Lanhydrock is an elegant Victorian country home owned by the National Trust here in North Cornwall. This is our go-to place when we have visitors. They have a lovely garden and of course the stately home is well worth a visit too.
In the spring time, around April – May, I like to go and see the lovely bluebells scattered all over the pretty gardens of Lanhydrock. It was too early for that, when we visited last Sunday and was struck with the changes since we last went. They seemed to have had a major renovation of their grounds, a bike trail and another cafe near the parking lot had been newly erected and also a fun play-ground which wasn’t there when we last visited.
Before we even got to the house, the children spied this enormous tree and all ran up to it and quickly climbed the tree with its huge branches and roots on the ground.
As you can see, little T and her friends had a lovely time climbing up and down the branches like little monkeys. Poor Doc had to watch all the fun happening around him while tied to one of the branches.
He wasn’t a happy dog. He wanted to play with the kids, but sadly, dogs aren’t allowed to go off leash on the grounds.
After a while, we finally convinced the kids to leave their beloved tree and go and explore the rooms in the big mansion since they haven’t been inside it yet. T led the way since she’s been to it a dozen a times already.
We went inside the house while T’s dad walked the poor Doc around the grounds, to make up for having to watch all the fun while tied to a branch.
Once we were done in the house, the kids of course wanted to play in the new playground near the parking lot.
After a little picnic, it was time to go home because Doc wasn’t too happy tied to a fence watching everyone have fun except him.
Doc has perfected his “Disney Dog look” making people stop to pet him. He loved all the attention he got from people passing by.
I used to love climbing trees when I was a child.
Do you have memories of climbing trees when you were little?