Mr P took an unexpected week off work, this week, to have some family fun and adventures. It took us away from our weekly routine and got us all very excited for the (JEAP) adventures we would be going on throughout the week.
Yesterday, we ventured to Martin Mere Wildlife Refuge.
We were not sure how Buba would respond, as the last visit to Chester Zoo wasn’t easy with him being scared of everything. But a little older and wiser, we thought we would see how he got on.
The weather was beautiful, there was a warm breeze and the sun peaked out for us for most of the day. We got very lucky as today has been shocking weather. This is Buba’s first reaction as soon as we opened the doors. His face light up so bright at the sight of hundreds of various ducks, ducklings, birds, and flamingos all in one place. It took Mr P and I both by surprise that he was so excited and not running for the door to go back inside. Missy Moo stayed snuggled in her stroller for most of the morning, as she peered over her fluffy pink coat to witness her brother chasing duck after duck, giggling away at his silliness. There were birds flying overhead which she was fascinated by. Even at such a young age, she was thoroughly enjoying it. I braved it and asked a stranger to please take a family photo of us. We never have pictures of the four of us. After a few (many) grunts from Mr P and the kids, the lady quickly snapped it and walked away. I prayed the one and only picture she took without warning, would be ok. The kids really were having a blast I promise, don’t go by their facial expressions here. haha Buba kept saying, “but that’s Mommy’s camera, give it back”. Thanks son, she isn’t stealing it. He is always my protector. I was amazed how beautifully colored the animals all were, so vibrant and stunning. There were so many different species it was amazing to see them all together in one place. I had a soft spot for the flamingos. They are gorgeous but I was far too big of a wuss to go any closer for a better picture as they were making such a commotion. Again we were surprised that Buba didn’t bat an eyelid at them.
There were yellow and white flowers blooming every where. We had got there when it first opened so it was just us, so peaceful. I could have sat there amongst the flowers listening to the birds and ducks all day. The only other thing you could hear was Buba shouting from each corner of the path, “LOOK AT ALL THESE DUCKIES”, over and over again. It was hilarious. With his arms stretched out for a dramatic effect. He even frighten the pants off this elderly couple walking by gazing out onto one of the ponds with their cameras in hand waiting for that perfect moment to capture whatever they had their eyes on. Buba ran up behind them, “ALL THESE DUCKIES”. The poor woman jumped out of her skin and the old man had a chuckling fit. I was so embarrassed but at least he was having the time of his life. Every once in awhile our hyper, excitable two year old, would throw us for a loop. Turn pensive and stare out onto the waters below. He was truly mesmerized by all that was around him. This is one of my favorite photos of the day. He really does well in wide open spaces, a chance to run around, be a kid, and enjoyed the fresh air.Buba is very much a Daddy’s boy and so like his Daddy is so many ways. They both have this passion and love for the great outdoors. It is heart warming to see them exploring together. We found a mini waterfall, that was so scenic. I had to share it with Missy Moo, she had long been in her stroller and we got to places where she could no longer peak over the sides to see the animals. She was very happy to be out so she could take it all in with the rest of us. I had our double stroller with us, but in future I will just bring a sling for Missy Moo as the double stroller really is only used to carry everything on top of it, these days.
The kids are growing up so fast, this family day out really made me realize this. No more needing strollers, and Buba with his big boy pants on, didn’t need a diaper changed. I know it will happen eventually but I stood there foreseeing them running down that very path in the near future together, pointing out different things to each other.
Buba eventually discovered all the Bird Call Posts. At first it was a great way for him to hear what each animal sounded like, he fully expected when he pushed each button that those animals would come to him. It didn’t happen. After numerous bird calls being pushed over and over, we had to move on, I didn’t want to stress out the wildlife.We promised Buba at the start of our adventure, he could play on the big park afterwards, as he saw it when we first pulled up. Clever design layout, Martin Mere!
Although the swings were occupied the entire time we were there, Missy Moo took comfortable in a big kid’s swing. She was laughing her head off as I pushed her back and forth.
Buba took to bigger challenges, and attempted things that were far too big for him but enjoyed it nevertheless, especially when he made it to the slide.
We ended our lovely family day out with a nice latte and a scrumptious scone full of clotted cream and jam because there is no better way to enjoy them! I justified it with all the walking and playing we just did! I was even so keen you can see my finger swipe in the cream before I could reach for my camera. haha
Overall, I was really impressed with Martin Mere. It really had so many things to offer: wildlife, playground, cafe, great gift shop even, where I picked up yet another scarf, I know I should be banned from buying them. But it was navy, my favorite color and had owls on it, another favorite. That’s my excuse anyway. It truly was a great place for a great family day out!