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A Small Something About Manchester.

Yesterday, wasn’t a noteworthy day, until the night went on and conflicting reports came in from Manchester. Manchester, my university city for four years, the people who welcomed me, and a place I called home, and very nearly stayed.

Today, I awoke to news of children targeted at a concert. Not random people in a country far away, but faces that don’t look too far from the same age as my daughter in a city I love.

So many questions, but what I do know is that there were more heroes involved than people responsible for what happened. I know that Manchester is a city that is facing this as one. And I know that events like this remind us to appreciate and show love to the ones around, and not to wait till tomorrow.

But to do it today.

 

Lego Dad Diaries #3

“I had made mistakes before, letting her bury me in the sand was a particularly big one”

#MySundayPhoto – The Old Bridge

I had the opportunity to lead a small photowalk the other day, walking over a (currently) disused road bridge we discussed how slightly eerie it felt wondering over this old bridge, taking us over the busy main road below.
Photalife

Gruffalo Hunting At Haldon Forest Near Exeter

Are you looking for something to do with your little ones this weekend around Exeter in Devon? How about going Gruffalo Hunting at Haldon Forest?

Found just of the Devon Expressway, Haldon Forest is home to a number of activities (walkers will get use to avoiding the cyclists and Segways), and with the use of the Gruffalo Spotter app, you can now go a hunt the beast for yourself.

By loading up the Gruffalo Spotter app on your phone, and following the Discovery Trail, you can point your phone at special signs on route that will play a quick video clip on your phone, which appears to be taking place right in front of you. (Think something like “Pokemon Go”).

It added something different to our walk around, but our four year olds imagination was already fired up by the idea of looking for the Gruffalo and assorted friends.

To give you a flavour of what to expect, here are some photos from our explore around the imaginative world of Haldon Forest.

Yes that is also Stick Man above…

Find out more information about the Gruffalo Spotter App here at the forestry.gov.uk website.

#MySundayPhoto – Travelling From Exeter Central

I cant help but feel there is something about the Exeter Central train station, that makes me want to take photos of it… Maybe its the lines, or the square, or something…

Photalife

Lego Dad Diaries #2

While the good lady wife enjoyed the first instalment of the Lego Dad Diaries, she did question why our 4 year old was being portrayed by the Lego Baby.

#MySundayPhoto – Avoiding The May Showers

I dont know about you, but April showers seemed to have been none existent this year… instead its been “May Showers”. Here’s our attempt at avoiding them…

Photalife

Lego Dad Diaries #1

Inspired after a really lovely morning with the little one.

Well I thought it was lovely…

10 More Ways You Can Tell You’ve Watched Too Much Cbeebies

Are you? Is your little one a fan of Cbeebies? Is Cbeebies your favourite way of getting a little bit of peace during the day? Do you catch yourself enjoying Cbeebies a bit too much? Not your little one, do you catch yourself enjoying Cbeebies a bit too much?

After realizing I enjoyed a Topsy and Tim marathon a bit too much, I wrote a list of ways that you can tell you’ve watched too much Cbeebies… turns out there are many many ways that show when you’ve watched many hours of the BBCs TV channel for little people.

So here are 10 more ways, you can tell you’ve watched too much Cbeebies.

  1. You catch yourself wondering what happened to Mike The Knight, and if he’ll come back.
  2. You follow CBeebies presenters on Twitter.
  3. You tweet Bing Bunny, and ask when you’ll see him again.
  4. For some bizarre reason you know a lot about how fast hamsters can run… how dishwashers work… and how zips – zip things up.
  5. You have a favourite CBeebies Panto.
  6. You’ve checked how to arrange a “Swashbuckle” party.
  7. The news of there being no plans for new Topsy and Tim, made you a little more sad then you want to admit.
  8. You can’t help but feel slightly inspired by “I Can Cook”.
  9. After being at work all day, you’re stressed, done free over time, and feel it’s been an age since your seen your little one. Yet you still catch yourself singing CBeebies theme tunes.
  10. Admit it. You have a favourite CBeebies presenter. Which is yours?

Are there ways that you would add to this list?

Relax… Its a Bank Holiday…

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