Sunday, 29 January 2017

National Trust - Cliveden House

We wanted to get a bit of fresh air today and decided to go to a National Trust property.  We opted for Cliveden House and gardens as it's only about 40 minutes from where we live.  I'd been there before, many years ago, once for dinner and once to stay the night but neither time had I looked around the grounds.

Centre of the maze
Parked up easily. Nice car park with toilets, information centre and shop.  Good to see that there were areas for dog walkers and areas off bounds for dogs; great signs 'We love dogs, just not here' *grin*.  Nice for people like us who don't want dogs bouncing around us as our girls are a bit nervous of them.  First port of call was the maze. The girls loved this and yes, we did get a bit lost but finally found our way into the centre.

Olivia, the Rainbows dolly, came too

It was just starting to drizzle a bit as we headed out but that wasn't going to put us off.  We headed up towards the house and the girls had a climb on a low tree near to it.  

Had a look over the gardens from the balcony and then went off to get a hot chocolate and a piece of Victoria sponge in the cafe.  Both lovely.  We shared two sponge slices between the 4 of us, but then had to go and get one more slice to share as it just wasn't enough.  I'll say one thing about National Trust cafes; their cake is always lovely!#


Off for a walk down to the river Thames afterwards along the road way.  Lovely house right on the edge.  What a place to live.

Its a long way up!

Phew...made it
Walked back up the steps.  The girls counted them.  They told me there were 187 steps.  Trust me, I felt every one after the first 50!  At least my FitBit has told me I've climbed 29 staircases today for that effort.

Had a look out over from the War Memorial, then walked back around the gardens to the back of the house. Up a few more steps (nooooo!) to the balcony area, and then headed back to the car via the maze again.  

Middle of the maze selfie

We'll be back in the summer with a nice picnic as the grounds are lovely.

Friday, 27 January 2017

School hit by sickness bug

The girls' school had to take the rather drastic action today of closing KS1 just after registration.  You see they have been hit with a sickness bug and have been dropping like....children hit with a sickness bug.  KS1 are in their own little building (bar one class N is in that are in the main building) and, as happens with children of 5 and 6 years old, I doubt meticulous hand washing is taking place often, and thus the bug was knocking them down like skittles.

Theme Hospital Vomit Wave - such fun
The school contacted parents to let them know that over 40% of KS1 were now off with the sickness bug so they were shutting it down today and could we collect our children and, if necessary, siblings from other classes (saving on two school runs).  So, the girls have had a bonus day at home with daddy.  I'm not entirely sure daddy was too chuffed as he'd planned a day of listening to music on full blast on the stereo - something that us poor folks with young children will appreciate only happens when they aren't around - and relaxing.  That dream was shattered at 9.30am.  Ah well, I'm home now so he's gone out for a quick walk for a 'sanity break' *grin*.

I hope we manage to steer clear of the bug in our house, although my tummy feels a bit 'off' today. School, in the meantime, is having a deep clean this weekend so hopefully we'll be back to normal on Monday. I'm pleased they took such a sensible course of action and I hope all the children who are off ill with the bug get better soon.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

A frosty Wisley walk

We headed over to Wisley last Sunday to have a walk around and blow the cobwebs away.  It was very chilly out and rather frosty, which made everything look just that tiny bit magical.  The girls found it really funny seeing the ducks skating along on the frozen pond.

Standing on the pond

We dared the teen to stand on the ice (having worked out how thick and solid it was) but only on the very, very edge of it - I'm not that mean to my daughter *grin*  All she'd have ended up with if it had broken would have been wet shoes (and possibly very cold feet).

Get off my phone!
We enjoyed our walk around and headed to the Glasshouse.  The butterflies are there again but we hadn't booked tickets this time. I agreed that so long as there wasn't more than a few people in the queue, we'd go in. If it was a huge queue, I'd book a time slot for another day. Turns out there were only 2 families in front of us so we were in in under 2 minutes.

There seemed to be even more butterflies this year than before.  The teen took some lovely photos with her new phone camera.  

After a good walk around, and starting to feel the heat a bit too much, we headed back outside to go home.