Man the Lifeboat!

It was supposed to be a relaxing playgroup day out to Pickie Fun Park in the North Down seaside resort of Bangor. Unfortunately rain was forecast for most of the morning, so the plans were changed from a splash in the paddling pool, to a visit to the local RNLI station.
Man the Lifeboat!
on the train Trankslink did an awesome job of safely transporting 20 odd three and four year olds plus entourage by train from Belfast to Bangor. This was VERY exciting as the little faces clearly show.

But the biggest excitement was yet to come! Just as we arrived to have a nosey round, the pagers went off and in a matter of minutes, there were yellow and navy-clad people clambering aboard.

RNLI at work

Apparently, there was a dog in distress in the water on the other side of Belfast Lough! We were told they usually don’t rescue animals but in this case, they didn’t want the owner to enter the water so they were off!

We just about got time to count the crew members (4, in case you're interested) before they disappeared. It was VERY impressive (and reassuring) how quickly it all happened and I really hope they managed to rescue the dog.

watching out to sea

All that was left for us to do was have a quick tour of the station – the children had a great time trying on all the gear, then head over to Pickie for a go on the Pickie Puffer and to scoff a yummy ice-cream before catching the train home.

I can’t believe my Littlest Trekker has finished playgroup already but she had a fantastic year which ended with a brilliant trip out. Here’s to the next big adventure – nursery school in September – eek!

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Kerry Teague

Kerry Teague

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.

Comments (5)

  • Helena Carey

    Helena Carey

    16 July 2014 at 21:10 | #

    I best not let James see this - dispite all our life boat station visits (there's been a lot!) we have never seen a real life rescue. He'd be tying bricks to poor jarvis' paws then throwing him a ball into the sea if he knew the lifeboat would come out to rescue him.


  • CallyW


    28 July 2014 at 08:31 | #

    What great timing! Not for the poor pooch of course, but at least it all ended well! Fab experience for the little ones :-)


  • Jay Greengrass

    Jay Greengrass

    31 July 2014 at 16:30 | #

    Wow! How lucky was your timing?!

    Good luck with nursery in September xxx


  • Kerry Teague

    Kerry Teague

    05 August 2014 at 19:45 | #

    Lol! Prob better not let James see it, then.


  • Kerry Teague

    Kerry Teague

    05 August 2014 at 19:46 | #

    Thx! Tissues at the ready!


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