Fairy Door Hunts, Paddling in Wellies & Paper Houses

Last week, I took the girls for after school ice-cream (it’s as much for me as it is for them :)) We had a sunny ice-cream picnic in the car with the windows open πŸ™‚ Then, I took them to Connswater to do a free fairy door trail I’d noticed. The girls loved all the little fairy houses and the novelty of looking for the doors. You have to record each one as you find it and then you leave your page at the wishing well. If you win you get a twenty pound-voucher for Connswater. The girls are convinced that we are going to win πŸ™‚ (I think they think we’re the only ones that have entered :)) While we were there, I picked up a new pop-up tent from the pound shop and some hula hoops for the garden. I love the pound shop for outdoor toys and craft supplies πŸ™‚

On Friday, we went to the farm. I’ve missed going there every week while it’s been closed. Even though it isn’t far away from where we live, it feels like you could be anywhere in the middle of the countryside πŸ™‚ The girls played in the sand with the diggers, on the zipwire and then we had a snack picnic. The girls went on the barrel rides and we watched the dog agility and fed the animals. I still love visiting the chicks πŸ™‚ We spotted a funny duck that looked like it was wearing a wig and it made our day πŸ™‚ The girls went on the go-karts and had to have a final climb on the cow on the way out πŸ™‚ Going there is like a holiday for them and one for my brain πŸ™‚

On Saturday, we saw another film at the drive-in cinema. Heavy rain was forecast, but it had stopped on our way home, so I took the girls for a walk in Cregagh Glen. All the bluebells were out and there were more than I’ve ever seen in one place before. The girls love the wall that people have tied jewellery and random colourful items to πŸ™‚ It looks like it started as a place for lost things and has turned into a decorative community wall πŸ™‚ The girls enjoyed jumping in the streams in their wellies and climbing all the steps πŸ™‚ The waterfalls are beautiful and we climbed to the graveyard at the top where you can see a view all over Belfast. It was misty and hard to capture on camera but there is a good view. I definitely want to return there and explore more on my own too to find out which parts we haven’t been to yet πŸ™‚

When we got home, we finished the girls’ plaster houses we made the panels for last week. They just had to wet it more of the modroc and add it to hold the panels together. We will probably decorate them this weekend when we have time to sit down together and when they’re dried πŸ™‚

On Sunday, we made some more structures from the girls’ art boxes. Templates were provided that you can draw around, so you can cut shapes out of patterned paper and colourful card. There was some washi tape provided for sticking them together and you could make any shapes you liked. I joined in and found it so therapeutic. It might be the craft I’ve tried with the girls that has lasted the longest. They loved making miniature dens and houses and even made some bouquets of flowers and other creations πŸ™‚ It’s amazing what they can do with some card shapes and tape πŸ™‚ It’s the kind of craft I would happily do on my own when the girls are at school. I think I need to make more time for those things when I have free time too because they’re really satisfying and a worthy use of time πŸ™‚

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