Yesterday marked the end of Christmas leave and a lovely fortnight together as a family. As always we didn’t manage to do half the things we’d planned, but we did have a great Christmas and new year, lots of open fires, some lovely meals, card games and movies and Jim and Theo spent loads of time building Lego together. I redesigned this blog and went some way towards sorting out a backlog of photos that need cataloging. Strangely the tax return and my last university assignment still remain undone but there’s plenty of time for both when serious work resumes tomorrow!
So we decided to finish off the Christmas fortnight with a little trip to Stansted House and the lovely forest and grounds that surround it. We’ve been here a few times in previous summers to visit the miniature railway, maze and garden centre and as we’ve come along the drive past the acres of parkland we’ve always remarked that we should bring the dogs here.
The house was built in 1684 and is now run by a charitable trust. You can tour the house during the summer months and their is a tea room in the grounds which we have been meaning to visit. Out of season though one of the biggest pulls is the huge estate and vast areas of open ground to walk with dogs.
In front of the house is The Avenue, a wide strip of open grassland that cuts between the trees and runs as far as the eye can see. It’s doggy paradise with lots of other pups running free and loads of things to stop and sniff. We were slowed down a bit by having to carry Theo’s bike through the muddy patches, but I imagine in summer when the ground is harder he’ll be tearing up and down here without any problems.
Today it’s back to work and school and the proper start to 2015 after the break I am feeling refreshed and full of plans and ideas, I hope you are looking forward to this year as much as we are!
I’m linking up with Living Arrows today, the project to capture a portrait a week of your children. You can see my favourite photos from last year here