Monthly Archives: July 2011

Monsters and Imaginary Friends

My 2 year old has recently become pre-occupied with monsters, sometimes she is a monster, sometimes there is a monster in the room but she mentions them at least once a day.  I was fairly sure that this was a … Continue reading

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Hamlet Passes on the Love – Persil Pass on the Love Picnic.

Hi, I’m Hamlet, a much loved  and very special pig.  I have been to many places including Cornwall, London and Italy.  Being a pig I quite like being dirty, consequently I have never been washed. Today however, I have received a … Continue reading

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Free or Low Cost Summer Activities for Children

I was recently asked by Netmums to suggest some of my favourite free or low-cost ideas for keeping children entertained in the summer holidays.  Below are a small selection. Things for Keeping  Active   We particularly like woodland walks where the kids like … Continue reading

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Bristol Zoo 175th Birthday – Big Village Fete

What a fantastic day we had today at Bristol Zoo.  To celebrate their 175th birthday Bristol Zoo organised a Big Village Fete, hosting a multitude of local talent, stalls and crafts.  It could have been a washout looking at the … Continue reading

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Barry Island – A Strange Phenomenon

I am completely intrigued and bemused by the phenomenon that is Barry Island. I grew up in Barry and Barry Island has always conjured up a Morrissey lyric This is the coastal town that they forgot to close down. So … Continue reading

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Lauren Child

I was going to write a very different post but have decided that on reading an email with a link to the new Lauren Child website that it needed to be shared. I am a huge fan of Lauren Child, … Continue reading

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Wedding Singer / Things that Could go Wrong on your Wedding Day.

This weekend I sang at a friend’s wedding, both in the church and later at the reception with my lovely 7 year old daughter.  This is the thank-you Message that the bride posted earlier, I thought it was beautifully written … Continue reading

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My Grown Up Weekend part 3 – Festival of Education Bob Geldof

Besides the fabulous weather and the chance to chill out in the sunshine in beautiful surroundings, the highlight of the festival was Bob Geldof’s Speech. He was relaxed, engaging, funny and above all passionate. He used a rich intelligent vocabulary, … Continue reading

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My Grown Up Weekend part 2 – Festival of Education : Technology and Education

As regular readers will be aware I am very interested in the use of new technology in early years classrooms.  I was pleased to see therefore that the Festival of Education at Wellington College Crowthorne had a number of sessions … Continue reading

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