Den building and snowdrops

It was a chilly but bright day. A day for being outdoors and having fun. We took a short drive to our local National trust property, Speke Hall.

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A lovely Tudor mansion with large gardens, an ever-changing maze and woodland trails, including a woodland play area. The costumed volunteers give guided tours of the house and grounds. They’re knowledgeable, friendly, and brilliant with children, especially the unusual questions they always come up with.

Anyone who loves William Morris will adore this house, the wallpaper is stunning, and they clean it the old way, using bread, cheap white bread. Simple but very effective at removing coal smoke from the beautiful original Morris paper without damaging it.

Whilst the house is lovely to explore, today was mostly an outdoors day.

It was good to spend a day playing in the woods. The joy of having a nine year old is being able to join in.

Today we built a mini den, played on the zip-wire and crossed the log trunk stepping stones. A quality mum and son day. Looking forward to a return visit in the coming months to see the bluebell carpet.

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