Autumn Salt Dough Leaves

autumn salt dough leaves Seren and I are working on an autumn themed sensory project at the moment. We are pulling together a sensory box, something a bit like this and we’re making and collecting various bits and pieces for it. Last weekend we made some cinnamon salt dough leaves using this tutorial from The Imagination Tree. We made up the dough together and Seren helped by mixing the dry ingredients. I told her we were making salt dough which is like play dough though it seemed a bit like we are making biscuits. She told me that you shouldn’t eat play dough as it will give you a tummy ache! We split the dry mixture into 4 separate bowls then I added the gel colours to hot water one by one and then added this to the dry mixture. I wanted to do this myself as I know how intense gel colour can be after ending up with black icing which was suppose to be lilac. You really only need a tiny bit! We started with yellow, then mixed yellow with a dash of red to make orange, then red on its own and finished by mixing red, yellow, green and purple to make brown. We had a good chat about colour mixing though I don’t think she understands this concept yet.

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When the balls of salt dough were formed, we both rolled bits out until it was around 5cm thick and cut our leaf shapes out. Seren still needs help with this but not as much as she did a few months ago. We talked about the colours, about the cinnamon smell and which trees the different leaves came from. We looked out of the window at the different coloured leaves we could see on the trees and compared them to our salt dough leaves.

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Our hands became super salty and I had to keep washing them before seeing to Imogen as she chews my hand quite a lot. They also picked up some of the colour but this washed off easily!

autumn salt dough leaves autumn-salt-doughWhen we had 2 trays of leaves, I got some cocktail sticks to draw veins in them and put holes for hanging up into some of them. Seren wanted more sticks to draw and play with and went off piste at this point. She told me she was making a birthday bicycle and that the sticks were candles and we had to sing happy birthday to all the children.

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She wanted to put the leaves into her play oven and I let her do this for a while whilst our dinner was cooking before putting them into the real oven to dry out. I’ve varnished the decorative ones with clear nail varnish but the rest are for Seren to play with. She has enjoyed pretending they were porridge this morning, cooking them on her play hob and putting them in a bowl to pretend to eat.

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Star Buys | Potty Training

potty-training-star-buys--www.littlestarandme.comPotty / toilet training is still going well (I first wrote about it here). Seren is becoming more confident at going to the toilet by herself and is also better at holding on when we are out until we get to a public loo. She hasn’t quite grasped the concept of ‘going’ before we leave the house “whether you need it or not”. I suppose having just learnt the triggers of needing to go, telling her to override that doesn’t make sense yet. Hugely annoying though when we have days like we did on Monday when 2 minutes after leaving the house we turn back again so she can do a wee. And then 2 minutes after leaving toddler group the same thing happens…

Anyway, like with many stages of parenting (and perhaps life) we forked out on some “must have” potty training products and some worked better for us than others. Looking at the picture above this is the most overwhelmingly pink post on LS&M yet but hey, know your audience and in trying to entice Seren to use the potty, the pink worked. Here are our star buys:

1 – Princess Polly’s Potty – a potty training story book for girls. Seren enjoyed reading this in the run up to training. It’s the story of how Princess Polly undertakes potty training and the book has an annoying sound button that toddlers will love. There is a Pirate Pete version for boys. I’m not usually one for “girls” and “boys” things but you can’t deny there are key physiological differences here! Of course not all girls want to be princesses. Not all boys want to be pirates. Not all parents want to read books with drawings of poo in them but there you go.

2 – Huggies Pull-Ups. These were invaluable in our “in between” phase of having left nappies behind but not being quite ready for pants. We told Seren that these were big girl princess pants (they are slimline nappies that you put on as if they were pants) and they helped to build her confidence by a) not wearing baby nappies anymore yet b) protecting her (and the floor) from accidents. We still use them at night time and probably will for a while yet. Pull-Ups are Disney branded with Princesses and Minnie Mouse for the girls’ nappies and Cars for the boys. Seren enjoys seeing which character is on her Pull-Up each night.

