Hyde Hall Gardens

Another day out – we went to Hyde Hall Gardens in April. We’ve been before, but this was easily my favourite time. The gardens were in bloom, and although it was a little windy, there are enough cafes and sheltered spots to make it enjoyable. Once again the photos will show it off better than my words…Starred Photos251

The little one loved the ducks of course, and we were all fascinated by the sculptures including the one below which moved in the wind.

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The small print – Hyde Hall is and RHS garden. Entry is £9.95 for adults, £4.95 for children aged 5-16 and free for under 5’s. The amounts vary a bit according to whether you include gift aid, buy family tickets etc etc but that’s roughly what you’ll pay. The cafe was busy, but we did get a table fairly easily. The food was good, although I wouldn’t recommend their kiddie lunchboxes – most of it was processed food and it included no fruit. They also have a very nice shop with plants, books, home goods, toys and more.

It’s not set up for children – keep an eye on them around the pond – so there is no playground, but there are plenty of areas for little ones to potter and it’s fairly buggy friendly (although you will be pushing on smooth grass if you want to explore the whole garden). We all had a lovely time and look forward to going again in a different season.

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Reading lately – May 2015

I fell off the wagon a bit with reading this month, so just a couple of books to mention. I always struggle to get into the next book after reading one I’ve really enjoyed which is why I stalled in May. But I’ve just started The Flight of the Maidens so hopefully June will go better.

The Well-Versed Family by Caroline Boykin

I heard Caroline speaking on the God Centred Mom podcast and was so inspired I went and bought her book before the episode even finished. Which was a blessing as I’ve already finished it, but also a mistake as they mention at the end of the podcast that the second edition has just come out. If you’re interested you may want to look out for that, but I can say the first edition was great too. It’s practical, inspiring and encouraging. Everything refers back to the Bible, and I’m so excited to start teaching the little one scripture and helping him learn to apply it to life in a year or so.

Disciplines of a Godly Family by Kent and Barbara Hughes

This wasn’t as accessible, but still had a lot of good points and ideas. The authors go into great detail about their own experiences and strategies which I don’t think would work for every family. I found their chapter on praying for your children particularly useful and it’s inspired me to be much more structured, specific and intentional about praying for the little one.