This is our second post in collaboration with the National Botanic Garden of Wales and you know your children love coming here when we asked Tiggy’s brother William where he wanted to go for his birthday and this is where he wanted to come.
You can watch a video of our September In The Garden by clicking on this link HERE where Tiggy did a whole lot of walking!
So we did, complete with his number 4 balloon which detached from the string and flew high above the glass house and all was lost and many tears came until we told William that his balloon was extra special as now it would land on the moon. He bought this bless him, tears stopped and he seemed quite pleased his balloon was “extra special”.
As we arrived here on Wills birthday there was a story time event taking place and on the first lake we came to there was a story teller sat upon a coracle telling the story of 3 Billy Goats Gruff alongside the bridge. Tiggy and her brothers were mesmerised listening intently to the story.
From here two storytellers took us along a path into the peat bog area, an area I didn’t even know was here and we’ve been how many times?! Each time we come here it seems we discover something new and in this area was a round house where Tiggy’s brothers made items out of clay and fashioned jewellery from stone and string. Very sweet and they were immensely proud of themselves and took great delight in giving me the necklaces they had made for me. Such treasures!
We ambled up as we always do to the top with the boys jumping on the rocks and discovered a new dragon which I’m unsure was wise, but the boys sat on it! We did the obligatory play in the park and learned from reading a sign that the building that houses the gift and coffee shop was once a stable block.
The hay bales from the summer hay maze were in the process of being removed, summer it seems truly over and upon walking around it was obvious to see that the first signs of Autumn were evident. Leaves falling from the trees and the colours changing, even pumpkins in the kitchen garden. Beautiful.
We played for a while in the gardens as Tiggy explored, we had a pit stop for coffee, cake and scones in the coffee shop and even watched a robin devour a worm much to the boys’ fascination! The even insisted I film it! Click Worm Eating Robin to watch.
Tiggy’s brother’s have returned to school this month and so we’ve ventured to the gardens many times after I have collected them from school. Given the changing of the season and the onset of coughs and colds we were most in awe as we discovered the Apothecary Hall. The Garden was gifted this Edwardian pharmacy, packed full of medicinal memorabilia, but I don’t think even they expected to have an entire pharmacy given to them! It’s incredibly interesting with it set just as it would have been. We spent an age in here taking it all in, complete with it’s own nostalgic smells and it’s own skeleton!
Tiggy even spent one visit atop a rock in the glasshouse and did a “star turn” you’d swear she was on the stage and had us all in fits of giggles and whilst I was snapping away I posted a little of it on Insta stories and then kicked myself later that I’d not filmed the whole thing. One thing’s for sure, Tiggy’s wonderful little character is certainly starting to shine through and what a little character she is, great fun! Click HERE to watch the clip on Instagram.
We love coming here, we’ve loved this month seeing the change in the colours of the plants and trees and searching for early Autumn treasure in the form of conkers. Tiggy’s brothers have spent quite some time too in the butterfly house standing very still in the hope that a butterfly would land on them but as yet that hasn’t happened. Maybe next month….
What’s on at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in October:
Saturday-Sunday 1-2 October
Antiques Weekend – only £4 entry
Saturday 1 October
Stroud Ukelele Orchestra
Sunday 2 October
Sunday 9 October
Wales Fungus Day – FREE entry for anyone dressed as fairies or elves
Sunday 9 October
Brooklands Trust Members’ visit – 10 to 15 cars
Saturday-Sunday 15-16 October
Sunday 16 October
Towy Valley Vintage Club crank-down’
Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 October
Half Term family activities
The half-term activities are all about conkers – including the Great Carmarthenshire Conker Contest – and pumpkins – “come and carve your own halloween pumpkin”.
Sunday 30 October
Late Chrysanthemum Show
There were some flowers here too….