What a day. And pizza!

Crikey it’s been a long day today! I had big plans for making and photographing my homemade pizzas to post but I’m afraid that went right out of the window –

A). Managed to lock myself and George out of the flat this morning on the way to the supermarket. So no car, no pushchair. Luckily Phil’s boss was going to be passing through so he brought Phil’s keys. But we had to walk the better part of a mile to town to meet him, and the same home. Luckily for me George was in a cracking mood and held my hand the whole way (normally hand holding = mega strop).

B). George catapulted himself off the balance beam at softplay in spectacular fashion – head first on to a plastic ride on zebra, then from there on to the floor. Also head first.

C). Got locked out of the car in the supermarket car park when the battery in the remote key card thingy died. Resulting in having to use the teeny spare key that sets the alarm off so I looked suspiciously like I was trying to steal my own car.

So by the time we got home and I made the pizzas it’s fair to say my mind was pretty much fried – I remembered while dishing up to take a photo but by the time I got to the table with it I forgot until it was eaten. So, apologies for a picture less post! But atleast I have an excuse to make pizza again :).

Also, this is my first post using the WordPress app on the iPad so fingers crossed it turns out ok!


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! ย Swimming, softplay, swimming again, and RHS Garden Wisley. ย 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…


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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Another poorly week

Mother Nature decided that as we’d barely got over our joint colds from a week or two ago she may as well wallop the little man with a nasty bout of tonsilitis too.  Which, being the loving, sharing boy he is quickly passed on to me too.  So last week was a bit of a write off in terms of notable things to blog about – we spent alot of time bundled up on the sofa watching Bob the Builder and Octonauts.  (We don’t have a TV license so I can restrict his TV viewing to shows that I pick, rather than some that make me want to gouge my own eyes out.  I’m looking at you, In The Night Garden).

Anyway, that aside, just before he came over poorly we had an adventure in London and I’ve got a good, toddler approved play dough recipe ready to share.  Watch this space ๐Ÿ˜‰

The North Downs Way

Not far from where we live is the North Downs Way, a footpath that leads all the way to Dover.  We’ve never got that far, but its a lovely change from our usual route through town to the park.  I was hoping we might find some brambles to pick but the only ripe ones were really high up – I reckon another week or two and the lower ones will be ripe ๐Ÿ™‚

George seemed to enjoy the change – he’s going through a bit of a stroppy phase at the moment so I’m trying to think up different places to go with him to keep him occupied.  He likes being up in our backpack carrier and playing with my hair!

Mucky fingers!

Tweseldown Artisan Market

On Saturday George and I left Phil busy at home hanging new doors and had a trip to the monthly Tweseldown Artisan Market, I’d seen it advertised before but never got around to going.

If I’m totally honest, I was a little underwhelmed.  I’d envisaged it being a big thing spreading over the racecourse but it was basically just a marquee with a few other little stalls surrounding it.  There were some lovely handmade goodies there  but just not enough of it!  And it was a pain trying to get the pushchair around the marquee (George is going through a phase of only walking if it means running off in completely the wrong direction – so the pushchair was a must).  Still, we shared a cracking fish finger butty and I got a lovely bit of cake to take home (which I devoured before I thought to take a photo!).

I did take my big camera, as part of my resolution to take more photos, but I only took one picture (and that one came out blurry!).  I feel a little conspicuous taking photos, and it wasn’t busy enough for me to blend in with the crowd.  So that’s something I need to work on – that camera is big to be carrying around and not even using.

Atleast the fish fingers were yummy!

A week of coughs and colds

Well, last week wasn’t a whole lot of fun – both me and the little fella ended up full of cold.  Although George was sniffy and miserable it didn’t slow him down an awful lot which meant it was a rough week for me!  When I’m poorly I like hot drinks, biscuits and lots of sitting down.  None of which is easy with a toddler to entertain all day.  We spent a lot of time eating drawing with wax crayons before we made it out into the fresh air to the park…

This week is looking better already, the sun is out and we’re both pretty much fighting fit again ๐Ÿ™‚