Man the Lifeboat!
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.
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.
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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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.