Visiting Castle Howard with Living Arrows 25/52

June 22, 2020

*Disclaimer – We have previously worked on a gifted basis with Castle Howard on seasonal ticketed events* “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”. Kahlil Gibran. This week saw some normality return for us with two trips to one of our favourite local spots; Castle Howard. Having a yearly membership and not being able to get hold of National Trust tickets meant we made the most of Castle Howard by going twice.

Visiting Castle Howard sat in the rose garden with four kids

It was so lovely to see the difference in the parklands compared to early spring when lockdown began. The social distancing steps they have taken are very well run. We of course took a picnic on both trips as with no play park to play in, I needed to make the visit more appealing than just a walk! The flowers were stunning and the space for the kids to run around was very welcome. The excitement was high as they got to choose an ice cream from the kiosk and for me, my first takeaway coffee since lockdown began! Who would have thought these little pleasures would ever mean so much.

Walking in Castle Howard woods

Teddy and Flo have started wanting to walk barefoot when we go out and so spent a lot of time in the wood with their shoes off!

Playing in the long grass at Castle Howard

We finished the walk up by playing in the long grass. I’m trying to make a conscious effort to take more candid photos like this one for instagram and not rely on the poses as two of them are going through a phase of strange grinning when I whip the camera out!

A picture of a Daddy and 4 kids on a bench smiling

On Father’s Day we went out in the countryside for a very long walk. It was an eventful walk filled with lots of mud and even a wild swimming dip for everyone but me. We took this lovely picture of Dougie with the kids before we got hot, hangry and dishevelled. I will remember this walk for a long time to come! I hope you all had a lovely Father’s Day and get to enjoy the warmer weather to come.

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3 responses to “Visiting Castle Howard with Living Arrows 25/52”

  1. Donna says:

    This looks like such a lovely day out! x

  2. Clare Minall says:

    ha ah yes mine grin a lot too! Love the photo of the long grass. National Trust tickets seem to be getting harder and harder to come by. I have always wanted to visit Castle Howard after seeing all your pictures x

  3. Sarah says:

    It sounds like you’ve had a really lovely week. We’re NT members too but we’ve not even tried to get tickets for anywhere yet! I might give it a try this week 🙂 #LivingArrows

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