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Today I had no plans, but the sun came out and I still not having any friends in this area really didn’t feel like having another day at home, listening to the sound of my own voice and feeling like time is passing me by. So I looked for something to do. 30 minutes later not only did I have a picnic in the car for us, I had the kids dressed and sitting patiently as I set the GPS up. OH yes when I decide on something I work fast!

I picked Groombridge Place and Gardens for us to visit. I like gardens, the children like gardens. And it has a Zeedonk which sadly we didn’t get to see. But we did see a lot, I decided to take a boat ride, which Jerry HATED, HATED with a passion 10 minutes of him digging his fingers in to me and screaming OFF BOAT, NO LIKE IT

Eliza on the Boat

You arrive at the Robson Crusoe playground. There are some height restrictions on the equipment but I went around with the kids,we were the only people there so it was quiet! It was great for confidence building for Eliza who’s very scared of bridges with gaps. trying to not agree with her and say lets go back down we went across bridges and up and down the stairs.

It's the MAP, It's the map, come on sing it with me

Lots of things to look at and play with!

A place to sleep and have lunch!

I've never found the wicker look/feel appealing either

How you know your kids don't know you are scared of spiders

Lots of detail

what happens if you get bored watching the kids play

So after we played here we walked along the stream and I pretended that this was my property I was the ultra mega cool person to do this on my land. Because I like to live in my own dreams sometimes.

Then we came across this

A bone?

Eliza and Jerry were thrilled, never has a piece of wood had so much love, no mummy no one carved it, silly mummy, it’s a dinosaur bone. Yes which you can now use to rest upon. But that suddenly didn’t seem so appealing.

So we checked out the Mystic Pool, which really looks like a mosquito swamp if I am honest, being highly allergic to mozzies I scanned the area but it appeared safe and rather not Mystic.

Mystic eh

Then we walked on some more, painfully stopping to look at some mud on the ground which was a little wet, first we had Eliza worried about her shoes then Jerry who got his hands dirty, Seriously guys we live in the countryside now, stop the namby pamby city kid crap.

maze who knows I forget the name 😀

Reaching my favourite part of what we managed to see. Reminded me of Frodo’s house except VERY small

Who lives in a house like this..?

Seriously it’s lots of fun and lots to see, and do. I will go back because I really want to see the Zeedonk and the rest of the Enchanted forest. I also want to see the gardens better.

Trivia for you. Pride and Prejudice was filmed here using the house for the Bennets. Day of the triffids was filmed here, and it was the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes writer Sir  Arthur Conan Doyles book “The valley of Fear”

If you can go, go, it’s beautiful

Gates to the Private house

Moated manor

We loved it!


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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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