Monday, 22 February 2010

Baby loves...Barley Massey

I might try to arrange for baby to be looked after by dad so I can go to Barley Massey's Knit Large workshop on Broadway Market.

Sunday 14th March, 2 - 4.30pm

Whatever your ability chunky knitting is fun and fast!
Barley Massey will show you how to use the 'Wool-n-Boat' GIANT knitting needles (30mm) and GIANT french knitting wheels which you may have see in Fabrications! Barley will also show you how to create your own chunky yarns from salvaged wool and materials. There will be a pick n mix selection of chunky yarns to create an accessory during the class.

The session costs £20 / £15 conc. Max of 10. Booking required.

7 Broadway Market
London E8 4PH

Tel: 020 7275 8043

*Baby at four months

Baby loves...Rime of the Ancient Mariner

This weekend the Southbank Center shows The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a family-friendly show featuring music by the delightfully-named Bellowhead.

*Baby at four months

Baby loves...Slowing Down

One of the things new parents need to learn is to slooooowww dooown....

Cultivating the art & easing yourself into a calmer place is key. I did nearly a year and a half of regular zen exercise (biking), meditation and reiki before baby was born.

In Tower Hamlets, the Ideas Stores are a great places to take courses.

Rivendell Buddhist Retreat Centre holds Buddhism, Buddhist meditation and yoga retreats, in Sussex, South-East England.

Though it didn't work for me, Tai Chi is another method...

Slow Down London is another great resource. The Slow Down retreats would make a perfect present for expectant pals.

The lovely Buddhist Center on Roman Road is a very calming place. It has a nice little secluded green courtyard with a bench and water feature. Wednesdays 10-12pm there's a drop in meditation with creche (donation payment).

*Baby at four months

Baby loves...Mama Heaven

Mama Heaven location in Ibiza, Can Talais Hotel

Sounds divine...

We still have places available for our 26-28th March Mamaheaven retreat at Penrhos Court in Herefordshire.

Everything’s set for a wonderful Springtime weekend of yoga and meditation with Erika Tourell, massage and realignment with Petra Moxley, nutrition advice from Daphne Lambert, Relationship workshop with Life Coach Rosa Smith and Birth stories with Paula Gallardo. Babies will be cared for by Alice Maclaine and her lovely team, and will also receive massages and do yoga with their mamas.

PLUS an awesome goodie bag of Organic Beauty, Baby & Food Products worth at least £150.

The Setting is stunning, the food’s fantastic, the company’s great, the support is unsurpassable and we would love you to join us.

The all-inclusive cost is £550 for an unforgettable, relaxing, rejuvenating, life-changing weekend.

Contact Tania tel: 01273 671762 or if you have any queries.

Our booking form is attached. Look forward to Hearing from you.

Blessings, Tania

*Baby at four months

Friday, 19 February 2010

Baby loves...Horniman Museum

residents of the Horniman's aquarium

Last week to the Horniman Museum in Forest Gate for the Busy Bees storytelling (Wednesdays & Fridays).

Its worth spending a whole day as there's so much to see, and there are wonderful gardens as well.

The Aquarium was fantastic, but my favourite was the African Gallery.

From the website:
"The first permanent exhibition in Britain dedicated to African art and culture, African Worlds celebrates the continent's diversity, history and creativity.

It brings together a rich mixture of sculpture and decorative arts explained through the voices of elders, maskers, drummers, diviners, artists, exiles, curators and anthropologists.

Objects from across Africa are displayed from Egypt to Zimbabwe, and from African related cultures including Brazil and Trinidad."

*Baby at four months

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Baby loves...Leila's Shop

Just off Arnold Circus in Shoreditch, Leila's Shop is a lovely place for coffee or lunch.

Be warned, it can get busy and space is a little scarce.

I had a pram but they kindly said I could leave it next door in their beautiful food store - a great place to pick up a few bits for dinner. I couldn't resist a pack of chestnuts, a jar of pickles, a jar of gooseberry jam, a block of lovely butter and a little bottle of anchovies.

Just next door is a lovely shop selling fashion & comfy cushions with beautiful handmade covers. I bought a "peanut" lumbar/neck support. Perfect for breastfeeding & a thing of beauty.

Owner Samson, a parent to a 5-year old himself - is happy to play with the kids while you browse.

Rochelle School Canteen is another good spot on Arnold Circus. There's a nice stretch of grass (perfect for kids to play in the warmer months) & often exhibitions to check out.

Leila's Shop
17 Calvert Avenue
London E2

*Baby at 4 months

Baby loves...UCL Grant Museum

Later this week baby and I will go to the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology for the Pandora's Box/Cabinet of Curiosity exhibition and the Tiger-Tastic activities for kids...

*Baby at 4 months

Baby loves...New Model Schools

The next open days are February 23, 24 & 25.

Hopefully they'll be a view of the Aluna lunar clock in a few years....

*Baby at 4 months

Baby loves...Dalston

Going to get the bus from Aldgate up to Kingsland Road's Wah Nails to get a pedicure (£20). Baby is chewing my fingers so a mani is out.

There's some great designs on the blog.

Lunchtime eating options in the area according to a local friend:

-Ridley Road market across from Dalston Kingsland rail station.

-Turkish Mangal on Arcola Street, just off the high street...

-Trendy Dalston Superstore

-The Stone Cave up for the Rio Cinema (parent&baby screenings on Tues & Thurs) has the best interior with its waterfall in the back.

-Or for just a coffee/cafe stop there's a cute place on Begrade Road.

*Baby at 4 months

Monday, 15 February 2010

Baby loves...Paris

Chez Bertrand L'APPART apartment

Ooh la la...I'm dreaming of Paris on the Eurostar with baby (from £69).

Chez Bertrand is right on Clignancourt flea market & has apartment-rooms with beds made of cut out Citroen cars (apartments from €110 per night, 2 night stay minimum).

The website has some great tips for Unusual Paris.

A stroll down Canal St Martin and a visit to the Museum of Fairgrounds with its old carnival bits and pieces sounds tempting...

*Baby at 4 months