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…
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.
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.
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.
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