Last weekend was a wet one. Nothing new there of course, But I’m learning the British way now, which is “Stiff upper lip, plod on” and “Everything is jolly good even if it’s bloody raining!”. Armed with waterproof rain coats, wooly hats, scarves, gloves, a flask of hot chocolate, another one with tea, some lovely biscuits and a smelly dog, we jumped in our car and drove to Penhallam Manor.
The first and last time we were here was in the autumn of 2014. As mentioned on that post, Penhallam is an English Heritage site, with the remains of a 13th century medieval manor. There’s hardly anything left, but the very bare bones of the house, but still worth visiting.
This time though, we went with some friends. While waiting, T and I decided to explore the nearby woods and left the historian to wait by the gate for our friends in case they missed the turning. And they did!
I love this woodland, but never had the chance to explore it, this time we thought we’d manage it. But we never got that far, because T’s friends have arrived. So we decided to head back.
There were four adults, three kids, two dogs, and a baby in a sling, stomping in the muddy walk towards the remains of a gothic manor.
And then it started raining even before we could get there, but no one seemed fazed by it. Everyone just kept walking on, chatting and no one mentioned the rain, except me, who muttered under my breath.
When we got there, in spite of the rain, T’s friend stripped her rain coat off and started running around without it. Thank goodness T didn’t follow suit and was sensible enough to keep her coat on, even though her hood wasn’t on.
Then it was a riot of kids and dogs running around like loonies. By this time, I had to stop taking photos, I didn’t want my camera to get wet and was busy making sure the kids didn’t fall in the very cold water surrounding the manor.
After a snack of hot chocolate (tea for the grown-ups) and biscuits, they started having fun with muddy puddles. As the narrator of Peppa pig would say “Everyone loves jumping up and down in muddy puddles”.
Do you have anything fun planned this weekend?
If you can trust the weather report, it’s supposed to be a sunny day, albeit a cold one tomorrow. We are definitely heading out, most probably to another English Heritage or National Trust property. That’s one of the reasons why we keep our membership with both of them, it’s so handy to have, especially down here in Cornwall for day trips with little ones like this one.
Have a lovely weekend folks!