Monday, 2 March 2015

9/52 : A Saturday photo diary

Hello

On Saturday the boys and I visited Mount Edgcumbe country park which over looks Plymouth on the Cornish side of the Tamar river. This was round two for me as my sister had brought me here the day before which you may have seen in my country kids post. The children were really jealous so I said I would bring them on Saturday for a run around.


As I currently don't drive, we have to take the bus everywhere. The buses here are excellent and we can pretty much go anywhere which is helpful to keep the boys occupied. The bus to Mount Edgcumbe takes a fairly long time but it has amazing views of the countryside and the Rame coast. We spend a lot of time looking out the windows on this journey. 

Our first stop was the Edgcumbe arms pub for a spot of lunch. It was deja vu for me as I was there the same time the day before but the food is amazing here so I was enjoying treating myself. We managed to grab the table by the open fire place which is lovely and cosy, but I still smell the smoke on our clothes now. We ate sandwiches, drunk hot chocolate and chatted about our plans for the summer. 


After lunch we started off our walk with a quick play on the beach. Alfie dug holes and Thomas collected Seaweed.



Below is the formal gardens at Mount Edgcumbe which is breathtaking in the spring but the flowers have not yet bloomed. In the centre is a wishing fountain which has become a little tradtion for us. Every time we visit, we have to throw in a coin and make our wishes. Today the boys wished for their own Bumblebee (the one from transformers), kind of hoping that doesn't come true. 



The boys were mainly excited about feeding the ducks today but that soon changed when they were literally surrounded as soon as they arrived at the pond. The ducks here seem to survive off the tourists as they are the tamest ducks I have ever seen. They will literally stand on your toes, sit on your lap, and take food off your hand. Tom held a piece of bread in his hand a little too long so a duck jumped up and took a nip at his hand. This explains why he isn't in these photos, he was hiding from the mob. I think the ducks are like this because of the seagulls that have started to take over the pond. Whenever we threw bread on the ground, the gulls would attack the ducks. It was horrible to watch, the ducks really have to fight for food. It started getting a bit much, especially as the large geese were getting too close for my liking and Tom wasn't enjoying himself. We decided it was time to carry on walking up to the main house. 

We finished our visit at the stables cafe located behind Mount Edgcumbe house. It is set in the old stable block and I really love that the tables are literally in the blocks and still has the horses sink and feeding trays. The boys enjoyed ice cream, even though it was chilly outside and I had the most amazing chocolate brownie.



Overall, a perfect saturday walk at our favourite country park.




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12 comments

  1. Great photos as always. Loving the beach shots the best - they look like they love it, and are really relaxed. #livingarrows

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  2. That looks like a great place to run around and there are certainly lots of happy faces there. Gorgeous photos #livingarrrows

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  3. Looks like you had a wonderful time, those stables are awesome xx

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  4. Looks like you had a lovely day out!

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  5. Looks really perfect and pretty there! #point+shoot

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  6. Great photos. So many reasons why I love so many of them. Brilliant captures #livingarrows

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  7. Looks like a great place to visit. What a lovely day. Love the peeking behind the ice-cream shot!

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  8. Love the beach photos, and how amazing is that cafe?! It's never too cold for ice cream :) #CountryKids

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  9. We love going out to feed the ducks but those pesky seagulls always try to muscle in

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  10. A perfect place to have just a short bus journey from you. I love the freedom and space here for children. Those Canada geese are wild and really quite nasty, they come to us sometimes and are a real nuisance to our ducks and geese, they are real bullies, sounds like they met their match with the seagulls! Looks like the boys had a lovely day with you and plenty of fresh air. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

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  11. Great photos, I love the pictures of the ducks, we have been feeding the ducks this week, lots of fun!!

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