Our Welsh Adventure and The Best Thing About Being Single
The best thing about being single is spontaneity and freedom. The selfish ability to pack up the car on a whim and drive where ever your heart takes you – as long as they cater for toddlers. This weekend I packed up the car and me and Eddie took a three hour drive in the sunshine to Pembrokeshire. I feel like the holiday started as soon as we crossed Severn Bridge – it’s such a stunning piece of architecture.
Eddie is such good company but after an hour of being asked “Where we going mummy?” To which he would then himself answer, “Wales” I put on Paw Patrol. After two hours of Paw Patrol I could have done with a vodka tonic but as our first stop was Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo, I would have to make do with a soft scoop. On arriving you land straight into their gift shop with it’s impressive centre piece carousel, a nod to their indoor fairground; quite the negotiator Eddie reasoned that we would buy a penguin balloon on the way out so we didn’t have to carry it around with us. My argument that we, in fact, didn’t need a penguin balloon at all, fell on deaf ears.
Life as a mum especially a single mum is a series of never ending decisions. So on days like Folly Farm when the sun is shining and we have no where to be – I throw the decisions over to Eddie and we go at his pace and see the things he wants to see.
His first choice saw him playing in one of their large outdoor sand pits as I exchanged the obligatory niceties with others mums, starting with the well known mum ice breaker “How old is he?” After a while I tempted Eddie away with the promise of his first soft scoop ice cream only for him to be distracted on the way by the sight of The Pembrokeshire Wheel. He noted that it looked “very high” but was sure he wanted to go on it and, as I have no known fear of heights, I obliged. After all – it was his day out.
No sooner than we had been let on and left to statically hang at the highest point I was silently sobbing like a baby, shaking and questioning every life decision I had ever made. Like, what sort of irresponsible mother takes her two year old on a Big Wheel, what if our carriage falls off. Eddie was unaware of my suffering and was twisting and turning in his seat to admire the scenery, making us tilt and sway even more. After we had a delightful view of Wales not once, but twice I practically ran off the Big Wheel and made a silent vow not to do it again. On the Big Wheel we had agreed that we would share a soft scoop when we touched ground but no sooner had I handed the cone to Eddie he declared that he did not wish to share.
I just couldn’t catch a break it seemed.
We walked around and saw lions, meerkats and camels basking in the sunshine but Eddie decided he wanted to go on the ‘teeny big’ slide. The play grounds at Folly Farm are out of this world and we barely even scratched the surface. It was such a glorious day we didn’t make it into their indoor play area. We could easily have spent an entire day – probably two exploring all Folly Farm has to offer.
Eddie was really in his element and the play activities challenged children to explore, create and imagine. It’s been really well designed and is aesthetically beautiful. After an active day we said goodbye to Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo ( https://www.folly-farm.co.uk ) and started on the next part of our Mum Plus One adventure to Clydey Cottages in Pembrokeshire. Leaving of course with Percy Penguin.
Did we manage the winding 40 minute journey through the Welsh countryside? How much Paw Patrol does it take to break a single parent? What is the most inopportune time for a toddler to poop? These questions and more will be answered next week as we fall further in love with Wales.