Saturday, September 11, 2010

I had been hankering to do some more "discovering" of Britain when a friend gave us a timely tip. It was English Heritage Open Day, and stately homes that would normally cost us £20+ ($30+) to get into were FREE this weekend. With one eye on the weather, we headed an hour's drive away to Belton House - a 17th century country home, made more familiar by BBC's filming of Pride and Prejudice.

Before long, the sun came out and we were surrounded by floral beauty.

Not-so-native, not-so-wild life.
Recently, De Sheng has been obsessed about whether or not various animals are going to eat him. He was keeping his distance from the fish - just in case.

Running through a maze.
My son went in circles a couple of times before figuring his way out.

We brought along a picnic lunch, but the most memorable moment was De Sheng experiencing his first wasp bite - poor kid. This might not bode well for reassuring him against animals eating people.

I don't have any pictures of the lavishly decorated interior of the house, but there was a games room that the children enjoyed.

Daddy, dressed as..... A Gentleman.
We always knew he was!

After admiring the beautifully restored house, we headed to another part of the grounds that was much more appealing to the children.

They have one of the best adventure playgrounds that we have seen in the country.
The kids had a blast.

All that fun and excitement gave us a quiet ride home again.

For the cost of a quarter tank of gas, a cup of coffee and a miniature-train ride, it was certainly a nigh-perfect adventure.

A beautiful, "summer's end" day with the family in Britain.

Comments (1)

On September 12, 2010 at 10:27 AM , mattnbec said...

Oooh - like very much. In a wish we were still there to share such adventures kind of way. Sounds like a lot of fun. Hope you get some more spring/summer days before it gets too cold again.