Saturday, 1 November 2014

All aboard the Exbury ghost train!


Another day at Exbury Gardens and another full memory card and exhausted camera battery!  We had a lovely time here back in the summer and were excited to see how everything had changed and was now full of rich autumn colour.



One of the highlights today was Exbury's Ghost Train.  Staff got into the Halloween spirit by dressing up and performing a phantomime and the steam train rode past scarecrows, skeletons and scary sculptures.  It was perfect for the little ones - spooky but not too terrifying.  The Pickle's face says it all!





We were surprised to see so many flowers still in bloom in the Sundial Garden and even more surprised at how many butterflies and bees were around (considering tomorrow is the start of November!)



The ground was also covered in all kinds of interesting fungi, petals and beautifully coloured leaves.





As always, The Princess and The Pickle (and Daddy!) loved running around in all the open space, crossing the stepping stones and having fun.






We had a fangtastic Halloween and are already looking forward to visiting Exbury again when it reopens after the winter.  You can see a few more photos from our day in my Facebook album.


Linking this post up with the following blogs...
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall
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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Halloween Fun at Birdworld


Last Friday The Princess and The Pickle had a school inset day so we ventured to Birdworld in Farnham.  We were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Halloween Grotto before it's advertised opening the following day.  Inside were spooky spiders, ghastly ghosts and perilous pirates!  The Pickle has not stopped talking about it yet and The Princess enjoyed it so much she walked through the grotto another three times by herself!






The Pickle loved visiting the penguins and he really liked the ship you have to walk through to see them!




The cygnets were very sweet and fluffy but we didn't hang around for too long as the beautiful black swans didn't appreciate us being there (there was a sign on the fence warning us that the daddy was a bit protective!)


There were also a few walk through areas where you could get really close to the birds (some even followed us around the enclosure!)


The Peacock also stayed very close to us when we had our packed lunch, but was very patient and waited until we'd left the table to dive in and see if we had left any crumbs!



Birdworld is also home to Jenny Wren Farm where there are chickens wondering around and you can handle small animals such as mice and rabbits.  



I have to admit, we didn't expect to see reindeer at Birdworld!


We had a lovely day and hope to visit again in the future!




Saturday, 18 October 2014

A Year in Photos - Week 42




12th - 18th October
 A muddy walk
Getting the monsters
Fish pie with crispy Pombear topping
Multitasking - splashing in puddles while on the seesaw!
Just cute
Cross country festival, followed by football, followed by chilling in front of the TV
Under construction





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Friday, 17 October 2014

Embracing Autumn


It was fine all morning on Sunday.  Yet as soon as we left the house it started to rain!  The weather has a habit of changing like that at the moment, especially around the time of the school run each day and I often find myself standing in the playground with no coat or umbrella in the middle of a downpour.  You'd think I'd have learnt by now!


But a bit of rain wasn't going to stop us heading to the New Forest for our Sunday afternoon stroll.  Although the same grassy paths we'd walked down a few weeks ago had now turned to mud.



The Pickle had lots of fun squelching and splashing through the muddy puddles and looking out for fungi.  He's very good at spotting them, maybe because he's closer to the ground than the rest of us!

 
The Princess enjoyed exploring the woods and found a huge uprooted tree.  It was a bit hard to miss to be honest!


 
I don't think we'll ever tire of our afternoons in the New Forest and there are so many parts of it we haven't explored yet.  I have a feeling Burley will always be our favourite spot though.








Linking this post up with the following blogs...

snowingindoorsCountry Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwallhttp://www.podcastdove.com/2014/09/08/whats-story-8th-september-2014/