I have a friend, a mommy friend, a very good friend, who as often as we can we get our kids together, partially for them but mostly so we can have a good natter and retain our sanity! I’m incredibly grateful for her for a number of reasons but one reason is for our shared interest in preserving memories in the form of photos! That and we have a mutual understanding that even with the best laid plans, having kids means, s**t happens., so there’s no pressure if you need to cancel last minute or if you rock up covered in stains from god knows what, with your hair unbrushed and yesterdays make up smeared across your face. It works. 

Anyway, back to the purpose of this post! My friend mentioned that there was a place nearby, that she wanted to visit and with her new camera to have a test play. So one Saturday afternoon we packed up the kids and our cameras and drove to Osmaston Park in Ashbourne. It took us a while to figure out where it was ok to park up and what not but once we sussed it we started exploring. The estate is absolutely beautiful, its easy to imagine how lush the area would look in the full throes of Summer with blue skies and the lush greens of the surrounding trees. It’s not difficult to see why it holds a popular wedding venue. We didn’t get to explore very far that day, partially due to A’s uncontrollable need to jump in every, single puddle along the path (The girl had so much water in her wellies that they made that gross suction sound as I pulled them off!) but we will definitely head back again when the weather is better!

The trip out there though got us thinking, our local area has so many things to offer in terms of great views, local history etc. And yet how often do we actually go and explore these areas? I know for me it’s not very often, largely down to me never having passed my driving test (if only I had a time turner) so we’ve made it our mission, a bucket list, of all the places we can visit this year, that don’t cost a small fortune (time’s are tough!) So come on summer…. let’s be having you!!

Do you explore your local areas? What are your favourite hidden gems?

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