Saturday, 21 December 2013

Look How They Shine For You!

A few weeks ago, we went to Waddesdon Manor in the morning.  It was a gorgeous day and the kids had a great time on the playground with their friends and exploring the Winter Wonderland area they had set up.
I was loving how even the playground had been decorated with lights and was already thinking that we were going to have to come back to see the full effect at a darker time.
And we finally did! 
Everything was so well thought out. A light den in a holly bush and lit pathways, and trees in spotlights.  The Bruce Monro light installations were fantastic and it just felt there was always something lit up especially to draw our attention and tickle our eyes.

And always so many places to explore in the nature.

This was a couple of weeks ago; I was enjoying rustling in the deep leaves.

Any opportunity to perform the YMCA.

We were intrigued that the statues had all been covered up for the winter.  
They were quite spooky looking.


We provided the kids with their own portable light shows in the form of glow sticks and torches and headed off to the installations.

These are plastic water bottles!!!
You know that I will now start collecting these now.  I'm think I'm going to need a warehouse.
But this could so be a great project to do with kids.

And these tepees.
Glow sticks would make nice mini versions of these, although they wouldn't flash.

It would be hard to describe the feeling of seeing this for real, and not just with a picture.
Despite the chatter of the gathered crowd, I felt quite a calming effect watching the lights gradually change colours almost in time with the wind.

I think that I was most struck by the detailed, natural beauty of these up-lit trees.

The kids then had a little run round and frolic round the Christmas trees before we headed out.

Why are they so pretty in bokeh? I know it's gimmicky, but it's just so fun and pretty!

Lovely days out with rosy cheeks and lovely friends. 
Tonight was topped off with sausage sandwiches and Baileys.

                                                                Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. Wow, what a super magical place! Dreams are made here! :-)

  2. This is amazing! The installations look fab, and I absolutely love the up lit trees. #CountryKids

  3. magical is the word!
    your Christmas images are so different to ours, we have no snow........but Christmas trees say it all for everyone.

  4. That looks so wonderful and magical ....enchanting.

    Nina x

  5. Take me there....

  6. Wow what wonderful light displays, very unique, magical and festive. As you say it's the attention to detail by lighting the way to secret dens that make it special. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

  7. Wow!!! What an incredible post Katie. It sounds like such a magical place, love all the trees :)

  8. Oh so magical! You took some really amazing photos of it all.

  9. Wow! Looks absolutely amazing! Magical winter wonderland!


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