Friday, July 25, 2008

Mottisfont Abbey - by popular request.

We took the grandchildren to Mottisfont last year in the school holidays, and we have been nagged to do it again this year. This time we took 5 of them, and had a great time. I wished my lawn would keep Wimbledon Stripes like this.. I love stripey green lawns.

It was a very hot day, so we had sunhats, sunscreen and lots of white clothes... fortunately there are lots of trees in the grounds offering a very welcome shade.

Of course some ... just chilled out in the new stroller.

I had given all the children a sketchbook, and we did a lot of sketching in the grounds. This is the walled gardens and it was so hot... we could only sketch in 5 minute bursts. I had done some lessons for the teachers "how to teach drawing" at the children's' school, so it was interesting to hear the chatter about sketching...... the teachers had taught them well!

The ladies of leisure posing for me after cooling off in the Abbey cellars.
Think this duck is used to posing for the visitors..........
We then went off to the New Forest for lunch and football games and croquet and Frisbee... the horses were there, much to the amusement of the children.... then into Lyndhurst for an ice cream and a visit to the Belgian Chocolate shop yummy!...., a great day out.

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