It’s a London Thing

I love London.

I feel lucky that we live close enough to visit whenever we want to, for whatever reason. Whether it’s a day out the kids, a night on the tiles or to attend a blogging event or work related function. I just love being there, right in the thick of it. I enjoy walking around, admiring the buildings, the streets, the history. I just love the whole vibe.

Back in the half term I had been invited, along with the children to go on board the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, to test out a new App and I thought I’d make the most of the day by asking a friend if she wanted to come along too with her two girls. My friend is also a London fan and the kids all get along so I didn’t need to ask twice. We planned a whole day of London fun and the weather was glorious, almost like a summer’s day…. which was a real bonus!

We headed to the Cutty Sark first to test out the App, more on that in a separate post to follow…. but this was fabulous because even though we’ve been to Greenwich before and looked at the Cutty Sark, we haven’t yet been on board so this was a treat!

cutty sarkThe kids loved it on board the Cutty Sark. Lots to see and fun craft activities underneath!

After a yummy lunch in Nando’s over looking the Thames we headed over to the Emerates Cable cars which are nearby in North Greenwich. These cable cars which ‘fly’ over the Thames are a relatively new tourist attraction and lots of people still don’t know they are there. The cost to go on is around £3.50, same as a cheap tube fair, it’s even cheaper if you have an Oyster card! You can’t do much for £3.50 in London these days let’s face it, so this a a fabulous experience for everyone!

cable cars LondonGetting the jumping camera shot in! This was late afternoon and the sky was starting to turn pink as the sun was setting, a lovely backdrop with the cable cars in the distance.

emirates cable cars londonSome fun cable car selfie’s!

The cable cars are a definite must do! I have to admit to being slightly terrified as we stepped on and the doors closed (as it was moving), then as we ascended my fears didn’t subside! Everyone else loved at, my twins weren’t frightened at all, neither was my friend or her children… but my daughter was, so I had to hold it together for her! I didn’t start to relax until we reached the highest point, then I began to enjoy it. The views are beautiful, as one would expect, this is London after all….. and it was exciting! I’d like to go back soon and give it another go, this time I’ll try to enjoy the journey from the start!

By the time we had finished it was going dark, it crept up all of a sudden and we still wanted to see the poppies at the Tower of London! It was a race against time then really, but of course we just missed a train, meaning it would be properly be dark by the time we reached them.

I had been looking forward to taking my daughter to see the poppies as she had been asking for a while, so I felt a little disappointed that we wouldn’t see them in daylight. But actually, when we arrived, even though it was dark, the lights that were shining across the memorial and the fact that it was relatively quieter, made it seem ever so serene and all  the more poignant. We had been told that earlier in the day it had been incredibly busy and that we definitely did the right thing coming down at that time!

tower poppies

Not the clearest of photo’s I know, but my camera decided to play up (as it sometimes does, I really should invest in a new one!) so I only had my iphone, which usually takes better photo’s than this! But never mind, we were there and it was everything we thought it would be. We stood, stared, admired and remembered.

tower of london poppies darkWe’d nipped into Costa for a hot chocolate treat first…. the children love it!

 It had been a positively fantastic day out, didn’t get home until a reasonably late time and were all suitably shattered!

Perfect!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Paddington Trail

I don’t know about you, but if like me, you live in or near London, you may have seen some of the ‘Paddington Bear’ statues suddenly appearing and dotted around in Central London. Have you wondered what they’re all about? Obviously we know that there’s a brand new feature film about him to be released in the UK very soon so I was taking a guess they were something to do with that… a little bit of a publicity stunt!

And I was right, the wonderful statues DO have something to do with the new film but there’s a bit more to them than simply promoting a new movie!

In association with the NSPCC, VistLondon.com and Studio Canal, the amazing Paddington Bears have all been designed by celebrities such as David Beckham…. who’s bear is calledGolden Paws’, Emma Watson… ‘Flutterby’, Benedict Cumberbatch…. ‘Sherlock Bear’, Peter Capaldi ‘Paddington Who?’…. also Stephen Fry’s ‘Paddington is GREAT’, Nicole Kidman’s ‘Blush’ and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s ‘The Bear of London’ (shown in the picture above) which has been inspired by London – from Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral to Tower Bridge – this Paddington wears his love for London on his sleeve.

