This was our first outing where we actually managed to get some pictures taken with the boys and the pictures above are actually my first with them both, so they're quite special to me. When we first got to the castle grounds Jacek went to take Tyler Lee up to the top of the castle (he's been up there only once before on his second birthday) whilst I stayed in the gardens with Beau, he was so excited as I had told him a prince lived there but sadly it was way too busy for them to go up - they'd have had to queue for ages and this isn't something Tyler Lee would have done without causing mischief.
Instead he had a great time exploring all the gorgeous areas of the gardens, from the wooden boardwalk down by the waterfalls and folklore trail to the herbaceous border (where the pictures of us and the boys were taken) which he fondly named 'P.C. Plums garden' as it was right next to a little white house - he's Balamory obsessed.
We had such a lovely time strolling around together, the grounds are so beautiful and as we usually visit during the month of February when all that's in bloom are daffodils and snowdrops, so it was nice to see the place in full bloom and full of colour - it's a dream for people like myself who love to photograph nature and I captured lots of gorgeous photos of the flora there.
Outings with two small children in tow are actually a lot more manageable than I imagined. Beau slept almost the entire time in his pram whilst we went around the grounds, he was so peaceful and only woke for a feed and a nappy change - sadly I couldn't find any nappy changing facilities on the grounds so it doesn't seem to be the most family-friendly place to visit with small children but we managed. Tyler Lee has such a sense of adventure, which is lovely to witness but at the same time quite frustrating as he kept running off or ahead too far. Next time we go anywhere we're bringing the reigns - I keep saying it but honestly, he has no sense of stranger danger at all so I think it's necessary.
After an impromptu picnic on the grass amongst the buttercups and daisies we had a visit to the playground by the exit, before getting Tyler Lee an ice-cream for being (mostly!) good for us. It was such a lovely day and I couldn't think of a better way to spend a Saturday. I wish every weekend allowed for adventure but sadly Jacek works most weekends, so a weekend like this was rare and very special to us.