London Dreaming

I am in dire need of some ‘me’ time, and not just a snatched cuppa and a biscuit after the kids are in bed before I start on my to-do list. I mean a full day of my own company. As I was navigating through London yesterday on a packed rush hour bus with a buggy and a baby in a carrier I was a bit envious of all the people I saw just sat on their own, earphones in listening to music, even if they were on their way to work! I love London, and was born there in fact but visiting it with two children is always a bit of a hassle, especially when I’m on my own!

As the bus chugged away through east London I saw so many things I would have loved to stop and photograph (interesting buildings, graffiti…) and little coffee shops and independent clothes shops I’d love to spend time in. I’d love a full day out in London with just ME for company. Along with just wandering around taking things at my own pace with my camera in my bag instead of a bag of snacks and nappies there are a few things I would love to treat myself to

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A visit to the Chocolate Shop in Liberty of London would be on the agenda, and definitely no sharing to be done either! I’d probably stop and have a hot cup of tea and read a few chapters of my kindle whilst I was their in their always delightfully decorated cafe too!

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Next up would be a decadent experience at the Urban Retreat in Harrods, a Moroccan Hammam as I didn’t get to experience one in Marrakech when I went in November as I was pregnant! It’s a female only, three tier experience and it sounds delightful, starting with a warm steam room relaxation experience, then being cleansed (with black soap!) and bathed, and then another relaxation session with hot mint tea to replenish liquid levels. It sounds like bliss!

Lastly i’d treat myself to a show in the West End, something I’ve not done since we went to see Singing in the Rain when I was quite heavily pregnant with Athena! Going alone would mean not having to share my snacks and possibly even snagging a bargain single seat with a good view at the last minute! And of course in an ideal world, I’d be staying in a gloriously swish hotel to get an uninterrupted nights sleep, but that really is dreaming!

This is a collaborative post, all words and opinions are my own.

Days Out: Lewes

For my Mums birthday this year we went to spend a day in Lewes. I have been a few times before but never really done the touristy bits. We visited the Castle (well, what’s left of it) and also Anne of Cleves house. You can buy a joint ticket that gives you access to both of these for a reduced fee versus the single ticket price for each attraction. The castle has a lot of steps, but you can leave your buggy behind the ticket desk, which we did. Athena actually loved the stairs, and I had Arlo in a carrier so he didn’t mind them either! The view from the top is very impressive, and there are information plaques to explain the history and the surroundings.

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When she woke up we headed off through town and the Southover Grange Gardens which are gorgeous, and very well maintained, would be a perfect secluded picnic spot, and nice and enclosed for toddlers too!IMG_4224 IMG_4228

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Anne of Cleves house was fantastic, you can actually touch the things on display unlike so many other houses of this era! There was also a dressing up display should you fancy it! We had tea in the little garden outside, which can be visited by anyone, regardless of if you’ve paid to visit the house and is enclosed, so great for little people!

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Lewes is very hilly, the picture above doesn’t do the steepness justice but suffice to say Athena walked up and I pushed an empty pram, but had Arlo on my back! What with that hill and the steps at the Castle I definitely deserved a medal!

Have you ever been to Lewes? Any further recommendations for my next trip?

Stuff on a Sunday #43

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So I had a few weeks off from these weekly posts, and at first felt bad but thought at least I’m not writing them because I’m busy doing things and having fun, and then being exhausted from having fun/doing things… Anyway the last few weeks have been full of little days out, either to the park, play dates at friends, long walks along the beach (an 8 mile round trip pushing Athena and carrying Arlo no less!) and then on Friday just gone we spent the day at a local country park where there is a lake with a little padding beach and a dinosaur themed play-park. Obviously being the holidays it was heaving, and I did have a few minutes of panic where I lost sight of Athena! Tip: don’t dress your toddler in a sand coloured top when there is a mega sandpit to play in, and then try not to take your eyes off her even if the baby needs you… argh!!

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The weekend before last we spent the day at one of Sam’s cousins houses, they’ve just moved so are about an hour away from us now, and are expecting a third baby any time now! Athena spent the day running around their lovely house and garden, and her second cousins who are 5 and 7 were so good with her, and gave us all a magic show after lunch too!

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Sam is currently away on a snowboarding weekend in Germany somewhere so yesterday we headed off to see Steph and her son, who we hadn’t seen in over a year! RIdiculous, but Athena and D got on really well and we’re determined to get together more frequently! Rather alarmingly and very sadly there was a crash at the Shoreham air show where a plan crashed onto the main road which we had been on about an hour before, so my plans to pick up Skye and take her up to Devils Dyke were put on hold and the little people and I drove home avoiding the area. There was lots of injuries and devastatingly seven people died, I can’t stop thinking about all those people just having a nice day out watching the show and suddenly everything has changed for them and their families. I’m surprised there were no car-accidents on the roads around before that happened, as it was mesmerizing to watch the formations and things happening in the sky as a driver as it was!

I have just lost three hours to falling asleep whilst feeding Arlo in bed, so it’s almost 11pm and I still need to take some washing out, put some washing in and eat half a tub of Ben n Jerry’s before bed! He’s been a bit teethy-grumpy for the last few days, and also keeps wiggling backwards under the sofa and getting stuck… so I have to stop what i’m doing and fish him out and listen to Athena shout ARLO STUCK over and over! It’s a good thing he’s cute!

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