Trains and boats and Palace picnics

As I mentioned in my Mindful Saturday post, we spent last weekend over at my mum and dad’s house whilst the hubster was working. Its nice to be able to do this as the boys love their grandparents, I enjoy adult company and conversation and the folks get to witness some of the cuteness, adorability and funny little moments (as well as a few fights and tantrums – sorry about that guys!).

Sometimes my sister and her family come over to join us all on a Sunday afternoon but last weekend they were all busy so we decided to finally take JJ up on his constant badgering for a trip on either a bus or a train, and my Mum devised an off the cuff outing. We toyed with the idea of taking a trip to Kew Gardens but knew that would involve both a train, a tube and quite a bit of money for entrance fees. Then we were going to take a train to Richmond and hop on a boat back to Hampton Wick along the Thames but it transpired that boats weren’t stopping where we needed them to. Finally we settled upon a train journey to Hampton Court (this is quite ironic when you look at the map!) a picnic in the Palace grounds (the outer bit is completely free to enter so that was a no brainer!) and then a boat back from there. And how lucky we were with the weather! It was an absolutely beautiful sunny day.

JJ was so excited about the journey – here they are at Hampton Wick station, and JJ”s little beaming face on the train:

and EJ, not so much:


We had to do a lot of lifting and carrying EJ up the stairs of various stations and up an absolutely massive step onto a train at New Malden (this trip involved a change of train) – these London station must be a nightmare for wheelchair users. We did get help from a young man at one station though – people can be so kind!

EJ ran riot through the grounds of the Palace (like a little prince!) meaning that my picnic mostly consisted of running around with a half eaten sandwich telling them both to come out of the flower beds (seriously, I didn’t see anyone else’s kids doing this – where did I go wrong??). Then my mum took over and I got take a few pictures which I’d been itching to do! My dad actually thinks its quite funny that I appear to just be randomly photographing everything and this after the two of us had spent the entire previous evening discussing what our cameras can and can’t do (he’s just bought the same model as me, a Sony RX100. I found some nifty effects – look out for a few in subsequent posts!).

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JJ had stripped down to his (brand new!) vest which is why he looks a bit special here!


And here’s one JJ took of me – which just goes to show how easy my camera is!


There were some beautiful flower displays as well as wild beauty and some weird and wonderful trees.

Later on we moseyed down to the riverside and hopped onto a boat. At one point though we thought we’d missed it and my dad suggested we walk back down the tow path saying, “JJ doesn’t care about boats anyway” (not thinking he was listening) to which JJ piped up, “I do like boats actually Grandad!” and we established that, yes indeed, he is a lover of all forms of transport!

Again I took quite a few photos but it was hard not to just ogle into peoples’ gardens – some of the those riverside houses are fabulous!

I think this last picture pretty much sums up EJ’s day!


All in all a pretty successful Spring day out!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

11 thoughts on “Trains and boats and Palace picnics

    • He really was completely nonplussed by his brother’s enthusiasm! Hampton Court is well worth a visit Jocelyn – we could literally walk there from my Mum and Dad’s, up through the deer park, so lovely. With your new found love of gardens and gardening you would love the grounds they are absolutely fab – these pics are just from the outer grounds too – the inner grounds are stunning!

    • Thanks Mel. It was a really lovely day with the kids and their grandparents! There are so many lovely places right on their doorstep really. And thanks for the compliment on the blog – I am so pleased with it!! X

    • You must! I remember going there on school trips and seeing some of the most famous bits, the amazing tudor kitchens, the beautiful astronomical clock, the 230 year old grapevine (apparently the world’s longest too!), as well as the beautiful architecture and landscaped gardens right on the river. Its worth going ice-skating there are chrismas time or one of the other events throughout the year. OK that’s it from the Friends of Hampton Court for one day!!

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