a day trip to chatsworth house
a couple of saturdays ago we did something a little crazy.
we visited chatsworth house, about 150 miles north of london in the peak district, as a day trip. we definitely spent more time traveling there and back (via tube, train and car) than we did actually being there -- but it was a fun adventure that we totally declared worth it.
we all four really loved chatsworth house - so much so that we are hoping to go back (and stay overnight that time! :) ) in the coming months. the house and gardens are stunning, but the real draw for us wrights is the incredible petting zoo and playground. moses had suuuch a blast seeing animals, climbing, playing and exploring there. and so the rest of us had a great time too.
on this day i just kept thinking to myself, "i love england so much." soooo much!
^^ holding a guinea pig! very exciting stuff. ^^
^^ i didn't get any pictures of the other animals (donkeys, ponies, goats, bunnies, etc etc), but ian snapped these of the pigs. i have never seen a bigger pig in my life! fourteen new piglets! ^^
^^ this was honestly the coolest playground i have ever been to (and we've been to a few pretty awesome ones in europe!). there was a big enclosed trampoline, places where you could pipe water up from the stream and send it through all kinds of obstacles, rope bridges a couple stories high, and a half a dozen slides. ^^
^^ the beginnings of autumn around the chatsworth house gardens. so beautiful. ^^
^^ the maze! and how about that english countryside? ^^
the flower garden around the maze was my favourite spot we visited on this epic saturday. it was full of dahlias, which are one of my deepest loves, and it was just sensational.
^^ you can't really tell from this picture, but this is the parking lot of chatsworth house (as we left as the grounds were closing for the day). so many sheep! in such an idyllic setting! ^^
^^ by far our favourite room in the house was this amazing library. ^^
^^ family self-timer photo (with really bad lighting) after i nursed gabriel under a tree with this pretty view of chatsworth house! ^^
^^ again, bad lighting, but i love how these photos show off gabriel's dimples! ^^
it was a long but wonderful day!