3 – A pink potty – we started with a potty before moving on to the toilet. The potty phase only lasted about a month and we found this basic, cheap potty from Kiddicare did the job. We got one for upstairs and one for downstairs. They had to be pink though.

4 – We let Seren choose some pants to buy and started putting them on over her nappies sometimes. Then we put them on all her soft toys to get her used to the idea.

5 – Flushable toddler wipes like these Earth Friendly Kids wipes, make bottom wiping easier for you and them. Remember to seek out flushable ones though unless you want a blocked waste pipe!

6 – Potette Plus Convertible Travel Potty – I can’t tell you how much I love this! It’s a collapsable travel potty with disposable liners that can also be used as a training seat on top of a toilet seat. Super handy for car journeys or in the park or on the beach. The liners aren’t cheap but we are still using a pack we bought 3 months ago. My only criticism is that there is a real knack to getting the legs into place and the potty collapses if you are rushing and haven’t done it correctly. I hold it in place now when Seren sits on it just to make sure.

7 – Pink training seat for home. We found this was necessary in encouraging Seren away from the potty and onto the toilet. At first she really thought she would fall into the toilet so this helped her to feel safe. Again we found a simple (cheap) one like this one from Toysrus to be OK.

8 – A stool. Another Toysrus buy. Useful in enabling toilet going and hand washing independence.

9 – Chocolate buttons! Our secret weapon. We really turned a corner when we added in chocolate rewards though that could’ve been a coincidence. Or your child might respond well to reward charts and stickers.

I also wanted to mention Dry Like Me Toilet Training Pads which are a pant liner that will absorb small accidents. I bought some but never managed to get Seren to use them, a friend swears by them though.

Happy potty training (!)

Disclaimer: we were gifted Huggies Pull-Ups at the recent event we attended but if we didn’t love them I wouldn’t write about them here. Everything else has been bought or borrowed! 

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Imogen at 5 months

Imogen-5-months Imogen-5-months 5 months old! She’s snuffly with a cold at the moment and hasn’t been sleeping well (neither have we). Doesn’t she look cheeky though? Here she is compared to the other monthly photos.

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She’s growing though is still quite dinky. She weighed in at 14 pounds and 4 ounces last week which is back up on the 50th centile.

We’ve finished our 4 week baby massage and swimming courses. She loved swimming and we’ve signed up for another course in November. Here she is before her first lesson 
She enjoyed baby massage too but didn’t want to lie still for it and was constantly wriggling, getting on to her tummy and trying to get close to her friend Arthur.

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She’s pretty frustrated that she can’t move around more and props herself up on her tummy, furiously moving her arms and legs trying to set off. She has discovered her feet though and likes chewing them.

She’s getting much better at sitting up too and we’ve started to put her in her high chair to get ready for moving onto solids soon. She is very content sitting up at the table with us or watching me in the kitchen.

We’ve had a busy month with more birthday parties so she’s been a social butterfly.

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We tried out the baby session at Monkey Music (more on that soon).

And of course she’s tagged along with Seren, here she is hanging out with the babies whilst their older siblings making sausage rolls at Crafty Chefs.

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I definitely feel like Seren was in more of a routine at this stage but we are still going with the flow somewhat here. She is an incredibly light sleeper and naps are often broken by noise or having to go out. Her day is a bit like this:

7am – wake up and breastfeed
9.30am – nap often in the car or buggy en route to our morning activity
10.30am – breastfeed
1pm – a bottle feed either of expressed milk or formula
2pm – nap often in the car or buggy again
4pm – breastfeed
5pm – nap, she usually nods off on her playmat or I will put her in her cot
6.30pm – bathtime and story with big sis
7pm – formula feed and bed

Then she will wake at around 11pm, 2am and 5am and want a quick breastfeed to be settled again. That is starting to wear us down, Seren slept through the night for 10-12 hours from 5 weeks old! We were incredibly lucky with that I know.

