Odd Mother’s Day Out: Spitalfields City Farm

On Sunday, we had a long overdue day out with Baby Girl’s Odd Mother. (We’re not religious, so Baby Girl has ‘Odd Parents‘.)

IMG_0170Baby Girl & I took her to Spitalfields City Farm; just a two minute detour off Brick Lane & well worth a visit. It’s slightly bigger than Stepney City Farm, which we visited a few months ago (read about our previous farmyard adventure here).

Originally set up in 1978 by volunteers & it’s still run by lovely helpers today. In their own words, “without volunteers there would be no farm”. It’s free to visit (always a plus) & often hosting markets, fairs & community events. There’s also free weekly activities for kids.

Unfortunately, we went on a Sunday so the Farm Shop was closed. But there was a little play area with a tree house for older ones, a yurt (?!), a picnic area & vegetable patches to look around.

And lots of animals!IMG_0172

Auntie Trini carried Baby Girl all round the farm, snorting at the pigs & baaing at the sheep, chatting to the donkeys – one of whom was called Derek. Was there ever a better name for a donkey? Baby Girl wasn’t so fussed by the chickens, but Auntie Trini seemed to like the pigmy goats. There were also ducks, geese, guinea pigs, two cats & some bunnies.IMG_0171

We then tootled down Brick Lane as Baby Girl drifted off to the Land of Nod, mooched around a few shops as & stopped at a new cafe in Whitechapel for lunch; Exmouth Coffee. Highly recommended. Delicious quiche & flatbread sandwiches. We didn’t have any treats as we’re both watching the pennies, but they looked lovely.

Baby Girl, never one to be predictable, managed to sleep for two hours! Almost unheard of these days. So Auntie Trini & I were able to have a long overdue catch up as well.

Good day all round.

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Getting there

Liverpool St – Central line (escalators), Met, Circle & Hammersith & City lines (accessible Eastbound, stairs Westbound)
Bethnal Green  – Central line (escalator & stairs)
Adulate East & Whitechapel – District Line & Hammersmith & City lines (stairs only)

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