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Hever Castle

My husband is always desperate to go do things on the weekend, I am not. I am not sure why because once in the car and at the destination I have a fantabulous time and then talk his ears off for the rest of the night about what a great day we had, and he always says “yes once we got you out of the house”

I do love it once I’m on my way that is.

Hubby was desperate to do something out-doorsy which is pretty hard right now as there seems to be a bit of rain in the UK it’s really bad. But there was a 3 hour window in which it was meant to NOT rain, we showered as fast as possible and set of to Hever.

After much debate about my husband saying “I dunno if I want to go there” honestly we spend 40 minutes always having a go at each other. Him about me not wanting to leave the house and me telling him every suggestion I make he doesn’t like” anyone else do this crap?

We got there and then it started raining, well what a surprise the weather board got it wrong. Eliza is a total princess and despite wearing 14 layers of clothing and a fleece and a wind and waterproof coat she was cold. I kept pointing out the castle in a very excited manner, and maybe there was a princess in there.

We raced down to the bridge and stopped for a quick jump in some puddles and then crossed the moat’s bridge where Eliza decided she would fall through one of the cracks and die. Daddy came to her rescue. he did point out to her that the cracks were not that big she could fall down between them.

Standing in the Entrance was a guide, under her breath I heard her say “children” to another guide, you could see the dread in her face. The desperation of yet more toddlers touching a tapestry or knocking a 1795 vase on to the floor started to flood my mind. You watch Eliza, I’ll take Jerry. I told my husband which is normally pointless as he forgets he’s meant to be watching one or other of them and I end up watching both of them, why is that? Hello, hello anyone out there or am I talking to myself…

Eliza is pretty good in places like this, she’s very interested in Artwork she wants to know who every single person is and what the painting is about, I try to get her to tell me what she thinks the paintings are about, and we look at them and talk about what we can see. Jerry has no time for this sadly might have something to do with the fact he is 17 months old.

She then says very loudly “IS THIS THE HOUSE OF THE QUEEN WHO HAD HER HEAD CUT OFF?” To say I was surprised was a understatement. back in July/August we had gone to Hever with friends, we didn’t go in the castle but the kids had a great time in the Gardens they also have a fantastic Adventure playground and water maze. I had told Eliza back then about Anne Boleyn I was so surprised she remember that and so proud, she has an amazing memory when she wants to, funny she can’t remember me saying 7347364 times a day to stop snatching and pushing her brother.

You’re not allowed to take photo’s in the house sadly so obviously I didn’t. Thankfully after a cup of tea the rain stopped and we headed back into the gardens I was relectunt to walk around as the kids had both been so sick last week, but they seemed fine.

Steps in the Italian Garden

The colours right now are lovely, was nice to let my eye photograph some thing else for a change.

Lots & lots of puddles!

It was flooded in parts and the kids had enormous fun, they got so wet! Luckily I had spare clothes for them both!

I just love this image.

Someone likes Swans

What the hell is going on here? She’s all nekkid and making out with a swan, it’s just wrong.

It really started to get very cold and the kids by this point were very wet, and I was very worried they were going to get ill again so we changed their clothes, banged the heating up, by the point I had driven a mile they were both fast asleep. A good day me thinks! We bought a Annual membership which means we now have access to the Castle and Gardens for a year. I can’t wait!

Definitely worth a day out even just to the gardens!


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Hop Farm

yeeee hawww

yeeee hawww

today we went to Hop farm the kids loved it. It’s aimed at only children! Eliza saw this ride & was desperate to go on. I said “you’re to young yadda yadda” she demanded I gave in. I said if you’re scared the gentleman will stop it. to which he said “I can’t” ohhhkay. Off she went within 10 seconds “I’m scared” LOL so we cheered & clapped & told her how fabulous she was. I think she gained 50 confidence points.

A lot of the rides were closed, not sure why. But there is a little farm area where they can pet the animals and loads of play areas. The only thing that disappointed me was the entry fee, as more than half the fun was closed.

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Xmas Tree Farm

image cred google images

On Monday it was beautiful weather, that evening I checked the forecast and they said it would be sunny for the next week. EXCELLENT, not sure why I bothered to believe it, firstly this is the UK and we don’t have a climate we have weather. Secondly I don’t trust the MET office one iota the people who tell us about global warming, but can’t even get the weather right for the next day, I ask you people, you trust these guys, you’re better off asking the person next to you on the bus what the weather will be, because folks they have a 60% chance of getting it right compared to the met office. FO SHO.

So Tuesday rolls around and Eliza who can’t remember where she took off her pants and left them 5 minutes ago, remembers that 18 hours ago you said “maybe we’ll go to a farm tomorrow” Demands to know when we shall be leaving to go to the farm….

So as not to disapoint I said we would go to the farm that sold the eggs first and then to Xmas Tree Farm it was raining lightly but not to bad, my kids don’t have rain coats well Eliza did but the pesky child grew and it doesn’t fit her anymore if you wish to donate to the suburban child foundation let me know. At least one of them has wellington boots.

We arrive and there is 3 spaces left in the car park, this is serious if I had be 3 cars later I would not of been able to stay! so we get out and Eliza is bouncing like crazy and Jeremiah is screaming his head off at being taken out of his car seat and put into a stroller, we pay and go in £3 for myself and £1.50 for Eliza and £1 for a bucket of food we bought a big bucket.

We headed into the chicken area where, Jeremiah proceeded to terrorise any chicken and a rather large turkey, I think they liked it.

we went over to the goats, it’s been more than a year since Eliza fed or petted a goat so I wasn’t sure how she’d go, she’s very timid and has a nervous constitution not sure where she gets that from..

But goodness me those kids couldn’t get enough of feeding them, the laughter coming from Eliza was music to my ears, Jeremiah was feeding them large chunks of carrots and loving it. We then went up to the Ponies

Eliza tried to feed them with her hand, but being eye level with the ponies mouth and it’s hollywood teeth she got a little put off and said “it’s OK they can eat from the bucket”

All in all we spent a couple of hours there, well worth a visit if you live locally and cheap. I know it’s about to be a regular haunt for us!

Much love Suburbanmummy

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