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14 June 2008

Off the radar for a day

For the first time in ages, I was off on a Saturday and had a clear diary, as did Carol-Anne and the girls. So,"Family Rous" decided that we would just spend the day together as a family. We do spend as much time together as a family as we possibly can, but a whole day just for ourselves is a rare thing. So we vowed to keep promises to each other and have a special day.

We had a lazy-ish morning (as much as a nearly 4 month and nearly 3 year old will let you!) and just pottered - relaxing with one another. I even got to enjoy Saturday Kitchen for the first time in ages! Then, Kathryn and I planted some seeds together that I've been trying to get done for ages. C-A tried to dodge the flying compost and Hannah was just amused by it all! So, we added to the existing planting of sweetcorn, strawberries, peppers, sunflowers, and random flowers. Today saw more sweetcorn, some tomatoes, more peppers, basil, oregano and some more random flowers. I really love spending time with Kathryn in this way and she really loves helping and watching the plants grow - its some special father-daughter time.

It was getting close to lunchtime and after realising we didn't have a lot in to eat, I suggested we'd head out. We'd decided on Cairnie Fruit Farm and Mega Maze which is not far from us. We'd heard lots about the place but never made it before. Sadly, the maze part, which is grown new each year in a different design using sweetcorn plants, is not open until 17 July, but we got to see it taking place. The place, as the name suggests, is a fruit farm and they also have a great "fun-farm" section that is available even when the maze isn't operational.

Anyway, we headed straight to the restaurant and have a lovely lunch with some fresh locally grown produce even down to the jam in Kathryn's sandwich that was unmistakably homemade. I was also struck by the amazing scenery around:

Anyway, we headed through to the fun bit and Kathryn didn't know what to do first - so much choice!! Here's a little selection:

Pedal go-karts (with parental help!):

Huge hay bale castle thing with a slide:

a big swing:

And lots of ride on toys too which both girls enjoyed!

There were also trampolines at ground level, a barrel train (that sadly costs extra) and plenty of picnic space.

We had a great playtime together before heading back in for a cuppa and some homemade produce.

We'll certainly be heading back to this place when the maze is up and running - handily its just after Kathryn's birthday!! If you get over to Fife, check this place out. Its worth it for the food!!

1 comment:

Louise said...

Sounds like a lovely day out and must keep it in mind. I'm sure I've heard of it before but the weather's never been right for us. Gorgeous girls you have there Lx