Last week I took my little girl to Corfe Castle. It's a fabulous ruined castle that stands at the top of a mound, which itself sits in a dip of the Purbeck hills. It's just down the road for us, about 10mins away, so we go there quite often just to walk around the castle perimeter up to the village - it's a pretty little track where you can spot birds and creepy crawlies, and if the stream is full enough you can play pooh sticks on the footbridge! My daughter loves it there, she especially likes peeping the castle through the car window on the road there, and then spotting it though the trees on the walk up.
However, we rarely go into the castle grounds, as it's national trust and we can't afford to pay the entrance too often. Every now and then it's a treat to go into the grounds, where she climbs the hillocks and rolls down them, walks up and down the many stairs, and we eat a picnic out on the lawn. It was even more of a treat last week because we took the bus there by ourselves (another expense I can't afford too often - £5 return for a ten minute drive? seriously?) She sat very nicely on the bus and pointed at things out of the window - when the castle appeared she screamed excitedly: "THERE'S THE CASTLE - THERE IT IS!!!" making everyone on the bus chuckle!
We went in the visitor's centre for a bit, because though it's mostly beyond her at the moment I like her to get used to being in a museum/learning type environment - and they have cool magnetic wall puzzles she can play with!
Unfortunately, by the time we got up to the castle the wind had picked up and the sky had clouded over, and we had another dissapointment - the dragon had gone! My friends had taken my daughter to the castle a couple of weeks before, there had been a dragon built from withy sticks and things, and my daughter kept mentioning 'the dragon at the castle'. So one of the reasons I wanted to take her was so I could see the dragon I'd heard so much about, but he'd been de-constructed (or he'd flown away!).
Because of the cooler weather we did quite a quick walk around, and we didn't stay to eat our sandwiches like I'd planned. We still had fun though, including my daughter saying 'pop,pop,pop' on each step all the way down, because I made the mistake of saying it once at the top (I don't know why?).
Did a bit of shopping and got very tired, was glad to get back home and chill out this evening!
I'll be back tomorrow with some crafty stuff ~ see you then!