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End of term picnic in the park…with SUNSHINE (mostly)

Posted by Allison on July 9, 2011

Before I start with the picnic I just have to share.  This is the newest craft magazine on the market.  It’s AMAZING.   Love love love it.

Anyway on to the end of term picnic.

Whatever your thoughts on school uniforms you have to admit that this is the cutest thing EVER.  Mr. Magoo wore his white shirt and tie every Monday, Tuesday and Friday and his yellow NLIS polo shirt every Tuesday and Wednesday.  He did not vary from this unless FORCED by circumstances beyond my control.

He is looking forward to wearing ‘home clothes’ next year but has made me promise that we can still have a PE kit for when we have PE.  So we’ve saved his PE bag for homeschool.

Here he is in his favorite uniform .  White shirt, tie and jumper….oh and he’s holding Ted, the newest member of the family.  Ted the teddy.

This is Elijah’s friend.  He is hilarious.  He has decided that it is his job to make sure Elijah is ok at all times.  He also needs to tell me exactly how Elijah’s day was before Elijah does.  It’s a love/hate relationship….mostly love.

Here is Mr. Magoo getting his present from his teacher.  He loves her so much, it’s amazing.  He gave her a good cuddle at the end of the day.  She’s moving to Kent at the end of July and he has told me that he is going to send her a postcard.   Unless it’s too hard, then he will just send an email.

His teacher got her kiss but he made sure he didn’t look like he was enjoying it too much.

All the Moms trying to get pictures.   My friend Bea trying not to cry.   She is so sweet….

Another school year over and our adventure in homeschooling starts in September.   So glad that we leave traditional schooling on such a high note.  I think that makes a difference.   We aren’t running from anything we are running to something…..There will lots of days kicking balls in the park I hope…..maybe Ted the teddy will join us.

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Best Canada Day EVER!

Posted by Allison on July 3, 2011

The largest Canada Day party outside of Canada is in LONDON!  There was no way we were going to miss that!  So although the kids still have week of school left,  I pulled them for the day.  I mean come on!  It must illegal for a Canadian to work on July 1st right?  So we pulled out our 2 year old too small Canada shirts (oops Sorry Miss Thing) and headed down to Trafalgar Square.

First order of business was to find a shirt for Miss Thing.  On her tank top you could barely see the Canada and it was just a bit too small.  On sale were the limited edition Canada Day in London t-shirt by the Hudson Bay.  Available for one day only for £7.  Now THATS cool!  Of course I wasn’t going to cover up my RIDER T-shirt with a Canada shirt.  Rider pride trumps all.

It was so hot and so sunny, just a beautiful afternoon with the two little ones.


The Canadian Paralympic Team (Womens’ Basketball) was there. and we watched some ball hockey.



The kids watching hockey eating crisps.   Mr. Magoo said that I packed some good stuff for the day. Good thing too cause the food for REALLY expensive.




These  guys were super fun, and popular….but I’m pretty sure they are the reason that we ran out of Molsens and Sleemans.

But the evening was a whole other level!  This is the 6th annual Canada Day in London and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger. We met one Londoner who hasn’t missed a Canada Day in London celebration in 5 years.  Wayne Gretzky and Mike Meyers were there, just hanging around (seperately) and Mike Meyers was nice enough to jump up on stage and say hello to the crowd.  But of course for me the highlight of the evening was this man right here.


Introduced to some great Canadian performers.  REALLY enjoyed seeing Oh My Darling, Kwarka and Alex Cuba.  I had never heard of any of them before.  Of course Blue Rodeo were AMAZING.  Alex Cuba joined them on stage to sing Bad Timing in Spanish, it was off the hook.  They did sing most of their big hits ending the night with Lost Together as everyone sang.  It felt amazing to sing O Canada at the end of the night deeper meaning than it does at home.  There is a sense of pride singing our national anthem on foreign soil.  60,000 strong at the top of our lungs.  Great Night!


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It’s hot as Hades in London today!

Posted by Allison on June 26, 2011

30 Degrees in the SHADE!  damn I’m hot.  Okay I understand that there are people all over the world suffering from sucky weather. Slave lake Alberta anyone?  But it has been raining for a MONTH here in London! So upon hearing that there was going to be a heat wave I was delighted.  Saturday was still crappy, so crappy in fact that we didn’t even head over to the Summer Fayre put on by the school. But this morning we woke up to glorious summer weather!!!   So we made sandwiches and headed off to Essex Park!

Mr. Magoo played some football all by himself.  He was really good at kicking the ball around.  Screw you hand/eye coordination!

