In an effort to tear ourselves away from watching videos we went to Basildon Park yesterday. As we have a membership with the National Trust, it's quite a nice thing to do without having to spend too much on the day!
We brought a picnic that we ate in the car (one of the advantages of having a London Taxi, when we all seat at the back it's very cosy and convivial!). Then off we went on the trail!
The park at Basildon is lovely, with small woodland areas. There is even a hide under the trees and a Laurel maze, outside games and deck chairs to have a rest while gazing on the beautiful views.
I had taken my 'hip seat' to carry the baby more easily when visiting the house but if you don't have one the volunteers at Basildon, as in many of the National Trust properties, will lend you one.
Lots of chicks and Easter eggs were hidden in every room to interest the children in the visit (although too easy to find, we hardly spent even one minute in each room!!). And I must say that the room stewards were all engaging with the children, which was lovely, especially when you're visiting on your own with four kids!
I don't remember the kitchen being opened before (we hadn't been to Basildon for a while!) but it is now, with colouring and games of pick-up sticks and... two lovely ladies making drop scones! So cosy and home like to be treated with the lovely smell of baking and the tasting! (I had to make drop scones when we came back home)
DS made me laugh when he handed his trail sheet back. One of the ladies at the reception desk asked him what the mysterious word had been. He had no idea as I had been doing it for him, so he just opened his sheet and held up my writing for the lady to see! Priceless!!
The picture is of a fantastic tap in one of the bathrooms.
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