A treasure hunt

9 November, 2016 10 Comments

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.

A trip into London with Epson

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.

A trip into London with Epson

A trip into London with Epson

A trip into London with Epson

A trip into London with Epson

A trip into London with Epson

A trip into London with Epson

A most impressive bug hotel

A trip into London with Epson

A trip into London with Epson

A trip into London with Epson

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. πŸ™‚

A trip into London with Epson

A trip into London with Epson

A trip into London with Epson

A trip into London with Epson

A trip into London with Epson

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.

A trip into London with Epson

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)

A trip into London with Epson

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    9 November, 2016

    It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful day out. xx
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    10 November, 2016

    Hi Charlotte, not only does the animal treasure hunt sound like fun, but the journey there sounds exciting too. Love the bug hotel, I’m sure my daughter is developing one under her bed, but that’s another story!

    Lovely photos and a very interesting sounding doughnut, that I wouldn’t turn my nose up at!

    Thank you for supporting the #MMBC

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    Ashley Beolens

    14 November, 2016

    Those little paper animals look so cute, what a great idea for getting kids out even in autumn/winter. Sounds like you had a real adventure with all the travel as well πŸ™‚

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    Rosie (@greenrosielife)

    15 November, 2016

    Roots and Shoots sounds like a wonderful place. I used to be a school grounds advisor so this is right up my street! #ChasingNature
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    16 November, 2016

    We love treasure hunting in our family. I’ve not seen one like this before though. #mmbc
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    Lauren M

    16 November, 2016

    SOunds like so much fun, and a great way to get children out and having fun. Love your photos πŸ™‚ #ChasingNature
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    Fran Back With a Bump

    17 November, 2016

    That looks a great day out and beautiful photos. The doughnut sounds yummy too. Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays
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    Kelly Robinson

    17 November, 2016

    Oh what a beautiful day out! And an exciting little adventure too. I love a good treasure hunt as I find it really excites children and gets them using their imagination. That doughnut looks and sounds scrumptious too!! Thank you for linking up to #ChasingNature
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    Tamsin Mathias

    19 November, 2016

    That looks like so much fun! To be honest, I think I’d be pretty excited about finding a paper animal, too. They don’t look easy to spot!
    I love the photo of Arthur on the train, too. It’s gorgeous!

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    Nic Wilson

    28 November, 2016

    Lovely garden pictures – can’t beat a great educational garden day out with kids. Ours love visiting our community garden and going on bug hunts
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