Kingston Lacy Woodlands

Hello once again from Lime Tree Cottage. We had a nice quiet Tuesday, how was your day? After a busy day yesterday with lots of travelling we decided to keep it somewhat low key today. On checking our National Trust handbook we saw that Kingston Lacy wasn’t too far away so we decided to give that a go. We visited this national trust property last time we were in Dorset on our way home, but we were all happy to return again.

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And obviously its a little bit different this time around because we’ve got this one, who naturally isn’t allowed in the house with all those precious treasures and ornaments.

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And actually I forgot to mention in my post yesterday that this little lady behaved absolutely fantastically considering that she is not used to cities and continuous big crowds of people. She is such a confident little puppy and I was so proud of her yesterday in Bath. So today we gave Polly a little treat and took her for a lovely walk in the woodlands around Kingston Lacy.

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The woodlands were lovely, with enormous old trees towering over us and providing plenty of cool shade as we made our way round the trail slowly.

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Polly absolutely loves her walks and today was no different with skipping about here and there and sniffing galore.

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The first thing she took a liking to on today’s was the sheep, they received a little bark.

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I suppose she’s probably never seen sheep before? They must be very confusing for such a little pug. Aha.

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So must funny statues be confusing to a pug.

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I have to laugh at how little Polly looks next to them! Open-mouthed smile

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Hehehe!

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Sniff.

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Sniff.

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Now time for some zooming!

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Zoom! Zoom! Zoomies!

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Such a happy girl in the woods playing Smile 

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And thank goodness she loves having her picture taken as she is just so precious! I’m going to be a busy pug mum when I’ve got two gorgeous girls to snap pictures of Red heart

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Picnic stop!

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Notice the scavenger waiting.

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As we went round the trail we got a glimpse of some of the formal gardens.

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And the kitchen gardens.

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And by the time we were finished this afternoon we had done a total of just over 3 miles.

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Although we have visited Kingston Lacy before we made it a completely different day out by doing the woodland trail. The house doesn’t open until Wednesday anyway, but because we’re staying so close we may just go back for a visit one more time to have a look around.

We have another busy day on the agenda tomorrow though…..Beaulieu

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A Blustery Day Out To Corfe

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We had a busy, blustery day out to Corfe Castle yesterday. It was another great family day out! Unfortunately the weather was a little on the damp side with drizzle on and off, but luckily while we were out it stayed quite dry! We had to take raincoats to be on the safe side though. A little drizzle wasn’t going to keep us away and the fresh air was rather refreshing!

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Polly thoroughly enjoyed herself as she got loads of attention from fellow tourists all day long.

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We had originally thought about going on the railway at Swanage but decided against it in the end. I could tell just from our journey into Corfe that it was going to be a good day despite the change of plans. We had great fun on the drive there passing what seemed to be some sort of festival (we think it was the steam fair) and honestly I have never seen anything like it in my life. There were caravans and mad baths galore!

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I tried to get a picture of it all but it just doesn’t capture the scale of the mayhem we observed as we drove passed. All that mud and dirt is my idea of hell. There were loads of cars, caravans and police cars whizzing by – it was seriously all go! Thankfully it didn’t interrupt our journey into Corfe too much as we got there in about an hour.

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The car park was ridiculously full and we had to park on a separate road that was luckily only quarter of a mile away from the village.

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The castle is a ruin but it is so impressive and there is surprisingly so much to see, up on the grounds and in amongst the ruin there are spectacular views in every single direction. I can’t get over the gorgeous county that we are staying in at the moment, its so beautiful.

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Its also really surreal when you look at these old bits of building simply sticking out the earth rather precariously. No wonder that they have to get special architects in every five years to check that the place isn’t going to fall down. Yikes!

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And although we didn’t get to go to Swanage we still caught a glimpse of the steam trains passing through the village below. The old fashioned train looked so perfect gliding through the gorgeous countryside.

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Does anybody else think of Harry Potter when they see steam trains? Haha I had the theme tune bobbing along mentally inside my brain each time I saw the trains passing!

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Once we were up in the ruins the views just kept on coming.

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Queen of the castle….

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Everyone on their holidays… x

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Corfe Castle made a really good trip, I would definitely recommend a visit to anyone holidaying in the area if not just for the stunning views around the area!

The best way to end a lovely Sunday?

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Naturally, a curry night back home in the cottage!

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With a delicious Berry Solero for dessert. Love love love.

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Hopefully off to Bath today! So excited! x x