Country Elf

We’re off on a countryside adventure this weekend. The Broadlands Country Show. This is a proper country show, there are dog breed competitions, gun dog trials, demonstrations in the main arena. Food and local produce, rides and stalls.

The show is set in the attractive grounds of an Estate called Broadlands, which is well worth a visit another time. Lovely old house, beautiful gardens and lovely walks. Back to the show, if you buy your tickets online in advance you will get a cheaper ticket, it’s a little expensive at £15 but everyone under 16 is free which is nice. We toddle on through and stop at the gun dog trials. I have never seen this before it’s very cool. We stop toIMAG2677 watch the “long retrieve” there a red ball like thing is short into the air and down the end of the enclosure accompanied by a loud simulated gun shot. Now, all being well the dog sprints off down the field and returns with the red ball like thing…this is not always the case and lots of the dogs had a good romp around and sniff before returning (or not) with the ball.IMAG2685_BURST012_COVER

Next we head to the main arena, where we are blown away by the craziness that is “The Devils Horsemen”. Not for the faint of heart, that is sure. These guys are mad, they hang off the sides of the horses and do handstands on the back of galloping horses. Then to top it off they stand astride two horses for a race. It’s thrilling, and I will not lie…it leaves me desperate to go horse riding. Perhaps a new career path?

We munch our way round and enjoy pasties, hot coffee (to ward of the cold as it starts to rain), popcorn and candy floss. We pick up some apple strudel and cakes to take home and on the way out I can’t help it… I get some fudge as well. (Licorice flavour…oh my, so, so good)

I’m already busy looking up the next Country show I can get to.  If you fancy heading along to a show, I found this website with lots of information about upcoming shows.

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Quiet Elves

Its not like us to have been quiet!  We’ve been puppy siting and it has been glorious.

His name is Billy and he is the much loved dog of our friends.  Our lovely friends have been busy with wedding preparations and the big day its self so Billy has been staying casa de Elf!

Billy’s gentle companionship and company has been great fun and we enjoyed being able to help out good people in a difficult time.  Yes…it’s one of those posts.

Lets help each other.  Really do it, its great!  I know it seems a silly thing to point out and we shouldn’t do things just to make ourselves feel good,  but it does feel good to do favors and to offer support and help.  Little kindnesses (or big ones) make big differences to people and their lives.

love x

We have also had a small hiatus to the adventuring due to Mr Elf braking his ankle.  Poor boy is hopping around on crutches and has all the annoyances that go with a moon boot.  Fingers crossed that he will be mended up soon and we can get back to the adventures.

 

Natural History Museum – Elf out late!

London is lucky to have some of the best museums and art galleries in the world.  One of my particular favourites is the Natural History Museum.  A new series of Museum lates has started, these happen at lots of the London Museums and there are different themes and exhibitions to attend.  This series at the Natural History Museum is “Dino Snores”.  we book ourselves in and head off to the museum after dark.

As we arrive we are assigned houses (I end up in Dino House) and head into the museum.  There is music playing, food and drink available, activities…and no children.  Now I’m very much aware that I will sound a grumpy miser for saying this, but, it’s absolutely brilliant without the kids!  I mean there are no tantrums, no trying to look sensible, no lines of people, no school groups taking up whole galleries… Nothing to stop us adults from being kids!

We take full advantage of the big kid atmosphere and we throw ourselves 100% into the face painting and mask making. imag2462

We start by watching the “Rocks The House” show with the messy experiments and fun camera work.  Next up is a stroll through the dinosaur exhibitions.  imag2464We make dinosaur themed t-shirts.

Our group takes part in the egg and spoon race with a little too much competitive spirit we skate down the hall, egg and spoon in hand and big fluffy dino slippers on.  It’s a photo finish and our friends in Panda House win the house points.

Next, we head into the observatory which has been blown up in the corals exhibition room.  It is magical, we sit on the floor and watch the milky way move across the ceiling above us.  The presenter is fantastic.  This is a definite highlight.imag2473

We assemble at the exit and sing a roaring chorus of “Circle of Life”.  This is joy affirming!

We also have tickets to the silent disco and spend the rest of the night dancing away in the museum to three great DJs.

Get yourself tickets to the next one.  One of my favourite nights out in a long time and a great opportunity to be a big kid.

More information here Dino Snores

Elf’s tip – cheaper tickets are available on some of the voucher sites. 

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Elf goes to the Farm!

For today’s adventure a friend and I head off in search of animals!  We head to Spitalfields to the city farm.

IMAG1577We walk through Shoreditch, past cafes, pubs, we cross roads and the traffic is all around us.  It seems impossible that there is a farm hidden in here.  But we do find the farm, nestled in between flats and the over ground.

 

It’s cute.  There are donkeys, goats, cows, sheep, chickens, rabbits, bees and pigs.  All the pens have notices with information including names, breeds and stories about them.  Personally the pigs are my favourite, they are noisy and busy and I love them.  The chickens are lovely and it is wonderful to see that a lot of them are rescued from cage farms.

It hails half way though our trip and we shelter near the veggie patch.  But the sun comes out again so we head to see the Bug Hotel and the bee hives.

I do think we are rather a lot older than the normal audience but I do think it is a great afternoon out and will head back in the summer to take advantage of better weather.