One of my aims for 2017 is to enter more competitions and I have earnestly entered a selection every day! I am feeling quietly optimistic and am excited to see what my first win might be.
I am especially keen to win trips, days out and holidays as I think they really enrich our life, as we get to try new experiences and see more of the world. I have just spotted a competition over on Sunnybank Forestry to win a 12 month National Trust Family Membership, so I have just entered myself; it was very quick and easy to do. A visit to the Sunnybank Forestry facebook page, follow them on twitter and then a simple tweet and I was in the draw.
A year membership would certainly take the strain away from deciding what to do to entertain the boys. At 7 and 9 they need lots of physical activity and fresh air or they get a bit stir crazy – and wrestle and wind each other up!!!
I have so many more places I would love to visit with a National Trust Membership. We have been to incredible castles, beautiful gardens and done lots of activities during our visits of old. The boys have built dens, discovered newts in ponds, learnt sword-fighting techniques and played giant outdoor games.
Eldest enjoyed all the medieval costumes and weapons, as you can see in the picture below of him getting into character.
Apart from newts we have also spotted lots of different birds.
National Trust properties really are a haven for wildlife, whether you want to bird watch or hunt for bugs. The National Trust provide the binoculars, jars and other information you might need depending on which activity you would like to try. When your child has attempted something you can tick it off the list of “50 things to do before you’re 11¾”. We have done much of the list already including cooking on a campfire.
I would like to go to Plas Newydd, Anglesey to see the red squirrels where you can find the largest population in Wales.
We have been to special events like the Easter egg trails they do. The chocolate prize at the end is perfect to encourage children to take part and it was an ideal way to discover more of the attraction as the questions led us around. So even if you think you have been somewhere do go back if they have something special planned in their calendars, you never know quite what you might get to see or do.
Good luck in the competition.