Saturday, 9 June 2018

The English Heritage Festival Kent 2018

We recently went to The English Heritage Festival in Kent and were blessed with lovely sunshine and 4 happy children to spend the day with. The festival is hosted every year and features stalls, homemade food, crafts, activities for all ages, singing, music, characters and so much more.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Book Review: The Adventures of Eric The Spider

About The Book

Eric may only be a little spider, but that doesn't stop him from having some big adventures! 

When a spider, with big, long, spider legs, is spotted behind a curtain he seems a little scary. Luckily, he is quickly caught in a box full of socks and named Eric. 

But when Eric steals the socks (and a bike!) and goes on the run it is up to a diligent policeman to find the right sock-footed spider, stop Eric and rescue the bike! 

Join Eric on his adventures as he escapes with some socks, flees from a birthday party, and goes camping on a very, very wet day in this beautifully illustrated rhyming book.

What Did we Think?

We have a little bit of a spider phobia in this house so I was unsure if the children would even want to settle down with me and give Eric the Spider a go. Lily and Alfie in particular are not fans of our 8 legged friends...I of course was all wrong and The Adventures of Eric the Spider has been welcomed into our reading pile with giggles and smiles. We all loved Eric's adventures and the mischief he gets up to. Alfie and James really loved the illustrations and I found the book was most suited to their age group (7) as opposed to their 10 and 9 year old siblings.

We give The Adventures of Eric the Spider 5/5 and plan to add the rest of the collection to our reading pile one day too!

Information about the Book

Author: Elaine Madle
Illustrator: Shaun Madle
Release Date: 22nd May 2018
Genre: Picture Book
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Format: Paperback

About The Author

Living  in  Essex,  Elaine  Madle  works  as  a  support  worker  for  adults  with  learning  difficulties.  In  her  spare  time  she  loves  creating  stories  especially  since  becoming  a  grandmother  for  the  first  time.  Her  brother  and  illustrator  Shaun  Madle  who  has  always  been  supportive  of  her  writing,  has  provided  a  series  of  unique  watercolour  illustrations  in  order  to  bring  her  characters  to  life.  

This is a Blog Tour!

Please check out the other bloggers who have also reviewed The Adventures of Eric The Spider and see what they all thought of this fab new children's book!

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Mr Snuffles Birthday: Children's Book Review

About the Book

Title: Mr Snuffles’ Birthday
Author: David Greaves
Illustrator: Emily Wallis
Release Date: 1st May 2018
Genre: Picture Book
 mPublisher: Clink Street Publishing
Format: Paperback

What Did We Think?

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Goodbye Cornwall

Today I leave Cornwall.

If you had said to me several years ago that I would be leaving this part of the world, I would've laughed in your face and shook my head (and probably apologise for being rude because you know, it's me). The point is, I would never have believed anyone. I always believed I would grow old here and I certainly didn't think I could leave my parents, my aunt and my Gran down here without me.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Our Easter

The Easter holidays are now over and whilst we have been away in Kent we have been doing some home school bits as well as taking advantage of a more lax routine.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

From 2 to 4...


It's never going to be easy raising children. Just when I think with my 2 that I've sussed a load of stuff out they chuck something new at me.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Our Plans to Home School

On the 29th March it's the last day of school for many children up and down the country as they all break up for the Easter holidays. For L and A it's also the last day but with a bit of a difference: they won't be going back...