On Wednesday we visited the National Museum of Rural Life. It was the first time we'd been and I was surprised at just how much there was to see. We got a free adult ticket by downloading a voucher from this website, but we have since (last night online!) joined the NTS whose members get in free.
The red tractor in the car park.
Waiting near old machinery for the tractor & bogey to take us up to the farm.
Due to the cold weather the cows are still in the barn and not yet out in the fields. It means we can get up close for a pet.
Having a shot at milking.
Lovely old farm buildings.
I love the ball detail on the gables.
Through the bothy window.
On top of the bed in the bothy is the friendly black cat who kept following us around the outbuildings and farm yard.
In the cosy kitchen of the farm house. This was a bonus for me as I hadn't realised we could get inside the house. All has been left as it would be in the 1950's and you can visit all the rooms except the attic, I do love a look round other people's homes! The guide was a chatty old man who was very informative.
A different view of the ball topped gable.
Scaring the crows.
Terracotta rhubarb forcers and a little view of the front of the house.
We then walked back down to the museum.
I was rather taken with the artwork in the special exhibition area, currently all to do with garden wildlife. The children enjoyed this section too as there were lots of activities for them.
The museum itself was much bigger than I expected and as well as the tractors (lots of, N loved them!), there were many other interesting artifacts from all areas of ordinary country life.
I didn't take many photos inside the museum, but the Angus Dairies milk bottle on the right caught my eye - these were the ones we had when I was a youngster.
I also tried to take a photo of the spinning wheel as it's wool related, and we all love wool!
All in all a great trip.