The Paddington Bears are a new, temporary tourist attraction whereby we are invited to find them all by going on a ‘Paddington Trail’ across the Capital!

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said, “London has a fine tradition of welcoming visitors from overseas and Paddington Bear is no exception. I hope Londoners and visitors to our great capital will follow the trail and perhaps offer him a Marmalade sandwich or two wherever they find him.”

Visitors will be able to follow in the furry footsteps of the world’s favourite Peruvian explorer visiting locations across the capital from as far west as Heathrow through to the O2 in the east, taking in some of London’s key cultural and landmark hotspots such as The Royal Opera House, Museum of London, Horse Guards Parade, the Museum of Childhood, Selfridges and, of course, Paddington Station.

Hugh Bonneville, who plays Mr Brown in the forthcoming PADDINGTON film, joined fashion designer, Lulu Guinness and others to reveal their designs ahead of the overnight installation of all 50 bear statues in time for fans and visitors to London to see them in all their glory, up close and personal from Tuesday 4 November.

London based design company 3DEye has helped to create the three foot six inch tall statues, which will be auctioned online by Christie’s from 10 December to raise vital funds for the NSPCC and its ChildLine service, helping to ensure that children and young people have someone to turn to in times of need in the same way as Mr and Mrs Brown were there for Paddington.

Peter Wanless, CEO of the NSPCC said: “It’s so exciting to see the capital being taken over by this famous duffle coat wearing bear, and I hope that Londoners and visitors to the capital alike will enjoy exploring The Paddington Trail over the coming weeks. In the Paddington stories, Aunt Lucy implored Londoners to ‘please look after this bear’ and we’ll be giving people the chance to do just that when the statues are auctioned off later in the year in support of our ChildLine service.”

Other designers include stars of the Paddington film Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters and Ben Whishaw, Hollywood actor Michael Sheen, director Guy Ritchie, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, globally renowned photographer Rankin, leading fashion designer Matthew Williamson, painter and street artist Inkie, illustrator Hannah Warren, presenters Davina McCall, Ant McPartlin & Declan Donnelly and Jonathan Ross, explorer and survival expert Bear Grylls, and both Chelsea football team and the England rugby union team.

The final four statue designers were also revealed as: celebrated artist Marc Quinn, world renowned architect Zaha Hadid, supermodel Kate Moss whose ‘Goldiebear’ is currently in the Christmas themed window of Selfridges and Hollywood superstar Sandra Bullock who has created a GRAVITY inspired design of Paddington in an astronaut’s outfit which will be hung from the ceiling at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

Paddington’s origins date back almost sixty years to when his creator, Michael Bond, bought a small bear from Selfridges on Christmas Eve 1956, as a present for his wife, and named him after the nearest railway station to which they lived.

Selfridges is the Trail’s retail partner and will be selling a selection of statue miniatures from a dedicated Paddington concept store showcasing a variety of Paddington related products and artifacts.  The Paddington Curiosity Shop has been created especially to celebrate the historic link between the store and the famous bear as well as raising funds for the NSPCC and its ChildLine service.

In Michael Bond’s original tales, the young bear finds himself alone in a big and unfamiliar city.  Taken in by the Brown family, he finds a warm welcome and a safe place to stay and sets out to discover more about his adopted city.

Due for release in UK cinemas on 28 November 2014, the big screen debut of PADDINGTON will showcase many of the trail locations in the capital, including his first port of entry – Paddington station. The film from Heyday Films and STUDIOCANAL is written and directed by Paul King (Bunny and the Bull, The Mighty Boosh) produced by David Heyman (Gravity, Harry Potter) and boasts an all-star cast including Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Jim Broadbent and Nicole Kidman with Ben Whishaw as the voice of PADDINGTON.

