Two little rabbits at Sudbury Hall
Here’s another trip from a few weeks back. We visited Sudbury Hall, making the most of our National Trust membership. It’s actually free to park and explore the grounds, but you have to pay to join a guided house tour or go into the Museum of Childhood.
After running around like lunatics in the woodland playground we sat down to eat a big picnic. The boys then disappeared into the trees, I could hear the occasional shout of ‘load the canons’ and ‘you scurvy sea dog’, they were busy. They disappeared into this huge lime tree for over 30mins, ahh peace and quiet.
We took a trip around the museum, they enjoyed looking at the old toys and playing with various games and puzzles. Climbing up the chimney being a chimney sweep was great fun, not me obviously, these hips of mine wouldn’t be too happy about that. Whilst in the museum, we heard a school bell ringing.
We didn’t realise they do a talk in the old schoolroom, so joined in. The boys were so excited they rushed to the front to sit at the little desks, I had to stand back and watch. They giggled away, until The Farmer dropped his drawing ‘chalk’ and got upset. The teacher sorted him out, happy boy once again. Now there was quite a bit of talking, interesting stuff, but for the The Fireman it was too much, having to sit still and not talk made him get upset. Impressive that both boys cried 🙂 Once out of the schoolroom I thought I’d better reassure The Fireman, being one week off starting school, that school isn’t really like that anymore!
Back outside and they made a dragonfly each at the craft stand, then made grass nest/ponds for them on the ground and in hats. They decided they wanted to do a running game. It’s tough with two different ages and abilities. The Fireman started running after The Farmer. I told them they had to play foxes and hares (completely made up). The fox chased the hare, but if the hare lay down the fox couldn’t get him, it’s the only thing I could think of to give The Farmer and his little legs a chance. It ended up with them both rolling through the grass giggling.
The playground was great, the museum was really fun, but what they liked the best was a small clump of trees, where we settled into our make believe rabbit burrows, playing Peter Rabbit, I was Lily, who had to prepare carrot chips, lucky me. They ran around making campfires and hiding from Mr Todd. Their imaginations make me smile.