Friday, 28 August 2015

Summer's 4th Birthday and Martin Mere

Summer's 4th Birthday was on the 20th August, the time has flown so quickly, I still remember when she was born and her being my cuddly little baby girl, she still is up to a certain point.

Summer with her present
The Birthday Girl, very please with her present. 

Daddy and I had been wracking our brains on what to do on the day, the weather had been changing from rain to nice, but as we got closer it was dry so we decided to go to Martin Mere because Summer loves Ducks! We asked Nanna, Grandad and Auntie Kris if they would like to join us, we arranged a time and we decided to meet their rather than going in convoy.

Martin Mere Wetland centre
Whist waiting for Nanna, Grandad and Auntie Kris
Once everyone had arrived, we went inside and Nanna and I paid whilst they all went and looked out the window. While Nanna was get 5 bags of bird seeds me and Auntie Kris took the opportunity to  try and get a nice picture of the girls

The girls and Grandad photo bombing
Grandad photo bombed it. 
We got lunch first to save turning back on ourselves, but they were that slow, that the girls, Grandad and Auntie Kris had finished their lunch before ours turned up, so they all went for a walk leaving us to eat our lunch in peace and to carry everything as well!

When we caught up with them Grandad and Kacy, Kacy was sat on a bench and Grandad had hold of Kacy's shoe, while on the stepping stones she managed to dunk her feet into the water meaning that Kacy got a very wet foot. 

Girls on stepping stones
Kacy got her wet shoes back on and carried on 
Summer was quite happy to stay at this bit all day, feeding the few ducks that we found, but we soon convinced her to carry on. So with our bucket full of bird seed, we went on to find some more Ducks.

Ducks, girls feeding the ducks and wellies
I thought what they did with the Wellies was fantastic, I did ask Daddy if we could do that he said no 
We soon found where there were many different types of ducks, they got so close and they even feed out of mine and Auntie Kris hands; there was also an area for Den building, which Kira and Grandad absolutely loved, Grandad more than Kira. There was even a small wooden park with stepping stones, walking along string.

Den Building, feeding ducks and playing
The Den, Ducks and stepping stones. 

We could see people getting in and out of canoes, which I thought was brilliant. Nanna went to find out how much it would cost to have a go, the boat Safari was £6 a person which we thought was expensive, but the little cannons boats were £6 for an hour and we could have 2 adults and 2 children in one, Daddy and I decided to have Kira and Summer in our boat and Auntie Kris, Grandad and Kacy in another. 

We got ready and we were briefed where we could go and what to do if we tipped out of the boat. Daddy, Kira, Summer and I got in first, we bumped into a fair few of the bank sides, saying I didn't know what I was doing. Auntie Kris decided to take her phone with her so she could take photos, I didn't, I was worried that I would drop mine. 

Boat selfie and picture of the girls
The girls all ready.  Auntie kris doing a boat selfie. 

We went off on our own, it was too difficult to stay together, we didn't need to see them we could hear them. We saw one family having a picnic on the boat, really wished I had taken my phone to take photos it was beautiful around the lake so peaceful, we saw a duck asleep on the bank and a fair few in the water they came up to the boat expecting to be fed. Each time we saw the ducks,  the girls said hello and bye to the ducks. We saw Grandad, Kacy and Auntie Kris a couple of times as soon as we saw them we managed to lose each other again.  We finally caught up with them again they were waiting for us, Auntie Kris wanted to take a boat soon started to rain so it was time to head back, Grandad wanted to make it into a race, Grandad decided to turn their boat around while we went the way we were facing, we won, so drinks were on Grandad!  We thought we had been out for a good 45 minutes to an hour got back and we had only been out for 25 minutes.  The girls loved it so will be definitely doing something like this again. 

Boat selfie
You can just about see Summer over Daddy's right shoulder. 

We got of the cannons gave back out life jackets, got some drinks and headed of to find some more things to see.  Summer was getting tired by this point, and wanting cuddles. Grandad took the opportunity to have cuddles, which he doesn't often get from Summer. Whilst Auntie Kris took the opportunity to get a family photo 

Family photo
Summer or Kira not cooropting 
Summer soon got her second wind, when some Ducks came up wanting food, but they weren't as hungry as the girls thought and were wasting the duck food so they spent 5 minutes trying to pick as much of it as possible.

Girls picking up bird seeds
Pick bird seed up. 

Grandad soon started to act like a kid, as well and was keeping the girls entertained by playing hide and seek and all sorts of silly games, which at one point we walked around in a circle to try and catch Grandad and Kira out.

We soon found the maze which was fantastic, so much to see and do, like a massive nest with beautiful wooden carved eggs in them, ponds, beavers, beautiful wooden carved chairs, all sorts. 

Girls playing, family photos, maze
My favourite photos 
When we finally came out of the maze the girls and Auntie Kris had enough so we started to find our way back, but found a beautiful building made out of wood, which inside you could bird watch which the girls loved, the view was beautiful you could spend hours just sat watching the birds take off and land. 

Bird watching
Grandad came prepared with binoculars for the girls. 

As we walking out Auntie Kris wanted another family photo, while Daddy and Grandad decided to act like big kids. 

Family photo
I had no idea Daddy was doing that until after Kris took the photo. 

On the way back to the car, we found a fair few more of the bird watching things and the girls went in to them to see what they could see but spent seconds in each one, we soon found our way back and got to the park, it was time for ice cream and let the girls play on the park for 20 minutes or so before heading home.

When we got home I persuaded Summer to change her outfit to her new dress, she was then allowed to open her presents from Nanna, Grandad and Auntie Kris. Once that was done she got to see her birthday cake, you can tell from her face she loved it. 

The birthday girl with her birthday cake
The Birthday Girl. 

We had a fantastic day out and Summer had a fantastic birthday, have you done anything wonderful this Summer?

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. What a great day and such a special way to celebrate her birthday. I bet they will all be talking about it for a long time to come. Beautiful dress too. Happy Birthday! #CountryKids

  2. Love Summer's gorgeous smile in that final photo and looks like she had a wonderful birthday and that you all had a lovely day. My girls love feeding ducks too! Love the den building photos and that gorgeous wooden building - what a wonderful place to do some bird watching from :-)

  3. Looks like it was a great day out. So much to do - the canoeing sounds like fun and handy to be able to go out together. #countrykids

  4. Happy 4th Birthday to Summer, she looks like she's thoroughly enjoying her day with everyone. It's great that Granddad was there to encourage some silly play and keep the girls entertained as they could've started to get bored very easily.It's great that you all had a go on the canoeing, the girls look like they're having a great time splashing around with their oars. Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids.

  5. Aww what a lovely celebration! Looks like the birthday girl had the most fun! Happy 4th birthday =) #countrykids

  6. I've not been to Martin Mere, but we're planning to golater in the year and it looks lovely - they've really impressed me with the giant wellies! It looked like a lovely birthday - I'm glad she enjoyed it - happy birthday Summer :)

  7. What a beautiful place, and that bird watching building is absolutely amazing! What a great way to spend your birthday, looks like your daughter had a great time x #countrykids


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