Hola, hola! You might have noticed (or not) that the blog was quieter this week. Sorry! Thea took some tricky virus back home from barnehage and was kind enough to share them with us (awww!). AND… my mom was visiting from Spain and kept us quite busy (on a good way, of course ;), too. So bittersweet week, as you can see. A bit of coughing here, a bit of grandma there :).
But, that didn’t keep us from moving around in search of more plans and activities to share with you. Today I’d like to explain about our day trip to Bogstad Gård.
For the ones that don’t know this place yet, it’s a beautiful old farm situated in Sørkedalen, approximately 20 minutes drive northwest from Oslo. It’s located next to a big lake called Bogstadvannet, which btw was already covered in ice at this time of the year, oh my! The setting is truly beautiful through all four seasons. You might actually have read about Bogstad Gård on this previous post. That was earlier this year during spring.
This time the gardens were all white, covered in a perfect puffy, clean snow ideal for snowmen and snowball fights. We walked a bit around and then had a nice hot chocolate to warm up and some boller to content our stomachs. They have a really nice café with highchairs available, that opens Tuesdays through Sundays, from 12:00 to 16:00.
This time though, we discovered a super cozy room with lower chairs and tables, toys, wooden blocks and even an old doll house and had our snacks there. The best of this is that one of the walls is actually a glass window that allows you to look into the actual farm. This means, children can look right into the sheep stable while playing around. Which kid wouldn’t love that? You can also visit the animals during weekdays from Tuesday to Friday, from 12:00-16:00 and the last Sunday of every month. Unfortunately we missed that yesterday, but at least we got to say “hi” to them through the glass window.
Great discovery anyways! Thea was super entertained with all those new toys and we could relax and chit-chat while she ran around exploring the place. I would totally recommend you to visit during the coming weekends. Actually, there is a Christmas market that will take place there on Sunday, November 27th from 11:00-16:00. There will be Christmas porridge, horse and pony rides in the snow, storytelling and workshops for children. Sounds fun, right? We will definitely try to pop by. Now, fingers crossed for no barnehage virus that weekend!
Other activities you might be interested in:
There’s a museum that shows the way people used to live in Bogstad Gård a few centuries ago. Might be interesting for older children to see how life at a farm was back then. I remember, I used to love these kind of visits to old castles and villas when I was a kid. It was fun to look into the kitchens and bedrooms or imagine those people spending the whole day in their living rooms with no TV. Sorry, couldn't help sharing my childhood flashback there :).
And last, but not least, there’s small shop with typical Norwegian woollen clothes, interior decoration items and loads of Christmas ornaments.
Hope you enjoy it! If you end up going, do let us know how you liked it :).
Café and shop: Tuesday - Sunday, from 12:00 to 16:00
Farm: Tuesday - Friday, from 12:00-16:00 and the last Sunday of every month
Tours of the main building and museum: Wednesdays at 13:00 and Sundays at 13:00 and 14:00