The Ponderosa

Every now and then we like to nip up the horseshoe path and go for breakfast at The Pondersosa cafe. http://www.ponderosacafe.co.uk/

Postcode for your sat nav- LL20 8DR

It’s a fab cafe with friendly staff and good hearty meals. We’ve never stayed but it is a b&b too.

The main reason we come up here is to enjoy the scenery and to walk the dog. Now the little pig is walking well in her wellies she can really explore. The lesson that was taught today was, “don’t touch the spikes! ” And of course, Peter Rabbit joined us too…

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Camping with a toddler…

Fact number 1. We are the WORST campers in the world!

We take everything and nothing. Take hours to put the tent up and argue over putting the tent up.

Camping with a toddler was, we’ll, an experience. The fact we were on a slope made it very hard! Every time we stepped into the tent we felt ill. Then the rain! Oh my, the rain! In the end we had to abandon the tent and come home! The hubby then returned later on for it.

Then somewhere in between we find time to relax and enjoy.

The tent has now been stored away for the year… or maybe a few years 😂

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!

Alyn Waters Country Park, Gwersyllt side 

THIS  is one of the beautiful parks around Wrexham and it’s really pretty this time of year with all of the leaves changing colour .  
We were the first car in the car park this morning and it was perfectly quiet! 

I was hoping for it to  be quiet as the activity that I wanted to do with piglet this morning was to just listen! There is part of the walk where a little stream runs into the river and listening to it trickle down is very preaceful. More  on that later.

So of course I started off with the obligatory photo of the map… you just never know! 

We  tend to walk the longest route so Ted can have a good run about. Plus it takes you down to the river and he likes to have a quick dip! 

I’ll just put a few pics on here because I’m going to try to put a video together… I say I,  but what I mean is the hubby is going to be mithered until he helps me! 

So we got to the little  stream and we just listened.

 (video to follow as it won’t upload ! argh!)

I pointed to where we were looking and to where the stream entered the river. I asked her questions and modelled the answers.

Next time I’d think about some exciting words to describe the sounds we heard. 

We carried on our walk and we saw this lovely big tree so we went right underneath the braches and looked up! 

Soon after  this Piglet drifted off to sleep and Ted and I finished the walk off.  

As I went long I spotted a tree that I took a photo of the week before .  What a difference in a week.

I finished off the walk with a lovely cup of hot chocolate and  a slice of toast in the very friendly visitor centre . 

More information 

Check out the friends of Alyn Waters Facebook page for what’s going on. 

They also have a Twitter account  @alyn_waters

There is also some information on the Wrexham County Borough council website about the park,  including pdf’s to download if you wish.

http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/leisure_tourism/AlynWatersCountryPark.htm
How to get there.

Take the A541 Wrexham to Mold road. As you just come out of Gwersyllt look out for the brown and white signs.

Postcode is LL11 4AG

Hopefully I’ll update this blog post soon with some videos too.

If you manage to go please feel free to share your photos on my Facebook page 

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

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

Baby nature detective!

We went out for a beautiful autumn walk this week by the River Alyn. It was a little chilly but we just wrapped up.

When we go for walks I try and talk to piglet about what we can see. I don’t know the names of all the trees etc… but that doesn’t matter. Just pointing to something and say leaf, berry, tree etc… is helping her to hear a wide range of vocabulary .

Today we were looking at Autumn leaves and I just talked to her about the colours we could see.

If I knew the names of anything we saw I pointed them out too. It’s not going to harm!

We found some beautiful leaves and we collected some on the way to make an autumn leaf viewer (pic to follow!). This would then give piglet the chance to look really closely at the leaves without being able to eat them!😂🙈

I also picked some seeds and berries etc… to make an autumn sensory bottle. I obviously didn’t let piglet touch these but she’ll be able to have a good look at them later!

As you can see we’re very lucky to have this walk on our doorstep. The dog thinks it’s amazing!  Fields, river and rabbits to chase… does life get any better for a springer!

We also like a bit of a sing song and any opportunity for me to sing to my daughter then I’ll take it. I thought this song was quite apt for our wall today.

(To the tune of London’s bridge is falling down)

Autumn Leaves

Autumn leaves are falling down,

Falling down, falling down.

Autumn leaves are falling down,

Autumns here.

Red and orange, yellow and brown

Yellow and brown, yellow and brown.

Red and orange, yellow and brown,

Leaves are falling.
Enjoy your autumn walk

Jo

xx