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Places to visit in N.I

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It’s summer time! Amellia is now off school for summer and I am trying to think of a few places to take her & Dylan. I thought I would share them here so that those of you who are close by can get some ideas, and if you have any other ideas please let me know so I can add them too!

Tayto Park
Belfast Zoo
Mount Stewart
Armagh Planetarium
Sileve Gullion Forest Park, Giants Lair
Airtastic
Castle Espie
Seaford Butterfly House & Maze   –  Find out what we thought here!
Giants Causeway
Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park
Tollymore Forest Park
Marble Arch Caves
Belfast Museum
Wallace Park
Lagan Vally LeisurePlex
Watertop Farm
C & Js Animal Park
Drumaway Junction
Clip N Climb
W5
Castle Ward

I have added the link to the website for each one, so if you want to find out more information you can simply just click on the place! =]
I will update this list as we visit and add the link to my blog post where I will tell you what I honestly think of the place, suggestions for if you visit, pictures and whatever else I think is relevant!

I hope you have a wonderful summer and are now full of places to visit!
I will be doing a few more posts about summer fun, activities in the house for when its raining and some baking! =D

-WeeOhana

 

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Blackberry Picking!

Today I had a lovely morning out with the kiddiwinks! We headed to a lovely little village called Groomsport! Its a little village by the sea, is very peaceful, beautiful and has many things my little ones love!

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We started off by going for a little walk along the front, counting the boats we saw, blowing the dandelions that we found and making lovely wishes, then we discovered a place that we hadn’t found before! A little National Trust walk called Ballymacormick Point, I don’t know how I haven’t found it before or walked along there before! It was wonderful and even more so because we found some ripe and very yummy blackberrys! My little girl loves all kinds of fruit and veg and was very excited to try some blackberrys that she had picked straight from the bush!

As we carried on our walk I had a hunt in my handbag and managed to find a little ziplock bag, my little girl jumped with delight at the thought of collecting some and taking them all home. We carried on with our walk and kept collecting them while we were discussing what to do with them, a little lady who walked past us stopped for a chat with us as my little one was eager to show her all that we had collected! She suggested that we could try making a pie or some jam and that was that we were settled on making some jam once we got home! (recipe) The hunt carried on and we came across a honey bee! (She loves bugs too :P)

The honey bee was collecting pollen and was fascinating to watch, we watched him as he went from flower to flower and she asked me question after question! She asked me so many questions that she didn’t notice her little brother stealing the bag of blackberries from her hand.. he then decided to squish them and she broke out in laughter as we watched all the juices in the bag go everywhere (thankfully not over anyone!)

We then turned back after picking some blackberries to make our jam and headed for the little shop to grab an ice lolly and a drink then on-wards to the wonderful little park! The park in Groomsport is wonderful, not only do you get to enjoy a lovely view while your little ones are enjoying themselves, a big and a small climbing frame and there are gates all around it so a little one cant wander off. Wandering off is my little mans favorite thing, he loves just tottering about and exploring and wouldn’t have much interest in the park so when it is just me with them both it is pretty hard for either to enjoy! With him not being able to escape and wander off it was perfect as he could just dander around the park while she had lots of fun on the climbing frame/swings etc! He then found his favorite thing and one of the only things he will play on in a park.. a bridge! He loves just walking back and forth across the bridges, he would happily do that all day long if you left him to it!

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After the park we headed to the little paddling pool and she had lots of fun running about in it as she had come prepared wearing some shorts! My little monkey man was safely back in his pram and enjoying the views and after that we headed home to make some delicious homemade blackberry jam! I’ll pop the recipe up shortly for if you fancy giving it a try! Here is the recipe! Very simple/fun and delicious!

WeeOhana x