Alyn waters and the toddler

Going for country walks are lovely when they’re in the sling… Then it’s “out out out” and the you need eyes in your a*&e.

May I suggest an all in one waterproof and wellies to anyone with a child that moves! Mud mud mud! Splash splash splash!

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Cooking with a toddler…

When you see lots of lovely ideas about what to do with toddlers, you think to yourself, yes, I can do that, I can be that mum… 😂😂😂😂😂😂 Nothing but messy, yet very, very entertaining!

Excuse the state of the kitchen.. .one of those toddler days.

Attempting to make banana and BlackBerry porridge sticks. This is the part of the recipe that says put the mixture in my cup, pretend to eat and then put back in the bowl…

Transferring said mixture… Oiling paper for cinnamon and honey biscuits (with added raisins as we decided to throw our snack in too). Not sure what we’re doing here… Come back next week where we master puff and choux pastry. 🙈

Pumpkin picking at Bellis Brothers

http://www.bellisbrothers.co.uk
After seeing some lovely photos on Facebook of family visiting Bellis Brothers for the pick your own pumpkins, I just had to tale piglet.

Today we brought Mr Penny along with us. Mr Penny is a friend and an old colleague of mine who had just passed his driving test so we thought he deserved a treat!

We arrived early and went for a cup of tea first and a toasted tea cake. I’ve not been inside  before and it’s huge! Lots of gifts and a farm shop plus the restaurant.  The ladies who served us were very lovely and it was a good start to the morning. 

We made our way over to the spooky maize maze! 

Along the way we saw lots of spooky surprises! 

I was quite surprised at the length on the maze and there’s a quiz to follow as you go around.

We were quite pleased with ourselves that we found the middle…just needed to find the way out next…

Our next job was to go and explore the pumpkin patch! It was huge! I’ve never seen so many pumpkins! 

I took Piglet out of the carrier so she could have a good look and feel of the pumpkin.

We found our pumkin and went to pay for it. Hopefully I’ll be able to carve something in to it!

We had a really lovely morning.  Cup of tea, toasted teacakes and being outdoors =winner!

Hopefully I’ll be back in a couple of days with my niece and nephew.

I’m especially  looking forward to going back next year for some Strawberry picking! To be honest I think I’ll be going quite a bit now I’ve tried the hot chocolate and I  quite fancy trying the vegetarian breakfast ! (I like to go  to places where there is food!)

How to get there:

When it finally let us put the post code in the Sat Nav was my friend today and took us straight there!

LL13 9YU

Go to the website for more information. They have lots going on throughout the year.

http://www.bellisbrothers.co.uk
Enjoy

X
So just a quick update…. I went back again today (Thursday ) with my sister and her children and they had a fab time. My niece has show and tell when she goes back to school so she is going to do a ppt about  her morning pumpkin picking!

So just a few more pics… 

We also went for a drink first and the  hot chocolates were amazing!  Thanks again to the lovely ladies in the restaurant ! 

And this is what I carved!  

Nercwys Forest

So what do you do on a cold morning when your little piglet is in a bad mood… yes, that’s right… go for a walk in a forest! 

Drew and I have been here a couple of times before , the first time being when I was about 16 weeks pregnant. That time we also walked up to Bryn Alyn, which I highly recommend as the views from there are stunning.

We wrapped up warm and took some snacks. Walking boots are a must for this forest walk. I know this seems silly but I always take a photo of the map just in case I get lost! 😂🙈

It was so peaceful and serene here today. There was no one else around and so you feel like the luckiest people in the world to be experiencing this forest.

The circular walk itself is about 4.2km long with an incline. So make sure you’re prepared! Good shoes, a drink and snack and camera to snap some lovely scenic pictures.

And of course we took Ted with us who was beyond excited about returning here!

There are sign posts along the way so you don’t have to stray from the circular path if you don’t want to.

Even Ted was enjoying the views.

The forest is just amazing this time of year with all the autumn colours on show. 

There are also signs with information about the sites history.

You can detore off the path and visit the lake head off to Bryn Alyn but today we just stuck to the circular walk.

Piglet was all wrapped up but refused to go to sleep! I’d like to think that she was enjoying the scenery too much to sleep! 

And Ted…

Is a very happy pup! 

As I write this now I have one little hairy baby  (Ted😉) fast asleep on his cushion… I’m just waiting for him to start snoring! 

And my other little baby is having a snoozy boob in my arms! 

A good sign I think!

How to get there:

Sat nav is rubbish getting to this place! I find it easier to get the car park on google maps and listen to the instructions.

Shared route
From (53.1131993,-3.0322143) to Nercwys Forest Car Park via A541.

