Stowe Gardens

Stowe Gardens

We’ve been to Stowe before, so I won’t bore you with the details again. Last week I was eager to spend some time with Finn. Working 50 hours a week doesn’t leave a lot of free time so I wanted to make the most of my day off.

I decided to take advantage of our National Trust membership and head to one of our favourite local properties.

The Pebble Alcove

The motto of the Temple family of Stowe is ‘How lovely are thy temples’

Stowe Gardens

This is the view I had for most of the day as I chased after a speedy Finn

Stowe Gardens

Cheeky monkey kept me on my toes!

The Chinese House, Stowe Gardens

The Chinese House is ornately decorated and very fragile. In fact, it is covered up every winter to protect it’s beautiful facade

I thought it would be cool to try and get a photo of Finn on the bridge, like the one of me when I was pregnant. You can see what Finn thought of that idea...

I thought it would be cool to try and get a photo of Finn on the bridge, like the one of me when I was pregnant. You can see what Finn thought of that idea…

You can actually stay in this amazing building thanks to the Landmark Trust

You can actually stay in this amazing building thanks to the Landmark Trust

I loved this wooden bridge, even if Finn made me very nervous running across it

I loved this wooden bridge, even if Finn made me very nervous running across it

The view towards the Corinthian Arch and the East and West Pavillions on each side

The view towards the Corinthian Arch and the East and West Pavillions on each side

 

As well as some mother-son bonding, it gave me an opportunity to practise my photography skills. I like to think I’m getting better!

Have you enjoyed any great family days out recently?

Monkey and Mouse

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  • afamilydayout afamilydayout August 01, at 08:35

    I live reasonably close to Stowe (south Oxfordshire) but have never visited. Every time I see someone’s photos I remember I still need to make the trip!

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    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker August 02, at 08:31

      I know, I have so many places like that near me! You really should visit Stowe, such a lovely place.

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  • It looks like a gorgeous place and your photos are fab. I am spending as much time with my kids as I can at the moment as from September all 3 will be at school and I’ll be looking for a new job so this time is precious. Sarah #WhatevertheWeather

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    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker August 03, at 09:54

      You’re so right, I am fiercely protective of my free time these days. It helps having lovely days like this!

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  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) August 03, at 15:34

    Ah we love Stowe gardens too, so much to explore as I don’t even think I’ve gotten to all of the places you have shown here! Gorgeous shots xx #whatevertheweather

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    • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker August 04, at 17:04

      I know, it’s such a lovely spot and I always manage to find something new every time we go.

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  • I love how clear and crisp yout photos! The place looks stunning and perfect place to explore! #whatevertheweather

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  • TheHelpfulHiker TheHelpfulHiker August 04, at 17:04

    It’s a really lovely place to explore, one of my favourites!

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  • Jenny Eaves Jenny Eaves August 05, at 14:42

    Your photos are gorgeous! I especially love that you tried to get another photo with Finn on the bridge, but he wasn’t having any of it! Definitely a worth while place to visit! Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather x

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  • Oh wow your pictures are great. It looks a lovely place to visit. Chinese House looks so pretty #whatevertheweather

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  • restlessjo restlessjo August 08, at 07:44

    Fabulous! My favourite shot is ‘runaway’ Finn beneath those wonderful colonades. 🙂

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