you can’t have a party without party hats.

Ladybird Learnabout Party Games

Party Games was probably one of the last new titles in the Learnabout series that was published with a matt cover, coming quite late in 1982. It’s the ideal little book though if you’re looking to plan an old fashion party for children. The book is split into sections of games for 3 to 4 year olds, for 5 year old and for 6 to 7 year olds and upwards and many of them are ones that you’ll probably remember from your own childhood.

Ladybird Learnabout Party Games

For younger children there are simple rhymes like Here we go round the Mulberry Bush and Oranges and Lemons, whereas older children are kept busy passing balloons along a line, using only their knees to hold them.  It’s very much a book of its time, but that to me adds to its vintage charm.

Ladybird Learnabout Party Games

If you want to go against the trend of paying a small fortune for your children to celebrate their birthday then this will definitely tell you what to do. Team with with the Party Food book from series 824 and it’s like your own personal 1980s party tutorial – complete with the tune for all the songs to sing!

Ladybird Learnabout Party Games

Now you just need to dress your children in something truly awful and invest in some patterned carpet.

If you have a collection of old Ladybird books then please feel free to join in with Ladybird Tuesday. There are no formal rules to follow, just leave a link to any post you write in the comments below and if you’re feeling kind link back to my Ladybird Tuesday category here on Being Mrs C. Thanks!

 

After all yesterday’s excitement we kept things a bit closer to Coombe Mill today. We started off with the feed run which once again the children loved.

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Master C found a new way to rock his baseball cap, Mr C got a ride in the tractor trailer and Little Miss C loved helping to find eggs in the chickens’ field.

Snail's Pace Cafe

After the feed run we decided to head towards the Camel Trail and in particular the Snail’s Pace Cafe which we’d seen lots of signs for, and which sits at one end of the trail, just a mile or so down river from Coombe Mill itself. This lovely little cafe holds the title of being the first permanent off-grid cafe in the UK and I’m also delighted to say that it also serves a scrumptious quiche and salad. I might even go as far as saying one of the tastiest I’ve ever had.

Snail's Pace Cafe

I loved the vibe of the place and anywhere that has tomatoes growing alongside the menu board has to be on to a winner. The staff were incredibly welcoming and there was even a basket of toys and books to help keep the children entertained. Brilliant.

Snail's Pace Cafe

They are also a licensed bike hire site too and plenty of people were calling in to do just that whilst we had lunch.

Camel Trail

The Camel Trail itself is an ideal place to walk with a buggy as the path is flat and hard surfaced. We didn’t go that far along it – mainly as Master C wanted to walk and LMC soon got tired – so the bit we walked (slowly) wasn’t the most thrilling, but it was just starting to get interesting as we had to turn back!

After our walk we then headed over to Tintagel which was somewhere that I was desperate to return to after a trip there when Mr C and I stayed in nearby Port Isaac. At the time I fell head over heels in love with the National Trust’s Old Post Office and back I went to see if it still held the same magic for me.

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This is such a quaint little property and one that I’m guessing used to be bitterly cold in winter time, but the thing that I’ve remembered about it clearly all this time is the lovely rag rugs which sat on the floors in several of the rooms and also the samplers on the walls. I’m delighted to say that everything lived up to my memories of it, and better still as both children fell fast asleep in the car on the way there I was able to leave them in the car with Mr C whilst I wandered round on my own!

Port Isaac

After Tintagel we headed along the coast, back to Port Isaac where we’d stayed for our last trip to Cornwall. I love this little fishing village and it’s one that so many people around the country are now very familiar with thanks to it being the home of ITV’s Doc Martin.

Port Isaac

Even without its star TV role it is a gorgeous little place, with lots of little shops, a nice harbour and some cosy pubs too. This trip we weren’t really able to enjoy the pubs, but we went down to the harbour (where the tide was out) and Mr C and LMC were able to walk a way out along the rocks – quite an adventure for LMC.

Port Isaac

We enjoyed an ice cream down by the water before the weather started to catch us out. The only time in the whole holiday that we left our waterproofs in the car and the heavens opened on us. It’s fair to say that we were soaked to the skin by the time we got back to the car, but hey, we’re waterproof and as they say in Yorkshire – there’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing, That day we certainly had inappropriate clothing!

