A visit to Cliveden – 1st October 2011
On what turned out to be the hottest October day on record, we decided to head up to Cliveden House for the afternoon.
We had come prepared with a picnic lunch and the girls were also keen to revisit the maze which we had last been to back in April.
First of all we set out on Cliveden’s ‘Autumn leaf trail’. This leads from the car-park through the trees and back via the front of the house.
We didn’t get too far along the path before deciding to stop for our picnic lunch in a sunny spot in among the trees.
We had dressed in shorts for the day and it felt somewhat strange picnicking outside in October – particularly when I noticed what was next to us!
It seems hard to believe that in only a few short weeks we might be back into the depths of another snowy winter!
After enjoying our picnic lunch, we continued along the path, stopping occasionally to take photos. There were few signs of the trees turning as yet although we did find a few colourful ones.
Once we’d finished the planned walk, we went to the maze.
We had only once been once before when it had seemed fairly easy. Now, on a hot day, with small children in tow, it proved anything but!
We split up and I went in with Rebekah while Sarah took Holly and Emily. Amazingly, Rebekah and I reached the middle first and ended up waiting for a good five minutes before the others joined us.
On the way out, I took Holly and Emily. Sarah headed off with Rebekah while I battled on between endless duplicate rows of yew hedging. After wandering aimlessly for a good five minutes we stopped in a dead-end for a welcome rest. As much as anything else, it was a good chance to put Emily, who isn’t getting any lighter, down .
After a few minutes rest, we resumed our attempt to leave the maze and eventually found our way to the entrance and the others who were reclining on a bench outside!
We had a look around the Water Garden in the sunshine before heading for an ice-cream.
Sarah joined a queue of some thirty people who all seemed to be buying ice-creams – incredible for the 1st October. Unsurprisingly stocks were running low, although they fortunately had plenty of Magnums!
Once the ice-creams had been safely consumed we ended up at the shop before heading home.
Having paused only in Cookham to water the vegetable plot, the girls decided they would like to eat at Wimpy, so we made our way over to Marlow.
Fortunately, given the heat of the day, we were able to eat outside in the courtyard at the back of Wimpy. It was a good ending to a great day in the sunshine.
On our way back to the car, Holly managed to pop her balloon from Wimpy meaning that I was left to go back to the restaurant for a replacement!
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