Project 365 #47 {A sandwich week}

It has been a bit of a nondescript week.
The work days tend to lead to less interesting photos so it's nice to have them sandwiched by some good days.
Here's the sandwich week.

Project 365 #47

Project 365 day 320 - Autumn at Lacock // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 321 - Chickens // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 322 - Sun from the Lane // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 323 - Bath Society Cafe // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 324 - Phonics // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 325 - Chai Latte // 76sunflowers
Project 365 day 326 - Canal Walk // 76sunflowers

Day 320
The in-laws took me and the kiddos to Lacock and the local garden centre today - where Christmas has arrived already in a non too discreet manner. Luckily Lacock was its usual beautiful place still showing that it is in fact still Autumn and all thoughts of Christmas should be buried away until at least the end of the month.
Day 321
Finally we moved the chooks today. They had soon turned their patch to mud so it's back to the shingle again for a while.
Day 322
I caught the sun, on the afternoon school walk, going down over the fields where planning permission is being sought for 500 plus houses. This will alter our feeling of living semi rurally massively and this saddens me.
Day 323
The husband brought this back from Bath today giving the game away he had been to his favourite coffee shop, The Society Café.
Day 324
Work day today so always harder to snap something of interest - hence the work based photo.
Day 325
Tired tonight and annoyed that the pub is never an option for me on my way home from work. Puts my weekend off to a bad start again so I went and sulked in the bathroom with a cup of Chai Latte and a steaming bath awaiting me.
Day 326
A rare day without the kiddos today. I got over my sulking and following an appointment in Devizes we drove to Bradford-on-Avon for another walk. Today we followed the canal path for an eight mile walk and finished the day off with a pint of Wadsworth in a pub back in the town. Perfect.

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Bradford-on-Avon {Country Kids}

Bradford-on-Avon walk {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers

Last weekend saw our family day being spent locally going on a walk from Bradford-on-Avon to Freshford.
We regularly pop to Bradford for a stroll along the canal and a play on the park but we are now encouraging the kiddos to stretch their legs further on some proper walks. A post by Bradford-on-Avon Mum reminded me of a walk I had done with the husband many years ago.
The plan was to walk along the river then through the fields meeting up with the canal at Avoncliff. Then, carry on to Freshford before returning back and heading into town by the canal.
It didn't quite end up like that!

Bradford-on-Avon walk {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
Bradford-on-Avon walk {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
In the fields we discovered willow mazes where we unsuccessfully tried to lose the kiddos. At this point the boy found his favourite thing to have on a walk, a stick of course. It came in handy to get us through the mud; thick, oozy, mud!
Bradford-on-Avon walk {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
We made it through and clambered up the banks to get to the canal aqueduct at Avoncliff. In this photo the canal is behind us going over the River Avon.
Bradford-on-Avon walk {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
Bradford-on-Avon walk {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
Bradford-on-Avon walk {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
Then it was onwards to Freshford. We passed through a lovely gate under an old oak tree into the field adjacent to the river - here the girl spotted some beautiful cobwebs in the grass. Finally we were in the village of Freshford where we rested opposite the pub - yes, opposite the pub and not in it! The plan was to turn back and retrace our footsteps through the mud. In his wisdom the husband suggested a trip back on the train - stubborn me wanted a big walk but once the kiddos had this option in their head there were cries of, "We're so tired, it's too muddy to walk back!" Etc etc. Stubborn me started to walk back. I soon changed my mind.
Bradford-on-Avon walk {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
Bradford-on-Avon walk {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
I'm so glad I did as the walk up the hill to the station was a joy. The station was like stepping back in time - so peaceful. The children couldn't remember the last time we went on a train so they were rather excited - even though it would only be an eight minute journey. 
Bradford-on-Avon walk {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
Bradford-on-Avon walk {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
Back in Bradford-on-Avon, it was time to run to the park. It was a little muddier than last time but that's what waterproof trousers are for.
Bradford-on-Avon walk {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers

As the sun began to drop in the sky we wandered back to the car for a mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows.
Next time we will walk further!

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Lacock Abbey {National Trust} #HDYGG

Lacock Abbey {National Trust} // 76sunflowers

Yesterday I spent a lovely hour wandering around the grounds of, local National Trust property, Lacock Abbey.
Regular readers will know it is one of my favourite places and has become a bit of a repeat feature on the blog.
For that I do not apologise!
I never tire of the place and every time I manage to photograph something different.

