Sunday, 31 August 2014

Black & White Project Week 8

The mouse took a stroll through a deep dark wood...from our visit along the Gruffalo trail at Sherwood Pines this week.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

The Gruffalo Trail at Sherwood Pines

After a lot of rain and rubbish weather, Wednesday saw a break with some nice sunshine, so I packed up a picnic and some games and headed to Sherwood Pines to walk round the Gruffalo Trail and a few hours in the fresh air.

First we went to meet the Gruffalo, the attention to detail was great with the purple prickles on his back and the wart on the end of his nose. The kids loved him and gave him a big hug!

It was easy to spot the trail from the path with lots of brightly coloured bunting leading the way.

First we stopped and saw the mouse, we've read this story so many times it wasn't difficult to tell it to them as we walked through the forest.

Along the way there were lots of signs which gave you tasks to do, such as listen out for sounds you can here and spot colours in the forest.

Next was a sign asking us to make a character from the book out of things from the forest floor,  we chose to make the snake out of pine cones and a rock, it looks really good with the pine cone seeds looking like scales.

Next we had to move like the different creatures in the book, can you slither like a snake or stomp like a Gruffalo. 

Next we took a detour to look round some houses and play a game of hide and seek, spotting what bugs we could see under old bits of bark and then onto building a den. This is a really great way of getting the children to work together and I loved den building when I was younger.

Time for a climb...

After a few hours on the park, a hot chocolate and ice cream stop we headed back to the car but before we came home we had time to look in the woods again. My daughter adding to the collection of pine cones we have and my son making himself a stick man complete with sword and shield. 

This park is a great place to visit if you like biking, playing or just exploring.

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

A Day of Athletics Fun at Sainsbury's Birmingham Grand Prix

This Sunday we got to spend several hours watching some of Britain's most fantastic athletes, I hadn't heard of the Sainsbury's Birmingham Grand Prix before, but it was a wonderful event for all the family, with lots to watch and take part in.

Settling down to watch the athletes, we were handed clappers, bands and flags as we walked in these were an instant hit with the kids.

We had really great seats, sat in front of the long jump and triple jump which I think are just brilliant events.

All of the events were exciting and whether British or from abroad the athletes got a massive applause and the atmosphere was electric.

After winning the 400m race we got to meet the very inspiring Christine Ohuruogu, she was absolutely lovely and I just love this picture of her and my son. He'd asked her how many times a week she trains....her answer, and that of the others, six times a week! I think you'll agree that is dedication and I am ashamed that for me running up the stairs is hard work!

The rest of the athletes were all as equally lovely and all had stories to tell about how they got in to their sport and their daily routine, I think you can tell I was a little star struck!

From the box we had a great view of the sand pit or the long jumpers, Greg Rutherford and Chris Tomlinson were brilliant to watch, as were all of the triple and long jumpers, getting the crowd to join in with clapping.

On to one of the races that everyone had been looking forward to, Mo Farah in the 2 mile race, he managed to break the British record that had stood for 36 years and by a whole 6 seconds. 

After the excitement of the 2 mile race, we went on to some even more thrilling events with the T34 races taking place as well as the mens T11/12 long jump which we all loved watching.

But the races weren't the only thing that was there, outside of the stadium there was plenty to enjoy and burn off any excess energy. We all had a go at running, not sure if you can tell but I am a blur so obviously very quick ;)

There were lots of places for a picnic or food outlets if you prefer, there was also a soft play area in the magnum ice cream tent if you fancied something cooler and for somewhere to chill out.

Overall we had an amazing day and I wouldn't hesitate in going again next year or to something similar. Meeting some of the stars of the day made it a really great experience that we won't be forgetting any time soon.

NB We were given complimentary tickets for the grand prix, however all words, thoughts and pictures are my own.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Front Door Project

So after spending several days posing in front of the door at our holiday home and having serious door envy I have decided that it is time to do ours up.

Short of buying (or winning) a new door, there is only really the option of painting and making it look pretty, although this won't change the fact that it is a very drafty door!

So here is what we are up against, the hideous door number, I have been wanting to change it for ages but just haven't gotten round to it.

To replace it I was thinking of something like this, simple and a lot better.

The door is a hideous brown with random holes from previous door furniture and years of wear.

I am loving this colour paint from Farrow & Ball, with some new door furniture I think it would just look stunning or better still a complete new door in a similar gorgeous green.

The door handle is an awful gold and again from years of keys being turned in it has seen better days.

I really like this satin chrome, I think against the lovely green of the paint it would look much better, they also do a letterbox to match.

And then finally the light, I feel ashamed by the amount of cobwebs that you can see here but it is just such a neglected part of the house and real shouldn't be as it's the one people see first.

So I have found this one, I adore it! It is simply beautiful and if I could replace every light in the house with one I think would.

So as this project gets on the way I will be sure to add more ideas and update with changes in colour, I have no idea where to start on painting the door but I will give it a go!

Follow The Mummy Diary's board New Front Door on Pinterest. 

NB: This is my entry into the Yale Bloggers Competition (and what i'd do if I don't win).

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Disney on Ice Tour - 100 Years of Magic

You may have seen on the telly recently about the new Disney on Ice Tour, 100 Years of Magic. This is billed as, a celebration of 100 years of unforgettable characters and beloved stories bought to life on the ice, a skating spectacular filled with magical Disney moments you'll remember forever.

I don't think there are many of us that haven't enjoyed a Disney movie at some point in our lives, and all of us will have our favourite characters. My daughter loves all of the princesses and my son, well probably a mixture of everyone, he used to adore Mickey and even now will sit and watch him. 

Me, I love Aladdin, it has wonderful characters, singing and my favourite of them all, Genie.

The tour is heading to some great cities around the UK so why not stay in a hotel close to the venue and make a weekend of it, here is my guide to a few of cities on the tour.

How about Birmingham for shopping at the Bull Ring, jewellery quarter and dinner at one of it's many restaurants. Or Manchester for it's fabulous museums and culture, if you haven't been to the Museum of Science and Industry, it is well worth a visit, and free as well!

For those further north then how about a trip to the wonderful city of Glasgow with it's Botanical Gardens, beautiful art and architectureThen top the day off with a memorable evening watching the Disney On Ice, 100 Years of Magic with your family.

With a short journey back to the hotel you don't have to worry about travelling home,  refreshed after a night’s sleep, you can be ready to enjoy the next day and more sightseeing or should you prefer shopping.  A great way to make special memories for you and your family and maybe visiting and falling in love with a new city and all it has to offer.

The Disney on Ice Tour will be appearing around the UK at the following locations:

Glasgow - Braehead Arena - 26th September - 5th October 2014
Newcastle - Metro Radio Arena - 7th - 12th October 2014    
Manchester - Phones 4u Arena - 15th - 19th October 2014  
Birmingham - National Indoor Arena - 22nd October - 2nd November 2014
Sheffield - Motorpoint Arena - 5th - 9th November 2014  
London - O2 Arena - 24th December 2014 - 4th January 2015           

More information on dates, locations etc can be found at

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