As the rain fell, someone was enjoying the Easter storms…
With the apparent change in seasons, hopefully there will be a change in the weather. In an attempt to welcome in Spring, Princesshay in Exeter has an event on which is looking good fun for Devon families.
The event in Princesshay begins on Friday 6th, and includes the following highlights.
Get creative and colour-in a new art installation – The Pentagon. Designed exclusively for Princesshay, this unique street-art has hand drawn cartoons and felt tips galore, all ready for colouring.
While you colour, you can enjoy the spectacle of Rainbow Stilt Dancers roaming throughout Princesshay.
- Style and beauty advice
Need some spring fashion inspiration? Beauty and fashion blogger Chantelle Znideric will be on hand with the latest wardrobe trends for spring. Take a break from shopping and enjoy free makeovers and advice, samples and mini treatments in the beauty area.
Enjoy some nostalgic entertainment with the vintage carousel in Princesshay square. Rides cost £2 a go with 50p from each ride going to Princesshay’s charity of the year, FORCE cancer charity.
- Live music throughout the day
Some of Exeter’s best artists will be performing in Princesshay square – take a moment to stop and listen to some of the city’s local talent.
- Freebies and games
Try the spin to win gift card game in the centre outside New Look and be in with the chance to win on-the-spot prizes.
Grab your friends and family for a snap in the spring-inspired photo booth, with a free print for every visitor.
- Colourful Umbrellas
Princesshay has teamed up with In Exeter to bring the colourful umbrella installation to the city. Local shoppers and tourists can admire the bright spring coloured umbrellas in Princesshay and on Exeter High Street. Keep an eye on Princesshay’s social media for the colourful umbrella photo competition.
- Win a £500 gift card
Princesshay has teamed up with Heart to run a competition for two weeks from the 23rd March – 6th April.
Find the winning window in Princesshay for your chance to win, once you have found the window, you will be a step closer to winning that £500 gift card.
(A collaboration post with Princesshay)
I have a confession to make. I like Facebook.
Well, I think I like the marketed idea behind Facebook. You know the one: The nice utopian idea of bringing people together in an online community.
The thing is, in order for people to come together, to share photos, update statuses, play games, and what ever else. Data is collected.
And that data, that’s worth something, which seems to be something that we took for granted.
Maybe we all thought our data was so general that it would have no real world impact?
Perhaps we didn’t care enough to read the fine print?
Perhaps it’s not just the data harvesting for the Donald Trump campaign?
It could also be that it was done through the use of an innocent looking quiz?
Maybe it’s that Facebook tried to sue to stop the story from getting out?
But now could be a good time to re-evaluate, and learn about our relationship with social networks? It’s not just the data we willingly give, but with the revelation that Facebook has been keeping track of calls and text messages from our phones, it’s also clear we need to seriously think about the phone apps we install.
Why I’m I going on about Facebook here? Two things; Parenting blogs seem to discuss social networks and smart phones on a regular basis. These conversations normally focus on the amount of time spent on electronic devices / social media, and if that time is healthy and safe? Should we also be discussing the information we willingly give up to large companies such as Facebook?
Secondly, parenting bloggers in general also seem to include a lot of time on Facebook, and Instagram. Perhaps this is a reminder for us all to check what we put on social networks about our families and ourselves?
I like Facebook.
But right now. I don’t trust Facebook.
“It never snows in Exeter.”
Words I’m sure I said, just a few weeks ago.
This was taken just as our second snow storm in about two weeks was thawing away.
I guess, the question is. Is it going to snow again over Easter? Or will we actually get a chance to sort out the garden?
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, it is almost Easter. The season of Easter Eggs, Chocolate, Bunnies, Jesus, Easter Egg Hunts, and obviously Easter Bonnet Parades.
Perhaps, I have a greater selective memory of my childhood then I remembered – but this whole Easter Bonnet Parade thing seems a bit new to me. Isn’t it a just bunch of decorated hats – that may or may not have an Easter connection to the said decoration? (I can hear the pitchforks being sharpened)
Well as its the season (and I may have an Easter Bonnet to make tomorrow), here’s Dads Sofa list of Last Minute Easter Bonnet Ideas. (Be warned these may or may not be serious)
Glue the bunny to the hat! At least the wearer would get the respect of any Lego loving teachers! Downside.
You’ve just glued a perfectly good piece of Lego to a hat.
(Find the bunny in your local Sainsburys, or the Lego website)
Something about Death.
Instead of a colourful Lego bunny, your Easter Bonnet could be more of a mood scene, and be a diorama showcasing the death of Jesus.
With this from Amazon. (affiliate link)
Even though… I’m not sure if Jesus was really that white! Besides, as an idea this could be more “Good Friday” then “Easter”?
Know someone who is going to glue some moss to a hat? Go one better, and fix some grass to the top of your child’s
Really complete the picture by throwing a few of those yellow plastic chicks in amongst the grass.
Similar to the above, but somehow balance and keep an actual chick on top of the Easter Bonnet*.
*I’m kidding! Don’t do this, that’s cruel!
Lets see how the kids really do behave at school!
What would happen if an Easter Bonnet had loads of chocolate attached to it? You could also have a bet with other parents to see how much of the chocolate survives ?
Well, they’re some of my ideas at the top of my head – sadly I’m not sure if my daughter would like most of those. Lets see what we end up making. Have you got any ideas for decorating an Easter Bonnet?
One of many tranquil places we found at the National Trust – Knightshayes estate. These flowers growing, were in the perfect position to catch the sun as it shone over the hill, and through the trees.
We didn’t have time to check it out as much as we’d like, but if you’re in the Tiverton / Devon area, I’d recommend giving it an explore.
In an attempt to use the holiday allowance that my stress levels wish that I had used by now, I’m on holiday this week. This has given us the chance for some child-free exploring. Today we checked out the National Trust – Knightshayes property by Tiverton here in Devon.
First, and overall impression of the Knightshayes estate is how tranquil it seemed! While I’m sure it can get busy during the school holidays / Christmas time, off peak – it did feel very peaceful.
We spent the majority of the little amount of time that we had exploring the historic house at Knightshayes, sadly as time ticked away, we didn’t get a chance to explore the wider estate. But what we saw, was a lot of space for small people to run around, and I’ve seen a photo online of what looked like a great climbing frame that I’m sure that the our little person would love.
I’m not going to write a full blown review of our trip, due to our lack of exploration, but I’d like to share a few pics of the estate, after-all they say a picture is worth a thousand words.
Have you explored Knightshayes? What would you suggest we look for, when we go back with our small one?
What a week!
It never snows in Exeter. At the end of this week we weren’t able to drive out the driveway at one point. (And my poor bike almost looked like it was getting buried at one point)
All this snow, makes choosing just one picture difficult. I liked this as it was a little different to the normal “toy photos” that I take.
I was tempted to choose a smiling little person picture – but there were so many of those to choose from!
It was at this point that Lego Dad started to think that he should have insisted on more then one layer on her before leaving the house.
Although she was cold, Lego Dad still didn’t trust her to not throw a snow ball in his face. (Teaching her about snow balls was a skill he was already regretting teaching her)
Killerton, our local National Trust property, may well be our new favourite place to go to as a family…