Star is finally free from her halo and we wanted to go and do something ‘normal’ so a trip to the local park was top of the list.

Star does not need to wear a collar anymore, but she still feels a little weak, and she’s scared too. So she kept it on mostly just to feel safe and comfortable. She was able to run around and have fun with her siblings though which was really nice to see.

Of course, no sunny day in the park would be complete without ice-cream

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One of the nicest things about blogging is that there is a whole blogging community that you can become part of. I’m often meeting up with other bloggers, either at events, or meet-ups, so I had to jump in when I heard there was going to be a meet-up in Birmingham, my home town.

We picked a lovely day for a picnic and had decided, at the last minute, to meet up at the fairly new Eastside Park which is situated outside the Think Tank museum at Millenium Point. The last time I went there it was a car park so the transformation was very pleasant. As well as a stream and lots of grass areas with plenty of seats, there was a lovely little maze, and a great sensory park. There is also the Science Park which is part of the Think Tank, which means it also comes under the Think Tank fees….But, it’s free after 3pm and well worth a visit.

I was first to arrive, having swiftly found the car park despite being the first time I’ve driven into town in over two years and coming from a completely different direction after moving home. Go Me!

Other’s were not so lucky in finding the car park, mention no names *wink*

Then everyone seemed to arrive at once and we all went into the little play area where the kids got to know each other.

The Little Man instantly took a liking to Zoe’s (from Mama Geek) daughter, although he was a little pushy she didn’t seem to mind. The Little Man is just like his dad, he’ll get on with anyone! Boo is similar and was soon joining in with the others games. Star is a little shyer but soon found common ground with some of the little lads.

I know I was a little quiet on the day but while I have Star in her halo I seem to be very edgy whenever we go out, she doesn’t seem to worry, but I’m terrified she might fall or get hurt, or even hurt someone else, those rods can give a good bruise.

I did have a lovely day though and it was really nice catching up with everyone.

The Olivers Madhouse – Jaime
Mama Geek – Zoe
92three30 – Erica
Mummy of 3 Diaries – Chris
Pink Oddy – Joy

Here is the Sensory Park

And the Science Park

A couple of my favourite photos from the day.

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We don’t get out much these days but on Bank Holiday Monday one of our favourite bands, Little Liam, was playing live at a local park fete so we had to make an effort.
We were lucky as it was a lovely day, not too sunny but it was warm and it didn’t rain until the night time. The park was full of people, really crowded and I didn’t take too many photos because I was worried about losing one of the children in the crowd (particularly the Little Man who loves to let go of my hand and escape at any opportunity)
There was so much to see and do but we’d mainly come to see Little Liam play so we spent most of our time at the stage.
Here is the lead singer of Little Liam (His name is Liam!) with the rest of my crew.

Here is Star totally engrossed in the performance. She’s most certainly their number one fan. Her favourite song is ‘If I Wasn’t Me’

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I love this photo of the Little Man having a dance.

After watching the show we went to have some fun on the fair. Of course with Star not being well enough to go on most rides we were really limited. It’s hard when you have to say to an eight year old you can’t ride on that or you can’t go on that all the time. Thankfully, Boo and the Little Man were happy enough with the safer rides I chose for them. They were all a little dissapointed that the bouncy castles were off limits though. I just can’t risk Star falling over or getting bumped. They did have some fun though.

After the fair we had a hot dog. Well, you have to don’t you? Then we took a walk around the craft and tombola stalls as we made our way to the park’s exit. Star was getting tired and it was time to go home. I’m glad we made the effort to go out though, we all had a lovely day.
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Last year I was lucky enough to be chosen to be a Center Parcs Blogger. This year I was unable take part due to moving house and being disconnected from the internet for absolutely yonks (at least a month)
So now I’m entering to try and win a wild card place.
This months challenge is all about autumn and writing a poem. First I read the great tips by Emma on the Center Parcs blog. My favourite tip was:

Play outside – Despite the drop in temperature, it’s great to wrap up warm and get outside in the fresh air. The sound of the leaves crunching as you stroll through the park or play in the garden is bound to get you and your children inspired, so why not head outside for a brisk autumn stroll before setting to work on your poetic masterpiece?

This is exactly what we did, and I’m so glad we did because we had a lovely day. We walked to the local park, it was our first visit as we’ve only just moved here, and it’s bound to be the first of many.
When we were back home we admired our haul of leaves and things we’d found while out walking and then created a word cloud.

We then set to work on our poem and this is what we came up with together

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What Autumn Means To Us
Birds start leaving in flocks above our heads
the days get darker and colder
The duvets are put back on our beds
And it’s mum’s birthday so she gets older
The leaves on the trees turn to orange, yellow and red
The frost on the ground nips our toes
We walk along with a crunch in our tread
And the cold North wind blows
The Spooks arrive on Halloween
giving us all a trick or a treat
The fireworks create a wonderful scene
and the bonfires give off heat
Time for one last play in the park
wrapped up warm in our coats
Soon the days will be too cold and dark
we’ll have scarfs wrapped around our throats
We love Autumn, its our favourite season
We love leaves on the ground
We love all the bright colours for every reason
We love all the sights and sounds.

Our final task was to use the leaves we had collected while out on our walk to make a lovely wall display which will remind us of our lovely Autumnal walk to the park.

This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 November challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Sherwood Forest..

Inspired by the Center Parcs November challenge we went for a walk to the local park. It was our first visit as we have only just moved here. I’m sure we will be going there again and again. We picked the perfect Autumn day, sunny and (mostly) dry.

As we walked to the park we took in the sights of Autumn all around us.

When we arrived at the playground, the littlies had loads of fun. It felt strange to me as I recognised the park instantly even though I’d believed I’d not been there before. When I was little my Dad would take me to a park every Saturday afternoon, we would visit lots of different parks but this one had been my favourite because it had a Helter Skelter. Sadly the Helter Skelter must have been long gone, but there were many features that I remembered, even the little car park where my dad used to park his Robin Reliant. Today the playground is fresh and new with lots for the littlies to play on, and as there were so few children there (just one other little girl and her mum) there was no waiting for swings and things.

After playtime we went on a forage for leaves and things that reminded us of Autumn. The children had fun running through the leaves that had fallen off the trees. We also found acorns but I told them to leave them for the squirrels to store for winter. There were a few conkers too and pine cones.

When we left the park we decided to visit the old church before heading home. It truly is a scene from the past and this weekend we are going back there for an old fashioned Christmas craft fayre.

Finally, we headed off home, but there will still things to see, like a bonfire on the allotments and trees filled with red berries, and tons and tons of leaves to walk through.

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