Over the next few weeks she will start eating solids and it will be time to move her into her cot in her own room. Both of which will impact her routine, hopefully for the better!

Imogen at 4 months, 3 months, 2 months, 1 month and Imogen’s birth story

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Autumn at Alexandra Palace

alexandra palace autumn 2014Andy and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago. We’ve been parents on every one of our wedding anniversaries, for the 1st one Seren was just over a week old, for the 2nd one we did manage to escape both to London for lunch and for a night away to the Suffolk / Essex borders where we had got married and for the 3rd one we had a day at the Harry Potter Studio Tour whilst I desperately tried not to be sick through ‘morning’ sickness. This year we celebrated with a family day out to kick through autumn leaves in the park at Alexandra Palace. We were planning to head down to Highgate Woods but were having car problems and decided that the most hassle-free public transport option with the girls was to get the train to Aexandra Palace. The Palace (known affectionally as Ally Pally) was built in the late 19th century as a centre for recreation and entertainment, it became home to the BBC in the 1930s. There is still a BBC presence there today as well as an ice rink, exhibition hall and pub. Sadly, 40% of the building is in disrepair though a regeneration programme is in the planning.

We’ve been a few times before with Seren, primarily to go to the softplay place in the park there, Little Dinosaurs. As softplay places go, it’s pretty good though always very busy. Anyway, we managed to avoid it on this trip due to some sneaky parental behaviour but don’t judge us too harshly, we did do some other fun stuff.

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En route from the train station up the hill to palace we found a couple of tree trunks to clamber on. Seren said that they were “steep” whilst she was climbing over one of them, her language skills seem to be going through another noticeable explosive phase. We went round to the back of the palace to the playground and watched some college students filming themselves rapping and dancing before playing.

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After that we were getting hungry, so dragged Seren out of the park to walk over to Muswell Hill for lunch. We walked back round the front of the Palace and took in the views and looked up at the BBC mast. You can just about make out the shadowy City of London in the photo below.

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We went to Giraffe for lunch, I think it’s a pretty good compromise between somewhere that is child friendly but serves decent food (and cocktails!). I had the veggie Heuvos Rancheros along with a green smoothie and both were excellent.

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We walked back to the park avoiding the aforementioned Little Dinosaurs, popped into garden centre and picked up conkers along the way.

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Before heading to see the deer.

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Ideas for a Pre-Schooler Halloween Party

Are you holding a Halloween party this year? Seren has invited a couple of friends round for a Halloween get together. I think we’ll keep it fairly fun and on the lighter side of Halloween with witches, bats, cats, spiders and pumpkins. I’ve been searching for party inspiration and in my fantasy pre-schooler Halloween party we would:

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Cut out bat (1. tutorial from All You) or pumpkin (2. tutorial from Martha Stewart) shapes to make cute invitations. Or order these invites online (3 and 4 from Not on the High Street). Or go with a halfway (haunted) house option by getting some templates to download from Etsy (5 and 6). I’m loving the stripey tights look this Halloween!

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Decorate the house with sparkly cats (1. from Sainsbury’s) and spiders (2. from Tesco) and hang these stripey tights Welcome and Boo signs on the door (3. from ASDA and 6. from Matalan). We would blow up a few balloons (4. from Waitrose) to play with or perhaps even grab this fun Spooky Boots party pack to keep things simple (7. from Party Pieces). If we had time to spare we could cut out our own bat decorations and make a little haunted street (5. tutorial from MADE).

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Dress up of course! Baby Imogen could wear this cute bat print onesie (1. from Marks and Spencer) or I could spend a bit more on this cat face sleep suit (2. from John Lewis) which she could easily wear after Halloween. If she was a bit older then a toddler spider costume (3. from ASDA) would be really creepy! Seren would want something girly with at least a touch of pink so this witch’s costume (4. from Tesco) would be ideal. For less girly guests then skeleton glow in the dark pyjamas (5. from Tesco) which could be worn afterwards could be a good idea. Or I could match the sisters in cat outfits with Seren in this fabulous dress (6. from Not on the High Street). Mummy would need to get in on the act too perhaps with a little witch’s hat fascinator (7. from ASDA). We would pick up a face paint set with our grocery shopping (8. this one is from Ocado but most of the supermarkets have them) and follow these tutorials (9. tutorials from Tesco) to paint some little faces.

