Monday, 8 September 2014

a famous five picnic


I don't know if you were like me as a child but I always had a Famous Five book in my hand. I read them over and over many times and used to read them to my girls too. Visiting Dorset, which was a holiday destination for the author Enid Blyton, gave me an opportunity to bring my childhood dreams to life and experience a bit of nostalgia.

The beautiful Corfe Castle was the inspiration for Kirrin Castle so I just had to visit there with a picnic that I'm sure the Famous Five would have enjoyed, or so I like to think! Lashings of ginger beer, beef sandwiches, hard boiled eggs. shortbread. fruit cake and oranges. What could be better!


What a view we had as we were sat eating our picnic. The steam train runs from Corfe Castle to Swanage and is a real step back in time. I would recommend a trip as it runs through some beautiful scenery and has the old fashioned carriages which I loved.

 The waiting room at Corfe Castle station.

A view of the castle from the village.

How cute is this signpost!

Looking down from the castle walls.


 A view of the village from the castle.

I'm enjoying our picnic adventures so much that we are planning on lots more in different places. Maybe having themes; beauty spot picnics, Autumn picnics, Winter picnics and so on. I think it will be fun.

Have a great Monday, lovelies!



18 comments:

  1. Corfe is a beautiful spot, and the run on the steam train from Swanage is fabulous. The perfect place for a Famous Five picnic! xxx

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    1. It's so beautiful isn't it Curtise! A magical place that I can't wait to return too! Have a lovely week sweetie xxx

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  2. I like picnics in all seasons, thought out of pure laziness, it's very rare that we ever picnic. I should make more of an effort! This looks like a fabulous day out. I used to like the famous five and secret seven books, I'd love to get hold of a few and read them again as an adult!

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    1. We love indoor picnics too, Louise. I always had them with my girls as they were growing up at least once a week. We called it our weekly fuddle. I could quite happily read my way through them again too! Have a lovely week xxx

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  3. really looks amazing, what a lovely countryside!

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    1. Thank you so much Romy! It is a very magical place to be. You feel like you have stepped back in time; just stunning xxx

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  4. I loved the Famous Five Books as a child and have been on that very steam train - the picnic looks lovely!

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    1. Aww thank you Rachael. I absolutely loved the train! i can't wait to go back on it lol :-) xx

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  5. How fantastic! I read so many - if not all - of the Famous Five books and would love to visit this place. xx

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    1. Thank you Katia! You would absolutely love it there. it's so beautiful :-)

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  6. It looks like you had a fantastic time, I don't think I ever read those books as a child and now I feel like I missed out!

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    1. It's a gorgeous place to visit and we were so lucky with the weather too. I definitely recommend it :-)

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  7. I read Famous Five books as a kid. The place looks lovely.

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    1. I used to really enjoy reading as a child. I always had one in my hand! :-)

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  8. I always had my nose in an EB book too & plan to read them to my kids too! What a wonderful tribute to a great Author & yes I can just see the gang enjoying a picnic just like that too! Perfect! Ax

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    1. Aww thank you so much Andrea. It really brought the books alive being there. I love a good picnic lol :-)

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  9. Wow! This looks amazing! I loved the Fampus Five too and Mallory Towers, with the tuck boxes and midnight feasts! X

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    1. Thank you so much Bex. I always wanted to be one of the Famous Five lol :-)

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