We set up a nice blanket area for resting and had to keep moving it back as the sun got higher and higher.

Mr. Magoo and Miss Thing had quite a time with the set up of the races.   It usually sounds something like this…”First around this tree clockwise then through the gap then around this tree counterclockwise”…it’s a big convoluted thing.  And yes he always holds her had when he stands next to her no matter what they are doing.

Here’s Miss Thing doing Triangle Pose.  She says she needs to stretch more she’s losing her flexibility. Best start looking for a yoga class for next year for her, she is missing it.

June is such a busy time I’m hoping that next year when we are homeschooling Mr. Magoo it won’t feel like such a pressure filled time.   Funny by the end of the year he is finally relaxed at school not as stressed and anxious as even just a month ago.  After the summer once we have him homeschooling I have a feeling he is going to LOVE IT!

The fact is DH is still a teacher and Miss Thing is still going to be in PS so yes, it’ll be crazy in June and September but maybe just maybe a little less stressful.

For now he’s happy to wear his sisters flip flops at the park and show a ‘fancy’ pose.

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Ten for Tea?

Posted by Allison on January 23, 2011

Miss Thing was invited to a birthday party today and it was for TEA~!  How cute is that?  I’d looked up the Tea Party on the web and thought, what a fantastic idea but then we saw it and I just about DIED .  You just cannot believe how cute it is!  We met the owner Sam as we were a bit early and she graciously let us in from the cold while she finished setting up.  It’s hard to time the walking around here but it’s about a mile from our front door.  Perfect colour on the outside of the building….

And even more pink on the inside!  It’s like being inside a giant cupcake!  Oh and the cupcakes on the table looked amazing.    Little finger sandwiches and pink goblets it’s like my fantasy place.

Another picture of the room (and Sam the owner) and the sooo cool wallpaper.  The beauty is in the details and there are great details everywhere!  Sam mentioned that there have been a lot of baby showers and parties to show off babies (she called them something but I can’t remember what).  She also mentioned they were planning a knitting party there, so as you can imagine, I’m going to be going to be on the lookout for that!

If I could have, I would have put the chandelier in my purse and taken it home…

Some of my long time readers might remember this fantastic ebay find that I bought Miss Thing ages ago.  The dress was perfect for the required “glamorous” that was requested on the invitation.

Boas??!!!!???  LOVE. IT!

We left before all the party girls had arrived but from what we saw, they all did look very ‘glamorous’!

Have I mentioned lately how much I love living in London?

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Blog resolution…

Posted by Allison on January 1, 2011

I should totally make a resolution to blog every day of 2011.

um, no.

First the knitting.  This is the yarn Mr. Magoo wants a pair of socks out of, but currently it’s making a beret/tam so he has to wait.  This means that everytime he sees it, he tries to bring it to me so I’m hurry up and make him a pair of lime green and yellow socks.  Nothing like a little pressure from the peanut gallery.

For NYE I decided on homemade pizzas.  The crust came out perfectly and they were a big big hit.

There was a LOT of dough so I made some cheesy bread buns out of the remainder….yummo! Doubling the recipe would have been enough for 3 thick crust or 5 thin crust pizzas, easily!

There was entertainment here last night.  A sock poppet theatre, beyond funny, I couldn’t grab my camera fast enough.  There were so many hilarious shots but here are a few that had me laughing my ass off.

I love that in this pic, he is giving me the side-eye, like I’m the crazy one.

I have NO idea what was going on at this point I was laughing too hard.

Now off to catch up on some of my favorite blogs….want to come along?

Today I’m going to visit Mommy Wants Vodka, Betsy Steps Out and Mom to Bee , always good for a smile. I will then fall down the warren hole that is decorating and knitting blogs for a few hours cause that’s what happens when I start out at Shabby Chic Cottage!

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Kiss my ASS 2010!

Posted by Allison on December 31, 2010

I didn’t get noise makers for tonight.  Why?  Cause I hate noise makers.  I did  get Christmas crackers for the 25th and we didn’t get the cheap £1 ones from Poundland either!  These ones came with fancy crowns and everything!

The problem with Christmas crackers is that they are so fun that it’s almost impossible to get a picture with the kids actually pulling them because they are in such a hurry to pull.

But at least I can get a shot of the crowns!

I knit myself a nice new earband for the cold on Christmas day which promptly lead to the temperature shooting up to plus 9C and now it’s too warm to wear it.  So instead I took a million pictures with my MacBook (after figure out there is a program to do that other than iChat) so I could post a picture.  The hard part was finding a picture where I didn’t make a weird face.  Damn I’m cute.

