Thursday, 11 June 2009

days out ~ pirate treasure...

Whilst on holiday we had a great idea for some exploring and a pirate adventure. We stayed near St. Micheals Mount, an island cut off from the mainland at high tide, which gave us a great idea for a fun day out. In the morning the children designed their own 'treasure map' by drawing islands and marking on treasure, at the same time I was drawing one that looked like the mount pictured above. We stained our maps with tea to make them look really old and then crumpled them and rolled them up and tied them with string. 

Once we got to the mount the children got out their maps and looked for the island and the magical causeway, only visible to pirate eyes! We then walked along it looking for clues, we managed to time it right as the tide was starting to come in and lap the side of the causeway ~ very exciting if you are five! We had packed a pirate picnic and sat and ate it on the island, and after looked for treasure ~ silver sardines {of the chocolate variety} hidden in the cracks of the harbour wall {quietly by daddy!}. By this time the tide had come in and cut us off! But we could just hop on a boat and for a small ransom, be taken back to shore! 

If you are visiting St.Micheals Mount, please note that it is a property that is managed by The National Trust and if you want to get into the castle it is expensive, as was the garden and the cafe ~ lovely but expensive. We certainly managed to have loads of fun without paying a fortune, which is something I feel quite strongly about, children just don't need expensive days out and fun parks. 

3 comments:

  1. I whole heartedly agree. Once even wrote a paper for an english class on ideas to do with your children that cost little to no money.Being a single mom you squeeze every dime you can.Looks like you all have a great day. My friend is crazy about this place,he talks about it all the time. I think he would have liked to go with you hehhe

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  2. What a great idea! I have never heard of this place before. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

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