Hayfever and random days out in Wiltshire…..this is what we got up to in June as part of The Me and Mine Project.
Finally we have all been germ free! Apart from suffering with hayfever, as I write this I am sneezing away and trying to refine from scratching my eyes out. I have not suffered this bad for ages and have seen this year pollen is high due to a delayed spring. It also turns out that Rowan (aka my sickly child) also is suffering from hayfever. Anyone who suffers with this will know this can put a strain on enjoying the warm months of the year. I desperately want to plan exciting days out, but also know I will suffer for a few days after the event.
Yesterday we went out for the day, my hayfever was already at an all time high as Antony cut the grass the previous day (I am seriously contemplating astroturf this moment in time)so thought might as well just go for it, plus to make the most of the sunshine and some quality family time with the children.
Recently we purchased a family New Zealand Heritage pass as recommended by my lovely blogger friend Emily at A Slummy Mummy blog. I recently downloaded The National Trust app for ideas of places nearby, as we want ideas for days out and some beautiful places for me to practice improving photography skills. I was surprised that the app had so many beautiful places and not just houses, which is what I thought The National Trust was to be honest. We looked at passes but couldn’t afford the amount for the family pass, then Emily said about an awesome tip of purchasing New Zealand Heritage as the passes work over here and are a fraction of the price, the only thing not included is car parking.
We are lucky living in Wiltshire, how many places are near so we don’t have far to travel. We went on our first trip and went to Avebury, I was amazed this beautiful village is only half an hour away from us. We went to Lockeridge Dene first and the kids went jumping around like wild feral animals in the field of sarsen stones. Then we wanted to go and get some pictures and have a picnic near the stone circle in Avebury, unfortunately so did a huge number of other people and parking was literally impossible.
So with two ravenous children moaning in the heat, we headed back near home and went to the beautiful Lydiard Park and sent up a picnic, played football and blowed bubbles. Sometimes you forget how memorable cheap days out are and how you don’t have to go spending a fortune on an exciting day out. Randomly we done a similar thing last week, we had tea and the kids were arguing, so we all went on a dog walk, kids on the bikes and went to the park. It was brilliant as we had this to ourselves and the kids got to unload a load of steam before bed. The kids had such a lovely time, and just shows spending time together, no matter how or cost wise has such an impact on memories for you children to remember. I am sure the past couple of weeks they will remember the fun we had and do the same with their children in the future….oh gosh I just had a vision of me as a granny!
We are hoping to do some more local events and days out, maybe even fit in some geocaching as the kids absolutely love doing this. One thing I want to try as on my Slimming World diet and the kids are obsessed with fruit is going to a local ‘Pick Your Own’ farm, it is one of those things we keep meaning to do but never get round to this for some reason. So hopefully this will be the year.