I was going to start a nice project for myself, maybe a pair of socks, gloves and cowl with this gorgeous sock yarn that I painstakingly winded after a mishap now known as SwearGate 2010 but Mr. Magoo has demanded a pair of socks….in lime green sock yarn that he saw in my stash.  So that’s next….

Happy New Year to all my readers…..both of you.


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Germany/England…the overlap….

Posted by Allison on October 16, 2010

Cleaning off the old phone with my sneaky pictures on it yesterday I came across a few I hadn’t shared.

Oh Germany there are certain things about you I definitely the Hollister store in Frankfurt.

We didn’t go to Frankfurt often but it was always fun when we did…mostly I miss the “Frau on the street”.  The everyday lady just going about her day, no nonsense with just a touch of the WTF?

This dear old bird I used to see all the time at the bus stop in Seckenheim.  She always matched head to toe…literally HEAD to toe, even her hair colour.  On this day, it was pink.

Met this dear on the tram one day, not sure how you look so dour with this hair colour.  I mean, it just puts a smile on my face.  (this was one of those times i was praying the flash didn’t go off)

And my favorite, this lady plucked her chin with NO MIRROR from Heidelberg to Seckenheim.  That’s amazing, I mean I used to be able to put on liquid eyeliner in a moving car but I had a mirror!  And to be completely fair, I went home and immediately took action on my chin activity.  So she inspired me!

Just in case you think I’ve stopped my sneaking pictures once I hit the Isle, I haven’t.  On the way to school Friday with Mr. Magoo I spotted some of my favorite shoes. Not full 5 toe vibrams just 1 toe is separated, but still in the category of ‘if they were the last shoes on earth, i would cut off my feet’.

And a big ass spider web with a spider in the middle on the way to the school.  I hate spiders but I love when I can take pictures of them outside (inside I just scream like Ned Flanders and call DH to kill them).  Right after I took this picture I thought, ‘what if this guy is a jumper’ and walked away backwards very quickly.

Dropping Mr. Magoo at school.  The old Victorian in the picture is actually the early education building for his school.

Now I have space on my phone to continue my sneak attack photos.  You’re welcome.

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Car boot heaven….

Posted by Allison on October 11, 2010

I’m living in the UK, car boot heaven and until yesterday I hadn’t been to a single one.  I used to watch BBC Canada a LOT back home and most of my favorite shows had to do with property but there were a few that had more to do with antiquing and car booting.  What’s a car boot you say?  It’s a flea market where people bring their goods to a field in their cars, open up the trunk (or boot as they call it here) and sell.

The guy in the picture above is selling fishing gear.  Now I don’t give a rat’s ass about fishing gear but I took the picture because it reminded me of Tommy back home.  I miss Tommy, I miss Tommy’s wife more.  Next is a picture of the rows of people at the car boot.  I could easily go to a carboot every weekend.  I love them!  Especially at the end when everyone is trying to sell off and you hear “50p for anything!” all over the rows.

Does everyone remember my dream kitchen?  You know a few months back I posted a picture of a kitchen that I love.  It was from a house that was for rent before we came to London.  Here’s a picture to refresh your memory.

This is my type of kitchen, beautiful tiles on the floor, a butler sink, open shelving, baskets everywhere.  In an attempt to someday have that kitchen I have started to be on the look out for things that are old, vintage, preloved…whatever you call it.  I don’t want anything new.  I want to surround myself with things that come with a story.  (this does NOT include the kitchenaid mixer I want to someday own, that can be new).  I want my home to be a reflection of our travels as well as really ‘green’.  Why buy new things when there are beautiful vintage things out there.   No more crap from the mass market for me, I want useable things that last.  On that note, meet the “new to me” items from the car boot.

GLASS JELLO MOLDS!  Seriously?  I’m in love.  I mean really in love.  I saw two sets at two different stands but I had to have these.  Got them for a pound.  Yep £1.  (mostly said it twice cause I finally figured out how to make the £ sign on my macbook, small things amuse me)

My second find was at the end of the field.  Most people would think this silly but most people aren’t crafters!  This is an old map.  It’s of France and Belgium and it’s in French.  Perfect.  All those crafters out there who are trying to make a new map they find look old will understand that 20 pence for a big huge map like this is beyond criminal and they are jealous and shaking their Modge Podge covered brushes at me right now.



That’s it.  It was a wonderful day although we did end up walking about 10K because I didn’t quite realize how far the Pennyfarthing Antique fair was from the Potters Bar car boot but Miss Thing was a trouper.  We can’t wait to hit up the next one!


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Send modge podge….and a glue gun.