 

Some days end up with you doing something completely different from what you imagined when you woke up that morning, and one of the days of our Cornwall trip was exactly like that.

Godolphin Barefoot Walk

It’s fair to say that Godolphin is one of the National Trust’s smaller properties – the guy checking membership cards was based in a gazebo (a posh one, but a gazebo all the same) and the tea room was small but perfectly formed. We were handed a leaflet about the barefoot walk that they have – aimed to help children check off one of the 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4 – and pointed us in the right direction. Little Miss C was excited, but I have to say that as we gingerly picked our way across a path covered in sharp stones I was more than a little apprehensive. How wrong the National Trust were to prove me to be!

Godolphin Barefoot Walk

The barefoot walk route does indeed start you off near the tea rooms and the first part of it involved walking along paths, grass, up a sharp feeling disabled ramp through and old door way and across an old paved floor in what I guess you could call cloisters. You then come out onto a large grass area and are directed to the far side of this where you can see the path disappearing into some woods. This is where it starts to get really interesting. As well as all the naturally occurring differences underfoot the National Trust have also set up a planned section of the walk, designed to provide you with a variety of underfoot experiences.

Little Miss C thought this was one of the most exciting things she’d ever done and as soon as we’d finished she insisted that we go round again. It was an excellent sensory experience as touching all these different things with your feet is so different to just using your hands. We spent most of the time going round talking about what our feet were feeling and whether or not we liked walking on different textures.

Godolphin Barefoot Walk

In a way walking barefoot is one of the simplest things you can do outdoors, but yet it’s also one of the most satisfying things you can do. Next time you’re outdoors take your shoes off and see how it changes the whole experience. It also goes without saying that if you’re ever anywhere near Godolphin, or anywhere else with a similar barefoot walk, then please make sure you try it – regardless of whether you have kids with you or not. This isn’t something to just do before 11 and 3/4 – it’s something for everyone to try.

This week I’m joining up with Country Kids for the first time too. Hopefully the first of many!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Time to step back a couple of weeks to our wonderful holiday in Cornwall. Determined to make the most of our National Trust membership yet again we set off this morning to Trelissick Garden.

Trelissick

Now Trelissick isn’t like all the other National Trust gardens as there’s something very special about its setting – on its own peninsular. The garden is high up with some spectacular views of the River Fal and some lovely twisting paths that lead you down to the water, and the ferry port at the bottom. When we were there the colours were absolutely amazing – with the hydrangeas providing a palate of blues, pinks and purples wherever we looked. It reminded Mr C and I so much of the Madeira Botanical Gardens that we visited about three years ago – which is set on an equally steep site.

Trelissick

In true National Trust style there was a lovely cafe for lunch and again a gift shop full of delightful things that I simply needed in my house, and a secondhand book shop which again provided me with two more vintage Ladybird books for my collection. A bit of a theme for the holiday as a whole.

After lunch we had no plans at all so pulled out a guide book and flicked through looking for somewhere else to go – bit somewhere that would give us something a bit different to just wandering through another garden. There are only so many gardens that a four year old can put up with in one day.

One place that jumped out at us was, by chance, another National Trust attraction – Godolphin. But the thing which made us so keen to visit was what they have there for children, namely a mud pie kitchen and a barefoot walking trail. Little Miss C, like so many other children her age, loves making mud pies at every possible opportunity, and the idea of walking barefoot (and hence being able to tick off something on the Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 and 3/4) really appealed to me.

Godolphin Barefoot Walk

It was a bit of a trek to get there (perfect opportunity for the children to catch up on sleep a bit) and it was so so worth it. The mud pie kitchen was as muddy as anything, but LMC made friends with another little girl there and had a fantastic time. The barefoot walking trail was quite simply one of the best outdoor activities I’ve done in a long, long time. Watch out for a whole separate blog post – next on my to do list!

Godolphin Mud Pie Kitchen Godolphin Potting Shed

As if the barefoot walk and mud pie kitchen wasn’t enough excitement though – the gardens are also delightful, and I loved the invitation to potter in the potting shed. Exactly my kind of thing.

Godolphin Cream Tea

The cafe provided a delicious cream tea and it’s probably a sign of how much we enjoyed our visit that we were sneaking out the gate after they’d technically shut for the day!

Godolphin