I want to take my own children on some of the Paddington Trails… or maybe squeeze them all into one action packed day! It looks so much fun and considering my children have been banging on about the film for a while now (they can’t wait to see it!) I’m sure they will absolutely go crazy over these bears! There isn’t much time to decide whether you should go as they won’t be around for very long…. so don’t miss out, make sure you see the fantastic Paddington Bears while you can…..

To find out more about The Paddington Trail, head over to the Visit London website where you can also see all of the bears that are currently on show.

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For further details on the Paddington movie, visit www.paddington.com

 

 

Project 365 and Diary Update 2014 Week 46

Not long to go now until the end of the year and the end of Project 365 for 2014. Taking a photo a day has been way more difficult than I imagined and I love getting the old iPhone out at every opportunity, but ensuring a photo has been taken every single day is not easy when I’m extremely busy and not doing something that immediately makes me reach for the camera! This project has made me a lot more aware of photo’s and making the most of any mundane situation! As you have probably noticed over the weeks!! There’s been lots of very mundane images over the year but hey, that’s what it’s all about really. This is real life.

I’m immensely proud I’ve got this far, considering many people have dropped out of the project because of the reasons I’ve mentioned, and I’m absolutely determined to finish the year!

So, week 46. What have we been doing this week? Well I’ve been working, I’ve been doing the school runs, I’ve been helping with homework, I’ve been shopping, I’ve been to a blogging event, I’ve been keeping on top of the household chores and duties and I’ve been hounding Teen to revise. Just a usual week in the life of me then!

Week 46

project 365 week 46 2014Day 313 – Sunday 9th November - Dinner at Nannie’s house and H cuddling her lovely little doggie.

Day 314 - The twins have started library again at school after the half term and H brought this book home. It’s a technology book with tiny writing and lots of scientific facts. Perfect for a 5yr old, NOT! How the hell was he supposed to read THAT?!! Ridiculous that he wasn’t coaxed into choosing something more suitable.

Day 315 - O and H in their new winter coats from Next.

Day 316 - All three of my boys were snuggling up in bed after school watching The Lego Movie on DVD. Aww I love seeing them like this, so cuddly and cosy when it was wet and miserable outside. My girl was having fun at her school disco!

Day 317 - Thursday seems to be events day! Next was last week, today it was Mothercare. I always have a lovely time with the Mothercare team so I like to make sure I can attend. This photo shows some of the amazing Little Bird range by Jools Oliver. So retro and gorgeous.

Day 318 - Children in Need day at school and the infants could go in dressed in spots or as superheroes. Here are my two dressed as Iron Man and Spiderman!

Day 319 - Saturday was spent looking at a couple of Colleges for Teen for next year. At the moment he’s planning to stay on at school for 6th form but he is keeping his options open and finding out what Colleges have to offer. It was an interesting day. OH was working so the younger ones tagged along. Grabbed this shot in McDonalds where we stopped off for a quick lunch!

Hope you’ve all had a good week! Back next week with more Project 365.
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Peppa Pig’s Big Splash

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Peppa Pig is back and live on stage at the Criterion Theatre, London in time for Christmas, and here at Mummy Endeavours I have a family ticket to giveaway to see the show!

Join in the fun with Peppa, George and their friends in Peppa Pig’s Big Splash on Tuesday 9 December at 11 am!

The nursery roof is leaking and Peppa and her friends need to fix it quickly. They set up a fete to raise the money for Mr Bull to do the repairs. There’s plenty of fun to be had as Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy Pig, as well as Danny Dog, Pedro Pony and Suzy Sheep put up bunting, run stalls and organise a great day out.

There’s also a Champion Puddle Jumping competition judged by Mr Potato where everyone gets wet and Peppa needs to find her Golden Boots. It’s another all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles is guaranteed for all the family.

I don’t think there are any kids at all who don’t love Peppa Pig, and what better way to treat them this Christmas than a trip into the West End to see their favourite characters live on stage?

For your chance to win a family ticket to see Peppa Pig’s Big Splash at the CRITERION THEATRE on TUESDAY 9 DECEMBER at 11 am, please answer the question below:

What is the name of Peppa’s father?

