Exploring Sudeley Castle
As we were approaching the end of my partner's holiday (two weeks off of solo parenting, bliss!) and there was a teeny hint of Spring in the air, we decided to look for somewhere we could go out for the day; somewhere with plenty of open green spaces to explore, to stretch our legs and enjoy each other's company away from the confines of home. The beauty of the Cotswolds always draws us in and after discovering Sudeley Castle online, we decided it looked like the perfect place to go and visit. Though the snow appeared non-existent for most of our journey, we weren't sure we'd actually get there after being taken down tiny, winding roads and witnessing so many that were blocked entirely by deep snow, but we found ourselves there in the end, practically in the middle of nowhere (that's where most castles are after all).
We're National Trust members so usually lean towards visiting one of their sites but as the majority of them are closed until Spring, and Sudeley Castle offered 20% off for NT members, we decided to visit. Sadly, the castle fort at the adventure park didn't open until the following day (typical!) and the rest of the park was taken over by school children, so we decided to skip it and wander around the grounds, and the beautiful afternoon sunshine even allowed us an hour or two without coats.
Each day seems to bring a hint of Spring with it (I'll ignore the single figure temperatures forecast this weekend), and though we've done pretty well in still getting outside this Winter, I can't wait to be able to strip off our coats, to race around in the Summer sun, smother ourselves with suncream (I never thought I'd miss applying suncream) and leave the house knowing we're not going to have to worry about the cold.
For now, Martin has returned to work and our days have returned to the old routine; we've been left with the post-holiday blues but are looking forward to the warmer weather more than ever. I've been working a lot and I'm so grateful to everyone who puts their faith in me to deliver good design (I hope!) and I've been feeling pretty optimistic about the year ahead. With Archie starting school this year and Jesse leaving any semblance of his chunky baby-self behind, I'm having to learn to accept the pros and the cons of no longer having tiny children (for now, at least). Have you visited Sudeley Castle? Is there anywhere in the Cotswolds you would recommend that are particularly entertaining for children?