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Kick things off gently with these colouring in templates (1. downloaded from Tesco). Or make biscuits using these pumpkin shaped cutters (2. from Not on the High Street) and this yummy recipe. We could up the mess factor with Halloween inspired sensory bug slime spaghetti play (3. from The Imagination Tree).

When all the guests have arrived we would move onto party games. Netmums has a great list of game suggestions which lend a spooky side to old-fashioned favourites such as What’s The Time Mrs Witch?, Pin the Tail on the Cat and Pass the Pumpkin.

Halloween-Eats | LS&MeWork up an appetite it’s time for party tea! I would try to avoid too much sugar early on so offer some goulish savoury options first such as veggies with a dip served in a scooped out pumpkin or squash (1. recipe from The NapTime Reviewer) and bandage style pizza (2. recipe from Green Plate Rule) and sausage rolls (3. recipe from Aldi). We would then follow up with jack-o-lantern orange jelly (4. recipe from Tesco) and spider cakes (5. recipe from Sainsbury’s).

Have a disco to round things off. We would dance to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the classic Monster Mash and theme tunes from Ghostbusters and The Adams Family.

Trick or Treat | LS&MeBefore having our own little Trick or Treat fun and grabbing a bag of treats to take home. These personalised bags (1. from Not on the High Street) are adorable or how about a Halloween twist on the traditional stripey sweetie bag (2. from Not on the High Street)? I’m really taken with this novelty treat bowl (3. from Tesco)! There’s a huge variety of Halloween treats at the supermarkets such as Chocolate Pumpkins (5. from Waitrose via Ocado) or a Maoam Halloween Mix (6. from Ocado). Or for special little tricksters, lollies with glow sticks (4. from Not on the High Street).

If you are on Pinterest then check out my Halloween board for more ideas.

Happy Halloween! 

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Vitalise Women of the Year Event

women-of-the-year-awardsI’ve never really spoken about my work-life-world here, mainly because this is a space to talk about my mumma-life-world and and also I’ve been on maternity leave for the last 6 months anyway. But sometimes worlds collide and last Friday I got to step back into work mode when I attended the Vitalise Women of the Year Lunch & Awards at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham. I was invited by my boss who was up for the Business Woman of the Year award (and won, hurrah) and it was great to catch up with her and some of my colleagues (and absolutely wonderful to have 4 hours of solo travel to read and drink coffee).

women-of-the-year-awards women-of-the-year-awardsThe lunch (which kicked off at 10am with a shopping event and ended at around 5pm so the term ‘luncheon’ really does not do it justice) is an annual charity event to celebrate women’s achievements. This year’s supported charities were Vitalise (who provide respite care for disabled people and their carers), Alzheimer’s Research UK and Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer. Two awards are presented, the Business Woman of the Year award I already mentioned and a Woman of Achievement accolade which was awarded to Claire Lomas. Claire is a former event rider who was paralysed in a riding accident 7 years ago. Since then she has undertaken significant challenges – such as completing the London Marathon using a robotic suit – to raise awareness and fundraise for Spinal Research. She has also got married and had her daughter Maisie. Her biggest challenge is to be able to walk again and I was impressed at her positivity towards achieving this goal. The video showing Claire’s journey and her acceptance speech on stage brought a tear to my eye, she is powerful example of strength and courage over adversity.

women-of-the-year-awardsThe whole event was empowering and I felt inspired as a business woman and mum to two girls who will hopefully grow up to feel like the world is theirs for the taking and that they can achieve whatever they set their mind to. The speaker programme was of a high calibre. We heard from Dawn Elson, Head of Engineering at Gatwick Airport, who is committed to encouraging girls to take Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects at school, Baroness Debbie Stedman-Scott, CEO of employment charity Tomorrow’s People and Lord Digby Jones, patron of Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer.

