It was so dull and dreary last week, we had lots of rain, but Mick was home from work early on Friday so we took advantage of a brighter day, put Archie in the car and headed off to Lotherton before it got dark.
Lotherton's Christmas Experience is currently in full swing and though we didn't see everything on offer, we got a taste of what it's all about. Santa is in residence for those wishing to let him know last minute gift requests and elves are on hand helping in the workshop. More elves can be found in the Elf Village helping little ones in craft activities and telling stories, and older visitors can grab refreshments.
We usually take a walk through the Captains Wood when we visit Lotherton with Archie, he loves woodland walks, but this time was a little different. A magical Twelve Days of Christmas Walk has been set up, let me show you a few of the attractions.
At the start of the walk is this grand organ. Press the buttons and it plays The Twelve Days of Christmas.
Most of the displays are interactive so it's hands on for younger visitors. The Ten Lords A-Leaping were cordoned off, each one lit up in sequence.
The Nine Ladies Dancing could be spun round and round and the faster they spun the brighter they lit up.
Archie was interested in the flashing Five Gold Rings.
There were Six Geese A-Laying in one of the sheds but a golden egg shy had been set up for visitors to try and knock down.
How about these Seven Swans A-Swimming?
1. Hook a swan
2. Move the rod up the window carefully.
3. Place the swan gently on the waterfall.
5. Watch the swan slide and dive.
7. Swans are swimming.
Here we are at Drummers Avenue where we can find Twelve Drummers Drumming.
If you stand behind each of the drummers and pull on the ropes you can make them drum.
As we came out the woods we saw a sign for the Fairy Dell.
I can't resist fairies so I had to visit their little village.
The houses were so cute and as we walked through the dell, the sound of fairies filled the air. They were whispering to each other about the people who passed by.
We visited the Christmas Courtyard before we ended our visit. Snow was fluttering about and one lady expressed her embarrassment to us, she'd just rung a relative and said she couldn't believe it was snowing, before she saw me taking a photo of the snow machine set up in the upstairs window of one of the buildings.
We could see the Christmas trees twinkling in the windows of Lotherton Hall, we couldn't go inside as we had Archie with us but I bet it's decorated beautifully.
We're so lucky to live close to Lotherton as they really make an effort with all their events.
My dad is currently back in hospital so I've been staying with my mum for the last couple of days. She doesn't have internet access so I haven't been able to get round and visit your blogs as often as I usually do. We're hoping that he'll be discharged tomorrow so, hopefully, normality will resume.