Off We Go Again

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What with the unexpected warm weather, and Max having a day off school due to the teachers having a training day, we went to the park.

As always, in this particular park, Max loves to have his picture taken at this fountain.

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What a glorious autumn day indeed!

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Max in the distance running towards the cafe to obtain blue ice cream.

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Got it! Although not as deep a blue as he expected.

Once finished, Max was scooting around, when we came across this plaque,

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for a Corporal George Jarratt.

Naturally, Little Yum-Yum asked me what it was for. Boy, did I struggle to tell him after I Googled the gentleman’s name. Anyway, I told Max he was a brave man as he saved lives of others. “Did he die then, mummy?”. I had a choice; tell the truth or lie. I responded that he had – 100 years ago.

Max burst into tears and said he wanted the man to live again. He couldn’t understand why it had happened. I found it very difficult to explain to him (in very little detail and in as child friendly terms as possible) about war.

I managed to calm him down by repeating that the gentleman had acted very bravely by his decision, and because of him, many others lived. He then turned and said “Mummy, I want to be a soldier so I can save lives too”. I could be wrong, but at his age, I cannot and will not go into detail about what being a soldier entails. Instead, I said “I thought you wanted to be an astronaut, Bubba?”. His response was that he wanted to be both, because he really wants to go to space (with me), but he also wants to save people.

Eager to change the subject, we decided it was time to head home, and came across this,

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which reminded me of a previous post ‘When a Child Knows Better Than an Adult‘. I read the sign out to Max, and we had a giggle about the time he had told the guy to pick up his empty crisps packet.

 

 

Stay Close By

Stay Close By

When the weather is good, Max and I go to the park quite often. Now, I have no problem with him running about; that is the whole point of taking him in the first place.

What I don’t like, is not having him in my view. On this particular day, Little Yum-Yum decided he was big enough to scoot off to the point I almost lost sight of him. Of course, this threw me into a panic, so I called out his name (loudly) several times before he actually stopped.

He then decided to pick up his scooter and run back towards me. I told him to slow down, to put his scooter down and to come back to me. He wouldn’t listen…

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… And this was the result.

Well this was two weeks ago, and he’s still telling me he can’t walk!

You have to carry me, mummy. I can’t bend my knee.

It is healing well. I did explain to him why I didn’t want him to stray too far from me. He said he understood.

Obviously, in a way he would better understand, I told him it was dangerous, because if something happened, I might not be able to get to him or find him. So here’s a question… Do you think I’m being over protective?

 

This is How You Eat Ice Cream

This is How You Eat Ice Cream

Start by taking your time to eat the ice cream, so there is isn’t much of a mess. But then just let it melt a little, and try to catch it all at once…

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…but end up looking like this! Don’t forget to grin!

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On another note, this particular park is so beautiful. It has quite a history. It housed a military hospital during WWI. Trenches were dug up to shelter local residents during WWII from bombings.

The Church in the background is the Church of St. James The Apostle. I was disappointed through my research to find it has been converted into flats/apartments.

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Despite Max and I frequenting the park, I only just realised it does have a place to purchase ice cream – The Little Cat Café!

We sell:

Rolls and soup, made whenever possible using ingredients from the park’s greenhouse and growing project.

Delicious homemade cakes and treats made by local volunteers.

Lovely ice-creams.

Tasty tea and excellent coffee thanks to Rich Coffee

And a selection of soft drinks and lollies.

The café has been named after the little cat that was included in many of the buildings when the area was developed by the Minet family (Minet means little cat or kitten in French). The café is run as as a social enterprise, with any profits being reinvested in park projects. The café is part of the wider Myatt’s Fields Park Food project which includes a range of growing and cooking projects. The aim of the projects is to promote healthy eating and bring the community closer together. Food grown in the park will be cooked and used in the café.

We aim to operate the café to high standards of sustainability including making as much of the food as possible from fresh ingredients, using organic and fair trade products and using recyclable materials.

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How wonderful is this?

I am going to see if they have projects for children, so I can bring Max along. I think it would be great for him to see how some foods are planted/grown. Maybe he can participate by planting something of his own too.

Another Glorious Day

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A couple of days ago, we had more wonderful weather in London. So Max and I went to the park for the second time this week. (Click here to view previous post). This time, we went to different park from before… the one with the cafe that sells blue ice cream!

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Dressed in his favourite hoodie, and armed with Teddy, Max began to explore…

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… concentrating so much, he didn’t spot the cafe.

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When he did, he and Teddy made a dash for it!

I cannot tell you the disappointment on Little Yum-Yum’s face when the member of staff said they had no ice cream. In fact, he just wanted to go home.

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Instead, I took him to the nearest shop, where he chose the classic cornetto again. Phew!

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All that walking around is tiring work for a toddler!

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No wait… He’s off again!

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On the way back home, Max came across this sign. I had no idea there was a Nature Trail there. Possibly something to look into for another time.

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Prince Consort Lodge is a house situated in the park. I couldn’t take a photo of it as it was buried behind much greenery. I believe it is now used as offices. I certainly wouldn’t mind working there. The view of the park from the top floor, I’m sure would be beautiful.

Great Weather for the Park

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Yesterday, we had lovely weather in London. It certainly called for a trip to one of our local parks.

Max enjoyed his choice of ice cream, the classic Cornetto.

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Not sure what this was, upon inspection, it was a covered seated area which was locked. Unfortunately, there was nothing around with any information about it.

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The trees were bare, but beyond them, you can just about see the wonderful architecture of the building.

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Max caught me taking a photo of him, so stopped to wave.

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Then went back to eating his ice cream.

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He insisted that I took pictures of the “beautiful flowers”.

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These were his favourite.

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Daffodils. A sign of Spring.