Kindling James’ new-found love of climbing, we went to Seaton Delaval Hall today for a go on their excellent play area. The car park to the National Trust property is filled with little stones. James can’t go past a gravel patch without ‘being a digger’ and getting a few stones for his pockets.
We went through the ticket office and straight to the play area. It’s a magnet for children, and you almost have to pass it to get to the property after the car park.
Next to these tunnels is a small, but brilliant, play area, with some strategically placed tree trunks and branches. The climbing frame created is great for children to clamber over.
Next to the climbing frame is a small table made out of a tree stump, and four little chairs, also carved from logs. James said, “ooh, I sit there!” and then asked for his photo to be taken. I obliged 🙂
It’s quite interesting, this journey he’s taken into having his photo taken. He used to be unaware of it, obviously, but then started asking me to “take a cheese” of things. Now he asks for me to “take a photo” of him.
After a very long time, we headed out to the Hall. I didn’t take photos inside, but it elicited a few “wow”s from James, so if you’re local and haven’t been, maybe you’d like to see it; I think James would recommend it!
When we went back outside, James found a group of girls playing. He started to give them his stones he’d collected earlier. Some of the girls accepted, bemusedly, and I was given the gifts that were rejected. He also wandered round with a daffodil for a while, telling them that the bees like flowers. I didn’t take photos of that, although it was very cute. I feel a bit strange about taking photos of other people’s children.
We went back to the play area after seeing these wooden sheep.
Well, I saw the sheep, James slowly sidled over towards the play area. He clambered around for a bit longer before spectacularly nose diving on the floor from the top. “I like an aeroplane, mammy; I crashed”, he told me after he’d finished crying.