Epping Forest

2015-12-28 11.53.35Epping Forest is a real oasis of ancient woodland and parkland. It’s also huge, sprawling and broken up by bits of town, so you could explore it on several different visits and have a different experience every time.

The area we usually go to is near the View visitor centre  and an amazing Elizabethan hunting lodge. Continue reading “Epping Forest”

Sugar free homemade treats

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Sugar free banana oat cookies

Like lots of parents, we’ve tried to avoid refined sugar in our little boy’s diet. I realise that most other sources of sweetness (fruit juice, dried fruit, honey etc) are still forms of sugar and shouldn’t be eaten with abandon.

But, for the odd sweet treat, I’m always on the look out for recipes that use more nutritious, less blood-sugar-spiking sweeteners than the granulated kind.

Here is a round-up of favourite recipes:

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Tiny ballers


This week, we tried football. It was great! We started with a general, excited run around as the toddlers arrived to find fittingly tiny footballs on the floor. Then it was time to warm up, led by the coach (whose name I missed, but was really excellent).

The toddlers were asked to sit and listen to instructions between each activity. It didn’t take too long for my toddler to get used to the new surroundings and unfamiliar activity (although there was more throwing than kicking – a goalie in the making, maybe?). She was happy running around collecting cones, practicing her knowledge of colours. Then there was the chance to learn some new words for parts of the body – ‘shin’ was a new one for her as she tried balancing her ball. Continue reading “Tiny ballers”

The best soft play by far

During the last year, we’ve spent a lot of time at various soft play areas. I consider myself a bit of an expert.

We’ve been to:

And probably a few others that I’ve blotted from my memory.

My favourite -and more importantly my little girl’s favourite – is the East London Gym. I just wish it was open to toddlers more often (click here for opening hours). Continue reading “The best soft play by far”

Mudchute City Farm



Mudchute Farm is huge: a 32-acre farm in the middle of the Isle of Dogs. Once inside the farm you can really feel that you might be out in the countryside, with views over fields and trees making the occasional corporate skyscraper looming on the horizon feel like a mirage.

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Stepney City Farm

Stepney City Farm is a medium-sized city farm with a lovely community feel: small paddocks of donkeys, goats, sheep, pigs and poultry gathered around a centre of community allotments, permaculture garden, cafe, craft workshops (they run a ‘Rural Arts Centre’) and a classroom.
During the week the central yard, which has a generous covered buggy park, has a huge range of dilapidated ride-on toys (cars, tractors, go-karts) which are so exciting for my boy that we have to spend the first hour there before looking at any animals.

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