As parents we always want the best for our children and that includes what they put in their tummies. We’ve been fortunate in that five year old POD is willing to give the majority of foods a try. These days it’s all about encouraging her to make good choices and while she does have treats, they’re usually reward or occasion based.
Sitting at the cinema a while back we saw a trailer for the DreamWorks animation the Trolls. What made it particularly poignant were the words “right outside my door lurks a nightmare. Named Poppy”. It made us all fall about laughing to discover POD shared her name with the leader of the trolls. We’ve watched the Trolls trailer many times since and we’re always singing the “Can’t stop the feeling” title track.
We reviewed the Horse Club Riding Centre from Schleich in the summer. Not only was it really easy to put together, it was superb quality too. The designers had even thought about maximising imaginative play too as features included a fully removable roof that doubled up as an exercise area. Schleich has launched a dinosaur collection so we hoped to see a similar level of innovation with the Giant Volcano which comes with its own dinosaurs.
As fans of the great outdoors, we love nothing more than escaping to blow away a few cobwebs. There are a wide variety of places to choose from in Surrey and the surrounding area with one of the favourites the beautiful Alice Holt forest.
POD always enjoys toys that allow her imagination to run away with her. Having thoroughly enjoyed the Pet Parade Play Garden from Flair, we expected much of the same with their Family Scooter Playset. She’s been asking for a dog a lot recently so the Cavalier King Charles and its puppy, while nowhere near the same, are a great compromise!
Like many children, POD has always been a fan of Disney. Classic films like Beauty and the Beast, Tangled and Snow White are among her favourites along with the more recent including Frozen, Cinderella and Inside Out. It’s not just films either, she’s always loved books with Sleeping Beauty and The Little Mermaid from the Disney Movie Collection in the mix. The latter features Ariel, a mermaid who wants to be human so she can marry a Prince.
Yes I know it’s a hard life! Although truth be told we really wanted to go to the Gin Festival. Devised by Jym and Marie Harris, it enables visitors to try a plethora of gins with expert advice on tap. The Gin Festival has seen enormous growth since its 2012 inception, growing from a single event to reaching thousands of gin enthusiasts all over the country.
We spent many years living in London before POD was born. Way back in 2008 we had a loft conversion fall through although it ultimately resulted in us remodelling the rest of the house! Being a Victorian property, our main bathroom was downstairs so we turned this into a kitchen and the existing kitchen became a dining room. Upstairs a room we used as a study was transformed into our new bathroom. With access to it only from a bedroom, we had a corridor built so it was easy to reach. We never imagined such a small room would be able to accommodate a shower, a sink, a toilet and the roll-top bath we craved. The end result was superb – Victorian fixtures and fittings in keeping with the house coupled with the most beautiful tiles.
Clandon Park is a Palladian-style mansion which was built in the 1920’s for Lord Onslow to impress guests like King George V and Queen Mary. The estate remained with the Onslow family for 400 years and was given to the National Trust way back in 1956. On the 29th April last year, a fire broke out in the basement of Clandon House and it suffered extensive damage. It took fire crews some 12 hours to put out the fire.