Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Day out with Gran

Living as far away from the majority of our families as we do means when George's grandparents come to visit they stay for a few days at a time so we get to spend some proper time together.

The last time my Mum came down she stayed for a week so Mum, George and I made the most of it and went out pretty much everyday!  Swimming, softplay, swimming again, and RHS Garden Wisley.  We just missed the Autumn Festival by a couple of days which was a shame but we had a nice wander nonetheless.

George wasn't too fussed about the gardens, but he did like being so close to the Heathrow flightpath - he LOVES anything that flies at the moment, planes, birds, helicopters...

Monday, 18 November 2013

A Bit of Rain...

...Never hurt anyone!

The weather has been truly Autumnal recently - rain, drizzle, damp with a bit more rain for luck.  My days of staying tucked up indoors when its miserable outside are well past now - it'll take more than a few drops of rain to keep George inside!

The park has been pretty much deserted in the bad weather, but we've been making the most of having it to ourselves!

Friday, 15 November 2013


We've had a major clearout of our flat recently - we've got rid of so. much. stuff to either the charity shop, ebay or the tip, I think we've pretty much kept Phyllis Tuckwell in business with the amount of stuff we've dropped off there.  Things are looking much better for it, even though alot of it came from the loft so the effect is kinda lost until you stick your head up there (not very often in my case - too cold, and too many spiders).  But still, its looking good.  Just need the viewers to line up and start making some offers on the place so we can get moving!

Anyway, to the point of this quick post - while I was busy clearing stuff I found George's hospital bands from when he was born.  I'd totally forgotten how tiny his little ankles were - he's so big and action packed now!  They've gone safely in a "Keep Forever" tin :)

Wednesday, 13 November 2013


Well.  Its been awhile hasn't?  Things have been a little on the hectic side round here the past month or so blogging has unfortunately fallen by the wayside.  But things are (for now) calming down a little - our flat is on the market, the DIY has been done, the cleaning is...a work in progress.  Lets be honest, any home with a toddler living in it is never going to be clean for longer than 13 seconds at a time!

I did squeeze in time for a little blog restyle, I'm happier with how it looks here now, but I know I can be more happy.  Just need a little time to learn about HTML and all that jazz.

Anyways, there'll be more action round these parts very soon.  Promise!

Saturday, 12 October 2013

The Big City pt2

As part of our day trip to the big smoke (part 1 here) we met up with some friends and had a wander round Crystal Palace Park.
These dinosaur sculptures are apparently the oldest dino sculptures in the world, and each one is a Grade I Listed Building.  Odd to think of a dinosaur sculpture as a building...

George had a fun time terrorising the chickens at the farm too (just kidding, no animals were harmed during our visit).  The farm is amazing for little ones to meet animals - especially as its free to get in.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

The Big City pt1

Considering we live fairly close to London we don't actually get there very often - its a bit of a faff with a pushchair and all the luggage that comes with a toddler.  Even just for a day trip!  But the other week we made it, for our annual visit to the Eurogamer convention at Earls Court.  My husband is something of a computer games enthusiast so for the past few years we've come to see the new releases and have a nosy at the new consoles.

This was our second year taking George, and last year he was too little to really pay any attention so we were a little apprehensive about how he would take it this time around.  As it happened he was under the weather anyway so not the happiest of chaps but he took it mostly in his stride :)

I used it as a research trip too - when I'm not running around after the small one I work as a freelance exhibition stand design, and its always good to see a few stands in the flesh.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Easy home made play dough

A while back George and I ended up stuck at home for a whole day while Phil was at work with all the car and house keys in his bag (those with toddlers will understand how terrifying that concept is - over 8 hours in a confined space - eek!).  So I scoured my pinterest account for some ideas and came up with a play dough recipe that luckily I had all the ingredients for.  

The original recipe is here, but I'll type it out in grams as I loathe having to waste time converting cups to grams.  

250g flour
273g salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
355ml boiling water
Optional: food colouring and/or scent

I made half a batch and its more than enough for us, and its kept amazingly well in the fridge - no signs of getting past it yet and it must be a good 2 months old by now.  Wilkinsons have some amazingly good value play dough tools as well :)