It seems like a long time has passed since those three idyllic days in Hampshire. The clear blue sky and swimming outdoors temperatures, those days that we have now classed as our summer, having given up on any reemergence of the sun this year. Long gone! Continue Reading
This is another post inadvertently about money. I’m beginning to sound like a broken record. I’ll try to post about daisies and cuddly toys and marshmallows from now on. Some less practical things. But, whilst I’m here, today’s post is about decluttering, recycling and earning a bit of cash in the meantime. Continue Reading
As you may know, having lost the City salary I am very conscious of our spending. So, every now and again I like to post on the bargains that I find. The value and the quality but at cheaper prices. Today’s little snippet is all about charcuterie and the prize for the best taste a low prices goes to the outsider again – Lidl. Their salami with fennel seeds, from their Deluxe collection is absolutely delicious and a offers very unique taste. From the same Deluxe collection try the Prosciutto Cotto, Crudo and the Bresaole. Made in Italy with a taste to rival your local up-market deli but at Lidl prices. All at £1.99 – a bargain! Continue Reading
It’s been a while since I updated on this and another term, another season has gone by.Toddler PCG has been attending religiously every Monday with our au pair and yesterday the day came that she attended her last Monkey Music. She was quite upset! She’s leaving us at the end of the week. She wants her independence, who can blame her; she’s 25 and wants to put down roots here in London, where she wants to stay.
Luckily, she’s found a flat 5 minutes down the road so she’s not going far but she will be sorely missed.
She is our second au pair and arrived with little experience; much less than our previous one who was qualified with very young children but who left us just the same a couple of months after arriving, having decided that she wanted to travel and that being an au pair made her feel ‘trapped’ ( thanks for that!). Cyrielle on the other hand has blossomed into a brilliant child minder, sometimes, I feel, more responsible than I am! I don’t even need to mention sunscreen when they are off to the park and its sunny – once was enough.
So this is a lament from her to Monkey Music with Alexander and a lament from me to our lovely au pair.
In the meantime, I’m going to spend some quality time with Alexander and go with him to Monkey Music. I was always secretly a little jealous of not being the one there with him. Joining in, holding his hand as we danced around or him sitting with me to play the instruments. It’s a real ‘hands-on’ class. Magical and imaginative and musical. A combination that has yet to be rivalled anywhere by any other classes. The good thing is that there are different levels for the different age groups which develop the baby through to the child each in a relevant and fun way. So , we are losing a member of live-in family and I’m gaining some fun me – time with my little boy. I’d better make the most of it because our new au pair starts soon and she’ll get to do the monkeying around! I have high hopes. Keep you posted. Continue Reading