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 😂

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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 

Turned on it’s head presents “Sponge”

THIS is something I really wanted to write about and share with you because it was just amazing !  It’s not an outdoor activity but I want to share this with other mums incase they come to your area. This is a must see. They are bloody brilliant! 

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/128215474015661/

@TurnedOnItsHead

Turned on it’s head is a dance company that makes theatre exciting and participatory for ages 4 months to 4 years.

Sponge was  all about sponges and exploring them beyond your wildest dreams. I don’t think  I can put into words how amazing this was. 

Piglet was mesmerised by their dance actions, the way they interacted with the audience ,  the music,  EVERYTHING ! 
Here are a few pics. But seriously,  you have to experience this! 


A must must see! 

And thank you Jane for telling me all about this!  

Pumpkin Carving

We carved the pumkin that we picked at Bellis Brothers

So at nearly 10 months old piglet can’t really help carve a pumkin! 

However she can watch! And I can talk to her about what I’m doing. This is just as important. Talking to your baby,  describing what you’re doing ,  asking them questions and modelling the correct answer is important .  They need to hear good English.

I popped piglet in her highchair so that she was out of arms reach and just talked! 

I need to draw the eyes first. I want them to curve round. That bit is a bit tricky. What do you think?  I like it. Next let’s do the nose. I want it to be pointy. Finally lets draw the mouth. Shall we give him some teeth ?  

Etc… 

I cut the top of the pumpkin and taking an  idea from Tiny Tales I let piglet put het hands in and let her have a good feel!

Again I thought about the language I wanted her to hear. How does it feel?  Is it slimey? Does it make your fingers sticky? We need to clean your hands now! 

Just be careful that they don’t put any of the seeds in their mouths!!

Next I carved the pumkin, again talking to piglet about how careful I needed to be with the knife and how tricky it was. (Pumkin carving is definitely not my thing!)

This was the final result… not too shabby!

We then made piglets room  as dark as we could and lit it for her. This was done under complete adult supervision . Don’t be a twerp and leave a baby and a lit pumpkin alone together! 

Piglet was quite mesmerised by the light and was quite shocked when I counted to 3 and then blew it out! 

This was very much an adult led activity,  however by me talking to piglet and telling her what I was doing she gained something from it too.

Have a go! 

X

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/