Cancelled Plans, A Train Ride and A Birthday Picnic

As parents of a young child, we know that just because you plan ahead doesn’t mean that it will happen, like that time when we were all set to go to Manchester to watch a football Olympic game between Brazil and Belarus, I won’t bore you folks with the details but you can click on the link if you want to know the story.

Anyway, the day before we were all set to drive up to Woburn Sands where my lovely in-laws live for T’s birthday party, we decided to cancel and move it, just to make sure that T was a hundred percent feeling better.  Yes, my daughter was still a bit sick and we didn’t want things to get worse, so feeling really like “responsible” parents, we decided not to go.

And guess, what?  The next day our little one was definitely better.  But plans have been changed and it was too late to un-change them once again.  So we had to think of an impromptu birthday celebration for little T and what better way to celebrate it than with her best friend F?

F and T walking to the train station.

So last Monday, the 26th of August we celebrated Tamsin’s third birthday by going on a steam train ride at the Launceston Steam Railway.

The Victorian Steam Train – all aboard!

Shall we go and get tickets dear?  Oh yes, please!

You’ve over-packed again!

T and F all aboard Lillian the Steam Train (built in 1883).

We got off at the New Mills Farm park – the perfect picnic ground!

It was kiddie heaven!   The place had trampolines, little cars, swings, slides, animals, ball pits and other games as well.

T loved jumping with other kids.

Especially of course jumping with her best friend.

So many cars to choose from!

C’mon F let’s explore!

This is bliss!

This is where we are dear… I’m tired. Let’s go home.

The Launceston Railway also has a magnificent collection of vintage cars, motorcycles and other vintage finds.  Apart from the train ride, there’s also a cafe and a lovely gift shop.  So if you’re in the area and looking for something really fun to do this is indeed a must-visit.

I’ve linked this post up with Coombe Mill’s Country Kids.


  1. hurrahforgin

    Looks like you had an amazing time – it would be my son’s perfect day by the looks of it! Happy birthday to T 🙂

    • Oh I’m sure your son would love it too! Yes, we were really thankful that in spite the cancelled plans the day turned out to be perfect! =)

  2. Beautiful photos! I’m glad that the day ended up being great, in spite of a change in plans! 🙂

    • Thanks… This is one other thing I learned about being a mom, to stay flexible and not get stressed out when things don’t go as planned.

  3. Ahhhh so, that’s how se spent her birthday. Hahaha…

    We cancelled plans for this weekend, too, to visit Alex. I was sick the last two days of the first week back to work.:( And, I have lots of homework to do.

    Belated Happy Birthday again, dear T. 🙁

  4. Glad you little one was feeling better the next day. Looks like you had an amazing day on the train.

  5. Coombe Mill - Fiona

    It looks like T had a fantastic sunny birthday with her best friend. How great to have a steam train ride then all those activities and a picnic, thanks for linking up and sharing T’s birthday fun outdoors with Country Kids.

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