Snowdrop spotting at Stowe

I’m so relieved that January is done and dusted for another year.  I’m really not a fan of the first month of the year.  Long dark, dreary grey days with minimal colour to brighten the spirits.  The weather had been particularly rubbish over the weekends or we’d had indoor commitments.  By last weekend I just knew that we had to get out of the house whatever the weather.  We’d got a diary date set with my friend L and her son C and I was so happy when she agreed that getting out in the fresh air was needed her end too.  We decided to spend some time Snowdrop spotting at Stowe whilst the boys could run around and let off steam.

Snowdrop spotting at Stowe

The weather forecast on Saturday didn’t look great, but we dressed accordingly and with waterproofs and wellies donned my 8 year and his friend were ready for some new adventures.

We’ve been to Stowe so many times, but we never tire of it and sometimes my son can be persuaded to try a different route.  He was eager to show C some if his favourite places and as always, Monkey took on the role of tour guide.  He was more than happy to introduce C to the bell, which gets pulled, without fail on every visit we make to Stowe.

Snowdrop spotting at Stowe

While the boys charged ahead, L and I had a good catch up.  We both agreed that it’s so lovely to visit somewhere where we know the boys are safe, somewhere where they really can run off on an adventure and no one is going to mind or tell them off.

Snowdrop spotting at Stowe

I also love the fact that my son obviously feels happy at Stowe, gone are the days when he just holds on to my hand, he’s off, exploring, happy to even be out of my sight for a while.  He knows the grounds so well, it really is his happy place.

Snowdrop spotting at Stowe

My son is totally fixated with the Chinese House at Stowe, even when it’s under cover for the winter, he has to pay a visit to check up on it.  It’s also on the way to Browns Cascade, which also features high on his list of must see places on any visit.

Snowdrop spotting at Stowe

There’s been so much rain lately that the water was flowing much faster than on many of our previous visits and the water was right up to the bottom of the bridge.

Snowdrop spotting at Stowe

My son watched on, standing still for a moment or two, but not for long!

Snowdrop spotting at Stowe

He was soon heading off into the Secret Garden and we all got to spend time Snowdrop spotting at Stowe.

Snowdrop spotting at Stowe

There were some lovely clumps of Snowdrops to be found and Monkey was soon pausing to have a quick look before continuing on with his adventure.

It’s a lovely part of the gardens that we often have completely to ourselves and this visit was no different.  Monkey was very careful to make sure he didn’t stand on any of the Snowdrops as he surveyed his kingdom.

Snowdrop spotting at Stowe

The smile on his face shows just how much he loves getting outdoors.

Snowdrop spotting at Stowe

It wasn’t long before my son had found a stick and was plotting his next adventure, apparently he was done with Snowdrop spotting at Stowe.

It was time to charge off to pastures new.

Snowdrop spotting at Stowe

The sheep were out in force the day we visited, and a couple of them seemed to share Monkey’s sense of adventure.  They were very close to the edge of the lake and I thought we might be on a rescue mission at one point.

Snowdrop spotting at Stowe

The sheep decided that it really wasn’t the weather for a dip thankfully and Monkey was soon on his way again, stick in hand.

Snowdrop spotting at Stowe

He wanted to show C his favourite tree.  It’s become a bit of a tradition for me to take his photo in one particular tree by the wooden bridge at Stowe.  Each year we get one of the photos turned into a photo canvas for the living room.  Mummy we need a 2018 photo!

Snowdrop spotting at Stowe

This one will do as a starting point for the year. Although I do love collecting photos of him with his sticks and I really should create a collage at some point.

Snowdrop spotting at Stowe

He’d remembered that on a previous visit the Grotto had been closed, so he wanted to check what was happening this time around.  We admired the Worthies from afar this time around.

Snowdrop spotting at Stowe

The grotto was open and he was soon looking out and admiring the view from within.

Snowdrop spotting at Stowe

As tummies started to rumble and the rain began to fall in earnest we decided to head back to the cafe for some lunch and admire a few temples along the way.

We’d enjoyed our time Snowdrop spotting at Stowe, and the fresh air had done us all the power of good.  Hopefully we’ll get back again this month to see some more.  Have you got plans for spotting Snowdrops where you live?

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Country Kids
 

About Over 40 and a Mum to One

I'm a Mum in my late 40′s with an 8 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school. We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds. We love reviewing days out, toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure. If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

27 thoughts on “Snowdrop spotting at Stowe

  1. You, Monkey and your friends quite clearly enjoyed exploring the fresh air of Stowe, it’s great you’ve managed to find some flowers to brighten your January. It’s clear how much Monkey loves Stowe by the grin on his face in each and every photo. I can’t wait to see more of your Stowe adventures throughout the year.

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

  2. What a wonderful place, and such fab photos too. I love snowdrops, they are so pretty. #CountryKids

  3. Stowe looks like such a lovely place to spend a day adventuring, there seems to be lots there! And it looks like you had a great time despite the weather, I am so ready for some drier, warmer days now. Although I do love snowdrops! #CountryKids

  4. I really need to put this one on our list if we are ever up near you. I always love your photos of the place on this and other posts. It’s great Monkey feels kind he can explore there. #CountryKids

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