We're very lucky to have so many great National Trust properties near us in Kent. One particular favourite is Ightham Mote. I used to take the children there when they were little, and now there's even more to see with grandchildren.
A couple of weeks ago Giovanna and I took Luca there for 'a 'venture', as he calls it. We were lucky to have a sunny day, but either way it's a lovely place to expand children's imaginations. Never mind DVDs and games consoles, they have nothing on getting out into the fresh air to have fun, and even learn a thing or two.
(If you click on the photos, you can see bigger versions of them.)
|A great place to play Pooh sticks, which is exactly what we did!|
|A twisted old tree - good for looking at texture.|
|They have wonderful veg and flower gardens, where Luca |
can learn the names of plants and what vegetables look like
when they're in the ground. They're a feast for at least four of the
senses and Luca in particular likes to smell them.
|Tree stumps looking like a line of gnarled old magical beings -|
fodder for story telling, along with the tree 'graveyard' below.
They're almost like bones.
|At one end of the walk they've created a natural playground,|
made from the wood lying around, with a babbling brook
|There's a twig tunnel that Luca liked to run up and down.|
|Handy deckchairs to sit back in and enjoy the|
ambiance. We got Luca to close his eyes and
tell us what he could hear.
|The joy of running in the open air.|
|Pottering and finding treasures - usually sticks or stones!|
|A bank of buttercups - just because they're so pretty!|
We had a fun-filled day, and didn't even get to go in the lovely old house. We'll have to save that for a future adventure.
More information on Ightham Mote
Visit the writing blog I share with fellow scribe Elaine Roberts: Write Minds Write Place
Find me on Twitter: @FCapaldiBurgess