28th May 2017 – River Cottage Spring Food Fair

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B was talking about Growing Beer at the River Cottage Spring Food Fair today, so we tagged along for a day out. River Cottage HQ is in a gorgeous location and was looking very pretty with flowers blooming and lambs in the fields. We spent a long time queuing for the kids to be face painted, but the time passed by watching birds of prey flying overhead and eating pizza. Next, we went to listen to B’s talk, but he threw us out as E was being too noisy! After some veggie curry (which the kids declared delicious – annoying, as they would have refused to have touched it if I’d made it) and bubble-chasing, my brother, who works in the gardens there, showed us around the pigs, chickens, cows and lambs. The kids adored the animals, so next on the itinerary was a donkey ride, followed by tea and cake, playing in a mud kitchen, crafting and then walking an alpaca. The day finished by a tractor ride back to the car park – possibly E’s highlight of the whole day.

Wild Time – (not really wild but outdoors and in the countryside) 6 hours

28th October 2016 – Autumn Celebration at Trill Farm

IMG_20161028_174149213We had a bit of a wobble when we arrived at Trill Farm this evening – had we accidentally crashed a private party? There weren’t many people there, but we soon realised that that helped create the intimate atmosphere of their Autumn Celebration. We decorated Willow Crowns with Spindle, Guelder-rose and Rowan berries, Cherry leaves and conifer twigs, then carved a pumpkin and laughed as the kids tried apple bobbing.

We had game stew and the best veggie curry I’ve ever tasted, washed down with mulled cider and apple juice, in a barn decorated with fairy lights and candles. The kids wolfed down the food and just as we were about to fork out for more, the toffee apples appeared, so we bought them one each and then stood around the bonfire. Izzy managed to stick her apple to her head and I had to remove quite a lot of her hair from the sugar, but that didn’t seem to put her off.

IMG_20161028_173546967After a quick game of table tennis, we called it a night, only managing to part E from his toffee apple at bath time.

Total wild time – 1 hour 40 mins IMG_20161028_184553678