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Archive for December, 2011

Christmas message 2011

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Ever since I first started my blog back in 2005 I have created a Christmas message and made a donation to a worthwhile cause. A reminder that whilst it’s great to receive at Christmas it’s also a time to give; not just to give to those from whom you expect a present in return, but […]

Crafts – Christmas Picture (Christmas Tree and Snowman)

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

This years Christmas craft picture is a large Christmas Tree and Snowman. This giant craft picture is the first we’ve made since I mounted a dedicated craft board to the wall. The board is a piece of MDF that I got had the local B&Q to cut to size. The board is much better than […]

Christmas Santa Special – Midlands Railway at Butterley / Swanwick

Monday, December 19th, 2011

We had visited Midlands Railway Centre at Butterley once before. This wasn’t our first choice for the Santa special, but that was due to the distance from home rather than having anything against the railway as we had certainly had a good day out previously. We booked on the earliest train of the day which […]

Crafts with kids – 3D snowflake Christmas decoration

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Make your own 3D snowflake using only plain paper, sellotape and staples. This is inspired by the Wiki How guide to making a 3D snowflake. My first attempt didn’t work out too well as the cuts were not uniform between the different points of the snow flake. So I created a template to make it […]

Recipe Mince Pies

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Here is a recipe for easy home-made mince pies. It’s a slight variation on the traditional pies recipe with a sweeter pastry. This recipe is great for cooking with kids. You can make your own mincemeat, but it’s easier using a standard jar of good quality mincemeat. Makes 12 mince pies Ingredients Pastry 225g plain […]

Magical Winter Wonderland at Twinlakes Theme Park, Melton Mowbray, Leicstershire

Monday, December 12th, 2011

The Magical Winter Wonderland at Twinlakes Theme Park provides all the usual Theme Park attractions with an visit from Santa and some added Christmas special features. This is the second time we have visited Twinlakes. Our previous visit was during spring (previous visit to Twinlakes Theme Park) which we enjoyed. Whilst some of the theme […]

Wooden Train Set – suitable for toddlers or minimum age 3+ ?

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Wooden train sets have been a popular toy with children for many years and doesn’t seam to be losing popularity. Many parents will have experienced that time when trying to get on with their shopping whilst your toddler wants to play with the wooden train set on display in a toy shop. The main advantage […]

Review of Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 – Android Tablet

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

This is a first impression of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 running Android. This is just a first impression at this stage as I have not yet had time to fully investigate the capability of the Android tablet. This is a review of the 16GB Eee Pad version. There is a new Eee Transformer […]

Worcester Victorian Market and Christmas Fayre

Monday, December 5th, 2011

This is the first time we have visited the Worcester Victorian Market and Christmas Fayre, but it won’t be our last. We didn’t have much time to spend at the Christmas Victorian Fayre. Unlike some of the other markets the Victorian Fayre at Worcester is held on only one weekend of the year; normally the […]


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