A few weekends ago we visited Hardwick Hall, I had been before when I was young but hadn’t been back in ages! I have found as a mum that you can quickly run out of ideas of what to do with the kiddos that is not too expensive, child friendly and not to far away. I can’t really tell you anything about the beautiful Hall as we never planned to pay to go inside as the girls and I would have found it a bit boring. So instead we just paid £3 for the parking and went into the courtyard for a picnic which you can either take with you or buy from the restaurant.
Over the summer holidays Hardwick Hall were putting on activities in the courtyard for children which were all free! When we went they had put out lots of sports day themed games like egg and spoon, sack race and hula hoop which Arabella enjoyed. I think they do different activities at the hall all year round for different aged children, our day was fun because the weather was so good, I think it would have been a different story if it had rained! After our picnic, we explored a bit and walked the woodland trail which has tree swings and balancing beams for the kids to play on making the walking more fun and interactive! If you are stuck for something to do on a weekend I would definatly recommend a visit because providing the weather is nice its a really cheap day out providing you are not fussed about seeing the house and gardens. There are lots of different walks you can do too and the scenery and views are amazing!
Back in July Will and I went away for the weekend to Barcelona with Will’s siblings and their husbands. I initially tried to arrange the whole trip with Will’s sisters as a surprise for his birthday present, however I had my suspicions for a while before the trip that Will had guessed what was going on! and it turned out I was right and he had guessed before I had even booked the flights! We really enjoyed our trip, it was really relaxed and no-one had a strict itinerary of things we had to do or see, so we leisurely enjoyed taking our time. More than anything else it was so nice to just spend time with family, I feel so blessed that when we spend time with all of our immediate family on both sides, we get so much joy and renewed energy. Conversations are always full of either laughter or encouragement, I don’t feel judged, there is no comparison, everyone can just be themselves. A few pics of our time below.
You know when summer is in full swing when you can go raspberry and strawberry picking! back in July when I was staying at my parents we went with the girls. Whilst mum and dad got fully engrossed in picking, Arabella and I enjoyed eating! The raspberries were mahousive!! Arabella ate so many i’m surprised she wasn’t sick! As soon as I would put some in the basket I would turn my back and two little hands were taking them straight out again, there was not much point in trying to stop her in field full of them, needless to say our basket remained empty! Poor Flo on my back must have felt very left out of all the yummy raspberry eating! If you are thinking of doing a little raspberry picking yourself try making these raspberry friands, disclaimer… I haven’t tried this recipe yet but plan to, they look sooo yummy! I may alter the recipe slightly though to avoid using 10 eggs (seems a lot)