While looking at what sorts of things were in Wendover, I was excited to see that it has a sewing shop (The Plainstitch Shop/Workroom)! G and I finally got a chance to check it out yesterday morning. It’s a darling little shop in the upstairs of one of the buildings. To access it, you need to ring and they come down and let you in and lead you up to it.
It’s essentially the size of two bedrooms. One side has a nice area for doing classes and the other side has a small, but lovely selection of fabrics and notions.
There was a class going on while we were there; they were making a cute little vintage purse. Unfortunately there’s not another one offered while we’re here, but fortunately, we could buy a kit and instructions…
Wait, what does this have to do with Wendover Woods, you might be asking. 🙂 Well, nothing other than that G and I stopped there while Mike and L ran to grab a map, so we could find the woods! 🙂
Unfortunately, the location map wasn’t available, but we had a general idea of where we needed to go, so we headed to the woods! We found a trail near the woods and soon after some runners heading up a trail into the woods, so we followed them. 🙂 We found out later that the runners were part of the Centurian running race that was going on in the woods. It was a 50-mile foot race consisting of 5 10-mile loops!!! The hill we walked up to get to the middle of the woods was steep and I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to run it once, let alone 5 times!! Impressive!!
Anyway, we followed one of the paths to an area called Go Ape, which just appears out of nowhere and is a great treetop obstacle course, but you have to be older than 10 and a certain height — two requirements that L didn’t meet — so we kept going. Along the way, there were signs to invite kids to read about nature and do a little nature activity. This one was weaving with nature. There were a bunch of ropes and kids/people come by and add something to it. G added a leaf, and L added a bit of moss.
A little further down the path, we came to the Cafe in the Woods (a great little spot for a quick bite and a beverage) and a terrific children’s playground!! G and L LOVED it! And we had fun watching them have so much fun. I particularly loved the rustic harp!!
Kids in the woods, out in nature…what can be better? It’s like their imaginations and energy just explode! They had a great time (at least an hour) playing on all the stuff, doing obstacle courses, and putting together a fort, for which they were beginning to make plans for how and where they could sleep in it, what platforms they were going to construct, etc.
We had to inform them, sadly, that they weren’t actually going to be able to sleep/live in it, or we would have been there for several more hours bringing it to their approved standards! 🙂 Even if we could have stayed for another 3 hours, I don’t think it would have been long enough, but as the sun kept sinking lower into the horizon, we decided it would be a good idea to head back rather than walk through the woods in the dark!
For fun, we ended our super, wonderful, not bad, very good day by eating popcorn and watching “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” 🙂