Lord Jones laid down three actions for the audience (which was 99% female by the way) to achieve over the next year:

  1. To engage in, and encourage other women to engage in, the democratic process, specifically the upcoming General Election
  2. To go into schools and inspire teenage girls to pursue their career goals
  3. To give a helping hand or sympathetic shoulder to any woman we know or meet who is suffering or being held back due to problems such as domestic violence or FGM

I, along with the rest of the audience, committed to do these things so watch this space!

The day was the longest I had spent away from Imogen and, of course, I felt a bit wobbly about that but she was absolutely fine. The hotel kindly provided a room I could express milk during the event. Andy took the day off work to look after the girls and they all had fun, messing about in the garden and making biscuits.

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Sisters | October 2014

sisters-october-2014After nervously preparing Seren for Imogen’s arrival, it’s been wonderful to watch the special relationship between these sisters develop. I spent some time yesterday with both girls cuddled on my lap and Seren telling me that Imogen was her darling. There have been a couple of blips, principally in the early days when Seren was prone to new sibling induced tantrums but these have calmed down lately.

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As soon as Seren gets up in the morning, she wants to see Imogen and ‘coochee coo’ at her. Imogen repays her with beaming smiles. If Imogen is crying then Seren will tell me to pick her up and give her milk. She will say to Imogen “it’s OK baby Imogen, your mummy is here”. Imogen saves her best smiles for her sister and I’m sure the reason she rolled over so early is that she is super keen to catch up with big sis. She’s trying to crawl now when she’s on her tummy, head raised, arms and legs flailing and making very frustrated noises.


Seren is mostly a little too enthusiastic with her cuddles and we tell her over and over to be gentle. The one person that doesn’t grumble is Imogen, who shows no distress at being dived on by Seren. During a long car journey recently Imogen was crying and Andy and I were trying to soothe her from the front seats with no luck. As soon as Seren started to coochee coo and sing to her, the crying stopped. They share a special bond that we aren’t part of and I’m excited to see how it develops.

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The Poppy Line | North Norfolk Railway

the-poppy-line-holt-to-sheringham-north-norfolk-railwayBefore we started the journey home we decided to take the trip on the North Norfolk Railway (known as the Poppy Line as it winds through fields of poppies) that we hadn’t been able to a few days earlier.  After we had packed up our car and said goodbye to Cate at Barnhouse Cottages, we set off to the western terminus of the railway at Holt. The station is a mile away from the town itself and is a good place to start out on your train adventure, as it has its own car park (£1 donation), a little museum, miniature railway (seasonal) and cafe to keep you busy whilst you wait for your train.

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The day we travelled, the timetable alternated between steam and diesel trains. We were hoping to travel on the steam train and luckily the next train to leave Holt was the iconic Mayflower steam locomotive built in 1948.

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Before we boarded the Mayflower, we popped into the museum which is run by enthusiastic volunteers and tells the story of both the railway and of William Marriott who built the railway in 1887 and ran it until 1924. There was a children’s quiz to do but Seren was a bit too young for that. I found the exhibits interesting though and enjoyed looking at the railway memorabilia.

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Back at Holt, we drove into the town to find somewhere for lunch. Byfords was much recommended by Barnhouse Cottages. We weren’t sure exactly where it was (you realise how reliant you are on 3G phone connection and Google maps when you don’t have it!) so when Andy sat on a wall to feed Imogen, Seren and I went off to look for Byfords. We were gone a while so Andy wandered off to find us, cue a comedy of missed meetings down the various alleyways of the Georgian town. When I told Seren we had lost daddy, she replied with “Oh but I liked daddy!”. We found him eventually and Byfords too.

