Finch Foundry Sticklepath- National Trust
Last week’s National Trust visit was at Finch Foundry Sticklepath, Okehampton. Known as the last working water-powered forge in England. The foundry used to produce 400 metal tools per day for miners and farmers across Dartmoor.
It was such a treat to be able to step back in time to a Victorian industry and be able to see and hear the hammers, shears and waterwheels that actually working.
Even Olivia was all over excited to see the waterwheels and explore the place.
It’s only a small National Trust property but, it is well looked after. The guided talk was really fantastic and informative.
Olivia’s favourite part of the day is the dressing up. You can see the photos here: Victorian dress up at Finch Foundry- Okehampton .
Of course, the visit is not complete without having a play at the garden.
Summerhouse built by Tom Pearse
FREEBIES: Cactus Wall art
I have been a great lover of succulents cactus- they are just ever so pretty with so much character for a plant. Now, now. I found some watercolour cactus clipart from a very talented GOLD AND BERRY so, I played along making some text with watercolour effect and this is what I came up with. We always knows someone that we want to give this print, right? I mean, for a laugh? 🙂
To download: Right click on the image and save! Print and you’re set.
Weeks ago, I took Olivia to Instow to have a jump and roll down the sand dunes hill. You can never get wrong with simple outdoor activities like this, right? So, we thought, we’ve had enough and look for a little bit of a challenge. I was thinking of walking from Instow to Bideford but, that could be tricky with a four year old. That is 3.3 miles and it would take for an adult to about one hour and and six minutes walk. But we still went on, anyway. The worse that could happen, Olivia will complain and call her daddy for a rescue to pick us up. I mean, this could be done had she not had lots of plays and running around already.
At this point, I’m glad we followed our adventure side as we were spoilt with beautiful views as we came along. We also found the signal box and the railway that was built in 1855 to link Bideford – Barnstaple which is now part of the Tarka Trail. It’s an interesting walk has to be said.
Olivia and I did 7600 steps together but, it’s not a bad walk with little feet. We have to start somewhere, right? We rang Olivia’s dad to pick us up and we are all smiles. That was a jam packed fun day and we get to burn some calories too.
Victorian dress up at Finch Foundry- Okehampton
Continuing our National Trust adventure, we went to the Finch Foundry in Okehampton. I will do a separate post for that later. I just couldn’t wait to share these photos and the fact that little ones can dress up Victorian clothing. Wowzers! How super cool is that? Two weeks in a row now that we’ve visited National Trust gems and you’d be able to dress up. I am not sure if that’s a thing? Well, if that’s the case, I’m sure Olivia would chase all the NT gems for dress ups. It’s not a bad thing,right?
Here she is wearing a Victorian maid costume and a bonnet. The Victorian experience is not complete without writing on a slate board.
Check out our other National Trips here:
Westward Ho! Beach
To date, one of our favourite beach in North Devon is Westward Ho! Beach. We’ve had so many lovely memories made here. From playing down the big sandy beach up, watching the waves splashing over the promenade when the tide is in and some walks around.
Of course, don’t miss the ice cream van around and some cheesy chips!
As you might already saw some photos on my Living Arrows post, that we went for a day out in Croyde Beach as part of our National Trust membership. That makes our second NT trip. Woops! But seriously, NT is amazing!
Croyde is a surf haven for surfers and also a great sandy beach for everybody. Backed with stunning scenery that makes it difficult to decide when to head home. I don’t think, I can give it a fault, the beach is clean and lots of lifeguards on the look out.
Day at the beach, coming home with sandy toes and salty hair is always a winner right? I have never seen Olivia this happy before. She has developed so much love being outdoors.
I have been lucky enough to be invited by AO.com to review the Bosch Sensixx’x DI90 AntiShine iron. I must say, it rocks my boat already. But before we even go further, I have to admit that I am not a big fan of ironing. Yes. I am not even ashamed of it. I always choose clothes that doesn’t need ironing and if I ever iron that’s because I have to. Like when I used to work, I iron “some” and of course husband’s clothes for work and on special occasions. Believe me, I send my daughter to school without ironing her uniform. Okay, you can
hate me now. But, please don’t go!
If, I am being honest. All of that has changed. I have never been so excited about iron until I got the Bosch Sensixx’x DI90.
I’ve never so excited about ironing. 😉 Thus funky and futuristic Bosch Sensixx’x AntiShine dude was sent to me to review. I must say, it rocks my boat. . . . . . . . #slowliving #thatsdarling #liveauthentic #livethelittlethings #slowlife #wanderlust #adventure #travelgram #explore #victorian #beautiful #design #history #edwardian #oldhouselove #england #homes #shabby #building #vintage
What I love most about this iron is the i -Temp technology from Bosch. You can just go ahead with ironing without sorting the types of fabrics. You can just iron any type of fabrics with this feature. For the dark delicate fabrics, there is the AntiShine feature that prevents the shiny marks on the material.
Magic. Oh look! Who is talking like a kid here? I am. Standard right? Yes, this iron has a Sensor Secure, it will only heat if you grip the handle and if you release it or if you stop gripping the handle, it will stop heating up. Same works the continuous steam generation. I have attached a video below for you to see it in action and thanks to Olivia for helping me out.
I don’t think, I can ever fault this iron. Yes, it is a little bit noisy but, it doesn’t really bother me at all. I think the noise comes from the continuous steam generation when you grip the handle and for some weird reason, I quite like the noise, it gives me a different ironing experience. It makes me feel that it’s working …doing it’s job.
Lastly, we all want a smooth finish to our clothes after ironing, right? This futuristic good looking Bosch dude has it. It gives you the smooth finish quite easily. The iron glides smoothly too and gets rid of the creases and wrinkles very very quickly and does makes ironing time lesser.
And guess what? I will be ironing clothes from now. Promise. 🙂
You can get this iron –>HERE<–.
Disclaimer: I received this product for review purposes, however all opinions and are my own.