With summer on its way and the trees in full blossom we have been trying to get out and about a bit more lately with the Little Ones. Now that Little 3 has found his feet he wants to explore and with two big sisters around to help him what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon then exploring the National Trust Westbury Court Gardens near us.
Rain was forecast and a chill in the air reminded us that summer was not here yet so we donned coats and headed in...
The gardens are quite small but we managed to spend a couple of hours there running around the planted patches, through the wildflowers in the tall grass, playing pooh sticks while watching the stream and spotting fish in the ornamental ponds.
We took in the vegetable patch and spring flowers blooming as we explored the linear gardens, we looked for and fed the fish in the ponds taking care not to get too close to the edge and popped upstairs in the pavilion to see the views.
Little 2 was in a thoughtful frame of mind and while her sister ran around making lots of noise she was taking in the flowers and wandering around quietly deep in thought. She would not put down her feather or fish food the whole way around, this little girl loves nature and is quite at home pottering around in her own quiet way, I often wonder just what she is thinking.
A bit of family photography was called for when Little 3 was let loose from the confines of his buggy, we hadn't taken a picture of the three of them together since his birthday. We managed to get some lovely snaps of them all together sitting on a bench.
The sun was going down and the wind began to get up, the children started to get hungry and chilly. I always come prepared and we headed back to the pavilion and found some seats near the fish, a nice cup of warm hot chocolate and a mini doughnut went down very well all round which a group of chinese visitors found quite amusing as they filed out of the gardens!
On the way home the children were in good spirits as loud voices sung to the soundtrack of 'Mamma Mia', what a lovely afternoon.
Where shall we visit next?