Our weekdays last week were fairly uneventful with various plumbing people and a boiler service man visiting the house, so a lot of the week was spent at home. Luckily we had a Bank Holiday this weekend, which meant we had 3 days with Daddy. We decided that we would stay at home rather than go away, and we enjoyed a fantastic 3 days in and around London. Here’s what we got up to:
My parents, my brother and his fiance visited us on the Saturday. We had a lovely day relaxing at home with tea and cake, before going for a long lunch at a local restaurant. We all enjoyed a delicious lunch, and our little one was so well behaved eating all her lunch and being happy is everyone’s company. My Mum is still raving about how well behaved she was now, she did knock a glass of water over me though. After lunch as the weather was lovely, we got to spend the rest of the afternoon outside in the sunshine.
We had planned a trip to IKEA to purchase some baby-proofing essentials, and to choose a new table and chairs for our kitchen. I was fairly organised with this and had written a list of exactly what we needed. You need a list for IKEA otherwise you come home with nothing but picture frames, cushions and candles. Still with a list, we forgot to purchase the kitchen cupboard door stoppers and plug socket covers. But we did get the drinks cabinet doors we desperately needed, picture frames, glasses, mirror and rug. Our little one also had another bout of travel sickness after my husband drove too fast around a roundabout, so our trip to IKEA started with a full strip down in the toilets and my hands stinking of baby sick. Luckily now whenever we go in the car I now travel with spare clothes.
Visit to Chartwell (National Trust property)
On Bank Holiday Monday (the worst weather of the weekend) we had planned a trip with friends to Chartwell in Kent, which is a National Trust property. The weather wasn’t too bad, a little damp, but no rain. Chartwell is a lovely property, where William Churchill used to live, it also has extensive grounds with lawns running down to a lake. We didn’t go into the house, with the little one, but instead made use of the grounds. There are beautiful walks down to the lake in the valley and up on the woodland paths, we even managed all the paths with the buggy too. I particularly enjoyed seeing all the bluebells under the trees, they are so pretty when they look like a carpet.
The restaurant at Chartwell is lovely serving home cooked food, and huge portions of cake. I enjoyed sausages and mash, whilst my husband had the beef bourguignon, we then had the biggest slice of chocolate cake that I had ever seen. More walks were required after lunch to walk off all the food.
We had a lovely day at Chartwell spending time and catching up with friends from University that we hadn’t seen for a while, we decided that Chartwell was an ideal location for us all to meet us as the drive out of London was about 45 minutes for each of us. It would make an ideal place for a visit in the summer when the sun is shining, and a picnic can be consumed.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my week.