Scraped knees & dropped lollipops at Waddeson Manor
Last weekend, Summer arrived [for around 3-4 days] and it was completely & utterly glorious! Sunshine was never my thing as a singleton but post-kids there's no denying that it's much easier keeping everyone entertained in the warmer weather and therefore much easier to enjoy it yourself. We binged on BBQ food, ice-creams, paddling pools & picnic's at the park and made the most of it by visiting the beautiful Waddeson Manor last Sunday—the Rothchild mansion turned National Trust property—and repeated all of the above, just in a different location, and my parents came along for the ride too.
We were pleasantly surprised by how warm the weather was and I was glad we didn't need to dig out the spare long-sleeved emergency clothes we'd brought as I'm a little bit obsessed with this panda romper Jesse's wearing by Soft Gallery; I stumbled across it in the sales last year as Summer was on it's way out and wasn't sure it'd still fit past last year but luckily, we can just about squeeze him into it for at least the next few months (come on, rest of Summer!).
We rode the bus, adventured on the woodland park, ate lunch & lollipops at the stables, wandered in awe through the manor, climbed staircases made of stone, picked up sticks in the woodland, searched for birds in the aviary and felt the splash of water on our faces from the magnificent fountain. Jesse screamed for juice only to throw it on the floor, dropped his first cone in the drain, purposely sat in the only muddy puddle in the entire gardens whilst Archie raced past the crowds, ignored every plea to stop, scraped his knees and stole Grandad's chocolate biscuit. Sunshine & bliss.
The boy's have been getting their toes out in their Bobux sandals (that were very kindly gifted to us) in the sunshine and I've been having far too much fun building them a Summer wardrobe for the season to come (though we can never entirely dismiss the sweatshirts and leggings, no matter the time of year, in the UK).
Poor Jesse has been poorly more often than healthy this month, and he's now suffering with a snotty cold, so I'm looking forward to the warm weather returning and to exploring even more NT properties we've yet to visit. There are so many I'd love to see that are too far a drive for a quick day visit, so we're hoping to get to a few whilst we're away in Wales this June. Any recommendations around that way (or even en route from the South West) are very welcome in the comments!