We had a really lazy Christmas holidays. Usually N can’t wait to get out on the farm, but this holiday, he mostly only went out for an hour or so. My anticipated free time to spend blogging didn’t happen, and instead we spend a lot of time chilling out at home. In between Christmas and new year, I was determined to get out though, and with Stowe Gardens not far away, I decided we should go and check out their 12 doors of advent.
It was a chilly day. Cold enough for both of us to wear a hat, and N even kept his gloves on. I much prefer a cold day than a hot one though, so it was going to be a lovely frosty winter walk.
Stowe Gardens is beautiful. N refused to let us follow the advent trail map, so we just roamed which way we fancied. That meant we missed quite a few of the doors, although we did spot questions as we walked round.
The lake was looking as beautiful as usual, with its clear reflections and the swans and other birds feeding and swimming around.
N enjoyed throwing stones into the cascades, sitting and watching over the lake, and trip tripping over his favourite bridge. Oh, and trying to avoid photos by sticking his tongue out.
Being out as Stowe Gardens opened did mean we saw the best of the place. Few people walking around, the frost still on the grass, and no problem getting drinks and lunch in the cafe afterwards. The only downside for N was that the transport buggies weren’t out in regular use until we’d walked the 10 minutes back to the cafe. For the first time ever,, N walked both ways without moaning about the return walk. Mostly, helped by him discussing where the grass was frosty or not, and whether the sheep were in separate herds or in one group but just clustered around the fields. As we walked back, there were streams of people walking in, and the overflow car parks were already busy at noon,
We spent about 1 1/2 hours walking round, and had a spot of lunch afterwards. Because I can’t deny N his National Trust kids lunchbox.
It was a lovely walk, our only real outside day of the holiday. And it was lovely to see N properly exploring what he could find on the grass, in little streams and under icy puddles.
Did you get out much over the holidays?
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