So a lot of your little ones have just embarked on their first day at primary school. A lot of my friends (and his more importantly!) from Zachy’s pre-school have just started this transition but being an October born he has another year at pre-school to go, so whilst everyone was running around, getting uniforms, getting stressed, meeting teachers on home visits which they’d spent hours cleaning the house for – I was sitting pretty, chilling, enjoying the hols. Then in conversation with a friend – when are you looking at primary schools……? WHAT?!?!?! All of a sudden I can feel myself becoming the stressed mother I have just witnessed my friends become.
Thank god for mummy friends because I didn’t think to start looking at schools already – the kids have just gone back for goodness sake! After some online research I find my local and likely choice school is having an open morning as early as next week – good job someone told me. – Should there not be an advertising campaign – something in the post from the council/government to kick us mums backsides in to gear and warn us that this is where the stress begins. Making a good decision here (and not missing the open day!) is imperative to the start of our child’s education.
Needless to say I’m now all sorted and have all the schools open mornings in my diary. I’ve even started the registration online which is here for those who haven’t reached that stage: https://www.eadmissions.org.uk/eAdmissions/app.
So if you’re like me and haven’t realised this is your cue to get going 🙂
Good luck and keep me posted with your school visit/selection stories here. 🙂
Where’s that wine…..?!!
Last week I visited Havet Restaurant in Bromley. It always surprises me how busy this restaurant is on any day of the week! It’s a tasty Turkish restaurant which has an open grill (behind a screen) with fresh salads and tasty starters (their hummus is to die for!) with friendly efficient service. I accompanied my Meal which consisted of a lamb kebab/chicken kebab combo, tomato salad and bulger rice with a bottle of the tasty house white wine (or 2 🙂 )
Over the road The Barrel and Horn provided us with some after dinner Gin & Tonics – I love the vintage theme in this bar which usually accommodates the over 25 clientèle – a nice respite from the 18 year old drinkers that Bromley tends to attract in many places. Although it wasn’t that busy seen as it was a Tuesday night I have been here before when it’s rammed, sometimes with a live singer or band. My friends even gave us a quick rendition of chop sticks on the piano – perhaps best left to the professionals they have in!!
In kiddie world this week we collected plenty of conkers to thread Daddies old shoe laces through and have conker wars – it’s easy peasy – just get a screwdriver and run the lace through the middle with a knot underneath and take turns to hit each others conker off first. My (nearly) 4 year old loved it and couldn’t wait to ask every person who stepped over the threshold for a match – simple things 🙂
Lastly I had the pleasure of attending the JSA boat party down the Thames on Sunday. It’s a yearly event which includes the families of their clients rather than an evening event. This year they surpassed themselves! The entertainment which ranged from face painting and tattoos to balloon men, caricaturists and magicians to George Michael and Keith Lemon kept everyone entertained whilst taking in the sites of London. The Keith Lemon impersonator was soooo good and really engaging, we met him as Tim nice but dim when we first boarded 🙂 My facebook video of George Michael has had friends asking if it really was George which speaks for itself really!
I’m awaiting the twitter handles for the entertainment team as I highly recommend every single one of them! – UPDATE: All the entertainers were brought together by Zap Magic . The caricaturists are Simon & Sheba of www.bitterandtwisted.org
With a paid for bar i sampled the fizz on arrival and a nice dry white wine aboard and sampled a very nice white from Laithwaites on my arrival home which i will let you know the name of when I get home!
What wine have you tried this week??
So kiddie time began with just one on Thursday whilst my other was in pre school so a pub lunch was on the cards at The Crown & Anchor in Bromley. This pub has always been a favourite of mine as I used to live round the corner and frequented it plenty of times before I had children! Saying that it is kiddie friendly having a little tikes climbing set in the garden and the staff are super friendly so I highly recommend it for mums, dads and kids. Apart from the lovely internal decoration the pub has an added area adjacent to the garden which is open plan in the summer and closed in for the winter so perfect for hiring for events and parties.
My friend and I both had burgers from the menu which is all very reasonably priced (£5/£6 for a main) and my Union Jack burger which included a fat home made burger, blue cheese, tomato and onion chutney was lush and served with fries and coleslaw. Yummer yummer!
As I mentioned in my previous blog I had a work event in the evening which was held at Jewel Bar, Covent Garden and I must say the staff there were fantastic and the evening was a huge success. I tried a porn star martini and another personally made cocktail by my amazing event manager Natalia. If you need a function place with a fun atmosphere and yummy cocktails this is the place for you!
On Saturday we were all excited to go to the tall ships festival in Greenwich. The festival celebrates tall ships (hence the name!) and we saw plenty sailing up and down the Thames. The DLR was the start of the fun for my eldest seen as there’s no drivers so that was his job 🙂
It was rammed in Greenwich which was hard going with a 3 year old and a baby in a buggy but the festival village was quite cool with people dressed in reenactment costumes, a band stand with live music, and the usual beer and food tents. Highlights included giant fighting lobsters!, Captain Jack Sparrow and helter skelters (which the other half loved more than the 3 year old I reckon!)
We couldn’t stay for fireworks but I heard they were spectacular.
It was exhausting though so I was so relieved to get home for a nice glass of centro plaza prosecco (currently on offer at tescos!)
So Sunday is here already and all I can wonder is what wine I can try this week when it’s wine o’clock 🙂 what do you recommend??
Have a good one peeps!