This time of year is so very cold, dark and oppressive that I find it very difficult to summon up the energy and desire to be the super mum who is proud of preaching, "There's no such thing as bad weather you know, just bad clothing." Because actually there is such a thing as bad weather, you just have to have the will to brave it, accept it and face it. Call it the post-Christmas blues if you like, but I'm struggling to pull on my thermals and wellies.
However I'm beginning to think of the wonderful places that we do visit in the more agreeable weather, especially as it gives me the will to think about adventuring when it's 20°C lower than my preferred temperature.
Back in the Summer we visited a wonderful National Trust place in Cornwall called Lanhydrock. Just a few miles away from Coombe Mill where we were staying for our holiday, Lanhydrock is one of those astoundingly beautiful stately homes which take your breath away with every step down the long and winding drive down from its stone entrance pillars.
I've been to quite a few National Trust places in the past year and I've found that there is a variety of different attitudes as to interactivity. In some houses the artefacts aren't to be touched and rooms are strictly roped off, in others everyone is able to explore the relics of the past. Lanhydrock is one of those wonderful National Trust places which encourages children to explore their heritage, to type on seventy year old typewriters and to role-play with a telephone which has heard many whispered secrets.
I've found that the older the property, the least likely visitors are to be allowed to touch the original artefacts. Lanhydrock suffered a devastating fire in 1881 which meant that it was refurbished in high Victorian style. The house is set up to show off the two different aspects of Victorian life; the upstairs/downstairs perspective is fascinating to see and the elaborate kitchens of the First World War which served the Agar-Robartes family.
And of course no visit to any National Trust place would be complete without our favourite #2 of the 50 Things project: the obligatory rolling down a hill! This is where Mr. TBaM discovered that trying to roll down with your son is not a good idea (risk of squashing!).
The only tiny thing that plagued our trip to Lanhydrock was the small creatures that plagued our picnic that we settled down to feast upon on the stone steps nestled in the banks. Wasps! Swarms and swarms! We were half a sandwich in when they came and followed us all the way up the path back to the car. We ended up having a Great British and traditional picnic in the backseat of our car with the air-con on full blast!
Linking up with Flashback Friday and Country Kids.