Before Little Z came along, we regularly went to wander around old musty stately homes, art galleries and generally places of historical significance. This stopped abruptly once he came along but we’ve recently taken the brave step to start going again with him in tow.
So this weekend we took a visit to the beautiful Chatsworth House in Lyme Park.
If you’re a fan of the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice you will know this was Mr Darcy’s Pemberley and the lake in which he took he famous dip. He did’t happen to be around this week unfortunately but we did make the most of admiring his estate whilst he was gone.
Where as once many years ago you would catch us reading every single piece of information under every single historical artefact we found that the boss of this trip, like many these days, was Little Z. He entertained most of the staff in the National Trust by hurrying us along loudly requesting “COME ON MUMMY! WE GO NOW!” and then telling the anyone that would listen that “I go upstairs now” and then happily scampered up the antique staircases encased in red carpet where once other children would have ran.
The stately home is a bit different in that there are some rooms where you are able to sit on the furniture and play with some of the toys and books placed around especially to entertain children. Little Z loved this but would get confused in other rooms where we kept shouting “No touching!” with sheer panic. I wonder if Mr Darcy ever had this problem with his young brood. Assuming ofcourse that he and Lizze had children eventually. The site is actually very child friendly and the staff could’t be more helpful. We decided he is still a little young for even small historical tours yet especially when he declared that we should “Go outside now”.
The gardens at Lyme Park are like toddler heaven and he happily ran around the beautiful gardens and around the lake.
As always he was most happy just running and being chased by his daddy. At one point he spotted a strange looking “balloon” and ran up to the person playing with it. It was a kite and the very kind stranger let him hold it to his delight. He is becoming more and more friendly day and day and got a lot of smiles as he shouted “Hello!!!” and “BYYYYE” within 30 seconds as he darted past people like a little hurricane, with us hot on his heels trying to make sure he didn’t run off.
We realised how much of a little man he is becoming when he demonstrated he could walk both up and down the stairs, slowly, without holding the banister. Despite our persistence to make him do it, he was very firm with his “No touching mummy, no touching!”, then proceeded to hold the entire line of people up behind him and come down slowly but surely all by himself.