My plan for the Christmas holidays was to take things slowly, not to rush around the country like a loony (my normal holiday style) and to just have a quiet break with Monkey. We always find the first term back at school challenging, throw in his birthday and all that goes with that, 2 weeks before Christmas, and by the time school closes we are both done in. So we spent a lot of time at home this time, Monkey loved playing with all of his toys and we just chilled. But we did feel the need for fresh air from time to time. I suggested we went out for an hour or two one day between Christmas and New Year. Mummy, can we go to Stowe Landscape Gardens please? This is Monkey’s happy place.
Stowe Landscape Gardens is somewhere we visit a lot, a place we always take friends. A place to wonder, explore and just sit and enjoy. I love that Monkey loves it there so much. He is instantly at ease, off in search of a stick and roaring like a lion (as you do when you are 6), it’s truly his happy place, a home from home.
Every visit brings a new adventure, but stick collection is always a must. Monkey picks his preferred route for the trip and off we go.
Apparently we would be hunting lions and bears, risking a walk through the rapids (AKA waterfall), wrestling crocodiles and taking a well deserved break every so often to admire the view and assess our hunting success.
The beauty of Stowe Landscape Gardens never ceases to amaze us. Whatever the weather of season, the scenery is just wonderful.
Of course there were puddles to be splashed through along the way.
Before a twist in the tale – Mummy! I’m the Highway Monkey and you must give me all of your treasure before I’ll let you pass!
Uum, I think you’ve been reading Highway Rat too often young man!
We’d wiped away the cobwebs, been on a few adventures and Monkey had a ball in his happy place. I can’t imagine it will be long before we’re back again.
Do your children have a happy place too? I’d love to hear about them.