‘You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

After thinking this weekend the weather would be pretty dire it has turned out beautiful. Which I am especially pleased about because we had a little trip out on Sunday for my birthday. Although my birthday is not until next week I ceased the opportunity to book National Trust tickets for Mottisfont when Kipper woke me up super early last Friday.

It is a little bit of a tradition, we try to go each year to see the rose gardens. Although it was a sell out there really wasn’t many people there. W had a lovely day wandering around and although the play spaces were not open the boys enjoyed watching the fish and climbing the trees. They were also more amenable to pictures. I am finding that they are so happy to be out they will quite happily have their photo taken. Something which I hope will continue!

Which means I was a little spoilt for choice. Although I think these two are my favourites. I took this one of Monkey when we first arrived. Both boys liked the giant rainbow on the front of the Manor House so we stopped to take some pictures. They thought is was great fun to run at me and knock me over! You can see the glee in Monkey’s face.

The picture I chose of Kipper is in the walled garden itself. He decided he needed a rest and opted to sit on one of the ropes. Oh to be able to have the balance to be able to do that! I think he was pondering ice cream, as we saw that the ice cream kiosk was open on our way in. Of course we had to have one after our picnic lunch. It really is the simple things.

We had a lovely day out, our first as a family as lockdown starts to ease. It was exactly what we needed and it lifted everyones mood.

This week is looking quite busy at work so we have no real plans other than homeschooling, craft and maybe some baking. Hope you have a great week.

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  1. Tee Simpson

    What lovely photos. Lovely and bright and the kids looks so hapoy.

  2. Tee Simpson

    I lobe your opening quote. Your photos are lovely too and I can’t wait to get back outfoors with my kids.

  3. Sarah Roberts

    Love the National trust! Such a great way to get kids into history and fun as well

  4. Jeanette Leighton

    Some lovely pictures looks a nice place to visit

  5. I’m glad you got to continue your birthday tradition. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a nice celebration this week x #livingarrows

  6. Lyndsey cooksey

    The most simplistic of things can be the more memorable. Lovely photos, especially of you and your boys on the bench. I adore lavender.


    Sounds like you had a great day and you got some lovely photo’s to remind you of it.

  8. I really love the photos, i think the stripy tops are really nice

  9. Julie Quarterman

    Well the boys look like they have had a wonderful time.

  10. Lovely that the children enjoyed Mottisfont. A friend visited last week and sent me photos. Such a beautiful place.
    Best wishes for your birthday.

  11. Andrea Fletcher

    Looks like a great day out, love all the lavender on the photo.

  12. Carly Belsey

    Aw that’s nice that you could actually get out for your birthday, albeit early. Lovely pictures as always.

  13. The boys look very happy in the pics!!! This place looks amazing too, I m going to try and get out more this week!!

  14. Nigel Soper

    Just wanted to say well done for not only coping with lock down but keeping the blogging going too

  15. Jazz Tattersall

    Why are you still homeschooling I thought schools we’re back in England?

  16. James Travis

    Great place to have fun and chill out, with plenty of space to socially distance too

  17. Oh, such bright, colourful and happy pictures – it was indeed a wonderful weekend in terms of the weather. I cannot help but lust after your logo every time I view this page.

  18. Sarah Dunne

    That looks like a lovely place to visit, would love to take my daughter somewhere similiar!

  19. lynn neal

    Looks a lovely place to visit and relax a little!

  20. Katrina | ChatterFox

    Some lovely family photos. If I ever managed to sit on that rope i’d never get back up again!

    Glad you’ve managed to get out for the day. We’re hoping to get to our local wildlife park now it’s open but we’ve not been lucky enough to get a slot yet.

    Katrina x

  21. Ruth Harwood

    It’s great to see the fun that can be had in the simple things xx

  22. Priscilla Stubbs

    Another interesting blog, love the photo of the boys in the lavender

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