Kate and Henry visit Tatton Park to enjoy a day out with Peter Rabbit and his friends.
I love cricket. I love the sound of leather on willow (that's the ball hitting the bat for the already nonplussed) and curled-up cucumber sandwiches for tea in a clubhouse that smells of socks. I love that on the morning of a match, I can throw open the curtains to witness apocalyptic rain and still search for a tiny break in the clouds to momentarily fuel my optimism for a sport completely dependent on the fickle English summer.
As I sit here in the wood writing this diary I can't help wondering where the year has gone as it seems only like last week that there was a thick blanket of snow covering the hills overlooking Macclesfield. Strangely the seasons seem to be merging into one big mish mash of weather fronts with no real beginning or end.
Remember remember the fifth of November is one of the busiest nights of the year for St John Ambulance volunteers. Britain's biggest first aid charity treats injuries and saves lives at public events (including the London Marathon, Silverstone Grand Prix and Wimbledon fortnight) and will probably be providing first aid support at any large organised bonfire and firework display you go to this year.
Hello again from simply books! At the end of June we celebrate ‘Independent Booksellers Week' a national celebration of independent bookshops. For me, one of the great things about being a community bookshop is the joy of welcoming families of all ages and the pleasure we take in showing you what feels like our second home! With a programme of events for all ages and great books we'll be showcasing what makes us special.
The 8 year old often grumbles about having a birthday that always falls in the holidays when lots of her friends are away, but I think she would have a lot more to grumble about if her birthday fell over Christmas or New Year (“CoNY”). She enjoys a perfect six monthly interlude between birthday and Christmas, unlike the children's father, who can often be heard muttering about the pitfalls of having a birthday at the beginning of January. In light of this, it is rather regrettable that we should have saddled the 5 year old with a birthday three days later. The main downside of having such a birthday is spending each year as if waiting for a bus – there is nothing for ages then two come along at once. With the myriad of Christmas and New Year parties and events, it is easy to feel somewhat sidelined.
As I cooked an early tea so we could eat before Parent's Evening for the younger two, all was unusually calm. In fact I imagine it was similar to one of those moments some famous mothers describe when talking about how they lovingly prepare organic home-cooked meals whilst surrounded by oodles of contented children doing charming creative things. Except I was cooking fish-fingers and the children were watching television.
Some tips to help make you child's birthday party go smoothly and is enjoyed by the children and grown ups.
Worried that the kids at your child's party will heve a deep 'oh no, not again' sigh of boredom when you announce yet another round of (yawn) Pass the Parcel? A quick Google search reveals hundreds of party games you may have never heard of....and some you may have played as a child and since forgotten. Here are 5 great games to freshen up you're parties:
One day last term, I collected the children from school and, as we walked back to the car, I made my usual enquiry about their day. Normally they have amnesia and cannot recall any aspect of their day. However on this occasion the six year old became rather animated and, to my enormous surprise began to speak: - "Mummy, today we learnt about Doramar" (sic).