On Sunday we had a lovely ‘free’ day where we drove up to a place called Coombe Hill near Wendover, Buckinghamshire. My daughter had a great time. She’s not too different from a puppy! Give her space and even in the drizzly British weather and she just wants to run around with the fresh air on her face, picking up stones (which often end up in her mouth, much to my horror!). Not so relaxing for mum and dad with a 15 month old as we need to watch her constantly, but it is just so beautiful to see her have such fun from something so natural and beautiful. This just goes to show that she doesn’t always need ‘stuff’ to entertain her.
We have a national trust membership which costs us £9 per month. This allows you access to some of the most beautiful properties in the country. For Coombe Hill you don’t actually need a national trust membership, even though it is National Trust property (it used to belong to the Chequers estate but in 1918 was handed over to the ‘country at the same time the Chequers House was handed to the country as a countryside retreat for the serving prime minister’). This is the highest spot in the Chiltern’s. From here you have panoramic views of the Chiltern Hill’s and on a clear day you can see all the way to the Cotsworlds. There is also a nice monument to mark the soldiers from Buckinghamshire who died in the South African Boer war. So we also benefited a little bit, with some learning of history! Always good to expand our minds 🙂
I learnt that The South African Boer war was a war fought between 1899 to 1902 between Great Britain and the two Boer (Afrikaner) republics – the South African Republic and the Orange Free State (https://www.britannica.com/event/South-African-War).
Having fun family time really doesn’t have to cost you money (except maybe some money for petrol to get you there). We are blessed to be surrounded by beauty and there is nothing better that to get kids out into the fresh air. My daughter fell into the deepest sleep in the car on the way home so she was also worn out! An added bonus for mummy and daddy! Hopefully, by doing these kinds of activities we are teaching our daughter a bit about the natural world, some history (when she is a little bit older) and how she can also have fun without a 50” tv screen or an 8” iPad screen! Fingers crossed…!