Sunday, 27 July 2014

BLACKPOOL!!!!

 
Last week, we had arranged to go to Blackpool to see Cirque du hilarious at Central Pier. Daddy M was on standby in the morning, so we were keeping everything crossed that he didn't get called out, and thankfully he didn't. So after lunch we made the 90minute journey. I had a little bucket list in my head that I wanted us to do...
Build a sandcastle
Ride a 'Blackpool Donkey' on the beach
Have a paddle in the sea
Play in the amusements
Grab an ice cream
Chippy tea watching the waves
 
So once we parked up we headed straight to the sand.... at this point, I remembered I had left the bucket and spades at home... D'Oh! Daddy stopped to check something, so I asked the girlies to pose with the sea as a back drop... this was the result....
 

Which ended up in them dancing around pretending to be fairies and butterflies...

 
We then headed down the storm defence onto the beach...and headed straight for the donkeys...
 


J loved them, and before we had even asked, 'how much?' she had chosen the one with pink reins. It wasn't the rip off we were expecting, at £2.50 per child. And they are there every day, bar Fridays...
 

The girls happily posed with the donkeys whilst they were stationary, and the donkeys were great with the children.


 ....Until they started to move... J looked uneasy, and S burst into tears.... whoops... J soon got used to the movement, and daddy walked alongside S to reassure her, and both enjoyed the experience.... yeay!

 
After the donkeys, we realised we didn't have much time before the show started, so we posed quickly for a family photo now I am starting to learn the other features of the camera.. i.e. timer... then it was off to central pier....
 
 
We saw the advert on the front of the amusements.... and the girls got excited...
 

We made the mistake of walking down the pier to the very end, when in fact the show was at the front on the other side, but this meant a few more photo opps as daddy was with us...

Daddy's Girl
 
Then it was time for the "Cirque du Hilarious".... which is an entire post on its own... but would recommend if your in Blackpool.
 
After the show, we said the girls could a £ each for the 2p's machine... that went very quickly with J, but S was getting distracted as she couldn't reach the slots easily, and comfortably...
 
So we started on the games instead... J and Daddy love air hockey... but S couldn't reach up so she had to watch... one day S will be taller and can join in....
 

 
...but instead she could go on a car ride, and she sat in on the simulator flying ride with Daddy and J...
 
 
 After the amusements, it was off to the fair ground on the pier, earlier when we went past we had promised the big wheel to J, and so Daddy took her up, S went on the toddler wheel, and shrieked with enjoyment on that, but the larger one, we felt was to unsecure to have a terrible 2's tot that high up...
 
 
those two single rides cost almost £10 so we decided to make tracks quickly before we spent all of daddy's wages...  so we headed for the beach for a paddle as we walked back to the car... as its not the cleanest of beaches its not that busy, even on hot days like this... and we were stepping over litter in places... but the girls sure do make great photographs....
 
 
...testing the water...


Wave jumping
 So out of the bucket list we completed half, we didn't have time for anything else, but we still had a great day.... and lots of memories made...
Build a sandcastle
Ride a 'Blackpool Donkey' on the beach
Have a paddle in the sea
Play in the amusements
Grab an ice cream
Chippy tea watching the waves

We opted out of the chippy as S started to get a high temp, and not herself, so decided it was best to get out the sun. And due to the time, headed for the golden arches for their dinner on the way home, so no ice cream either... it wasn't missed though.
 


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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Deer at Attingham Park

Last week, my sister asked if I could pick something up for her in Shrewsbury. With it being over an hour there and another hour back, we decided to make a day of it as she was paying for fuel. Grandma had a day off, so joined the girlies and myself. After a look around on geocaching.com (I am not as addicted as it looks, honest!) we saw two areas that looked like a great walk. We settled on Attingham Park, which is a national Trust park, so we knew it would be good. We packed a packed lunch, and was set to spend the day with a walk of around 2-3 miles. This turned into around 5 miles... whoops!
We had Uncle N stay with us from Oman for a few days, so the girls were exhausted after lots of late nights. (But if we stayed inside, they would have caused havoc.) J was insisting on a very short walk, so wanted to cram in our usual woodland activities in quickly, and went running off into bushes to hide for 'hide and seek'  running into stinging nettles.... with shorts..
This resulted in a huge tantrum, and a search for a doc leaf... it took about 10 minutes to find one, but when we did it was huge.... It took several leaves to take the 'hurt' away, and another to stiff in her sock...
 

