Me & Them; A day out at Tyntesfield



Young boy wearing Soft Gallery panda romper and Little Bird vintage yellow jacket looking at large door at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Young boy wearing Frugi rainbow applique t-shirt closing the door of the greenhouse at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Young brothers wearing rainbow Frugi t-shirt and Little Bird vintage yellow jacket walking barefoot along the tree trunk at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Grandparents with tattoos holding baby grandson wearing soft gallery panda romper in the rose garden at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Beautiful red and yellow flowers at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Lion statue of the Gills family crest at the entrance to the rose garden at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust

As National Trust members, we have exhausted our membership this Summer and seen more roses, manors and gothic revival than we can count. That sounds like a negative, but it isn't; we've loved every second of it. As parents, it feels as if we're in this constant battle between iPads and the outdoors and what I've realised these past few months, is that both have a place and a balance. My 3 year old is better than me at Sonic Dash but he also has some impressive scooter skills (I've never held my breathe for so long as when I watch him race down a hill without applying the brake).

Brothers playing in the suitcase with vintage binoculars and globe in the summer house of the rose garden at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Mother holding baby son wearing Little Bird vintage yellow rainbow jacket outside the orangeries at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Mother holding baby son wearing Little Bird vintage yellow rainbow jacket outside the orangeries at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Beautiful pink flowers at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Mother and pre-school son wearing white jeans and Frugi rainbow t-shirt knocking on the door of the manor at at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Mother and pre-school son wearing white jeans and Frugi rainbow t-shirt knocking on the door of the manor at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Close-up of young boy wearing Frugi rainbow t-shirt climbing trees at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Young toddler boy wearing Soft Gallery panda romper, Little Bird vintage yellow rainbow jacket and Easy Peasy leather pirate shoes standing in the orangery at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust

Tyntesfield was a beautiful place for the boys to chase through and explore. The manor house and chapel was perfect for my Dad, the adorable rose garden and orangery for me and my camera and the endless grounds for Archie & JB; we also ticked a few things off of our 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ list.

They dipped their toes in buckets of sand and pebbles, walked barefoot across a huge fallen tree (how very Dirty Dancing), dodged the cowpats through the fields and caused havoc in the manor house. We searched for different fruits and vegetables growing in the gardens, knocked on doors to nowhere, admired the grapevines in the greenhouses and stopped at the park for a little (though pricey) lunch.

Two brothers wearing Frugi, Little Bird and Soft Gallery standing on the concrete bench at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Beautiful pink flowers at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Grandmother and grandson sitting on a bench in the orangery at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Young boy walking through the greenhouses looking at the grapevines at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Baby boy wearing Soft Gallery panda romper sitting in one of the concrete vases on the stairs in the rose garden at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Young baby boy wearing Easy Peasy pirate leather shoes and Little Bird jacket looking through the window of the orangery at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Mother and two sons standing in front of the plants of the orangery at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Tattooed Grandad with grandson climbing the trees at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Brothers playing in the suitcase with vintage binoculars and globe in the summer house of the rose garden at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust Cute purple/blue flowers at Tyntesfield Estate, Hampshire, National Trust

I indulged that part of me that loves taking photos of beautiful flowers, but also of family and mischievous boys. We let them climb trees, drop sticks in ponds, race through fields, dance in the rain and eat their raisins on the park swing (and get irritated by other children trying to swing because they'd decided there was no other suitable place to eat lunch, ignoring the 20 or so very suitable picnic tables close by).

I'm so grateful to the National Trust for filling our Summer with so many wonderful memories—sunshine-filled picnics and plenty of laughter—and though I'm sure Winter will see quite a decrease in our number of site visits, I'm sure we'll be back exploring when Spring comes around again.


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