In a fun reversal of roles, I drove the 2 hours. I've been driving here more often and feel a bit more comfortable on the roads than Matt, plus I did not have the energy level to pass out food and calm needy children while traveling. Matt kept everyone happy and I remembered to stay on the left side of the road. My only driving hiccup was when we arrived at the largest roundabout we've seen yet. I made it out OK, but on the wrong road. . . . eventually we got back on track.
Despite a foggy morning, we enjoyed being outside the city and seeing fields of sheep and hillsides and quainter villages. Eventually we arrived at Warwick Castle and had a fun day exploring. The morning was chilly, but we did a maze, watched a show with one of the largest trebuchet's in the world, and saw a birds of prey show with different varieties of eagles.
|Outside the maze in front of the castle. A thief and a drunkard.|
|Huge trebuchet in the background. It was impressive to learn the history and see it launch a huge ball.|
|Atop the castle walls|
|A church tower in the town of Warwick|
|Kaylee winding the clock to midnight to free Guy Warwick from the painting.|
In the end, we were glad we all went together. The kids used allowance money to buy souvenirs. Danny - a book and stuffed dragon. Kaylee - a longbow & plastic arrows. Abby - a foam sword. On the drive home the weather stayed clear and we enjoyed even more views of the countryside before making it back into the city. We made it home in time for dinner and baths. Which still makes me pinch myself - our whole family can go spend the entire day exploring a castle that is over 1,000 years old and still be home for bedtime. Love it!