Last week I spent a couple of days in Dorset visiting my family but I was unsure how I was going to get back home to Bath as there was lots of disruption on the trains. Luckily Matt managed to get a day off work and we thought it we’d make the most of the opportunity and meet halfway for the day at Montacute House. The weather forecast wasn’t promising much better weather than our recent trip to Tyntesfield but it actually managed to stay quite fine which was perfect as it meant Lyra could run around outside. And boy did she take advantage of it! From the moment we arrived she was off. It was so fun to see her running off to explore and then stopping to examine every little thing. She wanted to pick up stones and stroke flowers, she would stop and point to things until we looked too, and I’m pretty sure I don’t remember anything about the property because I was just watching Lyra the whole time.
I have to say that’s one of the things that I love about visiting National Trust properties, they kind of grow with you. Now we’re visiting properties with a toddler that we once visited just the two of us, we’re getting a completely different experience. Certainly not worse, mostly better but certainly different. We’re spending much more time in the wide open spaces with ‘nothing’ in them, areas that we would have just used as a pathway to get to somewhere else now form the bulk of our visit. I know that this will change as Lyra grows and I’m excited to keep visiting and see how our experiences continue to evolve.