  1. Daddy Pig
  2. Pappa Pig
  3. Father Pig

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A family ticket is for 4 people, minimum 1 adult. The tickets are non-transferable. There are no cash alternatives, accommodation or travel included in this prize.

Best of luck :)

 

Peppa Pigs Big Splash is at the Criterion Theatre, Piccadilly from 2 December to 4 January. For further show information and performance dates and times: www.peppapiglive.com

 

Project 365 and Diary Update 2014 – Weeks 43 44 and 45

Project 365 is a photo a day, taken every single day for a whole year. I have another bumper three weeker today. The last few weeks have flown by, as they always do.

Week 43

Week 43 was a busy one and left me feeling exhausted. I really was chasing my tail this week.

project 365 2014 week 43Day 292 – Sunday 19th October - A lovely sunny day so I took the kiddies to the park, they rode their bikes. It’s nice to get out and make the most of the sunshine.

Day 293 - A meeting at Teen’s school 6th Form. Having a look around for next year. I can’t believe we’re doing this…. it seems 5 minutes ago that he started secondary school.

Day 294 - Another meeting at Teen’s school, this time it was to learn how we can help our children revise for their GCSE’s next summer. Learning how to mind map here, AND we were tested (hehe)! Quite an interesting and helpful evening.

Day 295 - O fell over at school on the playground bless him, banged and grazed his little forehead. Poor baby.

Day 296 - O and H have really got into colouring in and drawing lately. This makes me very happy.

Day 297 - A trip to Toys R Us and the obligatory ride around on one of their bikes/scooters (or whatever it is!)

Day 298 - My Girl at a gymnastics competition. She’s not doing it as much these days, the hours they were expecting were too long so we have cut back a little. But she still enjoys it very much.

Week 44

Week 44 was Half Term.  Started off great with a trip to London, but got progressively worse as the week wore on. My little girl became ill and we missed two blogging events at the end of the week, which would’ve been fun for the kids but we couldn’t go. My poor girl was so ill.

project 365 2014 week 44Day 299 – Sunday 26th October - Our rabbit.

Day 300 - Monday, first day of half term and we enjoyed a trip into London with friends. We had an event on board the Cutty Sark which was fun and we also enjoyed a ride on the Emirates Cable Cars. It was going dark by the time we reached the Tower of London but the sight of the poppies was still poignant.

Day 301 - Ringlets in  my daughters hair today! She was going to her friends house for a sleepover and wanted curls!

Day 302 - O and H climbed into bed with me every morning of the holidays (which I love) and they cuddle me and each other…. so adorable.

Day 303 - My poor unwell little girl. She had been sick at her sleepover the night before and just wanted Mummy cuddles today.

Day 304 - Halloween, but we didn’t celebrate this year. My Girl was still unwell and my twins weren’t bothered so we cancelled it! Here is H at a friends bowling party… a fun day was had anyway!

Day 305 - Last minute shopping on Saturday for Teens upcoming birthday. Stopped off for a hot chocolate break in Costa :)

Week 45

Week 45 and all was not well. I came down with my daughter sickness on Sunday, which also meant we had to cancel another fab blogging event. We had been invited to the Premiere of Christmas film, Nativity 3, which all four of my children were looking forward to immensely. In other news, all back to school for the kids and back to normality.

project 365 week 45Day 306 – Sunday 2nd November - This was the day I felt at my worst and was in bed from lunchtime. Yuk. This is a photo from later in the week that I have used, I’m sure no one will mind that it wasn’t taken on the day and will let me off just this once!! My little girl bit her gingerbread man into the shape of a heart for me :)

Day 307 - Monday was Teen’s 16th birthday.

Day 308 - Bonfire night and sparkler fun.

Day 309 - Wednesday I nipped into my local town as I needed to get a few bits and on the spur of the moment I bagged myself a brand new haircut. I was feeling a little down after being unwell and needed cheering up. I had quite a lot of hair cut off and a fringe cut in, so quite dramatic. Not a great photo, admittedly.

Day 310 - Thursday I was at the Next Spring 2015 event.

Day 311 - Another little flower that one of my boys picked for me at school pick up time.

Day 312 - Taste testing event for the new kids range at Ocado!

 

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