We’ve had a great long Easter weekend and have filled our time with baking and three National Trust Easter Egg Trails.
On Friday we started with one of the best Easter activities we know .. making chocolate nest cakes!
In the afternoon we went to Morden Hall Park to take part in the National Trust/Cadbury’s Easter Egg Trail. We love doing these trails and have done at least two a year for the last few years! We haven’t done the Morden Hall one for a few years however, so it was a nice change to our routine.
We took the bus to Morden as I knew the car park would be busy, and it was definitely the right decision! The park was packed.. full of people doing the trail as well as the normal weekend visitors. Once we’d got our sheet (there was quite a queue!) we set off following the map and answering the questions. We did miss the first board though, so had to go back to it at the end! My excuse was that we didn’t know what we were looking for at first!!
Once we’d completed all the questions we went to get our prizes. And while the kids were eating them (chocolate bunnies) I thought we’d go for a quick walk round the wetland area of the park. As a lot of Morden Hall, and all of the egg trail, is on paths we were all wearing trainers rather than wellies. The paths around the trail has been mostly dry so it didn’t occur to me that other areas of the park might not be… well, how wrong I was! As we walked along the path through the wetland area there were a few puddles, then a few more. It got boggier and boggier and by the end of the path (it isn’t very long) it was flooded! Someone had kindly laid logs along part of it but they were almost in the blackthorn bushes so not easy to walk along! We did it though and managed not to get too wet!
On Saturday morning we went to Claremont Landscape Gardens, another National Trust property hosting an Easter Egg Trail. This is another one we’ve not done for a couple of years. The weather forecast wasn’t great but we put our wet weather gear on and weren’t going to be beaten by a bit of rain! As it was, it was very grey but only drizzled a little bit while we were there so we got lucky!
It took us about an hour to complete the trail because, unlike the one at Morden Hall the previous day, there was no map to help you find the boards so we walked round the entire grounds looking for them! It was a good walk round but I think the event would have been slightly better if there had been signs pointing the way to go!
Once we’d found the boards and completed the sheet we went to collect the prize – another chocolate bunny each – and went to the adventure playground to eat and play. We didn’t stop for long because it was lunch time and I was getting hungry. I did ask the kids if they could spare me any chocolate but only Thomas gave me some, and he only gave me a piece about half a centimetre square!
In the afternoon the boys helped me make some Hot Cross Buns. I was hoping we could have them as a late afternoon snack, but I hadn’t read the recipe properly and they needed leaving three times to rise! I’m not sure why as, having followed it and done as asked, they are quite stodgy. So next time I won’t be leaving them as long! Anyway, the boys did well with the baking and enjoyed weighing and mixing. They helped put the cross on at the end of the day once the buns had finally done all their rising.
We made our own muffin pizza’s for dinner and once the kids were in bed I got all the Easter eggs and gifts ready for the morning.
Sunday was a quiet day spent at home. The kids loved all the Easter eggs they found when they woke up, but were especially excited by the Minecraft activity books I’d picked up for them, and the Wild Pets Spider and Habitat I managed to order last minute on Amazon Prime Now without them knowing on Saturday! They spent most of the day playing with the spider, doing the activity books and building Lego.
And then finally today we went to Polesden Lacey for a final National Trust Easter Egg Trail. We were wondering whether to fit two in today (one on the morning and one in the afternoon) but Storm Katie answered that question for us by blowing trees down and forcing the cancellation of several events locally.
So this morning we stayed indoors and watched the storm .. we lost three fence panels in the garden but think we got off lightly compared to some others in the South East.
And on the way to Polesden Lacey after lunch we had to take a detour as our chosen route was blocked by a fallen tree, and we then had to drive carefully around three other trees on the roads around Headley Court. But we got there in the end and had a good time completing the trail.
Even through the worst of the storn had passed us, we saw all sorts of weather as we walked round. It was sunny one minute and hailing the next! We got rained on, and the wind changed all the time! It made for an interesting walk, but of course the kids loved the hail the most!
Once we’d found all the clues this time we went to the adventure playground for a short time (until the hail got too much and the adults were freezing!)