On the Sunday morning we went to my mum’s local park – Preston Hall which lies alongside the River Tees. It is such a well used family park with something for everyone from the brand new adventurous climbing frames to a beautiful woodland walk and nature reserve.
The large house was a former Georgian gentleman’s residence belonging to the industrial magnate Robert Ropner and is now a museum which has recently had the benefit of a £7 million pound refurbishment. Outside they have developed the old outbuildings into a Victorian street complete with workshops, shops and a café.
You can wander in and out of the shops when open and watch people at work in the printers and Smithy all dressed in authentic costume. There are items for sale in some of them like sweets, bread and fabric. We spent a good hour reminiscing about things that even I remember before dashing into the cafe for a hot cup of tea and a Bakewell tart …and to thaw out as it was an extremely cold day.
I was very tempted by the Post Office set – it was always my favourite toy when I was little and I am sure it was this that began my lifelong love affair with stationery and stationery shops.