Saturday, 28 August 2010

A family day out

Mr Crafty Ady and I took Dinoboy and Missy Moo to Stratford-Upon-Avon for the day. Stratford-Upon-Avon is famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare. It is also the home of the Stratford-Upon-Avon Butterfly Farm – our main destination on this trip.

We took the train from our local station and it was a quick 40-minute train ride to get to Stratford-Upon-Avon. The kids were very excited – a day trip out is always greatly anticipated and hugely enjoyed.

The Butterfly Farm is a huge greenhouse packed with lush greenery and a lot of butterflies! I didn’t anticipate it being quite so warm and humid – it reminded me of the Malaysian rainforest. We saw lots of gorgeous butterflies ....

Dinoboy made a new little friend who liked his shirt

And we saw even more butterflies ...

We had packed a picnic lunch and since the Butterfly Farm did not have a picnic area, we headed off to the riverside to find a picnic spot.

It was lovely and sunny (albeit with a few clouds here and there)

We did the tourist thing and went on a quick ride in one of the boats. The kids were delighted. The Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre was still having it’s facelift ...

The Butterfly Farm ticket gets you in as many times as you like during the day. Dinoboy wanted to head back there after lunch to see the butterflies one last time before we headed home. On our way back to the train station, we found Shakespeare’s house ...

Apparently his father, John, built it in 1556 and this is the house Shakespeare was born in.

We were pretty lucky with the weather. It didn’t start raining until we were very nearly home. Ooo - and I road-tested my fold-away shopping bag on this trip. It was stuffed with a camera, a change of clothes for Missy Moo (better safe than sorry), wet wipes, bottles of drink, small snacks, a magazine to entertain Missy Moo on the train in case she decided that looking out of the window was too boring and other small necessities. It coped very well and the wide handles made it comfortable to sling over my shoulder. I shall start working on my tutorial soon.

Hope your weekend is going great, friends.


  1. looks like you had a fantastic day..nothing better then spending tim with family

  2. Glad you had such a good day, Ady.

    I haven't been to Stratford in years (possibly decades!) but it is a lovely town. The butterfly farm sounds like a great idea (except for the humidity - we have enough of that here this summer anyway!).

    Enjoy the rest of your long weekend.

  3. Sounds like you and your family had a fantastic time. Your children are beautiful.

  4. Sounds like a lovely day out......but the bit that tickled me was your description of the supplies you carried. Having just got home from a day trip out with my lot I feel like I was the "beast of burden".
    "NO, that's fine, I'll just carry your coats, water bottles,. maps, keys, lunches......just strap it all to my back!"

  5. Your post is beautiful. I love the pictures of your family, it seems to me that all of you had a great time.


    -Samya :-)


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