25 Jul 2013

Banana and Nutella Muffins

My little blog is thriving. Just checked today and have crossed a 1000 page views! Not bad, considering I revived it not three weeks ago.

And no, it's not just M and me clicking away furiously to make up the numbers. I can't say the same about J though. What he gets up to on the i-pad when I am not watching is for him to know and for me to find out. Well, what better way to celebrate(!) than to make some banana and Nutella muffins.

22 Jul 2013

Easy Paper Flowers

J loves playing with paper, scrunching it, tearing it into tiny bits, waving it about, scribbling on it, anything but folding it! Instead of using good quality paper,  we usually pick up some of the unwanted leaflets and newspapers that always seem to find their way into the house, mostly via the letterbox.

Easy Paper Flowers

While he busies himself doing his thing,  I use the opportunity to let the creative juices flow and practice my own paper folding. Not necessarily origami,  as sometimes I do bring out the scissors and sticky tape or glue. Needless to say, J always wants to have a go at whatever it is that I have in my hands!  I have let him use the glue, but have successfully managed to keep him away from my scissors. So far. (I really need to buy him a pair of kiddy scissors).

We used to make some very easy paper flowers as children. Vasanta used to string these flowers and hang them all over the house as decorations during poojas (Hindu worship) and festivals. I have managed to improvise on and recreate these flowers, initially with newspaper,  and then with colour paper. All with a bit of help from J (he helped by falling asleep :-D ).

17 Jul 2013

Top 10 Toddler Must-Reads

Recommended by J 

Endorsed by Aai and Baba - that's Mum and Dad to you!

Top 10 Toddler must-reads

  1. Schnitzel Von Krumm Forget-Me-Not by Lynley Dodd
  2. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney 
  3. You’re All My Favourites by Sam McBratney
  4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle    
  5. I'm not cute by Jonathan Allen
  6. Honk! by Mick Inkpen
  7. Tales from Acorn Wood by Julia Donaldson
  8. Dog by Matthew Van Fleet
  9. Elmer's weather by David McKee
  10. Where's that monkey?  by Dan Crisp
  11. Rainbow Rob by don't know who  (Anonymous)
  12. Noisy Noisy Grrr by don't know who  (Anonymous)
  13. That's not my lion by Fiona Watt

15 Jul 2013

J's First Ramble

So we are back to where it all began all those years ago. Back to writing about rambling through the English countryside. The only difference being this time we were accompanied by our little son J. And it was not really the countryside we went walking in.

J's First Ramble

Our sojourn this Sunday morning took us to Sale Water Park. It was recommended to us by a friend who often goes cycling there. There has always been a body of water near all my previous homes, be it a lake, a river, the sea or an ocean. I have sorely missed Tynemouth Beach ever since we relocated from Newcastle. The only water that I have found in Sale is the Bridgewater Canal (long narrow stretches of water don't do it for me). The Salford Quays have been some consolation. I had to check out this lake and river that are on my doorstep,  but have remained elusive for over a year. 

12 Jul 2013

Picnic in a Park

There is nothing better than a picnic in a park to keep a toddler happily occupied on a hot summer's day. Even better if you can share it with a friend. So that is exactly what my son and I set out to do this morning. 
Stuff to pack when organising a picnic with a toddler:
- food, lots of it. A wide variety of things they usually enjoy plus a couple of treats, preferably healthy ones.They still invariably catch you out as I learned today,  when J (my son) tried to eat his friend E's picnic!
- drinks, again,  lots of 
- a hat, if they let you put it on their heads and then actually leave it on
- sunscreen, so you are not left worrying about whether the hat has stayed put on that little head
- a picnic mat to rest weary little bums on
-the usual essentials you wouldn't leave home without when you are Mum to a tot - spare nappies,  wipes, tissues,  nappy sacs
- do not forget the toys - a ball or a frisbee  should generally suffice

8 Jul 2013

Aloo tikki (spicy potato patties)

My little boy loves to help me with all my household chores. Or at least he thinks he is lending me a big helping hand. The truth is it only adds to the burgeoning mess that is omnipresent in our house, and takes twice as long to get anything done. It also helps hone my multitasking. One eye on the task at hand, another on my little helper. If my back is turned,  both ears tuned in to toddler sounds - crash, bang, thump, thud, chatter chatter. No sound means drop whatever it is I am doing and run to make sure everything is alright.

4 Jul 2013

The intervening years... and the inspiration

A lot has happened since I last blogged on Walkalong.  6 years,  2 jobs,  4 house-moves, a few more walks that I will not be blogging about.  Most importantly,  the one chance happening that has completely transformed my life. I had my baby. Nothing has been the same since.
The intervening years... and the inspiration

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