Saturday, 20 December 2014

A Year in Photos - Weeks 50 & 51

7th - 13th December
Saving Santa!
Lego fun
Feeling poorly
A den to sleep in
Another sleepy photo!
Enjoying some fresh air

14th - 20th December
A festive meal
Grumpy snowman
Poorly again
Trying to avoid another sleepy photo!
More cuddles with Ottery
Fantastic cutting around the lines
Fun at the park

Hoping for less sleepy photos next week!  
Merry Christmas!

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Monday, 8 December 2014

Review - The Book With No Pictures by B J Novak


What an appealing book cover!  Well, not exactly, but it is a little intriguing isn't it?  Shall we see what's inside?  Go on then....

Hmm.  So far I'm not convinced this is the right book for my 4 year old, but let's give it a chance.  So, I have to say all the words in the book, out loud.  No matter what they say.  Ok, I can do that...


Oh!  The 4 year old's face lights up, neither of us were expecting that!  From here it gets worse (or better, if you're the child!), with not a single picture throughout but lots of silly words and phrases taking their place.  A bit like this...


Like most parents, I thought books for young children (who can't yet read) required pictures.  But here the words act as pictures.  Even if the child isn't able to read it they can see the style of text and recognise it as a 'sound effect' word which will be read to them in a silly way!  

I honestly didn't expect us to enjoy this book as much as we have, but it really works and entertains both the child and the reader.  I don't think it's one we'll be taking with us on the train or to the dentist's waiting room any time soon though!

B.J. Novak is best known as an actor, writer, and producer of “The Office” in the US.  The Book With No Pictures has been an instant hit in the US, prompting a reprint quantity of 500,000 copies within three weeks of publication.  This book is best read out loud and you can see B.J. Novak's hilarious reading of the book in the video below. 

We have one copy of The Book With No Pictures to give away, enter via the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

A Year in Photos - Weeks 48 & 49

 23rd - 29th November
Meeting Santa
A bit stuck up
"I made a comic!"
Watching a classic - Superted!
Admiring himself in the door handle
Practicing a dance

 30th November - 6th December
Outdoor play at Mottisfont
An advent calender of books
Feeling festive
A onesie & film afternoon
The first mulled wine of the year
Row row row your boat
Fun at Winchester Science Centre

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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Winter at Mottisfont

We visited Mottisfont back in the summer when the gardens were full of butterflies and bees.  This time, they were filled with winter sculptures, snowflakes and icicles, as part of The Nutcracker Christmas event, running until 4th January.

Inside the house were twinkling fairy lights, a huge Christmas tree, large wooden puppets and a selection of mechanical toys, which The Princess and The Pickle enjoyed looking at.  


Back outside was an impressive display of giant sweeties and lollipops!  We also discovered the cellar which we had missed last time.

We love Mottisfont's wooden play area, despite it being a whole lot muddier this time and almost losing a shoe or two in the mud (we must remember to take wellies next time!)


We enjoyed a stroll through the walled garden, which is very peaceful at this time of year being 'out of season' and a little further away from the main attractions. 



We left Mottisfont feeling very festive and decided to put our tree and decorations up as soon as we arrived home!  We look forward to visiting again soon.

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We were provided with a family ticket to Mottisfont.  All opinions are my own.