Monday, 14 September 2009

Countryside Capers

I have just returned from a wonderful family weekend away in the beautiful Gloucestershire Countryside. Once a year in September my extended family meet in Gloucester for a weekend of Golf, Shopping, Sightseeing and family dinners. It all started fifteen years ago, when, after my Grandpa passed away, my Father and his Brother and Sister (who both live in Gloucester), set about organising a Golf Event in memory of my Grandpa, who made golf bags for a living and always wanted all his children and their cousins to play golf together. It is therefore a very emotional and happy weekend that all my family; Parents, Aunts, Uncles, Great Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Second Cousins.... there are so many of us, look forward too each year.

Of course, not all of us play golf, so those that don't will either shop at the many wonderful villages in the Cotswolds, or like me, visit places to entertain families. This year we went to the Cotswold Wild Life Park, set in 160 acres of parkland and gardens around a listed Victorian Manor House that has been open to the public since 1970.

There are so many animals to see at the Park, which the children loved. But there are also wonderful gardens to wander through, with beautiful flowers and plant life to swoon over and not to mention the stunning main house.

This is the second year I have visited the Wildlife Park and I could return again and again, it is such a lovely place to visit, with something for everyone, check out their website if you get the chance you can find it here COTSWOLD WILDLIFE PARK

The favourite part of the park for me is the walled garden, with its stunning flowers and gorgeous ponds, it's like stepping into a secret garden, gloriously colourful, yet tranquil.

After a day at the Park we then got dressed up and made our way to the Golf Club for a family dinner, speeches and prizes for those who play golf. The main prize winner receiving the "Richard Whybra Trophy" in memory of my Grandpa. Below is a photo of my boys in their "Grown Up" clothes as they call them!!! My little Angels!!


Bridgett said...

First...your boys are the most adorable ever!!!

Second...that weekend sounds like an amazing time. All families should do something like this.

And that garden...just stunning.


paperbird said...

Gorgeous photographs- I want to visit there in the worst way- it looks so beautiful and such handsome little boys!

TiffanyJane said...

Wow, Gorgeous photos!!!! Sounds like a wonderful time, even though it's quite emotional I'm sure.
How adorable are your boys!!! They have the sweetest little faces!!!!

Rebecca said...

OMG How cute are your twins! They are just darling and what a wonderful time in your life. I am so glad you can do this every year -how wonderful is family!

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Amanda! It was so good to hear from you! Thank you for coming by and leaving your sweet comment. I really enjoyed looking at the picks of your little vacation. I would love to go back and visit England someday again. My DH and I are thinking of planning a trip to Scotland in the next few years. I'd love to shoot down to see your lovely countryside.
Your boys keep getting cuter... is that possible???

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purplepaint said...

Hey Mandy! Your boys are so cute!! I had forgotten you have twins too! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'll bookmark yours. Marva

Charlotte said...

What darling little boys.
I love your beautiful photos. We visited the UK in 1997 and again in 1999. I fell in love with it. I wish it wasn't so far away.
Thank you for visiting my blog and or the lovely comments you made.

Juls~ said...

Hi Amanda!

Browsing your beautiful blog today! I love autumn too and your new hair color looks FAB! Your twin boys are just absolutely adorable!!! Loved the photographs you took - they are great!