One thing that Little Miss C likes to do before going to sleep at night is have a debrief on her day. Before her language developed into proper words and phrases she would often "chatter" for up to an hour in her cot before falling asleep.
Now she will often talk about her day whilst having her evening bath and it's fascinating to hear what things she has picked up on as highlights of her day. Yesterday we were in Lincoln for a family meal to celebrate my mum's 70th birthday. LMC was obviously excited to see her garndparents and auntie and uncle, but that's not what she was talking about at bathtime.
Between lunch courses Mr C took her for a little walk as a way of keeping her amused and allowing her to stretch her legs. Just down the road from the restaurant is Lincoln Castle so they headed in that direction along with many other tourists who were taking advantage of free opening. There were numerous events on at the castle itself, but what entertained LMC most was a playground next door which many children were enjoying.
I'm not quite sure how a toddler's mind works, but a visit to a castle made LMC convinced that she was at the seaside! After our meal she walked back to the car talking about the "seaside castle", but by bedtime the seaside had been forgotten and instead she concentrated on the castle and in particular the slide that it had - we think the slide that she went on at the playground may have been the source of this element of the story.
After a bit of questioning it seems that she is totally convinced that all castles were built with slides as a method of going down once you've climbed the stairs and she's been asking to go to a castle slide again soon! It's many moons since I did GCSE history, but I have no recollection of castles ever being built with slides - I fear she may be disappointed with the next castle we visit...