Sunday, 19 June 2011

Our Family Day Out....

Being National Trust members, a gift that was kindly given to us by my in-laws, we always like to make the most of having some wonderful National Trust properties that are practically on our doorstep. With today being Father's Day and all of us wanting a little family picnic and day out, we thought we would visit one of our favourites, Dunham Massey We have been going for many years and I love it there. Although the park and grounds are free ( £5 parking charge ) a family ticket would cost us £25.00 if we wanted to visit the gardens and house, so having a membership with the NT certainly saves us some pennies....




It was the first outing of the freebie CK bag too....




The weather looked like it was improving :0)







And the ducks came out to play....





Adorable cottages where presumably one or two of the workers may live....




Ohooo I would love to renovate something like this....




I couldn't resist going over and taking a peek through the window of the outhouse....




Oh my!! What a gorgeous singer table, and just left lying around ( or perhaps artistically placed ) like that, What I would give to get my hands on that....




Being Father's Day I couldn't resist this little photograph of father with son....




Next it was off to another gorgeous building.... 




And to take a closer look at the....




Miss Poppins couldn't wait to get a closer look at the wheel....







Good job we had packed a little picnic as little stomachs were getting hungry....




I have to share with you a photograph of the jute bag with the Daisy's on. Anyone who knows me knows I am a little Daisy crazy and when I heard Asda were going to be releasing this spring Daisy bag, the ones that you see at the ends of the tills, I couldn't wait to get one. I adore it....




Wonder which way we went next.... 




And of course there was the *shop* word for me....




You generally always know what shall await you in a NT shop though they are always nice for a little mooch....




And Master P loved the little reading area....




As for me, who finds it so difficult leaving a shop without buying something, even if only a penny sweet, saw something very appealing....







Yes, the little book came home with me, I think shall look charming displayed on a little shelf.

Outside, the glorious clock looked stunning against the blue sky....




Time for a little pit stop I think....




And after the sandwiches there were fresh strawberries and cream....




We had some lovely company....




I got a little closer....



And a little closer yet....




Then it was time for a house visit, as one was allowed to take photographs I couldn't resist sharing with you some of my favourite places....

The courtyard....




Me, pretending it is indeed my home ;0)




The children had fun as they got to do a little quiz whilst looking around....




Then we went inside and marvelled at the rooms....




I fell in love with the sash windows....




So much to take in when walking through the rooms....




I do think rooms in a house look so much prettier with some fresh flowers in them....








My goodness I loved these stairs....



Lovely bathroom....




We tried to play count the butterflies....




Then it was off to the kitchens....




I can't remember what this was used for....




I thought these would look pretty and come in very handy for my children's toys....




I wouldn't like to think how long it would take me to get all my families clothes clean using one of these....



And as for the ironing....



I couldn't resist a little peek in the sewing room on the way out....




Next it was time for a walk round the gardens....





A little tree hugging along the way, first up moi....



Then Miss Poppins....




A little feeding of the swans and their babies....( I have a son who is a little obsessed with spiderman hence the outfit, we have to literally peel it off him )




Taking in the wonderful surroundings....




And finally some well needed rest time before home....



A truly lovely day out. Hope you had an enjoyable day too....

X

17 comments:

  1. What a wonderful day out and the weather was kind to you too! The house is remarkable and your pictures do it proud. Thank you for sharing your lovely day with me.

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  2. What a lovely way to spend Fathers' Day! Picnic, ice creams, strawberries and cream...all in a magical setting. The UK at its' best!
    Z xx

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  3. Beautiful photographs....such a lovely tour...I almost feel as though I have been there with you!
    Thank you for sharing your perfect family day!....
    Susan x

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  4. What a lovely day you had, thanks for letting us tag along! Love the father and son pic...so sweet. I love the empty buildings, shame they are not being utilised, you could always offer to help them out, have a little studio and shop! Have a great week, love Linda x

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  5. Such a lovely day out ~ and thank you for taking us along with you! Simply wonderful photos! Love Brenda

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  6. What a lovely day out! I wish I could have joined you LOL
    Take care,
    Marianne.

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  7. Such a brilliant day out with your family, your 'tour' was great and your photos lovely! Have a great week xxx

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  8. Such a wonderful little family trip!
    A lovely way to spend Fathers day too!
    Have a great week!
    Rachel x

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  9. Hi Mary,
    Lovely to see your day out, looks like you had a very interesting day.
    Also, I must say, lovely to "see" you! You looked very chic in the photo with your pink rose corsage!
    Hope you have a lovely week
    xxGem

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  10. Looks as though you had a beautiful day, so glad that you got to enjoy the sunshine : ) xxx

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  11. The NT properties are wonderful aren't they. Which reminds me we must start doing some this year!

    Gorgeous photographs of what looks like a really good fun day out.

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  12. What a lovely day out & oodles of fab pictures too!

    You look totally glam, & Master Poppins? How he has grown, and the curls have gone! I love the spiderman outfit..

    Thanks for sharing

    Lx

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  13. OOoh....
    I've often thought about a little jaunt to Dunham Massey... and I feel like I've been there now!!!
    Lovely "Day out" Mary...
    You have some fab pics and you look so gorgeous..and all so very HAPPY.
    You can't beat a family picnic out in the countryside...

    Can I come next time?
    ♥"✿♥"♥✿"♥♥"✿♥"♥✿"♥

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  14. What a lovely day out with the family. I have visited quite a few National Trust properties and even considered Stourhead as a venue for my wedding next year.. I have been thinking whether to get membership or not and now that you have reminded what a great day it can be, I may just join....

    Emma Phillips
    Our site: Boys Wellies

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  15. What a lovely day!
    You took such beautiful photos as well! :)
    Thank you for sharing this as I feel like I got to take a little jaunt with you as well! :D
    Have a splendid day! :)
    ~Mippy :)

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  16. I love these NT places.. I'll have to check this one out someday!

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  17. Green garden is awesome. In my city there are no these much green garden. I sure you enjoyed your vacation. The house is remarkable and your pictures do it proud.
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