Wednesday 8 May 2013


My weekends are mostly about negotiating the activities of three children who can't agree whether black is black or black is white let alone what they would like to do with two whole days of freedom stretched ahead of them.I have become quite adept at thinking up suggestions and bribes and we generally manage to do something interesting or vaguely amusing.

The trick is variety.

Burghley House is on our doorstep. I'd call them our next door neighbours but that would be stretching it slightly. We go often. The children know every nook and cranny of the park, every deer by name and every possible way to climb the trees. There comes a point when they they will get bored of going. But in the meantime I have to keep thinking of ways to make this time, this day, this trip more interesting and exciting than the last.

This weekend I decided it would be an art expedition and we would take paper and pens, pencils and paints to capture Burghley House. It was a long shot, but it worked and we all went willingly, laden with artist materials and a picnic.

Picnic first. Demolished in minutes. Tree climbed next. Scaled repeatedly for half an hour. And then art.

Art by Five Go Blogging

The Big One: A deer. Sort of. After 10 minutes he decided to run between our picnic blanket and a tree repeatedly.
The Princess: A self portrait. Kind of. She persevered and enjoyed herself but completely ignored all the inspiring scenery to create a portrait. Gah!
The Wee One: Made a piece of paper very wet. Then took a paintbrush and stuck it in the holes in his crocs.
Me: A drawing of Burghley House. Ish.

painting at burghley house

Next weekend, shall we take some clay?

Joining in with Sticky Fingers and the theme of Weekend for The Gallery.



  1. Wow. What a beautiful place. Love the artwork too. Yours is great!

  2. Wow the drawing of Burghley House is really good!

  3. Those are wonderful drawings.

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  4. That's wonderful, finding different ways to enjoy the same environment :)

  5. Wowzer yours is good. I'd be poking the brush on my crocs mainly too!

  6. Wow what a fantastic idea to keep the kids engaged in what you are doing, I love that idea! Awesome photo btw

  7. Gorgeous photograph and I love your inspiring ideas to get them all out the house. I totally appreciate how difficult it can be (with 3 children of differing ages and interests myself).

  8. What a fantastic idea to all do art there! This is truly inspiring, my children would love this :) Thank you x

  9. Art in the park - fab idea, and very humorously told! Loved your rendition BTW. X.

  10. Great idea, & great pictures!

  11. you have yourself some artists there x

  12. ohh so much fun! and what a beautiful spot :)


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