On Tuesday it was hubby’s birthday so he stayed home from work. We made a picnic and went to Anglesey Abbey for the day.
Son and I had been there at the beginning of June with his nursery so he picked it again to take Daddy to for a birthday present. Anglesey Abbey is a National Trust property about 40 minutes from where we live. It has a very interesting history and huge grounds (114 acres!) with a beautiful house, and a working mill but we stayed in the grounds for this visit.
The mill wasn’t open so we couldn’t go in, it’s open Wed. – Sun. every week. You can buy stoneground wholemeal flour milled there in the gift shop. (It’s very good for breadmaking!)
It was very hot when we went, so we took lots of water and food with lots of juice. I made a couscous salad with lots of veg and a big fruit salad to share.
We went down the winter path to the mill first – it’s where they have the world famous snowdrops every January and even now it’s well worth going down. The silver birches are incredible!
We followed the paths to the rose garden, quarry pond, herbaceous border and along some of the large meadows, bug-spotting and treasure finding along the way. We ate lunch underneath a big tree and spent about 3 hours there. Well worth the admission – £7.05 (gift aid price) each; we didn’t have to pay for son as he’s under 5. We didn’t get completely into the Kid’s area this time (it was too hot) – there is a Lookout Treehouse that’s 3 stories tall and other constructs to explore like Eeyore tents, hedgehogs, and story mazes and lots of statues rescued from other stately homes. Next time we’ll go back and visit the house too.
After icecream and a visit to the loos we headed home, hot and tired out.