Posted by Allison on September 12, 2010

So husband is gone.  To FRANCE.  When I would go on a grade 5 field trip it would be to Prince Albert, I’m just sayin’.   So I’m home with the monkeys and what happens, I have a crafting emergency.  You know where you are sitting there minding your own business and suddenly you HAVE to craft.  I’m sure some of you do.  The rest of you probably have very boring lives.  I’m making a book wreath..not exactly like this one at Living with Lindsday but close.  And I want to make something with sheet music.  I really like the look of these eggs at  Kellis house and I think I better try it out before I tackle something like an entire dressform like over at  White linen lavender fields or a table like at Miss Mustard Seed !! So Miss Thing and I went down to the Charity shop (there are at least 5 on the high street) and bought a paperback book and some sheet music.  There were some crumbled pieces at the bottom and the lady at the shop threw them in.

By the way, I showed Mr. Magoo in his uniform, here’s Miss Thing in hers.  Upper school is so different.  I can’t believe she’s in Upper School.  Here it goes year seven to year 11 (grade 6 to grade 10).  So she’s in with the big kids (and big boys much to her father chagrin).  The upside is that her Dad can show up at the school at anytime, she has no idea when so it keeps her on her toes.

My inlaws are in town!!!  They are over in London and we’ve already seen them twice!  Love it!  They have made both of us very happy and extended their sons life by YEARS by giving us the best Christmas present EVER!  (yes I know it’s September).  Here is our new baby!  We’ve been ogling this baby since we saw it in action at my friends Bets house.  We had always thought the coffee wouldn’t be that great when we saw them before, man were we wrong!  We had a week of the best coffee ever and we were hooked.  Now we have our very own.  WHOOP WHOOP!  I’ve even found a place to recycle the discs, so the environmentally friendly part of me is thrilled too!

The first cup of coffee is brewed…..

High excitement throughout the flat.

My father in law pretty much didn’t know what the big deal was, as long as he got his cup of coffee.  He needed it cause later there was cribbage.   And let’s just say I didn’t let the fact that he had just made me the happiest girl in London, stop me from kickin’ his ass.

That’s our corner of the world for today….Cheers!

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Uniform, uniforms…

Posted by Allison on September 10, 2010

So the kids have uniforms.  You would NOT believe how much time this takes off the beginning of the day.  We can wake up have breakfast and head out the door.  There is no thought at all about what to wear, if this favorite or that favorite is clean.  It’s just put on your uniform and go to school.  I love it.  It also means I’ve had several conversations about uniforms over the last few months.  First with my daughter who hated the idea of having to wear a uniform.  She thinks of herself as a little fashioniasta so the idea of having to wear the same thing as everyone else was horrific!  I have had many comments about how uniforms stifle individuality with people and I understand where they are coming from but I love them.  I think the reason is that all kids wear a uniform whether it’s dictated by the school or their peers.  They are subject to keeping up with trends or being the same as everyone else and never are really showing any individuality anyways.  When I grew up it was fancy ass jeans and a grey sweatshirt.  Actually it was a grey bunnyhug but since most of the world outside of Saskatchewan doesn’t know what the hell I’m talking about when I say bunnyhug I’ll just say hooded sweatshirt.  Then it was some other trend and we all followed it mindlessly.  Except for the one individual who started the trend the rest of us were just wearing a uniform of conformity.  We all thought we WERE being individuals but there were very few of us who stepped outside the box laid out by our peers.  It just wasn’t done.  And it was expensive.   Not as expensive as today where fitting in means 100 dollar shoes or a bag with a ‘name’ but it was costly.  The funny thing about my kid is that she would rather DIE than wear something uncool or that could be judge uncool by her peers, she isn’t any different from other 11 years old girls in that way she now just wears a uniform dictated by the school and not by what little Sally Underpants from down the street has decided is ‘cool’ for the moment.  She doesn’t realize I’m saving her from years of scorn because there is no way in hell I’m living out of a box so she can wear the latest trends.

What I like about uniforms at school is it forces the kids to find other ways to express their individuality.  You’re status isn’t what you have on your body.  It’s not about how much your parents can afford to dress you in.  There is an equality in that I think.  There is also something very sweet about walking down the streets of London and seeing all the kids from the various schools in their blazers and sweaters (sorry jumpers i’m in london now).   There is an identity that they are members of an elite club a school that they should be proud of and an expectation that they behave in a certain way while wearing their uniforms.  I’m sure it doesn’t happen all the time, but when the shop keeper can just call up the Head of School and say, hey three of your little rugrats were making a mess in my shop and swearing to beat the band…that’s cool.

So uniforms, I’m a fan, what are your thoughts?

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