5 December 2014

Autumn walks and muddy bottoms



It is getting nippy. Nippier day by day. It is also getting rainy, and rainier day by day. It has been a while since we had clear weather here in London (or so it feels with all the week spent chained to an office desk). When we finally had a weekend without rain, we were keen to go out and enjoy the fresh, nippy air. We woke up early, went to get breakfast at Toby Carvery nearby us, and afterwards enjoyed a nice little walk on their grounds. 







This location is so pretty, next to some fields and woods, and the bar/restaurant is actually quite a beautiful mansion type of a house. It was lovely just walking around the grounds, looking at the scenery, running after the little one, picking up leafs to examine them, trotting in the mud, tumbling down in the mud (our little one, thankfully not us...). 





We didn't stay too long, but we shall surely be back. Next time I think we will have another mighty breakfast with bacon and waffles with honey, and trot along to the nearby pond to gaze at the ducks, and walk around in the woods. Who knows, we might even see some horses and their riders around. 




After a long week at work, and hours of commuting back and forth central London and zone 5, I just feel so tired of living where we do. It feels far from everything. Yet, it is not quite countryside, nor is it quite a city. It is sort of in between, suburbia. But places we visited, a little hidden place of countryside nearly next to us, make it feel like it is home. And a great place to raise kids in. 



... And sometimes get your bottom muddy in. 


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24 comments:

  1. That looks like it was a lovely walk and I do love the muddy bottom picture at the end - so cute. Your little one looks very cosy in her hat too #countrykids

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    1. Kids, always in mud :) She wasn't bothered by it at all, I was worrying she might be too cold, but she seemed OK. Maybe it was the warm hat that did it :)

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  2. That is one stunning looking Carvery to have breakfast in and what a joy to miss the rain and enjoy some fun in the leaves. Gorgeous photos and a lovely space to run and play. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

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    1. It was beautiful. For a Toby Carvery, the place was just so nice... We were thinking of first going to the one on A10 which is closer to us, but glad we made the trip to here.

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  3. Looks like an ideal place for the kids where they can explore - and get muddy - after breakfast!

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    1. It was great - and you can go back to the restaurant to get some coffee and get warm too :)

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  4. That is so cute. Those pink boots are awesome.

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  5. Oh, how cute is that hat! As is your daughter :) What a lovely place to have breakfast, beautiful photos of your walk x #CountryKids

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    1. Thank you ;) It was a beautiful place, and so convenient to go there after parking, and eating. I am sure we will go there again soon :)

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  6. Looks like a great location. And as for that hat?! Fabulous :) Discovered you via #countrykids

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    1. Ha ha thanks - the hat seems to have many people over :)

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  7. She looks so so cute all wrapped up warm, seriously that hat is the best thing ever!!!!
    Looks like a really lovely time! I miss cold walks being all wrapped up!! Xx

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    1. Oh yes, you live in a warm country now so it is all different isn't it! I do sort of pine after warm climate... I guess you always want what you don't have :)

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  8. Ah, that cute little muddy bottom! Loving the hat, too! Lovely place to breakfast x

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    1. :) I had to take a picture of that bum, all muddy and a bit wet. Kids, always mucky aren't they! :)

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  9. Mmmm, that breakfast sounds yummy! What a lovely place to have on your doorstep x
    #countrykids

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    1. I was so surprised to be honest - but it was so nice we have decided to go back for another weekend breakfast soon :)

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  10. Love your photos, and sounds like a lovely haven to make peace with your neck of the woods. Nice to have somewhere like that to pop out for breakfast

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    1. It wa so convenient! I do live a good forest walk but often it is a hassle with no good facilities around. This one is perfect though :)

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  11. What an amazing toby carvery, our local one doesn't look like that but then it is right next to the sea. Love your photos. We used to live in Zone 4/5, I do miss being able to just pop into London. It feels like we are really out in the sticks now lol

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    1. It sounds good though, going for a beach walk afterwards :) we rarely pop in Central London anymore, it feels like such a hassle with a baby and buggy, but I am sure we will do that more when the little one has grown a bit. All those museums and activities!

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  12. Those photos are beautiful! I love a Toby Carvery but have never found one with such great scenery x

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    1. Yeah they usually tend to be a bit drap.. The closest to us is next to an a-road so glad we found this one.

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