An Afternoon out with my Pre-schooler

The children all went back to school this week, and my 4 year old started school too. He is only doing 2 1/2 hours in the morning at the moment, which is so hard when you have to work around the schedule of a baby, and other school runs to do.

But today we are trying to make the most of it and we have taken a little afternoon trip out to Castle Ashby gardens.

We came here earlier in the year and I was very pregnant and couldn’t waddle far, so I wanted to come back and have a proper look around. We asked the lady when we bought our tickets what the best thing would be to see, because recently we seem to have a habit of missing out on all the best things!

She said we should visit the menagerie, which sounded very posh and I’m not sure if I have been to a “menagerie” before. There was a lot of excitement in trying to spot the marmosets in their cage because moved very quickly. There were also ducks, chipmunks, giant rabbits, goats, pigs and meerkats.

The gardens were beautiful. I even took the baby out the pushchair for photos! (sometimes I feel like I have more photos of Sam in the pushchair than anywhere else!)

castle ashby conservatory

Castle Ashby Gardens has so many stunning features such as the Orangery, and the Italian Gardens. If you are visiting in the summer the gardens have the most colourful flowerbeds.

I’m now writing, relaxing, and watching Max play in the play area from the cafe. He has been pretending to be a monkey, even though he can’t move as fast as the real thing. He has been trying to encourage some other children to play his monkey game but their parents don’t want them to. I don’t like bully-ish helicopter parents. I wish he had his big brothers here on his side. They would be brilliant monkeys!!

It was a lovely place to visit for a little afternoon out. If you would like to visit, you can find more details on the Castle Ashby website.

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