Miaoli

Painted Ducks at Miaoli Sanyu Duck DIY

Our painted artwork

Our painted artwork

We had fun trying out different types of crafts during the December holidays. One activity which the kids and I tried was painting on wood.

The color mixing chart

The color mixing chart

Ducks and woodwork are the main attraction in Miaoli.    We were taken to a Duck DIY workshop during one of the day trips in Miaoli, Taiwan.

The equipment we were given

The equipment we were given

Each of us chose the wooden item which we would like to paint on.

Tiger girl chose the horse above to paint. We were give a pallet , blotting paper and paint brush and were off to do our painting.

Painting the base coat on the horse

Painting the base coat on the horse

Painting a wooden figurine was not as easy as we thought. It requires several coats of paint and drying in between to get the perfect finish.

Doggie boy painting his chosen Duck shaped tray

Doggie boy painting his chosen Duck shaped tray

We were given pots of colored paint which had their consistency pre-mixed. The kids were to scoop out the amounts that they require to put on their palettes and mix the colors if needed.

The kids seated at the table

The kids seated at the table

The workshop was held in a traditional looking classroom with wooden benches and tables.

The kids had to use the hairdryer to dry their wooden statues after each new coat of paint has been added on. This is to ensure that the statue would have a smooth finish when  it goes through the furnace in the end.

It took about 2 hours before their masterpieces were completed and ready for the furnace.

Ice cream treat for the kids

Ice cream treat for the kids

There is time for ice-cream anytime while on holidays.  The kids enjoyed their flower shaped ice-cream  after they completed their crafts.

Have you painted on wood before?

 

Sanyi Duck DIY

No. 176, Chonghe Road, Sanyi Township, Miaoli County

Phone : +88637872076

Price : Free to visit DIY from $200NT
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Oilve Tree Accomodation at Nanzhuang, Miaoli County

Olive Tree Accomodation

Olive Tree Accommodation

Olive Tree, an inn we stayed in Miaoli has to be one of the best decorated accommodation I’ve seen.

Side view of the inn

Side view of the inn

It has a pleasant homely feel to the place. Every part of the place was beautifully decorated.

A cute looking cat

A cute looking cat

I saw many cat related artifacts at the inn.  In fact they could be see almost at every corner of the eating hall/ reception.

Tiger girl and me

Tiger girl and me

Inside the coffee shop

Inside the coffee shop

Alfresco Dining area

Alfresco Dining area

Decorations on the table outside

Decorations on the table outside

We only stayed at Olive Tree for a night and arrived there extremely late at night so was not really able to explore the surroundings.  It was raining heavily through the night making it one of the coldest night the kids and I experienced in Taiwan.

One of the family rooms that we booked

One of the family rooms that we booked- they had two queen size beds.

The sitting area of the room

The sitting area of the room

The other family room

The other family room

We booked 2 family rooms and had the whole 2nd floor of the inn to ourselves. It was a rather small place as there were only 3 floors of guest rooms in the inn.

The spiral staircase that led to the guestrooms

The spiral staircase that led to the guestrooms

It was certainly a challenge to get to our accommodation that night as  we had to climb the spiral staircase with all the heavy luggage.

The view from the window the next morning

The view from the window the next morning

It was extremely foggy the next morning as it had been raining the whole night.   A lovely sight awaited us when we started out day. It was the first time for the kids to be so near the mountaintop.  It was certainly refreshing waking up to so much greenery around.

The small alley leading to the breakfast area

The small alley leading to the breakfast area

As the main path was extremely wet and slippery we  took the side path down the steps.

the kids examining the coins that they had

the kids examining the coins that they had

The table decorations

The table decorations

The yummy breakfast we had

The yummy breakfast we had

The kids happily tucking into their breakfast

The kids happily tucking into their breakfast

The breakfast portion served was really huge and the kids and I had trouble finishing our meal.

Waiting for our pick up at the entrance

Waiting for our pick up at the entrance

This is certainly a place we would consider staying again if we visit Miaoli.

 

Olive Tree (橄欖樹戶外咖啡民宿) in Nanzhuang, Miaoli County

苗栗縣南庄鄉蓬萊村42份7-6號

 

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