A little trip to Little Moreton Hall

While with the in-laws over the summer we took a little trip to Little Moreton Hall. Trying to keep a 1 1/2 year old under-raps in a national trust property is basically impossible. But they have enough to keep them at bay. So here are the very images of the fun.

Amelie is very hard to keep track of hence some of the blur shots, little bundle of energy that one. Bobby has a rain jacket that when the hood is up makes her look like a whole minion…it’s brilliant.

Stain glass 2Stone me it's a fire place 2Stain glass 2Stain glass 1Old wallsWindow to the outsideBobbie the MinionIn the Attic at Little Morton HallAmelie Go!Loud BobbieAmelie in shock...Stone me it's a fireplace

Summer trip to Chester Zoo

It’s safe to say I’m a little bit behind in writing blogs. A trip to the wonderful Chester Zoo with the in-laws happened absolute months a go…(August 18th). It was brilliant and the excellent Indonesia section was very realistic. Bobbie enjoyed linking that to a couple we know from Church working in Sabah.

So let’s remember when it was warm…

ElephantMonkeyTamarind?Tiny DeerZebra 3Zebra 2Expert map readers...Indonesia in CheshireStripey PigDragonflyBeautiful cows 2Beautiful cowsNoisy brdorangutan 2orangutan 1Monkeys 2Monkeys 1Crocodile in reflectionTortoisefurry thing 2furry thingMonorail!Zebra 1South African deer :-)Penguin 3Penguin 2Penguin 1Amelie drinkingGiraffe 4Giraffe 3Giraffe 2Giraffe 1

Bobbie’s Birthday Day Out

The pride, the absolute pure pride that when given the choice of what to do on a day out for her Birthday my daughter chose going to a heritage railway and riding on a heritage bus. She’s 5…what an absolute star.

We went to the railway where her name comes from “Roberta” from the Railway Children which is based on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway¬†.

Here are some lovely pictures of the day and Len and Lynda (the inlwas) came too and we had a picnic at the park. Why is there no photos of that I hear you gasp…try having a picnic in a park with a 5 year old and 1 1/2 year old and you’ll understand why.

The ball is a ball of 2ps made to look like the Death Star…random. It had a bike inside it…art.

Number 85 lampA little tank2ps joined2ps joined 2The Death Star of coinsBobbie at KWVR 4Bobbie at KWVR 3Bobbie at KWVR 2Bobbie at KWVRGrandma and Amelie 2Grandma and AmelieSteam in reverse

Bobbie’s 5th Birthday

I own a 5 year old

I actually have responsibility over the care and life of a 5 year old … She was 5 on the 1st of August on the 5th she had a party at Wacky Warehouse and had a great time with all her friends.

I took photos, Bobbie has such a funny face and great expressions I do adore taking pictures of her.

My favorite picture is Bobbie blowing candles out with juice and jelly in shot…I mean if that doesn’t say kids party what does?

Bobbie and a card 2Bobbie and a cardBobbie and her ice faceNana and Amelie 2Nana and AmelieBobbie in the middle with youAmelie eatingBobbies mates 4Bobbies mates 3Bobbies mates 2Bobbie's mates 1Bobbie and "Wendy"Bobbie and cakeBobbie dancing

Wales Holiday – the rest of it

Bobbie and WoodmanWell it took me until now to collect all my welsh holiday photos for the next post, we went to a slate mine, bronze age mine, narrow gauge railway, visiting the amazing Mr B’s bistro in Llandudno, visiting various castles, visiting a tropical world come wildlife centre adventure playground and awesome pancakes.

Still rocking my Nikon D3000 ūüôā

 

A little bit of YorkshireThese trucks don't move anymoreSilhouette and lakeLakeside on the way backHood up - rainLakeside canoeBobbie the train driverI saw this...A hude water wheel with the family.Old crane, not been used for a little bit...Narrow gauge level crossing!Nothing like an old fashioned signSlate mine train - but where is the slate ...ohhhBobbie on a narrow guage with MairiWeighing up options 2Weighing up options 1A great view with metal railsCastle with football pitch?Mairi watching Bobbie playLooking up at the Castleclimbing on chainsReachShe's queen of the castle...The little bird that tellsA good climber never gives upA rare family shotCannon at the doorStained glass Royal classicthrough the doorA face with no bodyBobbie and the wooden manThe crown aloft in the pit

The Gibson tour part 1 (Portsmouth)

The Gibson family went a sort of UK to see family and friends south and west of York (Portsmouth and Congleton), so it made sense to separate these two groups of photos by location.

So in Portsmouth we stayed with Mairi’s Aunt (Olive) and had a jolly good time in the southern sun. Some pictures do need a commentary so do click them and you’ll see extra info.

Enjoy

At Olive's 3At Olive's 2At Olive's 1Bobbie in a Peppa Pig rocket 2Bobbie in a Peppa Pig rocket 1Bobbie after a big sleep in the sunBobbie in PortsmouthStatue in Portsmouth 2Statue in Portsmouth 1Being stalked by Crispy Cream stores on holiday...The portsmouth cannonBobbie at Portsmouth HarbourSpinnaker towerMy grandparents, Bobbie Mairi and me!A flower in Olive's GardenBobbie in Olive's Garden 2Bobbie in Olive's GardenMairi and the pier

Lakes Holiday 2013: Day 6

The weather on this day was not brilliant but still warm and we went to Bowness and while there went to the Beatrix Potter Experience and then later to the AWESOME Wray Castle.

