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Bristol Story Cafe August 22, 2013

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Thisfriendlyeveningfeaturesopenmikeslotsofstorytelling as well as a guest storyteller, creatingalively,friendlyandentertainingeveningwherepeoplecanwatchstorytellersandothersperform.AlsoenjoydelicioushomemadevegetariancuisineordrinkBYOalcohol

Musicians wanted! Would be lovely to have some more music woven through the evening!


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Storytelling… August 21, 2013

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The blog is back! August 19, 2013

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I’ve decided to start the blog again but focus a bit more on children and storytelling, with the odd general parenting post… let’s see how it goes!


March 19, 2008

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playfulness loses its serious purpose if it takes itself too seriously – Tom Robbins


Kid’s punk March 18, 2008

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So we went to the Cube cinema on Sunday for a kid’s gig with two bands – some nice young lads called Go Dutch playing nice music which the kids loved and adored their mid-teenness – strumming their mini guitars in the front row.

Then Kid Carpet playing ‘kiddy punk’ with numbers like ‘signing on’ (hey kids you’ll end up doing this one day…) etc check out the link. He has created ‘electwrongica’ using toy guitars, re-wired Simon Says machines and ancient games of Ker-Plunk. Gabe won his dancing competition (the prize was a ‘massive ego’), Gabe was very disappointed that he didn’t win a massive ‘eagle’ and so Kid Carpet ran off to find a sample CD which Gabe was much happier with. The stage ended up littered with moshing toddlers all precariously tripping over wires and stage diving into their dads arms, absolutely hilarious and totally surreal at the very same time!


proof that young children are natural yogis February 6, 2008

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this is me at 6 months doing a darn good snake pose and considering the downward dog…



How to save money as a parent September 6, 2007

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This was in response to some great tips from Little Mummy‘s post about making one income work for a family:
– charity shop charity shop charity shop – posh ones are best but can sometimes be pricey – my kids say ‘can we have a toy today mummy? From the charity shop?’ bless their little hearts!

– use the sale rule – never buy anything in the sale you wouldn’t pay full price for, it means you don’t really want / need it

– good hearty food doesn’t need to be expensive, jacket spuds cheaper and better than oven chips etc etc

– swap with equally broke friends – babysitting, book swaps, meal swaps (can feel like night out if a friend cooks for you), clothes swaps

– there are millions of websites about free days out in your area and ALWAYS take lunch, s nax and drinks with you, you’ll spend a fortune otherwise

-camping can be one of the cheapest and most fun family holidays or if you like festivals, offer to do some kid’s entertainment in exchange for tickets

– buy ‘Self Reliance, A Recipe for the New Milennium’ if you’re really serious about practical and also crazy ways of saving money, growing food, joining wholefood co-ops, buying in bulk, swapping, making, reusing etc