Weekend in the Sun

This weekend has been just gorgeous, as we had a free weekend we decided to make the most of the sunshine and head out to Rufford Abbey and Sherwood Pines with a spot of gardening when we got home.

We visit Rufford a lot throughout the year, but I don't think we have been on such a spectacular day before, sun shining I donned my Sun Jellies and headed out into the sun.

It is hard to believe that less than a hundred years ago this was a lavish and beautiful house, now it is a ruin in places.



The cellar was really beautiful and the abbey is said to be haunted...


This tree was supposedly planted by Charles II, if you remember your history then Charles II was overthrown by Oliver Cromwell.


On to the playground, lots of tubes and places to run, jump and hide.



Onto the sensory garden, with lots of musical instruments made out of natural objects and things to run around, through and to see.



There is a tiny house with windows and in each window is a different object, I loved this foot.


 Running across the lawn


Further into the park is a section where you can watch cars driving through the ford, always lots of people watching and even at 21+10 I still enjoy it. We got the chance to drive through the ford the next day as we visited nearby Sherwood Pines, the kids loved it in the car as much as, if not more than watching ;)


Sunday we visited Sherwood Pines, there is lots to do. First we had a picnic and a kick of the football, then the children found some pinecones and sticks to make stickmen with.


We found this area where you could build dens, loads of logs to build up against the trees.


There are also lots of these houses in the woods which are perfect for chasing each other in and around.


Finally after a spot of gardening and therefore trees to get rid of we had an impromptu fire in the garden and of course marshmallows.


Overall the sun has been most welcome this weekend and what a lovely weekend it was, spending it just the four of us.

16 comments:

  1. What gorgeous photos. As you said there its a shame the building is ruins in places as it looks like it was a stunning piece of architecture in it times. Glorious photos hun #magicmoments x

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    1. Thank you, there were some pictures of the inside from about 1930 and it was glorious. So sad but still beautiful. Thanks for stoping by :)

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  2. What a fab day, you're lucky to live so close to such a beautiful place with so much to explore...And I love the way you refer to your age - I might adopt it - only problem is I'm 21+21 and it doesn't sound so good, ha! #magicmoments

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    1. We do have a beautiful selection of old houses around Nottinghamshire, we are very lucky indeed. Just leave the +21 out ;) Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Looks like a perfect weekend of outdoor fun. I love the freedom for the children at the places you visited and what a difference that sunshine makes, seeing everyone running around without coats is wonderful. We have a ford here at Coombe Mill that the tractor and trailer crosses to the farm each morning, it is always a thrill for the children. Thank you for sharing your fab day out on Country Kids.

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    1. Me too, there is nothing more wonderful than them running around, such a shame is feel you can't always be that way. The ford it always fun, amazing how much it excites everyone, it's the little things :) Have a great week x

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  4. What lovely photos, looks like you had a great weekend

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    1. It was lovely, made better by the weather being so glorious. Thank you :)

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  5. I love sherwood pines. Its a great place and just on the doorstep!
    What a great time it looks like you had!

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    1. It is a massive place and the trees are just fabulous, so tall and breathtaking. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  6. Looks like a a brilliant time was had by all. It's great to find places where you can all have a lovely day. Great photos too :) x

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    1. I agree, it is most definitely a lovely place to go and take a picnic, plus there is a restaurant so you can get a sneaky glass of something cold too ;) Thanks for stopping by x

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  7. your photos here are simply awesome! Everything is so vivid which made me appreciate the weather more. Glad you had fun under the sun =) #magicmoments

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    1. Thank you much, I would love a better camera but this one does take good pictures. All down to the sun I think. Thanks for stopping by x

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  8. Ellie this sounds like the most perfect weekend!! we really ought to go to rufford more often than we do. As a child we visited almost every weekend :-)

    I love the little fire and the marshmallows :-)

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

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    1. It is a really great place to go, as there is lots of space. Now you've been reminded of it you can take the kids xx

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