I don’t know about you, but it’s felt to me like this winter was never going to end! Bad weather, combined with flus and tummy bugs over Easter meant that last Monday evening, my cabin fever was at maximum.
And then it dawned on me – the clocks changed a few weeks ago, for once it wasn’t pouring – we could go on a post-teatime cycle!
Chloe was told to get out of her jammies (she was also still in winter-mode) and everyone was told to munch up and get their helmets on. They didn’t take much persuasion!
It was bliss! We now have access to miles and miles of traffic-free Greenway in East Belfast so there’s loads of scope for searching for evidence of our long-awaited spring.
There’s pond-life a plenty and the crocuses are well up.
We can even call in to Grandma’s for supper (and a welcome trip to the loo - wouldn't have had that cup of tea with my dinner if I'd planned our cycle in advance!)
It turns out the crocuses aren’t the only things growing though. Harry and Chloe’s bikes seem to have shrunk in the last few weeks!
(Check out Harry’s skid – there’ll be no tyres left for Chloe to enjoy if we don’t pass it down to her quick!). Don’t suppose anyone is in the market for a third-hand Frog 48? Despite valiant efforts, Chloe hasn’t quite learnt to skid yet so her tyres are in pretty good nick, thankfully!
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About Me & Mine
Ashley (Dad/ 3rd child/ chief photographer). Me - Kerry (Mum/ the sensible one... sometimes). Harry (8) can't sit still and Chloe (nearly 6, thinks she can do everything Harry can and makes pretty good attempts too). We spend as much time as possible having "adventures" (which consist of anything which takes place outside and is accompanied by official “adventure sweeties”).
Favourite place in the world:
Ashley and me - The Ards Peninsula, Strangford Lough, The Mourne Mountains . Harry – Alan’s farm, anywhere with mud, sand, bugs or tractors or that requires a paddle or harness to get to. Chloe - Anywhere as long as it's outside and preferably with somewhere to toast marshmallows and drink “North Pole” hot chocolate
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Biking, climbing, canoeing, digging holes on the beach, making dens (or anything out of sticks), looking for squirrels, butterflies, crabs and Gruffalos. Chloe loves to collect stones, but we try to discourage that as we invariably end up carrying the most precious ones home. She managed to stash about 20 in her bag on a recent weekend away in Ballycastle and cunningly talked Uncle Pancake into carrying her bag to the car so we wouldn’t find out until it was too late. She currently has a fairly large cairn in her bedroom! Harry has a model dairy farm complete with stone walls built from beach pebbles in his bedroom. Neither has much room left for sleeping.