Gruffalo Hunt #2 (Flashback Friday)

Last year, in fact almost a year to the date, I took the boys on a Gruffalo hunt just a simple activity but a lot of fun and an afternoon out which I and Burton especially, still remember and look back on fondly.gruffhunt12The weekend before last saw a beautiful, warm, sunny and dry Sunday and after managing to find my NT membership card at long last hidden in one of my kitchen drawers, I decided to take the boys to our nearest property at Arlington Court for another Gruffallo Hunt. The great thing about visiting the National Trust, is that the outside area is a fantastic space for two boys to run around freely and not have to be told to come back, not to touch something or get down! We love it and especially enjoy going this time of year with the stunning array of autumn colours and textures about.

Here is our Gruffalo Hunt in photos

Two boys went for a run to the deep dark wood
Mummy  tried to keep up as best she could

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Silly old Mummy! Doesn’t she know
There’s no such thing as a gruffalo?

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Where are you going to Burton (not a mouse)
Come and have tea in my treetop house


It’s frightfully nice of you Mummy, but no –
I’m going to have tea with my Gruffalo


On went the boys through the deep dark wood
Still they kept looking, and looking was good

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Where are you meeting him?
Here, by this stream

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Where are you meeting him?
Here, by this lake,

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Silly Old Mummy! Doesn’t she know,
There’s no such thing as a gruffal….

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But now our tummies are beginng to rumble
Our favourite food is – gruffalo crumble!

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 Gruffalo Crumble! The Gruffalo said,
and quick as the wind he turned and fled


All was quiet in the deep dark wood

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Jenson found a monkey
and the monkey was good!

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Westward Ho! Fun

There is nothing quite like a visit to the beach to blow away the cobwebs and bring some colour to your cheeks. Last Tuesday was dry and sunny (isn) in the morning, so I packed the boys up and we headed off to Westward Ho! which is about a 20 minutes drive from our house. 
It was VERY blustery and we were wrapped up with lots of layers and hats and wellington boots for the boys which was just aswell given the huge puddles they found to wade through on the way back to the car!
They learnt that stones can be big, small, flat and rounded. They can be grey, white and almost blue looking and can be heavy if you try to pick up a big one! They can also hurt if you fall over on them!! There are also lots of shapes and textures to explore: smooth pebbles, dry driftwood, wet sand, irregular wooden planks (of the walkway), and the splashing of water in the different shaped puddles we discovered.
Here are Burton and Jenson enjoying Westward Ho! pebble beach

We took two small pebbles home with us (ssshhhh its a secret!) and the boys enjoyed ‘decorating’ them with felt tip pens for some stone art (kind of!)
Burton also drew this picture the next day of the three of us splashing in the waves !!
He also took some photos while we were at Westward Ho! which I thought were rather good

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A Trip To ‘Windy Castle’

The weather has been a bit up and down this week but Thursday was beautifully sunny and warm , if a little windy, and I had use of the car so I packed up a picnic and the boys and I headed off to Castle Hill at Filleigh. Its a beautiful stately home set amongst acres of beautiful rolling Devon countryside, and the gardens are open all year round. 
However, apart from a wedding I attended there a few years ago, I have never actually looked around the gardens. Knowing how much fun the boys and I have had visiting the local National Trust gardens recently, I figured that we would enjoy a visit to Castle Hill.
As soon as I paid my entry fee, Burton found a cluster of Tanglewood Trees which we call the ‘Deep Dark Woods’ based on those described in The Grufallo and Gruffallo’s Child books. 
Him and Jenson enjoyed tree climbing and I think they would have happily spent all of our visit in this patch of small wood!
We did eventually leave, with the promise of our picnic, and walked through the Millennium Garden which was filled with some pretty plants and flowers and we saw some butterflies – first real life ones the boys had seen.
The gardens are not only filled with some wonderful plantlife and lots of different trees, but it contains sculptures, bridges, monuments, a fountain to name a few which adorn the grounds 
And of course lots of rolling land for running, and falling over, on!
Places for climbing and exploring too
There is also a castle – up high on a hill behind the mansion – and I haven’t been able to google much information about it ( I will though as I would like to know more about its history). I was told by the woman as I paid to enter the estate that with my buggy I wouldn’t want to head up to the castle. Hmmm well for some reason I ended up dragging the buggy with a sleeping Jenson inside up such a steep incline, I honestly don’t know how I managed it on my own! But arrive at the castle we did- me with a bright red face from such a difficult walk up to it , Jenson asleep who missed seeing the castle all together, and Burton who was excited to finally see it as he kept calling it Windy Castle (as mentioned in Peppa pig!).
The views are amazing and the castle is in really good condition for its age and Burton and I enjoyed the scenery while having a drink and sharing some grapes!
and Burton took these photos of ‘Windy Castle’
Its fair to say we had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and we will definitely be returning . 
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