Tag: parks

A Picnic at Holland Park, London

A couple of weeks ago, we had to go up to London for a day to run an important errand.  While I was getting it done, little T and her dad had an impromptu picnic at Holland Park in Kensington.

The park is huge, but they only ended up staying in the playground area and never even got to the bigger playground.  Well because, little T made friends with some of the children there and didn’t want to leave them.

Don’t you just love the way children just play together as if they’ve known each other all their lives?  My husband said at first little T was shy, but later on, gamely joined the other kids at the playground as seen on the photos.

One of the things I love about London is the diversity of the people who live there – from all over the globe.  To be fair though, I’m not the only foreigner in our little seaside village in North Cornwall.  There’s F’s mum (T’s best friend), who happens to be Swedish, though she’s lived in England so long, people are always surprised to find out that she’s not English.  There was also a Canadian mum in our circle, but she and her family moved to the next town.

Little T was actually not alone on the photo above, but out of respect for her privacy, I decided to crop her off, especially since you could clearly see her face here.  I asked little T what they were talking about, she replied, “Sand of course!”  Silly mummy, of course it was about sand, what else could they be talking about?

On our way to play-school the next day, she was still talking about her London friends.  I actually had to remind her that they live in London and she lives in Cornwall, but that didn’t seem to matter to her or the fact that she will probably never see them again.  As far as she was concerned, they were her friends, even for just one afternoon.  Period.  The rest is just details.

Linking-up with #CountryKids.

Have a lovely weekend folks!

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.