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Ulster Folk Museum

This is a lovely place just outside Holywood! I would highly recommended giving it a little visit if you live near, or come here on Holiday! It is a little old village from the early 20th century, kept just how it was, with the old types of streets, houses, churches and even has a little old bank, police station and many more! One of my favorite places is the little old sweet shop, it is just fantastic, all in jars with loads of different sweets! They also use the old weighing scales which really adds to the experience, especially for little ones! We left the sweet shop with far to many sweets.. though they were all simply delightful!

We all had a fantastic day out! My daughter was amazed by all that they had to offer! She was constantly quizzing us about everything that she could see and asking the famous “why?” question! We tried to explain everything the best we could and explained it in way that she would understand! For example when looking at the bed rooms we explained saying that “thats where mummy and daddy would have slept and that where you would have slept” this seemed to help her understand things a lot easier! After a few houses she would then be asking “is this were I would have slept/ate/went to the toilet” and such forth! She really couldn’t get her head around the idea of having to go to the toilet outside or in a pot! It is a great place, lots of open space to run about and a great place to help little ones brains grow and be educated! We got to explore in an old bank, coal bunker,police station, and then after we had explored enough and needed a little break there was an adorable little cafe!  My little girl and hubby had stew, which they both adored & a fantastic big thing of chips, they were particularly tasty chips!

Yummy Strew!

Yummy Strew!

We then carried on with our journey! There is a walk there that they say takes 2-3 hours! we were going to attempt it, but after we had walked about 15 minutes my little girls legs just wouldn’t carry her any further, do we decided to turn back and we would go one day and just go for the walk rather than going round all the houses first! We had walked around the houses for about 3 hours mind you, so for a mini me.. thats pretty long! Especially when its all so exciting!

In the police station she had great fun going into the cells and seeing what it would be like if you had done something bad! They also had a little museum type idea up the stairs which had lots of information about the police back then, how they got about and what they had to wear! She particularly liked looking at the penny-farthing! Amazed by how anyone could get onto them!

Trying to escape from the jail!

In one of the old houses they also had things to show you how they washed the old clothes and dried them! She tried out how they used to dry them.. then said “mummy you could have done this” … Thanks chick!!

After all the exploring and learning we found a big hill, and she got to have a new experience… one that I’m sure a lot of us did when we were little! Rolling down it! She didn’t quite get the whole idea of it, or how to do it, but she did have great fun trying to do it and so did daddy! They are a great pair! ❤

It was a fantastic day out and we cant wait to go back and do the big walk, and also to go to the transport bit of this museum! We took her whenever she was a lot younger, but she loved it then so I’m sure she will love it whenever we get to go to it again! It has old cars, trains, buses, emergency, carts, boats and lots of other fun things! It is great because you get to get onto the trains and explore them and pretend to drive them! My little girl has a fantastic imagination and role playing is one of her favorite things.. so I am sure we will spend a very long time there!

WeeOhana :]

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Crawfordsburn Country Park!

Recently I have decided that we as a family, will be going out more! As comical as that sounds, you sometimes get stuck in a rut of relaxing, seeing family and the such whenever you are all free. Though we need us time, time to spend doing fun things as a family, making memories, having fun and just enjoying being together! So every time the husband is off work, we are going to do something! Go for a walk, exploring, visiting fun sites! I am going to compile a list of things/places that I want to visit and each time he is off we are going to tick another one off! =] I will put the list up here whenever I have it sorted, and it may give you some ideas of what to do if you’re from Northern Ireland or if you come here on a visit!

The first place that we went to was Crawfordsburn Country Park. It is basically a lovely forest walk, and there is also a beach too, so its sort of like two things in one! If you explore deep enough into the forest you can find a waterfall. Where you park there is also a little visitors center, which on our visit had a great range of stuffed animals, information about sea pollution and little activities to do with the young ones! It was fab! They also had a lovely little cafe which we got some food in and it was rather delicious!

We didn’t get to explore deep enough to find the waterfall, but that is because we first of all went to a field in the park and she ran about like crazy there and then went to the beach! We went for a nice walk into the forest, but we couldn’t find the waterfall and by the time that we were on the right track (or at least we thought we were ;]) she was knackered.. and I was pretty hungry! My little man was also nearing his bottle time, so we headed to the visitors center & cafe. My little girl then got distracted by the activities and looking at the stuffed animals, there was also a badger den that you could crawl about inside! She was eager to do this, but not being very keen on the dark.. she asked daddy to go in with her.. which he did! It was comical to watch, but very adorable! He would do anything for her, and there special little bond is just wonderful! It always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside watching them play together, run about, make up stories, cuddle and just be themselves with each other, its amazing! Something I was very worried my daughter wouldn’t get with a man, and now she has! :]

Dylan was in his carrier and loved looking about and seeing the world from a proper view! He was gurgling and smiling away, it was so nice that we could go to a country park, walk about the muddy path and the beach without worrying about navigating a pram! It felt great us all having fun, enjoying the fresh air, running about the beach without having to feel like one of us couldn’t be involved(well two really) because we had to stand with the pram!

After exploring the visitor center we then went and got a bite to eat, my little girl got a giant plate of chicken nuggets & chips, which I was surprised with how much she ate! Me & the hubby got fancy sandwiches.. which I must say were very delicious and some chips which were just yum! The little man… well obviously he enjoyed some milk!

So it was a fabulous day out all in all! Some lovely weather, tasty grub, exercise, fantastic company and bonding with my wonderful family! I do love them so much and they are just wonderful! I don’t tell them often enough! I really appreciate and enjoy days out! They mean a lot and bring wonderful happy memories with them!

Me & my wonderful pair! ❤

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Fambam ❤

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WeeOhana ❤