Sunday, 31 August 2014

Our August Adventures

We've had a very busy and fun-filled August, with some great days out and about.  We enjoyed a day in Birmingham, visiting the National Sea Life Centre and the Thinktank Science Museum, which The Princess and The Pickle found fascinating.

We walked around Carsington Water with Nannie and Grandad, then spent a day with them at Alton Towers.  Nannie made a delicious cake for The Princess' 9th birthday and she spent the evening opening her presents.

We also visited Drayton Manor, home of Thomas Land, which The Pickle loved!  It was a long journey home afterwards, especially with part of the A34 closed, but the kids were so worn out they slept the entire way.  It's been a summer holiday to remember!


A day at Mottisfont, National Trust

Last weekend we visited Mottisfont, a National Trust property in Hampshire, for a day in the sunshine, a picnic with friends and a look at the Quentin Blake and Friends exhibition.

The Princess is a fan of Roald Dahl and David Walliams books so is familiar with the magical illustrations by Quentin Blake.  She also enjoys exploring old houses, so this was a hit with her.  There was a lot of recent art we didn't recognise (although you could immediately tell it was Quentin Blake's wonderful work) but the more familiar ones, such as The BFG were towards the end of the exhibition, along with illustrations from the likes of Oliver Jeffers and Michael Foreman.  In the final room was a rail of dressing up clothes for the children to become characters of their choice - a brilliant addition to the exhibition, making it more fun for little ones.

Running alongside the exhibition, Mottisfont had a fun story trail around the grounds, where you could look out for the illustrated signs and complete a trail book.  We also enjoyed the wild play area, where supervised risk taking is encouraged, with climbing frames made from logs and a fantastic water play section too.

We walked through the meadows, ran through the avenue of trees, followed the river around from the font - a beautiful clear spring, played pooh sticks on the bridge (something which brought back memories of The Princess meeting the lady who inspired the character of Piglet at Mottisfont last year) and admired the flowers, butterflies and bees within the walled garden. 

The Quentin Blake and Friends exhibition is on until 14th September so there's still time to go and we'd definitely recommend Mottisfont for a great family day out!

We were provided with a family ticket for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own.



Saturday, 30 August 2014

A Year in Photos - Weeks 34 & 35

17th - 30th August

17th -  Balancing balls at ThinkTank museum
18th -  Round and round
19th -  Yummy birthday cake made by Nannie!
20th -  Fun at Thomas Land
21st -  Looking after the caterpillars
22nd -  Making hama bead loom band bracelets for party bags
23rd -  Running through the trees at Mottisfont
24th -  A crafty party
25th -  Splashing in the New Forest
26th -  Growing quickly
27th -  Taking his polystyrene block for a walk!
28th -  New Lego
29th -  Frozen yogurt with marshmallows and homemade cookie dough
30th -  Sorting his pennies after accidentally smashing the money box!

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

A Year in Photos - Week 33

10th - 16th August
Finding puddles in the New Forest
A new puzzle
Playing with dinosaurs
Lego castle with cannons
Fabric painting
Meeting Andy Day at Lollibop
Cycling in the park

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