12 years ago today, freshly broken up from the love of my life*, I set sail for the Island of Zakynthos for what would be the most amazing summer of my life!
Living in such a tiny community (literally a street) for an extended period of time we made friendships and grew bonds that will last a lifetime! In fact I think its safe to say that some of us will always consider each other family, no matter now little we see each other. Well today it was time to introduce the next generation, at Bucklebury Farm in Berkshire.
The farm is set in 77-acres of working farm land and based in the picturesque Pang Valley. Its home to a Deer Park, outdoor activity area, tractor rides and vast area of open woodland where children can join in on nature trails and Deer safaris. There’s also a boardwalk over the stream where children can view plants, flowers and wildlife all year round.
Our little tinkers were too small for all of this on this visit so we stuck to the farmyard which is home to a small herd of Berkshire pigs, pygmy and Anglo-Nubian goats, Dexter cattle, ponies, donkeys, a peacock and even a reindeer. It was feeding time when we arrived, so us Mummies had a go at bottle feeding the baby lambs, they were so cute.
Bottle Feeding the baby lambs
Ettie wasn’t a big fan of the goats, or any of the animals in general really, so chose to remain a safe distance away tucked up in her pram! She was much happier when she could peer out from over the arm rest, rather than having them sniff around her feet.
There was a large outdoor play area with climbing frames and a huge wooden train set and a soft play area set inside a big double decker bus. We let the babies have a little play in the ball pit because it was quiet, but under nine’s wouldn’t have been allowed in there usually. We even had a go on the huge bouncy cushion in the outdoor activity area which was great fun. I’m not sure who enjoyed it more, the babies or us Mums!
We fed the lambs, stroked the pony’s and practically annihilated the restaurant with three 9-10 month year olds in tow!! But order was restored by the end of the day and a great day out was had by all!!
* NB he really wasn’t the love of my life!