A great National Trust place to visit is Powys Castle and Gardens. We went there with our with our son and his two small children age 5 and 3. Grandma and grandad decided to do the gardens first while everyone else went to explore the Castle. Every time we sit in the Gardens we see a changing picture and without fail, there is always a fantastic tree or shrub we hadn't spotted previously and despite trying to take a photo with our new fangled digital camera, we never seem to get the right effect. Our peace was shattered when we were joined by the rest of the family and the children wanted to explore3 the various paths which eventually took us to the ice-cream 'parlor' and they sat down exhausted (just for a few minutes). They told us stories about men in armour, big swords, huge beds, etc. etc. and wanted to go off and walk further. We ambled past the lake and saw some fish and bird life, which kept their attention for a few minutes. Then it was back up to have a picnic in the sun while mummy and grandma went to have a quick look in the shop and each came out with a necklace and scarf. Grandad wasn't left out as he bought as pleasant and the children bought daddy an ornamental mushroom (not sure if it was to daddy's taste but they were adamant they wanted a blue mushroom!) The most exciting bit was yet to come. As we drove out there were so many deer frolicking about under the trees and this fascinated us all. All in all a wonderful day out in the summer sunshine. The final comment of the day was from Sam, our three year old: "Grandma, do you think I can have a baby deer to live in the garden with the chickens and Ringo our cat?" That was one I left daddy and mummy to answer.