Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Canon Hall Farm

Yesterday was the warmest day of the year (so far!), a very pleasant 17 degrees Celsius and we had plans to go with some friends to Canon Hall Farm in Barnsley. I haven't visited in about 3 or 4 years so was looking forwards to going again! The playground there is much bigger than it used to be and the first thing the kids wanted to do was play, after being in the car for an hour I thought it was only fair to let them burn some energy off :-)
After the playground (or should I say in between visits to the playground) we went to see the small animals, which included a Lionhead rabbit and some super cute guinea pigs. Then we went up to the round house to look at the highland cows with their calves, the sheep with all their many lambs and the goats with their baby kid's. 

 In the milking parlour, where the kids get to try milking cows. Its only water but its still a great experience for them as its not something they would normally get an opportunity to do.

 The lion head rabbit and guinea pigs
 Playing on the rope swing

 In the afternoon, after a picnic lunch, Cordelia joined my friend and a few other home educators that were there to have a tour of the small animal enclosure. She and her friend had seen a piglet that didn't seem to be moving and told the guide about it so they went to have a look and sadly it had died. My friend said it was all stiff and looked very strange and it was very, very sad. Cordelia came running back to me at the playground and was in tears. She really loves her animals and found it all very upsetting but I managed to talk to her and calm her a little. The guide was really good and asked me later if Cordelia was OK. Cordelia really wants to be a vet so she knows its something she will have to get used too but still, it was very sad.

 The roundhouse itself was a very impressive structure, it had a huge roof and lots of different sections to keep the cows and sheep separated. You had to walk up some stairs and then over a bridge to be able to see in all the different sections. This was good for observing and also really good for the animals as it meant that we weren't disturbing them either.

 Two wallabies! These were so cute and looked a bit like a really big rabbit

 We went and had some ice creams and then the children went across to Canon Hall Museum to roll down the big, green hill. It was so lovely watching them all rolling and giggling down the hill. It was one of those perfect home ed days that make me feel so very fortunate that I get to spend so much time with my children, I'm one super lucky mama!

1 comment:

  1. Love the photos that you have shared from your visit to Canon Hall Farm – the kind weather we’re having currently makes outings so much more enjoyable doesn’t it :-)

    I look forward to reading more of your families adventures.