{The Ordinary Moments} #16 - A Walk With Grandad

Sunday, July 12, 2015

When I was little we used to go on lots of long walks as my mother is a big believer in fresh air and some gentle exercise. We went out every weekend, and over the years we visited most of the parks and public gardens in and around Cambridge. I loved being out in nature as a child, and although as an adult I'm far less outdoorsy, it is something I want to do with Zach. I think that in a world where we spend so much time looking at screens, switching off and getting outdoors is really important.

Although we went to so many different places, I have the fondest memories of a National Trust house and gardens called Anglesey Abbey. I've only been in the house once, but I must have walked around the gardens hundreds of times! It is so beautiful all year round, and it is where we took Zach for his first proper walk when he was just a couple of weeks old! I had spent the whole of my pregnancy imagining that first outing there as a family, and it was just as lovely as I had dreamed it would be.

This week as my dad is on holiday from work and he hadn't made many plans we decided to meet up and go for a walk in the gardens. We don't often spend much time together just us two (or three, with Zach) so it was a chance for us to catch up and enjoy the afternoon insulting each other in the way that only we can. We started our trip in the cafe with some scones, because life is just too short not to! We then walked and chatted and bickered until just before closing time, taking some time to smell the fragrant roses and take some photos. It was great!

Is there anywhere that you went often as a child where you take your own children?



Linking up with Katie from Mummy Daddy Me for the Ordinary Moments.

8 comments

  1. Sounds like a lovely outing and scones are a necessity ;) We used to live in County Durham when I was a child but now live in Hampshire so one day I'll take my girly up North

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    1. They are indeed!! I'm sure it will be so lovely taking her to where you grew up and making new memories in places that are special to you xx

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  2. When I was a child we travelled from school in Northamptonshire to home in Devon (my Dad was a teacher there and I sort of went to boarding school with my parents) so I got to know just about every National Trust property on the M5 or M42 - and now I live near some of them so I take the children back all the time!!

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    1. There's nothing better than good old national trust is there?! xx

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  3. Its gorgeous and how nice that you did that and relived some child hood memories! I too LOVE national trust places and my membership this year has been invaluable to us on sunny days! Im coming to cambridge in a few weeks so if we have time we may have to check it out - free visit haha

    Love national trust x

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    1. National trust places are always a good day out!! We haven't actually got memberships as we're waiting until Zach is a little older and will appreciate the days out a little more - definitely something we will get in the future though! Have a lovely time in Cambridge!! xx

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  4. Beautiful photos Chantal and we loved Anglesey Abbey as kids too. In fact we loved all the National Trust properties. Have you been to Wimpole? Thats not too far from you (but it's my side) and it has gardens and also a farm as well which my girls love- it's on our list for this Summer again. x

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    1. I love wimpole - it's next on my list! I was really sad to miss lambing this year! It's so lovely to be able to go back to those places that you loved as kids again with your own children isn't it?! :) xx

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