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Back in time, February fun! (Worcestershire County Museum)

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Me and Ayla went on a little explore today as it is half term and our usual groups are not running this week. I decided to head toward Hartlebury and perhaps visit the common when I stumbled across this County Museum advertising half term activities, and Im really glad we did!

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We were looking forward to something fun especially as the baby’s due date is getting nearer, I am taking this opportunity to have some quality Mummy daughter time before we have our hands full with our new little arrival!

The lady greeted us at the desk and as Ayla is under 5 her addmission was free, Adult price is only ยฃ5 and I paid ยฃ2 for Ayla to do all three of the craft activities which were being run throughout the Museum.

I was in heaven as they had a fantastic display of Gypsy Bow Top wagons and exhibits of horses in harness!

I really hope to one day own my own bow top, they are just so beautiful they really are captivating and they look so cosy inside!

We even found a Blacksmiths forge which Ayla was confused why her Daddy wasn’t actually forging there. I did try to explain it was like Daddy’s forge but not actually his … her little voice calling out ‘Where is Daddy?’ as she peered in!

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Inside the museum we were invited to take part in a trail to find the ‘frogs’ which were numbered and hiding around the exhibits which really helped to add an element of excitement. Ayla enjoyed finding them and pointing them out to me!

This was one of the clues we found in the Victorian class room. Ayla particularly liked this room and it reminded me of myself as I was always fascinated finding out what life had been like for children years ago.

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She took her time in Victorian school quite seriously and insisted that I be the teacher ๐Ÿ™‚

This museum is perfect for little ones as the exhibits are so interactive, they have really thought about children attending and made the history of it all come alive for them. Ayla could listen to different peoples accounts of farming from local people recalling the past. She told me at one stage she thought it might be ‘Mary Poppins speaking to her’ which of course she thought was brilliant! There was dressing up to be done, buttons to press, mini electric trains to watch, old fashioned toys to have a go with, coin rubbing and more!

I loved watching her run around the carriage circle and pretend to be stuck in the stocks ๐Ÿ™‚

The cafe was great too, simple hearty food at value for money and good service, I really recommend this place as a visit for all the family to enjoy!

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The craft activites were really well thought out and each one had a set person to explain and help you make each one. Ayla was also given a certificate for completing her trail and entered into a prize draw at the end to win some more goodies.

Would definitely recommend!

…..Now all I need to do is figure out how I can get my hands on one of these gorgeous

bow tops! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy February Fun Everyone!

You can visit the County Museum Information site at :

https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/info/3/county_museum

The Kelpies of Scotland and the Falkirk Wheel

When my husband first mentioned that he would like to see the Kelpies on a recent trip to visit family in Scotland, I paused for a moment… and looking slightly bermused, I told him that I wasn’t sure the Loch Ness Monster was available for visitors this weekend.

He quickly informed me not to be so silly ๐Ÿ™‚ that it was actually an amazing sculpture of two horse heads by a public artist called Andy Scott. My husband is a artist blacksmith/sculpture himself so it made every sense to visit these magnificent metal sculptures and was a great excuse for a family day out on our way up to Scotland.

The Kelpies are set in Falkirk at the Helix park, we had a fairly easy journey over, deciding to set off at 5.00 am to miss all the traffic and let Ayla sleep most of the journey north. I think it took us about 6 or 7 hours to get there but we had plenty of stops along the way.

Before visiting the Kelpies we stopped off at the Falkirk Wheel which was an amazing piece of engineering to witness.

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There was also a smaller scaled version of the Kelpies standing next to the canal which got us in the mood to see the real thing.

Seeing them full size was pretty spectacular… they are so big! Ayla was most confused why we had been calling them Kelpies all this time she took one look at them and shouted ‘horses daddy, horseys’ ๐Ÿ™‚

They are so beautiful, standing 30 metres high they are the largest equine sculptures in the world. They rise out of the ground, surrounded by a small moat with lights which I can imagine when lit will give the impression the Kelpies are moving, as they reflect the lighting through the water onto their steel structure. During the day you can pay to actually walk inside the sculptures and there are also boat trips along the canal.

Whilst we were at the helix we visited a newly built adventure park and fountain/ splash area for the kids, Ayla especially liked the tunnels and the slide.

ย After a wonderful time spent with family and celebrating we headed back south after the weekend but couldn’t resist a stop off at Gretna Green before crossing back over the border. It was a perfect excuse to let Ayla see the Blacksmiths shop and pose for a photo by the Anvil!

Maybe Ayla will want to be a Smithy too?? …. Much to our disappointment we didn’t actually find a working blacksmiths forging here!

 

 

 

Parks & Planting!

Found this treasure of a park, not far from where we live and will definitely be back again, we had the place all to ourselves!

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Well not entirely to ourselves…. we had to wait for this little ant to take his turn on the slide.

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After Lunch we built a house with Daddy (interupting his design work again!) to make a house for the toy animals to live in.

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Before doing a spot of gardening (toddler style of course) I hope these seeds grow Ayla did a very good job of drowning… I mean ..watering them!

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We will eagerly await their arrival!