When Ava was six she had a birthday party on ice at Somerset House ice rink. Learning to skate involved much falling over and clinging on for dear life to a ‘penguin’ to keep her and her friends stabilised although by the end of the half hour session they all could just about wobble on their own! She loved that party so much that this year, for her 8th birthday, she is doing ice skating all over again. Given no ice skating has taken place in between I’m not sure how much better her skills will be – she needs to see how proper ice skaters do it!
So, it is with great fortune we have been lucky enough to be sent a set of family tickets to see how the professionals manage to look so graceful on ice! Very excitingly we will all be going to Disney on Ice at the O2 arena in January. Dare to Dream is going to be a Disney filled extravaganza with Cinderella, Snow White, Mickey Mouse et al showing us how to really do it … I very much doubt there will be a stabilising penguin in sight at this event! On from the 27th December until 5th January – a post christmas wintery treat for the family.
Some images from Christmas Fairs over the last week …
I do love Christmas and all the festivities surrounding it but having started christmas planning in the summer it does feel a little different these days than when I worked at the BBC. Christmas orders started coming in (slowly but surely) from September and have been speeding up and increasing ever since. We are laser cutting, packing, printing, selling, christmas market attending, wrapping, packing and posting as fast as we possibly can …. busy times and business will continue until our last posting date before Christmas … and in my case, until 22nd December, when the Designer/Makers fair ends at the Southbank. Then, only then, I think I’ll be able to stop, take a deep breath and start to get into my non-Scamp festive spirit just in time for the 25th.
The kids and I love to bake so following recipes is something they are very used to. Creating recipes is another matter … I am a very literal, follow the recipe to the letter kind of baker, so don’t tend to go leftfield with ideas for cake making. Ava, however, has taken her recipe making to a whole new level … if you didn’t think you needed to know before, you now have the ultimate recipe and very detailed instructions for making Fairy Dust. A necessity (apparently!) for sprinkling on fallen teeth before they are tucked under your pillow.
streams through the woods – you’re beautiful
woodland walks – you’re beautiful
Autumn leaves colours – you’re beautiful
Beaches – you’re beautiful
the sea air – you’re beautiful
Glasgow Architecture – You’re Beautiful
I have a book that I love called London, You’re Beautiful – illustrations of a London I know very well as the artist lives in mu old neighbourhood of Camden His drawings have captured the essence of the city I live in and Camden in particular.
I am not trying to say that the few pictures I have put on this blog post will stand up in any way to those illustrations, merely that I love the title of the book and I have unashamedly stolen it for the name of this post!
We spent a glorious half term week in my home town in the south west of Scotland for the majority of the time followed by a couple of Glasgow days at the end. My photos are a mere snapshot of what we did (and what I love about visiting home) but I hope you enjoy them and that it might make you want to cross the border into my homeland one day … if you haven’t aren’t there or haven’t visited it already!
Cousins visiting from Scotland but an abysmal forecast for last weekend meant a lot of googling and rooting around trying to find an undercover activity, but not one that might see the majority of the under 10 population of London in it that same day! I struck lucky … Clipper boats took us from Embankment all the way down to Greenwich – cue much boat related excitement as we passed under bridges, next to speeding crafts and saw big ben and the London eye (winner number 1!) then on to the really rather beautiful Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Not being a particular boat/sea person it’s not somewhere that has been on my radar of places to visit ever. However, it’s vicinity to the water (and therefore not much of a wet dash from ship to shore) and having a transport loving couple of boys in tow it seemed the perfect solution to my weekend dilemma. We passed the relatively recently redone Cutty Sark and did what any self respecting member of my family would do (peered into it from outside but did not go in as you had to pay for it!) then raced along the roadside to get into the museum itself. I am now very happy to reassess my initial mmmhhh of the museum and add it to my list of London’s kid friendly gems … and it’s free too
There was a day of much excitement in July when we found out that our Crown Baby bib had been featured on ITV’s news special about the birth of Prince George. It may be old news and it may be a fleeting glimpse of our bib but it was Scamp on the telly for the very first time … hip hip hooray! and thanks to my lovely friend and ex-colleauge Susan from my BBC days I’ve got a little video of it’s appearance. Just click on the link below to see our bib in all of it’s televisual glory
Scamp’s Cute Crown Bib on ITV News