1  Turn left onto Wrexham Rd/B5444
2. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Wrexham Rd/B5444
3. Exit the roundabout onto Wrexham Rd/B5444
4. Turn left
5. Turn right

6. Turn left onto Ffordd Cae Newydd

7 Turn right
8. Turn left
9. Arrive at location: Nercwys Forest Car Park

For the best route in current traffic visit https://goo.gl/maps/CXnAuPx7qDw

The first time we went I downloaded this pdf of the walk and it also shows you how to get to Bryn Alyn

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.denbighshirecountryside.org.uk/files/1274890310-nercwys_forest.pdf&ved=0ahUKEwj98-zQu_PPAhXpCsAKHeEwAcIQFgiFATAR&usg=AFQjCNG_7fmntgQ054f4TvWTKZ4BSvPIcQ
Definitely worth going if you live near or are visiting the area.

Enjoy

Xx

Tiny Tales

http://www.tiny-tales.co.uk/

Tiny Tales is one of the amazing baby groups we have been going to whilst Ive been on my MAT Leave .
We’ve been going to these sessions for a few terms and Piglet really enjoys going.

I thought I’d write about the last session we went to because it had a Halloween theme and I got to dress Piglet up.

The sessions are set around a story. Sophie, who used to be a primary school teacher, tells us about what the story is about and the possible skills that the children will be gaining.

Piglet loves stories and so these sessions are brilliant for her. Plus it is so important to introduce books to children as soon as possible.

This weeks session was based on Room on the Broom.

This is an old favourite of mine and I’m a big fan of these authors.

So in honour of todays theme I magically turned piglet into a pumpkin!

Sophie started the session with her hello song and we also say hello to her owl Hooty! Hooty comes to say hello to all the babies and it’s lovely to watch the babies react to this cute puppet. I like how Sophie welcomes all the babies individually,  it’s nice to watch.

Sophie then read half of the story and then we stopped to look at some props from the story. Babies love to look at things and touch them (and of course put them in their mouths! )

Sophie then read the rest of the story and we all joined in with the repetitive phrases. I like how Sophie encourages the mums to join in too.

Today Sophie had prepared some lovely sensory activities for the babies. Each week is different. Sometimes we dance, sometimes it’s a lovely craft activity,  but you can tell that a lot of thought and care has been put into the activities .

Today we were hunting for creepy crawlies in pumpkins… I love watching how the babies react to these sensory activities !

And searching for spiders in spooky webs!

There was also some Halloween play dough to explore.

Next we all got to pick a treasure to put in the cauldron.

We all said the magic words and Sophie pulled out the magic purple sheet from her cauldron.

We all gather round and sing Incy Wincy Spider, whilst boucing the spider on the fabric.

We always have a lovely time at Tiny Tales. Sophie is such a beautiful person and is lovely with all of the babies and mums.  She really makes you feel welcome.

There is also chance afterwards to have a cup of tea and have a chat with other mums… which is just as important!

Sophie runs her Tiny Tales sessions in Mold, Hawarden and Upton. So if you are in any of these areas it’s definitely worth signing up to.

Thank you again Sophie for helping to make lots of lovely memories during my MAT leave.

Find Tiny Tales on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/TinyTalesUK/
Or go to the Tiny Tales Website

http://www.tiny-tales.co.uk/

Nature baby and Daddy!

I encourage my hubby (a fellow blogger http://blackbeltwhitehat.com/ 😉) to take piglet out in the carrier as much as possible.  It’s an ideal time for them to bond.

So this weekend they went on a big adventure (MIA for over 2 hours!) up Hope Mountain.

It’s not really a mountain just a very big hill. We’ve climbed it lots of times together. I’ve walked up there 5 months pregnant and again when piglet was a tiny baby. 

By the look of the photos Drew took, they had a very good time!

Ted was shattered afterwards! 

I’ll try and get Drew to write a bit about the walk later.

I was just very keen to share the photos with you as it just looks beautiful up there.

How to get there:

We can walk there from our house, but lots of walkers tend to park in the car park in Caergwrle. 

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/find-things-to-do/north-wales-walks-hope-mountain-2702545
This article in the daily post gives a good description of how to get there.

So enjoy!

BTW… piglet has just vommed on me whilst I’ve been writing this… very glam hey?!

Maes Y Pant

We’ve been walking around this quarry on and off for a few years now. My husband grew up on its edges and therefore spent many days… and evening of his childhood down there.

We now get to share this place with our daughter. 

Maes y Pant used to be an old quarry and has now been developed into a really wonderful area. It is suitable for all ages, and especially enjoyed by fellow dog walkers. It is also known as the Gresford/Marford Quarry. 

Ted loves it down here and just goes wild. Sometimes I wonder if he thinks he’s a squirrel as he has a good go at climbing the trees after them!

There are lots of different routes to take and lots of wild life to see.

Here are just a few of the things I pointed out to piglet…

These beetles had such a bright blue shell on them!

Lots of mushrooms…not sure if they’re edible though so we left them where they stood!

Then brightness of this green tree really stood out in the woods.

Overall we had a lovely family walk.

Even Granny Ange joined us!

So if you’re near the area, pop over. It’s definitely worth a visit.

http://www.maes-y-pant.com/about-us.html