So in Bowness the Beatrix Potter Experience can be found, a fairly large building housing all sorts of scenes from Beatrix Potter’s books. This was better than it sounds really, it did include a working veg garden that then feeds the cafe downstairs (genius idea).

The funniest thing was the huge number of Chinese and Japanese tourists that were also in attendance, now we thought “oh we will get Bobbie a book, from the store..” ¬£6 I think, but it was nicely presented and we will give it to her later. The Chinese tourists in front of us in the queue had their shop assistant reply “…ok that’s ¬£116 please” ¬£116 on Beatrix potter things!!!! Long live the Chinese economy!

Anyway moving on, we then visited the little known National Trust property Wray Castle, this was our find of the holiday. I feel I should first explain what exploring properties with a little child is like.

The child will want to run about, no matter how good the Property management, the little child will find something to grab, tug, pull, knock, ruin or otherwise destroy items. This becomes an issue when visiting properties that are preserved for the nation.

Now we were expecting the very same experience here, Bobbie would enjoy it for a bit but after 15-20 “No don’t touch that”‘s she will get annoyed and then it’s tears and paddy time. Wray Castle couldn’t be further from this experience.

From the off they said to us “just let her run free, just watch her on the stairs but she can’t do much damage” we were confused but went into the first room which had massive building blocks and we spent 30 minutes making towers and having so much fun. We then went around the rest of the castle with fun and toys in most of the other rooms. It was so refreshing to have an National Trust property with kids truly at it’s heart and I thank the NT for making it that way but also plead for them to market it more!

And thus ends the Holiday blogs… coming up, how to play the drums and what a difference a manager makes.

To see the rest of the pages in this blog click on the links below:
Day 1&2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5

A Flying GooseBobbie and Peter RabbitLooking in through the windowMr ToddLittle pigsBeatrix Potter sculpture 3Beatrix Potter sculpture 2Beatrix Potter sculpture 1Old brownMrs Tiggy-WinkleWhen a cat and a bear have teaBeatrix Potter pondThat naughty PeterKicked outMy princessWray CastleWray Castle view 2Wray Castle view 1

Lakes Holiday 2013: Day 5

Day 5

Another picture perfect day arrived and we went to the small railway on the lake and then the Lakeland Motor Museum.

The train was great and Bobbie is now old enough to get excited about a train and she seemed to really enjoy it. The Lakeland Motor Museum was small but a great way to spend a few hours (even with a screaming child). My favorite picture is Bobbie next to the Pet cars used in Top Gear, it gives a real sense of scale.

At the Lakeland Motor Museum we also got the chance to see some of the Bluebird road and water record holders, it was stunning to see them in real life, the Bluebird car was the stuff of legends for me growing up so seeing my toy in true scale was very special.

We once again went swimming on this day.

If you want to see the other days see the links below

Day 1&2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 6

Enjoy.

Bobbie loving a steam trainRelaxing holidaySteam train!Old motorcycle suspensionTriumphAustralian fire engineBentley"File up here with Shell"BSA logo1 person car - car before it's time.Police spec MGAlfa Spider (not running obv)Bobbie next to the famous 'Pet' carsAllegroFord escort mk1Bluebird 1Bluebird 2Bluebird (boat) 1Bluebird (boat) 2

Lakes Holiday 2013: Day 3

Day 3 of the holiday consisted of a visit to Hill Top house which is Beatrix Potter’s main residence now owned by the National Trust, then went to the Aquarium. A visit to Fellfoot Park was next, this is a victorian park owned by the National Trust (you’ll see a theme here) and then we went swimming (not owned by the National Trust and not in the Aquarium).

Hill Top house was a great National Trust property and allowed you to go around Beatrix Potter’s farm house as if her and her husband had just popped to the shops after afternoon tea. You can see drawings and letters just lying around, it really is a magical visit if you get the chance but get there early as the car park is small and you are given a timed ticket to enter.

Next on to the Aquarium to see some fish and other animals – this was expensive but worth it. Bobbie loved it, Mairi has a picture of me and her dressed as lobsters.

Next was a visit to Fellfoot Park, this was mainly a relaxing time as Bobbie was sleeping (spark out after 3 days of nonstop fun!), we then had an icecream at the shop and headed home. The park was a great expanse of open space that headed down to Lake Windermere.

We then went for a swim, of which I have no pictures but the swimming pool was awesome and often had less than 3 families / groups of people in it. This meant it felt like a spa pool.

If you want to see what we got up to on other days click on the links:
Day 1&2
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6

Check out the photos below and enjoy.

Maira and Bobbie outside Beatrix Potter's houseInside a flowerSparkle Pirania SparkleLook at this fellaWindermine from FellfootBobbie sleeping in FellfootFellfootMairi and Bobbie at FellfootWindermere 3