It was Nanny's birthday this week so Goblin, Aunty S and I took her to see some wonderful gardens called Hyde Hall. The highlight of the day for Goblin had to be the heavily stocked Coi Carp pond. After we'd been staring at the fish for about half an hour one of the garden stewards brought Goblin a bag of fish food to feed to the fish. This attracted even more - although we were seeing plenty as it was.
We also went for a walk in their meadow area which is spectacular. You'd never believe these rolling fields are in Essex (which is renown for its flatness).
And the actual gardens were beautifully planted. And interspersed with sculptures. Goblin made a game fo finding them - and touching them, despite the signs saying not to.
And then he found the asault course. This is the best designed play area I have been to in a long time. It is perfect for toddlers who desire a bit of independence. The course which is a mix of logs and planks is all low to the ground with the highest point only a foot or so up. The higher the logs the wider they are so kids can get a good footing when they are up high. The long plank runs are low to the ground because the designer obviously realised that kids would pelt along them and could go flying. And the whole thing is laid out in one big circle.