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The Watts Gallery and Chapel

Today we planned a big day out. The sun was shining and we headed off to the Watts Gallery. The Watts Gallery is a purpose-built art gallery created for the display of works by the Victorian artist George Frederic Watts and his wife. Visiting galleries is hard with a 3 and 4 year old but they were happy to follow the trail around the gallery and we looked at some amazing paintings and sculptures.

the Watts GalleryAs well as the gallery there was a lovely tea room where we had lunch and there were lots of other buildings housing studios. We liked this installation in the gardens and spotted some pretty cyclamen at the bottom of the tree (identified thanks to a pic emailed to Nanny).

the Watts GalleryAfter lunch we headed down the road to the beautiful Watts ChapelĀ  created by Mary Seton Watts. It was small but perfectly formed, perched rather precariously at the top of the cemetery.

Watts ChapelWe spotted lots of snowdrops peeping out of the ground.

snowdrops at Watts ChapelThe Cloisters near the Watts Chapel.

Watts ChapelOur final stop was Brookwood Cemetery to search for the old Necropolis Railway. We found part of the old track bed and walked along it but we were starting to feel really cold by now so headed home.

Necropolis Railway at Brookwood

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A day out in London

As the holidays are coming to an end we decided to have a day out in the West End. Our first stop was the London Transport Museum where the children loved getting their tickets stamped around the museum. Little Sis really wanted to drive the bus.

IMG_8998We spotted one of the London bus sculptures outside, part of the Year of the Bus Sculpture Trails. This one was ‘Queen’s Conductor (Busby)’. We also looked for the annual Lego installation but we couldn’t find it although the children seemed happy with a visit to the Disney Store instead.

IMG_8995We walked through Seven Dials back towards the tube station where I snapped this adorable pic.

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Santa Shuffle at Ruislip Lido

This morning we surprised the children with a trip on our local Santa Shuffle. It was pretty cold but we wrapped up warm for a ride on the train.

IMG_8651We got the chance to meet Father Christmas and Big Brother was very happy to tell him what he wanted for Christmas. Little Sis was a bit shy but her brother told him she wanted some Peppa Pig toys. As we were leaving she finally piped up that she actually wanted some new Sylvanian Family toys. Perhaps next year she’ll be a little braver.

IMG_8659We stopped for lunch at the cafe before another ride on the train home.

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