At the weekend the boys and I headed over to my parents for an overnight visit whilst the hubster was working. During the week my mum had told me to pack wellies and splash suits so that we would be free to take the boys out whatever the weather. In the event it was actually a lovely sunny afternoon – despite torrential rain and thunder storms in the morning.
As both my mum and I now have National Trust membership she suggested we head over to one of the local NT properties a short drive from where they live – Ham House, on the Richmond Riverside in South West London.
We didn’t even attempt to enter the house with the boys but it wasn’t necessary as the grounds are big and beautiful and there is so much to explore and space to run around like loons (as they are wont to do!). We also had a little game of hide and seek:
Discovered the kitchen garden where I took a few pics of the beautiful wild flowers:
And tried to find the promised ‘den building’ which turned out to be a pile of sticks someone had already leant up against a tree and not much else:
The next part of our little afternoon adventures took us down to the riverside where we hopped on a little mini ferry which took us over to the Twickenham side which backs on to Marble Hill House and grounds (not NT but owned by English Heritage) and drops you off on the doorstep of a lovely playground and cafe (note below, JJ very proud to be allowed to ‘drive’ the boat! And our brush with a family of swans – six little fluffy cygnets!). The Hammertons Ferry is apparently the last remaining privately owned foot ferry on the Tidal Thames and its one of only four remaining ferry routes in London not to be replaced by a bridge or tunnel.
Once we returned on the ferry we took a slightly different route back to Ham House and stumbled upon a little paddock (it transpires there is a Polo club next door!). EJ was thrilled to see a horsey up close! This particular horse was very friendly and came ambling over to say hello.
All these different interludes kept us all entertained right up until the drive home and the boys were happy and good natured to have been out in the fresh air for a couple of hours so all in all a lovely little day out!