Good evening my dear fellows. Do forgive the rather grand title of this post but we have been journeying back to Tudor times today. We have been taking a peek into life as it would have been for Mary Arden, the mother of non other than William Shakespeare himself.
Having purchased a five house pass in December we have been doing the rounds of properties in and around Stratford that have a connection with Shakespeare but we had not yet made it to Mary Arden’s Farm. What a treat was in store for us! This delightful farm is full of interesting things to see around every corner.
There was a full schedule of activities, including the goose parade!
The staff and volunteers, all in costume, were friendly and interesting and really added to our enjoyment of the day. The Little Man was delighted to have this barn owl swoop low over his head. He is quite the bird enthusiast at the best of times so this was quite something for him.
The surrounding area, including the working farm with traditional breeds, is beautiful, well maintained and was shown off to its best in the glorious sunshine that we enjoyed all day.
Traditional crafts are practised here including ironmongery, wood carving and willow weaving.
The attention to detail continued in the play area, full of beautiful carved animals. Unfortunately the light and shadows prevented me from taking any good photographs here but the above is one of my favourites from today. See those tiny feet peeking out, copying his nanny? So cute!
Of course the obligatory picnic was enjoyed, giving me the opportunity to show off this year’s must have for al fresco dining – my Wild and Wolf enamel Folklore Owl Mug by Nina Jarema. Oh my do I love it!
Finally we come to the gardens. The traditional cottage garden was full of flowers and herbs living in peaceful harmony but it was the blossom that really caught my eye.
The delicate frills of the the pale pink cherry blossom…
And the glorious white flowers covering the apple trees…
I hope you’ve enjoyed noseying around Mary Arden’s Farm. I do so love having you come along. x