Monday, 7 May 2018

May Day @Kentell Hall

E and I had a day out at Kentwell Hall's May Day celebrations. Kentwell is about 50 minutes from Cambridge. It is a lived in Tudor mansion which has regular Tudor living history events. 
 There were a couple of beautiful peacocks.
 In an outbuilding is a rather fab camera obscura.
 The grounds themselves are just beautiful, and just walking around the place takes a good couple of hours if you're not walking fast to get it done. There are lots of hidden bits to find including a beautiful woodland full of bluebells and a small farm with hens, 2 horses, a donkey and pigs.
 As part of the May Day celebrations were lots of Tudor participants involved in
May Tree Raising, putting on a Mummers Play, dancing around the May Tree, and the Grand Procession around the Estate and in between the grand events were woodworkers and craftsmen including people making pots, a man carving (he made a E a whistle for free) and a candle maker.





Sunday, 22 April 2018

Lambing at Wimpole

Today we went to Wimpole Hall for their lambing, where 300 rare breed ewes give birth. We weren't lucky enough to witness a birth but we saw some pretty small ones! We also hd a quick wonder round the estate. 





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Saturday, 21 April 2018

St George's Day 2018 @Wrest park

We went to the St George's festival at Wrest Park. We had to get back for our riding lesson so we had to plan carefully what to see.  We managed to see English civil war re-enactment, Romans, falconry and Jousting as well as wondering round the camp, but missed the actual St George reenactment which happened at the end of the day.







Monday, 16 April 2018

Wicken Fen

Today we went for quick but muddy walk round Wicken Fen. Lots of the paths are closed at the moment due to rain and them trying to save the ground. Spring feels like it is on it's way!   We saw a few birds and a rat!








Lake District 2018

We had a great time walking in the Lake District. We found newts and lots of frog spawn. We enjoyed caves and hills!













Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Parent & Child French baking @The cambridge cookery school

E, P and myself enjoyed a morning of baking at the Cambridge cookery school. There were about 10 groups of mixed ages. We made brioches, baguette viennoise and a plaited rye loaf. All were yummy! The course was really well run and we were taken through the stages step by step. We also enjoyed a nice drink and snack whilst our items were baking. The course was expensive but the girls are keen to go back and so something else next time!  And the best bit - no washing or clearing up!                                                                  








Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Ickworth

We spent the afternoon at Ickworth. We started with a visit to the cafe - where G and I enjoyed the scone of the month (and decided we need to visit once a month).

We then enjoyed Ickworth's Easter Trail (£2.50 a child) - a short (if not a little muddy) walk around the estate answering questions posted on daffodils with facts about the estate. The answers to the questions then needed to be reordered to give a code word which needed to be spoken to the NT people at the start and in return they gave you an egg!  This is definitely one of the more tricky trails we have done - it was fun and all the girls enjoyed it (apart from I who is still at school :( ). It was also lovely to watch the lambs gamboling around.








 We then extended the walk with a visit to the trim trial and the playground!