PointShoot Post #11: Owletts

In keeping with the spirit of mindfulness, linking up to Catie’s Point Shoot linky  (Diary of an Imperfect Mum) gives me an opportunity to practice adopting a ‘gratitude attitude’.
Remembering, through quick snaps taken on my phone, the things I may otherwise take for granted in my busy life, if I didn’t take a moment to stop.
It’s a chance to consider those family moments that may otherwise get lost in the fast pace of everyday life.  The photos generally aren’t posed so don’t interrupt the ebb and flow of the day.  Instead they are a record of those tender and special moments that regularly occur, between all the tears and tantrums, but can all too easily be missed.
Hopefully these posts may spur others on to keep a ‘gratitude log’ or something similar too.
It’s about seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary.

My  last ‘Point Shoot’ post was about a trip to my Mum and Dad’s house.  This post is back to very familiar territory – a couple of weekends ago we visited Owletts – a grand National Trust property in Kent.

The highlights:

  • The welcome we received when we arrived at Owletts was very warm.  We were one of the first visitors (we do have a family of larks after all!) and were greeted by a very knowledgeable gentleman who was kind to the kids as well as chatting to us.  The family who still live there (it’s not open every day) were on hand and dressed up in costume happily answering questions and allowing our children to stroke their dog and even feed him some doggy treats too!
  • Our eldest loved doing the owl trail around the home and we all got involved spotting the birds as we went from room to room which was great fun.  All three children loved making cards with the two lovely volunteers who were very friendly, chatty and warm.  Our son had a go at quilling and the girls even put kisses in the cards they made (the first time they’ve done this!)

ladies and children crafting at Owletts

  • Hubby and twin 1 also got a chance to snuggle on the very comfortable sofa and read some children’s books together – all about owls of course :-).

Father and toddle daughter reading a book

  • The garden was super with the weather being warm enough to picnic.  We were able to admire the beautiful colours of the trees and leaves as we noticed signs of the changing of the seasons.  The children loved playing on the tree swings and with the balls that were scattered around.

tree with autumnal colours

  • We were able to wander in the field next to the garden.  The children loved being that close to the sheep (or ‘barbys’ as Twin 1 calls them).

3 children in a field with sheep

On our way home we reflected on how much we’ve used our annual National Trust family tickets this year and were very appreciative of my hubby’s Mum and Dad gifting them to us last Christmas.

Have you had a chance to get outside recently to enjoy the autumnal sights and sounds?

I’d love to hear from you.

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16 Comments

  1. mackenzieglanville
    October 4, 2017 / 8:06 am

    What a beautiful post. I agree it does help us be mindful to look at the things we do and really feel grateful for our families and the beauty in our world. It looks like a beautiful place to picnic. We are having some lovely spring weather the last few days and the evenings are lighter so we are enjoying more outdoor time, it has been so lovely. Thank you for linking up xx #mg

  2. October 7, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    I’d never heard of Owletts so this was really useful and interesting- always good to add places to the ‘to do’ list! #thesatsesh

  3. October 7, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    Wow that place is lovely and gorgeous photos X #thesatsesh

  4. October 7, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    Ooh what a lovely place. We love our National Trust ticket….it has been a good year for visits but we have never been here. #thesatsesh

  5. October 7, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    The pictures are so beautiful, especially the tree outdoors. Looks like a lovely place to visit with family. Enjoy! #thesatsesh

  6. October 7, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    Looks lovely, and I didn’t know this existed I’m a Kent girl too so will have to check it out! Thanks for sharing #thesatsesh

  7. mackenzieglanville
    October 9, 2017 / 7:40 am

    stopping over again, this time for #thesatsesh

  8. October 9, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    This looks like a truly lovely place for all to visit, and it is nice to stop and snap a photo! #thesatsesh xoxo

  9. October 10, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    i think the national trust should be renamed national treasures…seriously, we are so historically blessed, from architecture to owls 🙂 and perhaps we take it from granted. Growing up around London, I certainly take art, structure and general historic flare for granted. This post reminded me to count my blessings. thanks lovely 🙂

    • onamindfulmummymission
      October 10, 2017 / 9:17 pm

      Awww thanks for reminding me of this too lovely xxx

  10. October 12, 2017 / 10:20 am

    The girls and I love to take walks around where we live and have been admiring the seasonal colours and changes. This looks like a fun day out. #thesatsesh

  11. October 12, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    Looks like a really lovely day out. I may have to start referring to sheep as barbys now too, so cute 😍
    #Thesatsesh

  12. October 18, 2017 / 11:58 am

    what a lovely post, we love autumn and the changing seasons. Being outside and national trust places are brilliant. Love the phtots showing the family having such a lovely time #fortheloveofBLOG

    • onamindfulmummymission
      October 19, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comment xx

  13. October 23, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    Oh I just love autumn and the opportunity to stop and look at things. I love the way that everything looks different when it’s autumn. Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofBLOG

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