28 May 2015

Half term May-Hem at Brewers Fayre

If you are stuck for something to do this half-term, there is no need to fret. Just head to your nearest Brewers Fayre`. They have scheduled a programme of activity mornings throughout May half-term.

That’s exactly what we did today morning. The sun was still being elusive, so J and I decided to head to our local Brewers Fayre to unleash our creativity, his more than mine.

Half term May-Hem at Brewers Fayre

We were supplied with crayons and Beano worksheets on arrival. So J started off spotting the differences, forming pairs and finding hidden words. I was impressed that he was able to spot words in a maze of letters. The child can only identify the alphabet visually and phonetically. He cannot actually comprehend the written word. But he was happy to pick out a S-P-L-A-T from the jumble. Good job he wasn’t too bothered about the meaning!

26 May 2015

Aqua Dragons Jurassic Time Travel Eggspedition with LED lights

J is learning all about growth at nursery school. They have been watching potatoes sprout, growing their own cress and waiting for very hungry caterpillars to morph into butterflies. And he has been going on about wanting a pet. There is absolutely no way I am getting him a dog or a cat or a fish or a rabbit. At least not until he is old enough to care for them with minimal adult supervision.

When I heard about Aqua Dragons, they seemed like just the things to introduce J to the idea of having his own pet, while at the same time reinforcing the concept of growth he has been learning about. They sounded fascinating, with their 200 million year history. J knows all about dinosaurs (who doesn’t), so the Aqua Dragons would be a lovely way to talk about evolution, fossils and extinction with him. Perhaps not in so many words, but they could help with ideas about time and life.

The Aqua Dragons Jurassic Time Travel Eggspedition with LED lights arrived in the post to tremendous excitement in the C-house. The Aqua Dragons EggSpedition tank is made of plastic and sits on a LED light base unit that houses the two AAA batteries. I was really pleased that the batteries were included with the unit. The last thing you want is wait to buy new batteries, when all you want to do is see how your new toy operates.

19 May 2015

Quay House Beefeater Grill and Restaurant

The sun is playing hide and seek behind a curtain of clouds as we make our way to the waterfront at Salford Quays. Oblivious to the cool wind, the watersports centre is bustling with people honing their skills. We pull our jackets close as we enter the warm and welcoming interiors of the Quay House Beefeater Grill and Restaurant.

Quay House Beefeater Grill and Restaurant

17 May 2015

Yondi Panda by Trunki

Our J loves to fall fast asleep in the car. The canny lad even times his naps to coincide with motorway journeys. “Are we going on a motorway, Aai?” invariably means, “I am really very sleepy, but will only do so once we hit the road. That way, I save precious play time.”

This was all okay till J moved out of his forward facing stage 1 car seat into a stage 2 booster with a much straighter back. Every time the child dozed off, his head would loll all the way forward till his nose almost touched his tummy. Not comfortable, even for a child whose flexibility rivals that of Lewis Smith.

Yondi Panda by Trunki

14 May 2015

What's The Time, Clockodile - Book Review

You know how hairdressers always have fascinating tales to share? Mine once told me about this lady who couldn't tell the time. She could in a way, but only using a digital watch. The poor thing could not read the hands of a traditional clock. My lovely hairdresser, bless her, attributed this to laziness. People just forget what they learned growing up in favour of easier options. Like reading a number display on a mobile phone or a digital watch instead of telling time off clock hands.

That may well be the case when my little J is all grown up. Why, people may have forgotten what a hand-written note looks like. It does not mean he should not learn to tell the time properly, using the big and little hands off the face of a clock.

                   What's The Time, Clockodile - a book by Little Tiger Press UK

There are ways and means to make telling time fun for little ones. What's The Time, Clockodile aims to do just that. This latest offering from the printers at Little Tiger Press UK aims to help children tell the time with a clickety-clackety clock.

10 May 2015

Bella Italia - a Restaurant Review

“I want to come here every day!” declares J as we sit tucking into the most delicious bread basket. The setting is Bella Italia in Didsbury, a bustling Manchester suburb. We are there on bank holiday Monday to check out the new refurbishment and enjoy a relaxed family meal.

Bella Italia, Italian restaurant in Didsbury

7 May 2015

Blog On MOSI 2015

Remember that photo I published on my blog on Sunday? There was much speculation about what it was. The time has come to reveal all. The photo was taken on Saturday  as part of the photography workshop at Blog On. It's a weaving loom in the Cottonopolis section of the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Manchester.

Let's start at the beginning and go through the events that led to that intriguing photo. It all began a few months ago when I bought a ticket to my first Blog On. Last Saturday saw me haul a large empty suitcase up the stairs of the MOSI to attend what promised to be an exciting day in the company of fellow bloggers.

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