May 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

The first Happy Ears Party went absolutely brilliantly Saturday afternoon. Lots of positive feedback, maybe the best party cup cakes I’ve had for at least four years, a great crowd and an unforgettable introduction to Angel Bread (A unique Australian dough innovation..).



Ukulele Sessions

May 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

Just a reminder about the ukulele groups- basic info on the flyer- please get in touch with any further questions by Email:

The Library

May 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

I love books. Seems quite an obvious statement. I really hope that Erin will share my appreciation, an appreciation shared by Karen too. Our little girl has a plastic bath book on the subject of sea creatures which shes really devouring at present.

Last week on a very wet and unseasonably (or should that be unreasonably) cold day, we went to the children’s library on George iv Bridge . I remember as far back as my pre-school days, visiting the children’s section of Portslade and also Hove library, becoming deeply immersed in printed pages with colour packed images and silly humour. As i got a bit older and reading confidently i got into Roald Dahl in a big way. The first book i ever bought and read to myself(well my mum bought it- i chose it) was Georges Marvelous Medicine- a total classic. Karen found this brilliant website (The book people) where you can get a broad range of very reasonably priced books- and we purchased a Roald Dahl box set, including Georges Marvelous Medicine for £16.

I got the wee one a library card, it was free and Edinburgh Council don’t charge for overdue books on a kids card- all I needed was some photo ID adn bobs your uncle. Well not quite but  her first library book is a Bob Dylan number (or rather a story) called “The man who gave names to animals” which was drawn from a song on the album “Slow Train Coming” and illustrated by Jim Arnosky. We haven’t read it yet… as we’re still on the final chapter of “The Thief of Time” by Terry Pratchett, completion has been tantalisingly close for some time, But as soon as i get into the reading flow baby will generally indicate that she wants her milk. Maybe shes just gone off Terry Pratchett.

The little girl was really lucky at Christmas to get 3 personally signed books by local author Catherine Rayner, her books are just the kind i would have perused on my own first toddling forays into the library.

Though I’m all up for consuming books,  shes taking it a bit too literally at the moment- so until she finally gets some teeth and tires of chewing everything she sees, mum and dad will do the book handling. (unless the book is edible or made of something other than paper…)

A Toy Story

May 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today me and the wee one took a bus to George Street to provide some filling in the sandwich that was Breakfast and Baby Gymnastics (if you can imagine these two activities as individual slices of bread).

We easily managed to board a bus which had ample room and with no requirement to feel mildly guilty about occupying the space should  fellow parent have attempted  to board at a later stop (as nobody did).

Things were going well, we went to my work to drop something off where she met the consistently enthusiastic Rachel, they were both keen to make friends- and indeed they did. Next went to Boots and the little one was happily playing with her brightly colored material book, which is usually attached to the side of the pram. Not today.

We went to John Lewis where she commanded attention from random strangers who thought she was a boy.And from a slightly over zealous shop assistant who was trying to play with her- who was having none of it. She just gave me a look as if to say “who is this mentalist!” Bought some fabric to make seaweed for a undersea prop- but my eye was off the ball.

We walked home (we visited the Christian Aid book fair before  going to John Lewis and bought a 1970s book on making puppets for 20p)  It was a brisk walk- we had 15 minutes to get from John Lewis to Abbeyhill- which we managed , just, though got a bit overheated  in my unseasonably woolly jumper.

Success- you would have thought- Karen comes down the stair to do an olympic style hand-over and whisk the wee one off to meadowbank.

“You got the Nappies?”

“I did”

“Wheres her book?”

Oh dear…

Tidy Toddlers and Bouncing Babies

May 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Excellent turn out for the groups today, great energy from everyone and a resoundingly positive response. Its brilliant to see all the little ones developing in their own unique individual ways.

Its fantastic to have so much help from all the toddlers in tidying up too! I cant wait until the next groups on May 26th (such a shame  I can only do it once every 2 weeks at the moment. But watch this space…)

Summer, first love, first teeth etc.

May 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Yesterday went to see a mildly engaging, slightly personally resonant, but ultimately wispy movie which came across like really expensive handmade cloud of candy floss. There for one minute, gone the next. But it lasted for 2 hours and was called “Goodbye first Love” Bloke from the guardian seemed to like it though.

The little girl was in her usual agitated frame of mind for the first 5 minutes but she soon relaxed and indeed fell asleep with some wandering up and down the aisle. Heres the thing about the baby screenings:

I think the sound of your own baby crying sounds much louder than anyone elses.

When Your babys crying (or screaming) it always seems to be when all the others in the cinema  are being angelic and soundless, during a really quiet section of the film.

Why is that?

I spoke to a few mums and dads about the music groups and and hope to see some new faces tomorrow. The nice lady at The Cameo said she would take some fliers and hand them to people- which I think is great!


May 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

In the past we would occasionally treat ourselves to a cup cake from Bibi’s Bakery on Hanover Street, however the stairs up to the front door are a bit of a pain with the pram.  This has meant we have sought an alternative destination for our sugar fix & how glad we are that we had to.  The Cuckoo Bakery on Dundas Street is fantastic & their cupcakes are in a different league.  If you get some to take away & return in the future & reuse the box you’ll get a 10% discount. Yum

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