We set off for another local adventure, near to Farnham Castle and Waverley Abbey that we had visited recently.
The Rural Life Centre contains all sorts of exhibits from country life over the past 150 years, with photos of many of the places that have been moved to the site. This weekend there are lots of woodworking activities going on and many items of machinery being demonstrated. On Sundays the Old Kiln narrow gauge railway is in service and this is definitely something we’d like to return to on another visit.
The centre had free parking and cost us £27 for a family ticket for the 5 of us to enter.
There were a few activities dotted around to entertain the children but the best bit for the kids was the playground.
They also loved the woodland walk and the massive array of trees. Matthew enjoyed running up to each and finding out which sort it was. The redwood was magnificent!
There were also beautiful flowers sprinkled everywhere, creating a lovely calm environment.
Next time we visit, we will take a picnic as the cafe was slightly disappointing. The queue was horrendous and they had a reduced menu advertised but extras were available if you asked.
We asked and managed to get chicken nuggets, chips and beans for the kids which was excellent value for money and really tasty. I wanted an omelette but this was not up on the board, I later saw someone else have one and was very jealous 🙁 We were also wrongly charged and were spoken to quite sharply by the person who delivered the food, and then had to queue (again!) to pay correctly.
Overall, the centre was a beautiful place to visit. Educational, functional, nostalgic and fun.
So today is the last day of the holidays and we have a few last things planned for the weekend. Then it is back to school for the kids and work for me (all 3 jobs as we enter exam season! see my exam advice if you have kids taking exams this year)
We have had a lovely Easter holiday but there are some things I cannot wait for next week:
Exfoliating and epilating my legs
Even Anya has noticed that my legs are in a dire state and she took pity on me and started plucking them for me this week so I can’t wait to give myself a little attention
Look for some trousers that FIT
I have regained my pre-baby weight but am carrying it differently so my trousers no longer fit 🙁 I am between sizes so everything is too baggy or too tight which is really frustrating so a shopping trip is on the cards
My search for some comfy shoes/sandals/flipflops continues
I strive every year to find comfortable summer shoes to wear on the school run. I want something pretty which I can walk in for 30 minutes. Doesn’t sound too tricky, does it?! Yet it eludes me every time!
Cooking and baking
I had forgotten how much kids eat. At Christmas Zach was still on miniscule portions but now he has upped the quantity so the meals I had batched cooked and stored in the freezer disappeared quicker than anticipated. I also avoid baking with the kids around as it works best one at a time and that hasn’t been possible this holiday. Plus Zach can’t be left alone for more than a nanosecond without screaming his head off or trashing something. So I can’t wait to get cooking and baking again!
Time for blogging!
I love my kids more than life itself but this is how I have been working the past 2 weeks
So a little bit of personal space will be very much appreciated!
I count myself as very unlucky when it comes to competitions. But this month I have won not one but two different prizes. (Admittedly I have entered more competitions in the last couple of months that I have in the last decade.)
First up was a puzzle from BattleMum. I haven’t done a jigsaw puzzle in over 2 years 🙁 so I was thrilled to win this puzzle and couldn’t wait to get started!
Here is a little video of happy me:
Then I won a Nipper Notebook from the company Tiddlers and Nippers via the competition run by From Tum to Mum
This is such a simple, classic design and the plain lined pages are just itching to be filled with all of Matthew, Anya and Zach’s adventures. I love the elastic to keep the pages together and prevent the kids trashing it 🙂
It is such a shame that I don’t have a keepsake book of their earliest years as I’ve forgotten so much and the Tiddler Tracker would have been perfect 🙁
Maybe my luck has changed…yay!