Last Tuesday was the last day of school holidays for Reimer because he officially started big school last Wednesday. Hence, we thought we will go out for an adventure to make the most of last day off school… It was not really a nice day though, sun was hiding behind the clouds but it was rather dry so we took the chance.
First of all, I prepared a bag, filled it up with some bottled water, paper plates and plastic cutleries (leftover from previous birthday parties), bananas and a few packets of biscuits, basically the food available at home. Then while on our way, we popped by to the supermarket to get more food such as sandwiches, crisps, juices, cakes and some freshly cooked chicken thighs. I know it must be too much, but having kids, it’s better having more than only little as they like to keep munching. Then after the supermarket trip, we’re all ready to go.
We then head to Beecraigs Country Park…. What do you do and see in there? Beecraigs Country Park caters to a wide range of leisure and recreational activities on its 370 hectares of land, making it a great place to visit. The following are among the things you can enjoy while you’re there:
- Park Activities
- Animal Attraction
- Fly-fishing on Beecraigs Loch
- Caravan and Camping
- Facilities Hire
- Farm Shop
As it was around lunch time when we arrive, we went to look for a picnic table where we laid all our food and had to satisfy our hungry bellies first before we start off with our little adventure. I have to say, it was a nice outdoor meal with a perfectly natural ambiance except that there were a couple of wasps visiting us every so often, which prompted us to hurry up.
After being all stuffed and wasps away to the other picnickers table, Thank goodness! These two kiddies head straight away to their Adventure Play Area which was so amazing as it provides a diverse play stations that caters for all ages. Here on the photo below was my little lady, Ruby who showed off her ability as she bravely climbed up and crossed over the ropes well-balanced towards the long slide. Staring at her, me and her dad were stunned, worried in case she slipped considering the height. But on the other hand, we’re certainly proud of her audacity. I would be even be scared to try it myself.
As it was significantly busy in the Play Area, we decided to head towards the wooded bit for a leisurely walk as we pretended to look for the Gruffalo. I think all of us mums and dads knows the story already. Some of us might have memorized it same as how our little kiddies have stored it in their memory.
It was absolutely an enjoyable stroll as we were all on a look out for any signs of the Gruffalo, the fox, the owl, the snake and even for the clever little mouse. We came across the logpile house but the snake was not there. Their dad hooted like an owl Toowhit toowhoo! but there was no sign of an owl. There was also a big board in the middle of the dark woods with a Fox drawn in it, but there was no sign of the Fox either. Suddenly, I think these kids had found Gruffalo’s footprints in the dried up mud… it looked like its terrible claws and its turned-out toes, hmmmm! Well-spotted I guess!
As we continued trekking through the woods, we came out to a path heading towards their Loch. Beecraigs Loch is a popular lake, regularly stocked with quality Rainbow Trout. We went around the lake, hoping to see the little mouse having a feast with the Gruffalo eating his favorite scrambled snake. Unfortunately, there was still no sign of them whatsoever!
As we went around the entire Loch, we came across these boats where you can hire and go fishing, with a respective fee of course. Going fishing was not very ideal for us, so we just visited the ducks instead. However, my little man was so upset that we forgot to bring some bread to feed the ducks… poor little ducks, they will just go hungry for now!
As we continued our little adventure, we walked through the fenced fields which made us had a good view across the landscape and of the Belted Galloways, Highland Cattle and Red Deer. At this point, the search for the Gruffalo had now been temporarily forgotten, as these two were overly engrossed with the Deer and the Cows wandering around the field.
We have done quiet a long walk already, so we decided to head back to the car park, due to Ruby started mocking around because she’s obviously tired as she had missed her afternoon snooze. As we were walking halfway through, we happen to walk past their Visitor Centre. Where we went in briefly and had a nosy around their Farm Shop. We didn’t buy anything though except an ice cream lollies. I bought some milky bar ice cream minis for the four of us. Could this be an owl ice cream? Ruby thought it was really good and delicious and that actually had given her a little more energy to walk back to the car.
I thought the kiddies were disappointed that we have not found the Gruffalo but Reimer said ” I’m glad we didn’t find the Gruffalo because it will be very scary” … And I rode on with the conversation and said “just as well we didn’t find any of them as it would have been a scary adventure for the 4 of us”.
“Silly little kids! Don’t they know, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo”
To sum it all up, it was a great way to finish off the school holidays for my little man. We all had good fun kidding around while burning that extra calories after having a full stomach from our little picnic. Most importantly, it was wonderful spending quality time as a family, simply bonding together without having to cost a fortune.
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