Saturday, 30 April 2016

Road Trippin'

 Bank Holiday Weekend.

The North beckoned Pappy home to see his friends for a few days, leaving the bee and I to get up to no good! The BBC Weather app promised a sunny day, mild, with maybe a light shower in the afternoon, so naturally I thought 'that's not worth staying in for' so I dug out the NT book in search of a new property to visit.

We chose Sunnycroft. A gorgeous Victorian Villa in Wellington. There was plenty to keep both of us entertained, lawn games for the bee - croquet, quoits, skittles and badminton, and plenty of photo opportunities for me! We had a wonderful wander around the house and made some lovely new friends. I would definitely say, hand on my heart, Sunnycroft have the nicest and friendliest staff around! And then it was lunchtime, to the tearoom!

We shared delicious cheese sandwiches and finished up with a clotted cream tea, all of which was utterly beautiful!

After we were both fed and watered, we did some more playing on the lawn and then had a good old explore in the garden. Louie is getting rather good at finding old logs to climb, it is a sport that he is taking rather seriously!

So remember earlier I mentioned that the BBC Weather app promised nice-ish weather? Well just look at that sky!
We left Sunnycroft and had a beautiful drive through some of Shropshire's beautiful scenery (here you can see for miles, Louie thought he could see the entire world!) towards another NT property, this time we visited Benthall Hall.

When we arrived, we had to make a mad dash from the car to the house to shelter from the rain. I have never been so happy to find my waterproof jacket in the boot of my car, I tell you that now! Louie was very pleased with the quality of the quiz provided in this house, very in depth indeed and he was rewarded with a postcard which is now displayed in his bedroom. When we had finished inside the house, it was still grey and gloomy, but after about 10 minutes, Mr Sunshine decided to show his face - what a turnaround!

And so resumes the programme of bee photographs....

And this was the beautiful view from our car just as we were leaving. A mere 10 minutes later, on our journey home, came the most violent hail storm I have ever witnessed! It was so noisy that Louie and I were shouting at the top of our voices and could barely make out what the other was saying. Incredible weather, especially for the last day of April!!

Bad weather aside, I think it is fair to say that we made the most of our Mama Bee and Baby Bee day together, enjoying lots of different things!

Wednesday, 27 April 2016


The boys had a fun time telling jokes on our walk to the meadow last week. Here are a few from the cutting room floor...

Sunday, 24 April 2016


We spent this weekend spoiling Louie with a trip to Legoland Windsor!
Even since he was a tiny baby, we couldn't wait to take him to this wonderful place. There is not a day that goes by without Louie playing Lego, it is by far his favourite 'toy' and just about everyone knows it!

We got up early, telling Louie that we were going for a picnic at a National Trust property (his fave!) that was a long way away. We arrived at about 10:30 at the funniest looking NT property Louie had ever seen :P

We had a full fun day at Legoland, thoroughly taking in half of the park. We visited 'Bricks' for our evening meal which was just perfect after a long days play. With it being buffet style, we all ate as much as we could manage, but Louie couldn't sit still for too long, there was far too many exciting things to see and do!

After our meal, we settled into the bar whilst Louie took in the kids entertainment. Though it was aimed at slightly younger kiddies, he played along and enjoyed it anyway. Then we made our way to our home for the night.

We stayed in the Legoland Resort Hotel in an Adventure room. Every little detail had been catered for, from Lego toiletries to a real treasure hunt with a lego prize for the bee.

Someone was far too excited to sleep, and woke up several times in the night to play lego.. though in the morning, he did build this dragon (the wings fell off!) with the Lego provided in the room.

After breakfast we packed our bags and set off for day two in the park. Hotel guests are allowed into the park a little earlier, so we took advantage of no queues and headed straight for the Driving School. Sadly Louie didn't want to come anywhere near us, so we didn't get a photo, but it was definitely a highlight for us all!

After making the most of the quiet period, we made our way to the part of the park everyone had been waiting for... MINILAND!

My particular favourite bits were the Minack Theatre and Santa Pod but the aerial view from the helicopter ride was absolutely wonderful!

We spent most of the day visiting the other half of the park that we didn't see on Saturday, but we made sure that we had a little time to revisit some of the rides we particularly enjoyed, especially Mia's Riding School, which sounds like a lovely little tame horsey ride, which is actually a spinning disk of doom - it was excellent!!

Louie was asleep before we had even made in to Windsor, it is safe to say that we all had an excellent and fun filled weekend!
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