On Monday we took the girls to meet Father Christmas, and much to Georgie’s approval, his grotto was located on a steam train! We headed to the Bodmin & Wenford Railway to catch one of their “Santa by Steam” trains, and we weren’t disappointed.
Georgie was delighted to go for a train ride behind a Big Train, was amazed by all the Christmas decorations, and completely wowed by the walk down the train to visit Santa in his grotto… while the train was still moving, too! Lydia really enjoyed everything as well, sitting or standing on the table or on people’s laps, and staring out of the window at the rather wet passing scenery.
All of us adults were impressed by the morning out too; the decorations were the opposite of skimpy, the organisation superb, and the time we spent with Father Christmas was great. He was friendly and fab with both girls, and guessed Georgie’s age to within a few months – impressive stuff.
The gifts they were both given were perfect too, and it was lovely that Lydia was given a present despite babies under 1 being free. Georgie got a soft toy dinosaur, three dinosaur bath toys, and a Panda book. Nothing too girly about those gifts, and she has been playing with her new dinosaurs all week – definitely a success there. It was a lovely morning.
On Christmas Eve, we were crossing our fingers for a break in the rotten weather so that we could head over to Coombe Mill for their Santa train – thankfully the clouds parted and although it was very cold the weather stayed dry during the crucial time! Coombe Mill is a fabulous family farm holiday place in North Cornwall, about 20 minutes from my parents’ house where the girls & I are living for the time being.
It was really kind of Fiona to invite us over for Georgie to ride the “Baby Train” she loved so much in the summer when we popped over, and for their Farmer Santa to give her two little gifts too. Even the Homily dog had a ride around the track at Georgie’s feet, and trip into Santa’s train tunnel/engine house grotto.
For our train-mad toddler, these two days in the Christmas lead-up were very exciting ones, and certainly gave us lovely memories for us all to treasure.