I’m just catching up on blogging now. I’ve been making far too much cake recently 🙂 I made an orange one, a coconut one and a lemon one this week. I keep telling myself I’ll stop eating cake but I keep making them 🙂 I took the girls to Seapark on a blustery day. It was icily cold, but it was refreshing and it felt good to get out in the sea air. There was snow on the hills in the distance when we were there. We had a snow day recently when I was walking the girls to school too. My daughter was making giant snowballs and trying to eat them. We spotted our first daffodil on our walk that day and just seeing a bright flower cheered me up.
When we went to my mum’s house, she made apple pie from scratch with the girls. They loved making the pastry and shaping the pie 🙂 She rewarded them with a chocolate egg each for their help 🙂 We had it for dessert and it was delicious 🙂 We played a board game together that day too. I love playing board games on Sundays 🙂 It was a game where we had to make up captions to match with pictures and get each other to guess if we were telling the truth or not. My daughter won and she was delighted (she rubbed it in.)
The girls and I finally tried a bubble tea place near our house. I had never tried it warm before and we shared a warm passionfruit tea with bubbles. We got two of the pinwheel buns too: one chocolate and one sesame and we shared them 🙂 My daughter loved the chocolate one. It was a bit like a thick pancake filled with nutella 🙂 It’s such a cute little shop and we were lucky we got to sit at the window because there are only a handful of seats there.
My sister got me a notebook that was very fitting for my personality. I started a new journal in it and made some time for chamomile tea, creme egg and candles 🙂 I love writing by hand. It’s slower but it makes you feel more connected to the words. I usually do it when I write poetry. Speaking of which, I published a new poetry book called “Poems by Candlelight.” You can find it on Amazon as an ebook and in paperback. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Poems-Candlelight-Keelan-LaForge/dp/B09T2PV88L/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?crid=2CMENF2TJO91F&keywords=keelan+laforge&qid=1646083088&sprefix=keelan+la%2Caps%2C145&sr=8-2
This weekend, I took the girls to the Mac to attend to a kids’ workshop. They got to make a big banner in a group and then they were given a tour of the building. I didn’t realise we couldn’t accompany them, but my boyfriend and I got to have some coffee and a brownie in the cafe and to explore the building a bit. I thought it was cute that they have an imagination station for kids where they can draw, etc. My daughter loved the big teddy bear in the family room 🙂
Afterwards, we went to the sustainability fair in town. The girls loved the weighing game they had for kids 🙂 They had to choose an alternative type of burger and then see how many bags of waste it was equivalent to, using scales. It was to promote the idea of making use of waste and being creative with what we eat. There was a lady who was doing storytelling for kids. She told some African stories linked to nature and she had a little wooden frog that croaked when you scraped it with a wooden stick.
We stopped at another bubble tea place because I noticed a poster for ginger tea with dates and fresh ginger in it in the window. The girls got a scoop each of ice-cream and we shared the tea. I loved it – I could drink pots of it if I knew how to make it 🙂
We continued our adventure to the Cave Hill, to see Belfast Castle and the gardens. We walked to the adventure playground, but it was closed for renovations, so we had a picnic I brought at one of the tables and watched the birds. There was a robin and two magpies, which the girls were excited to see 🙂 Finally, to end our day trip, on the way home we stopped at the little playground beside the HMS Caroline. The day felt like a little holiday 🙂
Funnily enough, on Sunday, my mum produced some ginger tea that she had got in the Asian supermarket with pieces of ginger in it 🙂 I might have to make a trip there myself to get some. I think I’ve found my new addiction 🙂