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Byfords is a cosy cafe, deli and hotel situated in the town’s oldest building. Apparently Kate and Camilla visit there when in this part of the world. Despite not being royalty, we were well looked after, the service was attentive and the food pretty good too. I opted for kedgeree (tasty, but I’d give the poached egg on top of it 5 out of 10), Andy had a pasty and salad and Seren choose a pizza from the kids’ menu. The pizza was huge, she ate about a quarter of it and we took the rest of it with us for the journey home.  Seren was absolutely thrilled with the pizza box, “is this for me? I can take it home?” she said then carried it (somewhat precariously) all the way to the car.

A windy day at West Runton
Cromer, North Norfolk
Day on the beach at Sheringham, North Norfolk
Barnhouse Holiday Cottages, Norfolk

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A windy day at West Runton

West RuntonOn our last full day in Norfolk we went to West Runton for another beach day. The village of West Runton is a bit more off the beaten track than Sheringham or Cromer. I think it might be my favourite beach out of the three we visited, it was quieter and backed by a cliffside as opposed to an artificial sea wall.

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The weather was colder and greyer than earlier in the week but it would take a lot more than a chill in the air to put a nearly three year old off of a beach visit. We parked at the beach’s car park then stopped at the beach cafe (the only shop / cafe serving the beach) to stock up on essential pink fishing nets, sandcastle flags, balls and coffee for mummy.

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We had brought a picnic with us so had an uninterrupted few hours of rock pooling, paddling, sandcastle building and playing with the ball before lunch then more of the same beach activities. Other beach goers were wrapped up in fleeces and walking boots whilst Seren donned her swimming costume (at her own request). The wind had brought out kites and a hang glider and we enjoyed watching them and waving at the hang glider.

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By mid afternoon I had a wind induced headache so we packed up and went to the cafe again for more coffee. We took a table next to the fish tank, home to Harry the Hermit.

west-runton West RuntonAs we got back to car, an older couple getting in to the car next to us spotted our buckets and spades and said they had wondered who on earth would be making sandcastles in that weather. Our nearly three year old of course.

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Day on the beach at Sheringham, North Norfolk
Barnhouse Holiday Cottages, Norfolk

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Cromer, North Norfolk

cromercromerFor our second full day we headed to Cromer. Cromer is an old fashioned seaside town complete with a nostalgic inducing Grade II listed pier and a decent stretch of beach. We parked in a ‘stay all day’ type car park right opposite the beach so we didn’t really get to see anything of the town itself. The pier is home to the Pavilion Theatre which offers a mix of variety shows and tribute acts. It’s also a popular spot for crabbing in the summer months.

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No such excitement for us though, we walked down to the end of the pier to look at the sea and back to the shore. I showed Seren that she could see the waves through the boards but she didn’t seem too concerned (my sister always thought she might somehow fall through the cracks). The sun was shining and after the obligatory pier photo we sat down for a coffee or ice-cream.

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Then we settled on the beach for more paddling and sandcastle building. Cromer beach has more pebbles than the beach at Sheringham so Andy or I had to carry Seren over the pebbles to get to the smoother sand by the edge of sea. Seren and I spent quite a while running in and out of the waves!


Having worked up an appetite it was time to find somewhere for lunch. Coming off the pier earlier the aroma of fish and chips from No1 Cromer enticed us to investigate further. It was a wise decision, the restaurant is owned by Norfolk-born renowned chef Galton Blackiston and takes pride in offering locally sourced produce, including potatoes grown on their own farm. The food was indeed very good, we found the service to be friendly too and were pleased with the presence of baby-changing facilities. Not long after we were seated, Seren was given a sea themed colouring sheet and crayons to keep her busy while we chose what to eat. Andy and I decided on traditional cod, chips and mushy peas whilst Seren went for cod bites. The kids’ meals are all served in a bucket and spade which you get to take home – a really lovely touch!

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After ice-cream, which Imogen looked longingly at, it was time to head back to the car and back to our cottage.


Seren totally crashed out when we got back allowing us to have some quality time with the small one.

Day on the beach at Sheringham, North Norfolk
Barnhouse Holiday Cottages, Norfolk

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