Bright and early on Sunday morning, we all set off for a day of art appreciation and family fun at Waddesdon Manor. The weather seemed perfect for a visit to the outdoor contemporary sculpture exhibiton and we kept our fingers crossed that it would stay that way.
Hosted in association with Christie's, it features work from some of the most renowned artists in living memory. It was such a thrill to happen upon universally recognizable pieces (strategically placed behind hedges and elaborate fountains) waiting to enchant and beguile unsuspecting passersby.
A few works, however - such as Damien Hirst's Funny Piggy Pig, as my daughter called it - were on display in the Coach House contemporary art gallery but had a strict "No Photography" policy.
After an extensive game of Spot The Statue, we had a delicious lunch at the pretty little Stables Café.
Next door, was a shop that sold fresh home-made fudge (much to my husband's delight!) and more traditional games, toys and books than you could shake a stick at.
The day ended with a stint at the Woodland Playground, one happy but exhausted little girl and a promise to return.
P.S. We are now annual members of the National Trust, as we found that it was extremely good value. With over 300 historic homes, gardens and glorious countryside spaces to explore, who knows where we'll end up next?
P.P.S. Many thanks to all the happy and helpful staff who made our day extra special and allowed me to take these photos.