If you are a regular reader here you will know that we love to get out and about whenever we can. One of our favourite places is the National Trust property Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury. We’re lucky, it’s not too far from home, so we can pop over for an hour or two whenever we can. We did just that a few weeks ago around lunchtime and soon realised we would need to make a return visit later in the day! Just now there are two sides to Waddesdon Manor!
So what am I talking about? Well, I’ll start at the beginning. A few weeks back we all needed a bot of fresh air so we decided to pop over to Waddesdon Manor to blow away the cobwebs.
Something caught Monkey’s attention and he was off.
He’d spotted something in the distance. It is a spaceship Daddy? I don’t think so Monkey.
We soon discovered that from 12th November Waddesdon Manor are hosting Winter Light at Waddesdon with Bruce Munro. There were seven different Light Installations dotted around the gardens. Of course we’d arrived at lunchtime and we soon discovered that the Winter Light displays weren’t switched on until 4pm. Never mind we will have to come back another day and we can compare the views Monkey.
Two sides to Waddesdon Manor – by day and by night!
We were all fascinated by this first light installation – you may recall I used a photograph for my #bwphotoproject post a few weeks back. It’s great to introduce Monkey to different ideas and we probably don’t do enough when it comes to the arts in general.
Can we see some more? Of course, let’s have a good look round. Can you imagine my tractor mad son’s delight when we came across these?
Mummy – Hay Bales!!! Uum, do you know Monkey, they look like them but I think they might be something else. I wonder what happens when it gets dark?
We continued our wander through the grounds imagining how our view would be different in the dark.
After a cup of hot chocolate in The Stables cafe it was time to explore the nature trail and do a bit of bug hunting.
The mist was coming down and it was time to head home but we knew we’d be back soon.
Last Sunday we had our Advent dinner at lunchtime and headed over to Waddesdon Manor mid afternoon. It was considerably busier than normal. It was the first time we’ve visited later in the day, and when the Christmas market was running. We eventually found a parking space and joined the queue for the shuttle bus. We didn’t have to wait very long before our bus turned up, and we were off to see a different side to Waddesdon Manor.
We had a look round the stalls in the Christmas market, had a hot chocolate to warm us up and before we knew it, it was getting dark.
We were ready to see the other side of Waddesdon Manor – this time in the dark.
We had a wonderful couple of visits seeing two sides to Waddesdon Manor and Monkey loved every minute of it.