She only snapped out of her bad, irritable mood, when we found a small stream with stepping stones. She was able to play on these for a good 5 minutes whilst I grabbed a cache nearby, and watched as she almost slipped...
 
She was finally in a happier place, and was exploring the surroundings again. Here there is many HUGE tree's.... so big that we couldn't hug them, or all four of us linking arms, still wouldn't reach half way around the trees.


...and the paths were ideal for the pushchair that we tagged along expecting S to get tired, I would expect this to be ideal for J to ride her bike when she has learnt....
 
 
On the search for a geocache I headed into 7ft high stinging nettles.... thankfully I was skilled enough not to get stung.. :-)
 
 
We then headed to a different area of the park which we didn't know was here.... so was excited to see them close up. The girls were under strict advice to stay to the mowed paths to not stress the deer out, and S decided she had enough of walking, and wanted to go back in the buggy.

 
J was amazed at how close and how many deer there actually was around us... and the deer were curious about the girls...
 

Whilst having a little break for another geocache, J took a well earned rest on the front of the buggy to watch the deer.
 
 
Once in the deer park, we had to continue on the path, or double back on ourselves... so we were committed to a longer then expected walk. J did fantastic at the 5 mile walk, and S managed around 3 miles before giving up, so once back at the house, they were treated to an ice lolly as the rain came....


We have had yet ANOTHER great day at a national trust place, so think a membership is certainly on the cards...  and if you are in the area with an urge for a nice walk, or an afternoon tea, (they looked awesome!) I would certainly recommend Attingham Park.
 
 
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Friday, 18 July 2014

Geocaching at Biddulph Grange

Last week, I took the girls to Biddulph Grange Gardens. It is a national trust place, so invited Grandma and Grandad M to come along too, as they have membership. The sun was shining, and it was glorious.

I contacted them previously, to see if we could get a discount, as I was likely to blog about our experience, and they kindly sent a family pass for us. Thank you.
 
I wasn't sure what to expect, as we have never been to 'gardens' before, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was of course beautiful, and plenty of space for the girls to run around and explore. And they had geocaches..... Grandma geocaches too, so off course we had to have a look for them whilst we were there.... but our first response when we stepped out of the house into the gardens... lets take a family photo....
The girlies with Grandma and Grandad M
We set of in search for the first geocache, as there was a fair few, that would take us to all the different areas. The route was lined with huge trees, and it was very pretty, so pretty I got J to pose for a photo....  this is a tree I could imagine fairies dancing around....
 
 
We soon came across the first geocache, and all the goodies....
 
 
After that, we explored the paths that would take us to the next, S found a windy tree that she could climb and explore... so we took ALOT of snaps but this is our favourite.....
 
If butter wouldn't melt....
The path then opened up into a clearing where other children were playing Frisbee. And J asked us if we could play 'tag'..... Grandma had hurt her back, so couldn't run or bend, and I was bulked out with the rucksack and camera etc.... and knowing Grandad would step up to the mark... I could capture perfect memories.... and I sure did... wish it could capture the giggles from them BOTH...
 
 
S soon got stuck in too when it was time to catch Grandad...
 
 
After tag, we came across the pond. (On entering, I bought some fish food) so we soon got comfy to feed the HUGE fish....
 
 
The fish were incredible... they would even let J feel them, and it seemed like they enjoyed it, as they didn't dash away, and sat there lapping up the attention....
 
 
And then got to confident..... and almost fell in.... thankfully Grandad was close enough to stop her, and the little fence along side helped too....
 
 
It was then back to explore more of the gardens, and encouraging J to climb a tree.... oh my word.... we need to encourage on that one, and a lot of practice is needed before we can tick that one of the list f things to do before shes 11 3/4 :-) but we got this snap... with help from Grandad for lifting her up...
 
...and lots more beautiful photos...
 



 

 
S love collecting the fir cones....
 
We soon came across the woodland walk part of the gardens, and this was perfect for our girlies... S found the raspberries, and helped herself for an afternoon snack...
 

 
And came across different activities for them to do....
 



 
Before reaching the sugar bowl, for a good run around....
 
 
We soon had most of the geocaches, and explored all of the lovely parts of the gardens, AND the ice cream was calling.... so we made a pit stop in the café, and enjoyed the sunshine even more by sitting outside....
 
 
....and a brew.... poured by J...
 
 
So, I was pleasantly surprised that the 'gardens' could entertain the girlies with no 'play park' and we shall be returning again and again to see how the gardens change throughout the seasons.
 
 
 
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