Lacock Abbey {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
Lacock Abbey {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
Lacock Abbey {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
Autumn was showing that, despite the hints of Christmas and Winter around the corner, it was still the season in charge.
The sun shining through the Beech leaves in the Botanic Garden, Autumn leaves providing a backdrop to the sparkle of the sun and the beautiful reds on the Abbey walls - all a sight to behold.
Lacock Abbey {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
Lacock Abbey {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
The contrast of black and white was on show in the Botanic Garden. I loved how majestic the flowers still looked despite nearing the end of their seasonal life and can you spot the bees busying themselves amidst the flowers outside the greenhouse walls?
Lacock Abbey {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
Lacock Abbey {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
The greenhouse was open - inside was awash with pots of colour.
Lacock Abbey {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
Lacock Abbey {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
Lacock Abbey {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
The doorways and windows in the Tudor Courtyard caught my eye - not only spotting the plants and flowers creeping around them but having the urge to peek through and think about the history that has taken place behind them over the years.
Lacock Abbey {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
Lacock Abbey {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
Lacock Abbey {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
Lacock Abbey {National Trust} // 76sunflowers
Inside the medieval cloisters I had to snap my favourite tree, defiantly fighting time with a sturdy prop. I stopped and looked in more detail at the architecture of the walls and windows and questioned how on earth they built such an amazing structure over 800 years ago - it really does put modern housing to shame.

A picnic in the car was calling so we only went halfway around the grounds today.
I'll be back again soon though to walk through the orchards and have a go on the rope swing - as the sign on the way in noted, 'It's not just for children!'

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Project 365 #46 {Rain & Yoga}

My initial thoughts looking back on this week has been the rain and lots of yoga.
The former has seemed to be constant, the latter has kept me relaxed.
There have been some dry windows of weather, thankfully, which have resulted in two lovely days out with the family.

Project 365 #46

Project 365 #46 Day 313 - Clifton Suspension Bridge // 76sunflowers
Project 365 #46 Day 314 - Natural Frames // 76sunflowers
Project 365 #46 Day 315 - Yoga at Home // 76sunflowers
Project 365 #46 Day 316 - Autumn Rain // 76sunflowers
Project 365 #46 Day 317 - Literary Postcards #postcircle // 76sunflowers
Project 365 #46 Day 318 - Early morning rain // 76sunflowers
Project 365 Day 319 - Freshford railway line // 76sunflowers

Day 313
We had a lovely day out at Tyntesfield today and I managed to blog about it - twice. The journey home took us over the Clifton Suspension Bridge - and down Park Street where the Christmas decorations are up already!?
Day 314
Some work preparation today - I made some natural frames for the garden.
Day 315
Yoga time today. I got some goodies in the post to try out so obviously had to have a good yoga session.
Day 316
The heavens opened on my drive to work so I waited in the car before running in - laden down with all my frames.
Day 317
It's always nice to receive some post - today I had a lovely letter from one of my #postcircle pen-pals. I liked the enclosed postcards, especially the chicken link.
Day 318
More rain. This time a view from my kitchen window. Pitch black and pouring with rain. Not the best start to a Friday morning but luckily it soon cleared and we had sunshine by playtime.
Day 319
Today was time for a family walk from Bradford-on-Avon to Freshford. The plan was to walk back but the husband and the kiddos decided the train was a better idea. I felt this was kind of lazy but the thought of all the mud again soon made me follow them up the hill to the little station.

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Tyntesfield ~ National Trust {Country Kids}

Tyntesfield ~ National Trust {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
We popped into Tyntesfield, National Trust, on Sunday afternoon for a couple of hours before the sun went down on a beautiful Autumn day.
We last visited in February and since then, like many National Trust properties, Tyntesfield have developed their outdoor spaces with children in mind.
I love how the National Trust are investing in the next generation and encouraging young families and children to enjoy the great outdoors.
Tyntesfield ~ National Trust {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
Tyntesfield ~ National Trust {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
 Plenty of space on the old tennis courts and through the cow field to run and explore.
Tyntesfield ~ National Trust {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
 Even within the more formal gardens fun can be had.
Tyntesfield ~ National Trust {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
Tyntesfield ~ National Trust {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
The den under the tree has always been popular with my two. Today they did a bit of furniture rearranging for the next visitors.
Tyntesfield ~ National Trust {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
Tyntesfield ~ National Trust {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
Tyntesfield ~ National Trust {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
Tyntesfield ~ National Trust {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
Tyntesfield ~ National Trust {Country Kids} // 76sunflowers
We were so excited to see the development of the play area next to the Pavilion Café. In addition to the old tractor was a fantastic trail developed from natural resources and upturned apple boxes. The kiddos loved this and it was so nice to see the boy's confidence and gross motor skills developing as he clambered around independently!

Find out more information about Tyntesfield on the National Trust website here.

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