I have been puzzling about this one. I want to take Little Legs to London. But I knew hanging about in cocktail bars really wouldn’t be that suitable. Said bars and dirty nightclubs is what I know about London.
So I thought about just heading to South Bank – it’s a fast train to Waterloo from mine – and just mooching about. I thought about the London Eye. Or to Tate Modern. Tate Modern have an under 5s section – which was news to me but now on the To Do list.
But then I realised there’s only one thing I should be doing this Jublilee Weekend. Hyde Park for the Jubilee Family Festival! I really am a little slow sometimes. Of course this is what we should be doing. Tickets are well priced, £20 for me. Free for Little Legs. The in-laws are also joining us. Should be fun. It’s a Sainsbury’s and Disney collaboration from what I can tell. And you all know Lola and I like a festival, whatever the theme.
The full line up looks like there’s going to be something for everyone – and I am sure that I saw there’s going to be a life size Lightening McQueen there. That alone is worth it for car obsessed Little Legs. For me, War Horse. I loved that film, have read the book so look forward to seeing more.
So that’s what we’re doing. We’re there on the Sunday. Can’t wait. I’m hoping for sunshine but as we have wellies a plenty in this house, so don’t really care either way!
What are you up to?
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I love taken photos of Little Legs. LOVE. Some of my photos are brilliant. Most aren’t. And I am really aware that I dont capture those moments.
So I am signed up to do the ‘Collect the Moments‘ e-course by Capturing Childhood, and I am really excited about it! I want to be able to take great shots of Little Legs. For her, for me, and for Phil as he misses so much.
So what’s it all about I hear you cry:
The course is a 6-week eCourse that will get you flexing your creative muscles and introduce you to some basic technical tips that can dramatically improve your photography of your children. It will be chock full of inspiration, advice and equipment hacks to help you take another look at your children through the lens of your camera.
It is not about having a fancy camera or expensive editing equipment. It is about using the tools you have at hand to take the best pictures possible of your children. And more than that, it is about inspiring you to think differently about capturing childhood.
Sounds good doesn’t it. Did I mention I was excited! The course costs just £75. That’s all. Worth every single penny to capture Little Leg’s childhood for sure.
Add your voice and share the stories of the people that they meet.
Write a blog post, write a tweet, update your Facebook status.
Every evening they will be sharing the words and images of the women and children that they have met in order for you to write about them and join the storytelling movement. Be a writer. Write. Help spread the word. Make a difference.
In every place there’s a little hidden treasure, that when you stumble upon it you’re so glad you have. That’s how I feel about Staunton Park & Country Farm.We go there regularly, whatever the weather. Actually, I must correct that, we go to the farm bit regularly. I haven’t actually explored the rest. In the sunshine it’s gorgeous with a kids playpark and lawn to picnic on. It the rain it’s fun in a great pair of welllies and there’s a newly opened indoor play.
Little Legs loves it there. LOVES. She’s not to keen on the peacocks, actually that’s a bit of an understatement, she fooking hates them. But the pigs, rabbits, sheep, ponies etc are adored. She likes to walk round and give them one pellet each of her animal food, except the cows; she turns her whole bucket out to them … not that they eat it, or acknowledge her. I guess she’s trying to buy their affection or something. Hey ho.
It’s not massive but is big enough to spend a good few hours there – longer if the sun is shining. It’s perfect for Little Legs. It’s small enough that I don’t need to take her Xplory, and she’ll happily walk round the whole place without tiring.
Staunton is a cheap day out. Really cheap. I’m a member which costs me £19 a year. £19. That is all. Little Legs is free. I think it’s about £6 an adult for nonmembers. So a day at Staunton is great value. We pack food. Maybe buy an icecream, maybe not. And that is it. Happy days. With membership you get free parking too. Bonus.
So if you’re living in the South Coast, have a little look at where it is and pop down there. Worth a visit.
I know how to get free stuff. It’s really a simple technique. You just write a post and have a moan, and voila, free stuff comes. Now I’m not talking about bitching in the hope of some PR taking note and trying to make good, that won’t happen.
Instead, you just need to write a post which has a bit of a moan about how your husband broke your cafetière before he disappeared for seven months, and what do you know, I now have a new one.
The husband sent it. He read my post whilst on shore leave in Senegal and quickly fired up the iPad and ordered me one. He also updated his facebook status to say: “After reading my wife’s blog where she loves to bitch about things I’ve done or not done. I’ve just purchased her a small gift which will hopefully shut her up!!! “ – that my friends is true love.
It came today.
It’s not as nice as my last one, but he does get a gold star for effort. Thank you husband. Kiss.
What it means is they send me stuff, and I give them honest feedback about it. Sounds good right. I’ll also be letting you know about other stuff they’re up to like competitions, special offers and what have you.
So me being me, I have been looking on their site and swooning over the things I would really like. Like a slow cooker (yes I know I keep banging on about them on twitter, blame Zoe as she made some gorgeous pulled pork and now I’m obsessed) and their fancy steam generator irons. Don’t think I am going to suddenly start ironing everything though. I’m not, although how easily Orla Kiely bedding creases winds me up like you would not believe. I’d like it because it would be a perfect accompaniment to my fancy new sewing machine which I have yet to tell you about.
While I was browsing their site, I spotted a hot deal which I am very tempted by. Their Meno Red Espresso Coffee Maker is currently on sale. It was £129.99 and is now just £58.50. Bargain right. What I like about it is that it offers a one or two cup dispense and caters for both Ground Coffee and E.S.E. pods. Now if I hadn’t just brought aforementioned fancy sewing machine I would be all over that especially as Phil broke my cafetière before he left, and despite a million promises to buy me a new one, he hasn’t. The arse. Oh, and Morphy Richards haven’t asked me to tell you about that, I’m telling you because it’s a good deal.
Anyway, I digress.
I will be working with Morphy Richards for a year and I really looking forward to it. It’s all incredibly exciting. Watch this space.