Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – Santa’s Grotto, Paddington on Ice and Magical Ice Kingdom Review

This year I had trouble finding a grotto to visit. I wanted to keep it simple with a Father Christmas that looked like he hadn’t hired a budget fancy dress costume. Having looked at photos online I decided I would try the Santa’s grotto at winter wonderland. One of the advantages of the Winter Wonderland … Read more

Answering the Big Father Christmas Question

How you deal with the big question is a personal choice and depends on your individual children on what approach you feel best. It doesn’t matter what method you choose for your own child for me the most important thing is to respect the way other people have chosen to handle the question. Every family … Read more

Autumn Comfort Food

As the weather changes and the nights start drawing in I look for warm filling comfort food that gets me in the mood for the changing season. Whilst America goes mad for pumpkin spice at this time of year, aside from the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte it isn’t yet a big trend here. We make … Read more

Autumn Treasure

When I was a child my favourite part of Autumn was walking through the park on the way home from school, collecting treasure. We would go home and make collages of all the leaves, seeds, acorns etc we had found. Conkers were gathered from the big tree behind the swimming pool after our swimming lessons … Read more

Roald Dahl Day

The 13th September is Roald Dahl day. The magic of Roald Dahl’s wonderful imagination contributed to many fond childhood memories of being tucked up in bed and being read Roald Dahl stories. BFG is one of my top 3 childhood books so I am always keen to celebrate everything Roald Dahl. It is of course … Read more

Meet Our Woodland Elves

We now have 4 woodland elves that visit us. They don’t always appear together. They have been known to visit other family member’s houses, follow us on holiday or appear during a day out.  They are usually around for Halloween and Autumn festivities but they can surprise us at any time of year. The first … Read more