We took on the challenge

Finally (does a little dance)… I am able to share with you the project which we took part in back in July. I am rubbish with a secret so you may have seen a few a lot of tweets and instagram pictures about it! I have patiently been waiting for the advertorial features and microsite to go live. They are now live so without further a do let me tell you about it.

I was delighted when Our Little Family or ‘The Hargreaves Family as we are known to the Guardian were chosen as one of the 5 families to take part in The National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4. We had to undertake 5 of the activities on the NT’s 50 things list (see link: https://www.50things.org.uk/activity-list.aspx) and photographed doing so. We were asked to do the following 5 activities…

Make a mud pie. Plant it, grow it, eat it. Play Pooh Sticks. Build a Den. Hunt for Bugs.

Mr H and I were interviewed by the Guardian who asked us questions about our family life and why the idea of increasing the time our Lil G plays outside and connects with nature appeals to us. As a family we are guilty of not spending enough time out in the garden or even just exploring in a field to see what critters we can find. By no means are we an IPad or Tablet family (we don’t actually have and IPad) however we do love to watch a movie. I love to bake so I am sharing this with Lil G. We do take Lil G to places however we are guilty of spending far too much money on visiting places when actually we could visit our local park, a local NT site or even a garden to explore nature for a lot less pennies that some of the more glamorous adventures we currently take Lil G on.

If I am honest, I was completed shocked by how much fun Lil G had. He usually isn’t one for getting dirty. We aren’t either. Maybe that is where it comes from. You will be hard pressed to find a picture of Lil G looking mucky. That was until we took on this challenge! Eek

We made mud pies and planted a strawberry plant in our garden…

Shot for Guardian/National Trust

Shot for Guardian/National Trust


Then the adventure really began, well actually I think it already had for Lil G. Apart from the torrential rain storm which graced us with it’s presence Lil G was loving it. We were taken to our local NT site, Tatton Park in Knutsford and were tasked with Building a Den, Hunting for Bugs and playing Pooh Sticks. We were all looking forward to playing Pooh Sticks, we love the story Stick Man and have been meaning to take him for so long.


Shot for Guardian/National Trust


Shot for Guardian/National Trust


Shot for Guardian/National Trust


Shot for Guardian/National Trust


Shot for Guardian/National Trust


What was so surprising was the facilities available at Tatton Park. WOW. We last visited before Lil G arrived however not since. There was a fantastic Farm and Den Building site, a superb playground area and the gardens were absolutely stunning. We really enjoyed our visit and look forward to returning.

To those wishing to visit, please do research the cost of all the individual areas mentioned above. They are not included in the general admission charge at Tatton. I would hate for you to have a nasty surprise. If the sun was shining I would definitely invest in visiting for the day as there are so many areas to explore and of course you could take a picnic. Unless you have an annual pass then visiting for just a couple of hours would be rather expensive.

And lastly…

As a little treat for George (and us of course) for being so well behaved and accommodating when asked to repeat task after task so as to allow the photographer to capture each activity, we visited one of the tearooms and of course in true Mummy Hargreaves style enjoyed afternoon tea. We visited the stunning Garden’s Cottage which did not disappoint. The food was scrumptious.







Here are the 3 links to the different pieces which have been written about us http://bit.ly/1pwDEUW and http://bit.ly/1wqTLIe and finally http://bit.ly/1ruoIce.

This is a really fantastic initiative and I would like to urge you to take part, let’s join forces and get our children Closer To Nature. Or for those already following the NT’s 50 things how many have you done? We are up to 21 now. Only 29 to go.

For more information you can tweet the National Trust (@NationalTrust) who are very helpful and always keen to see your adventures. If you are interested in visiting the stunning Tatton Park then again you will find them on twitter here (@tatton_park).

One final mention is to the very talented photographer who managed to capture our challenge. It was a long 5-hours however on seeing the photographs and then Lil G’s excitement as he recalled all the activities – we Thank You Mark Salmon for your efforts.

NB as part of  this challenge we were provided with a free day pass to the NT site Tatton Park. All other expenses were also paid


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19 thoughts on “We took on the challenge

  1. I found your post from Let’s Talk Mommy Linky. Lovely post. Like you I have a three year old and I am also guilty of spending a lot of money taking my son out instead of just enjoying the outdoors and all it has to offer. Sounds and looks like you all had a lot of fun. I’m going to take a look at the website and see if there’s anything that we could get stuck into

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  2. Ahhh sounds amazing. I love it. We are always trying to do more things outdoors just in our local area and see what we can find or explore more of. What a fantastic thing to be apart of. Love the photos too. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round! #sharewithme


  3. Oh how exciting for you all! I think we fall into the same category as you, spending money on days out when our children would be perfectly happy exploring the local park. I love the Lil G’s outfits too, the rainbow colours are fab! #sharewithme


  4. Beautiful photos KA. I love this initiative, it’s fantastic. As you know, Milin was born in New Zealand. I feel like life there was lived far more outdoors than our life in London is although Milin wants to be out ALL the time! We try really hard to keep living as we did, but the 50 things list is fab. How wonderful for you guys to be part of this, and thank you for writing about it in such an inspiring post. We love pooh sticks too! xxx

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    • Pooh sticks are the best! I am the first to admit that we don’t push ourselves outside enough, taking part in this challenge has most definitely opened our eyes to it. I can imagine how different life was in NZ. We were lucky to have been given the pictures as part of the process so i’m so happy that we have so many memories x


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