It’s no secret that I love everything about Autumn. The weather has cooled off, the ground is covered in beautiful golden leaves but still it’s not quiiite cold enough to dig out the wooly hats and winter coats just yet. It’s my absolute favourite time of year to spend plenty of family time in the great outdoors. Just because the Summer is over it definitely doesn’t mean I’m ready to say goodbye to the days spent frolicking in the garden any time soon!
Our Sunday was spent playing croquet in the in laws garden before enjoying an amazing roast dinner at the pub down the road. It was such a lovely relaxed day and the perfect way to welcome Autumn. Nothing makes my heart happier than simple days spent with my loved ones.
We were recently sent the most gorgeous Croquet Set and not only is it absolutely beautifully made, I know it’s going to bring us so much family fun all year round over many years to come. My husband says he fondly remembers spending hours playing croquet at his grandparents as a child and I so hope that we can recreate those memories for Bella too as it really is such a fun game for all the family to join in with. I personally had never played before but the game itself is actually super simple once you know how to play and although I was absolutely terrible at it, it was still so much fun and somehow I managed to win, I think it’s safe to say that we all sucked equally 😉
Bella loved getting stuck in, insisting on using an adult sized mallet that was bigger than her and chasing her ball through the hoops. I don’t think she quite understood the rules as there was a lot of hand balling going down by a certain almost three year old… The dogs also thought they would get involved by laying in front of the hoops we were trying to hit the ball through!
Josh set everything up fairly quickly although he did have to do a bit of googling to make sure he laid it all out correctly as the instructions weren’t very clear but I have since realised that you can download more detailed ones from the website which we will probably do for future use. The Croquet Set has been made to such a high standard and feels really solid and robust to handle. It’s definitely an investment but totally worth it as I think it’s a game that will last for a very long time. Everything you need comes in a spacious zip up carry bag with a long shoulder strap which is perfect for keeping everything together as well as making it super easy to transport. Overall we have been super impressed and I think by this time next year, we’ll be complete Croquet pros 😉
Have you ever played croquet before? What’s your favourite garden games? I’d love to know!
*Big Game Hunters very kindly sent us a Longworth Croquet Set in exchange for an honest review. However, all thoughts and opinions are of course our own*