Monday, 14 May 2012
Following a tip off from fellow blogger Angela at the Masterplan and Me about home educators National Trust membership for only £36 we have today joined and visited our first NT House. Only 5 miles west in Petworth. The third member in the trio of PH's after Parham and Pallant Houses last week.
Really impressed. We met up with some lovely home educating Friends of ours and started with a stroll (adults) run (children) around the gardens admiring the: bluebells, rhododendrons and Narcissus and then into the main house which has a fabulous collection of old paintings (very much to S's taste) and sculptures. In each room there is a box for children including the dressing up (in the photos) which matches to paintings on the wall and a mini Petworth house with furniture to arrange. S adored these and was annoyed not to spend longer playing especially once she discovered a small doll in her pocket who was just the right size. She also spotted a Medusa and Hercules along the way. E, 5, was great in the house. I was worried that he might be scared of the dark bits or just too jumpy and loud but he picked up on the relaxed and friendly vibe from the staff and was very at ease.
Art, History and a little bit of fresh air with a quick picnic lunch before the rain came. Home via the library which was a bad move and a step too far for everyone :(.
We had a delayed family movie night last night. "How to Train Your Dragon" and the people version of "101 Dalmations" to end the mini staycation. Despite an enjoyable morning it has not been easy today, struggling with being the solo adult again. Spinning Plates. Always Spinning Plates.
This afternoon we have made more gingerbread cookies.