Two weekends ago we decided to pack a picnic and enjoy the summer weather before Autumn settles in. We joined the National Trust five months ago and have only visited two properties so thought we would explore somewhere new. We decided on Ham House for the simple reason that it is only a 10-minute drive from our house. Since we arrived soon after they opened at 10am, Moozles and Dubz were free to run around without getting in anyone's way.
Ham House is a lovely 17th-century house and gardens. The house is supposed to be one of the most haunted houses in Britain, but unfortunately we did not get to go in and sense the other-wordly vibrations. The thought of our two-year old son, Dubz, in a house full of breakables, was just too scary. *shudders* The gardens are nice. Not too big, but there was plenty of room to let the kids run around in but not worry about them getting lost. There was also a a spot with sticks where one could build a den. Moozles and Dubz loved this bit. And as I had never built a den before, I quite enjoyed it as well.
All our running and den-building made us quite hungry so we sat down for a home-made picnic. We brought our favourite picnic food: French bread, Parma ham, cheese, olives, carrot sticks and crisps. We also brought our super-cool Baguette Board. Our French oak cutting board might have been a bit fancier than our picnic, but I don't care. I wasn't about to wait for guests before using this lovely board. Moozles thought it was so nice that she wanted to carry it around (kids are weird).
Who knows when we will have another outdoor (and not just in our garden) picnic. But this was such a lovely outing and a lovely picnic. It was a perfect way of saying goodbye to a wonderful summer. I can't wait to see what adventures we will get up to this Autumn.
The Baguette Board was sent to us for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.