Having a husband who works most weekends absolutely sucks for so many reasons. But, I’m a huge believer in optimism and finding the good in everyday. In this situation the good is having quality time with Luca, just me and him. Mother and son. I love it, I really do. I love exploring with him, creating memories, having fun and laughing together. I’m the mum jumping in puddles when we go on muddy walks. I’m the mum racing him on the zip wire or throwing leaves around. I’m the mum who doesn’t care how dirty my new jeans get as long as we are having fun together. I love being that mum.
So as I’ve vowed that I’m going to blog more, I’ve decided I should share more of these snippets of our life. The ordinary days, visiting places we’ve been on numerous occasions and where nothing spectacular may happen, but the days where we are together. They seem even more special now he’s at pre-school too and I feel like I don’t get as much time with him and like I now have to share him with the big world.
On these days we aren’t always alone, sometimes a friend may join us like they did this week when we ventured out to Lotherton Hall.
Now I don’t know if you’ve heard, but it’s been pretty rainy up here in Yorkshire recently. On Friday we got a break in the rain and the sun even came out to cast its glorious wintry shine on everything. So we jumped in the car, picked up my friend Steph and headed out into the cold.
Lotherton Hall is a regular haunt for us. It’s got so much to keep you entertained for a good few hours. We began on the playground to burn off a bit of the crazy that creeps in when you’ve been housebound for a while. After that we headed into the wooded walk to find the hidden bits and pieces to play on and for me to start taking some photos for my latest photography challenge, #AYearWithMyCamera.
There are lots of play equipment hidden in the trees and Luca loves the challenge that they all present, like the wobbly bridge and the bouncy circles. He also loved balancing on a big, moss covered log we found and had Steph and myself helping him walk backwards and forwards on it for ages.
After we coaxed him away from the log he managed to find a huge stick and cover himself in mud. One small tantrum later, apparently the mud on his coat was making his belly sting (go figure), we found ourselves in the beautiful gardens surrounding the house.
There is also a cute little chapel which Luca was very disappointed wasn’t open despite him knocking on the door.
We then had a quick stop in the cafe for a hot chocolate to warm us up again before we hit the playground for one last swing and slide.
Apart from the minor mud related tantrum, Luca was a delight all day. He loved balancing on the walls we found, pretending to be a statue, finding all the different gateways and opening to sneak through and generally exploring his surroundings.
Lotherton Hall is definitely one of our favourite places to kill a few hours and get some fresh air, and because there is so much to do, no two visits are ever the same. If your ever in the area we really do recommend popping in.