Hever Castle 126/366 Picture a Day 2012

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It's a bank holiday weekend and that means one thing ... getting out of London for some of it.  As much as I love the city I love days out and about.  I'm not the best at exploring what is (relatively) local to the big smoke so decided this was the weekend to stay close.  Armed with packed lunches and friends in tow we headed South East to Kent and to Hever Castle in particular.  I'd spotted they were doing some kind of May Day celebrations in addition to what normally goes on in the castle and thought it would be a good time to visit.  The weather was pretty abysmal but it didn't seem to stop the morris dancers dancing, maypole ribbons twirling, seeing Anne Boleyn's (pre head chopping incident) home and most exciting of all taking part in the water maze.  Mazes are not really my favourite activity but this one was something much, MUCH better than any I'd done before.  Set in a little moat a number of slabs were laid out in a maze like manner.  Looked pretty easy to me ... however, that was before Jonah and I headed off around it merrily leaping from slab to slab before realising that some of them set off water fountains to * block* you from heading any further.  I sussed out in just enough time what was happening as the water rose closer and closer to me but inevitably, Jonah didn't.  Cue soaking wet children on a soaking wet day but a most fun way to spend an afternoon.

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