Arthur and I had our first proper adventure into town together without Betsy last week. We were invited by Epson to take part in a little treasure hunt to promote the Epson Paperfight, a fun competition in which you print off some animal templates and decorate them and possibly win a new EcoTank printer.
It was just what we needed. I’d had a tough week and had been away from home (and Art for the first time), and a train ride into town seemed like a good thing to do to reconnect a bit and end the week on a high note. So once we had dropped off Betsy off at school, Art and I hotfooted it to the train station and traveled into the city.
After a train ride, Tube and then a bus over the Thames, we arrived at Roots and Shoots, an educational centre just down he road from Waterloo. This was where the fun really begun. We were invited to look for some little creatures hiding away. Roots and Shoots is the most amazing wild garden, it’s a real oasis with ponds, bee hives, a meadow and woodland planting. It’s only small, but it packs a big biodiverse punch. We loved exploring around.
And among the trees was the treasure we were looking for. I cannot tell you how excited kids get when they spot a little paper animal. 🙂
Bonus points to the venue for having a super friendly (read: very tolerant with kids) cat.
After our hunt, it was back on the bus for us and into Kings Cross. I treated us to some Crosstown doughnuts who have a stall outside the train station, of which I have wanted to try for years. They were so worth the wait. Using a sourdough dough, they’re thick and chewy and are wonderfully substantial. I had the beetroot and lemon thyme flavour which was pretty brilliant.
And then on to home and back in time for the school pick up. Thank you Epson for inviting us, we had a great time and we’ve all enjoyed continuing to make our own little animals at home (and you can get your own templates here)