October 2011 | Modern Mummy

Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Hallowe'en!!

Happy Halloweeeeeeeeeen everyone!

We are biiiig fans of Hallowe'en in this house (any excuse to partake in a bit of fancy dress and eat shitloads of chocolate). Last year Daisy and I carved pumpkins and dressed up as skeletons and this year I decided to do one better and throw a Hallowe'en inspired 2nd birthday party for Miss Moo.

After lots of cake and biscuit baking, sandwich making, house decorating and, of course, the obligatory pumpkin carving (we carved no less than NINE pumpkins and squashes this year!!) ten of Daisy's toddler friends came round and trashed the house whilst us mummies drank wine and gossiped. We had a great time!

I can't believe my little monkey is going to be two on Friday! Where have the last two years gone?!



Wednesday, 26 October 2011

The Naked Grocer, Walton on Thames

Today Daisy and I have mostly been getting ready for her Hallowe'en themed 2nd birthday party this weekend. And what Hallowe'en party is complete without pumpkins?

We headed over to The Naked Grocer in Walton to buy a huge stash of pumpkins and squashes ready for carving over the next few days and we couldn't resist blogging about our favourite greengrocer.

The Naked Grocer is a family run shop on Bridge Street which has been open since September 2009. I ♥love♥ them, not just because the shop is absolutely gorgeous and a real pleasure to browse around and spend money in ~ aside from fruit and veg they also sell flowers, fresh bread, local cheeses and lots of other lovely treats ~ but also because of their ethical and responsible views which are very important to me and which I think should be to everyone else in this day and age too.

Aside from selling the tastiest and freshest fruit and veg you will ever come across without growing your own, I think their concern for the environment (you won't find any vacuum packaging or plastic bags here and the company are huge advocates of recycling) and their support of local growers are their two biggest selling points. Plus Chris, Millie and all the staff really know their stuff and the customer service is second to none.

And the PUMPKINS! What can I say? They are cheaper than the supermarket, grown in sunny Cambridgeshire and superb quality (not just grown for carving, these bad boys are huge and fleshy and perfect for pumpkin pies and soups and packed full of seeds for toasting!). Large ones are £2.50, small ones £1.50 and squashes start at £1.00. It would be a crime for you not to pop down there and buy some!

For those of you a bit too far away to pay The Naked Grocer a visit - why not check out their website, it's full of information on what's in season and has monthly recipe ideas too. The Naked Grocer are also on Twitter. Follow them here.


Monday, 24 October 2011

A Trip to Kew Gardens

Wow. Today was a beautiful day. Crisp and dry and bright---- have I ever mentioned how much I love autumn!?

Daisy and I went to Kew Gardens wrapped up in our winter woollies and with our sunglasses on. We walked for miles (including along the Treetop Walkway) and we explored the conservatories, my little daredevil climbed the biggest climbing frame I've ever seen and we had a delicious lunch. The best bit was the number of amazing photo opportunities that were handed to me on a plate. Kew Gardens is a photographer's dream! Here are a few of my snaps xoxox


Friday, 7 October 2011

The Emma Bridgewater Spring Preview

Daisy and I spent yet another morning at our favourite shop today, and this time we were ooohhing and aaahhing over all the gorgeous new Spring pieces that are due for release late next January!

There is a LOT to be excited about, ladies and gents! Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin!


All you Sampler fans will be over the moon as there is a full range of tinware coming out, as well as Mother's Day and Valentine's Day half pint mugs and a 1.5pt jug. There is also a stunning litho mug featuring one of the Sampler lace hearts and the words 'True love & high adventure. Romeo & Juliet - that's us'. Siiiigghhh.


There is also some new melamine coming out in the Sampler and British Isles patterns.

Chickens, Birds and Animals

There are some beautiful new chicken mugs due for release, as well as a wonderful London Pigeon birds mug which I will definitely be investing in. Two new baby mugs will be hitting the shelves - Bunny Rabbit and Pony - and three new half pint animals - Fox, Hedgehog and Red Squirrel.

Red, White & Blue

The commemorative mug for the Diamond Jubilee is just gorgeous and as you'll see from my photo (which is a photo of the official EB snap - must give credit where credit is due!) it goes beautifully with Union Jack (and I think it would look ace with British Isles, Starry Skies and Red Stars too).

The 2012 Year Teapot follows suit in red white and blue with a sponged pattern made up of hearts, crowns, union jacks and trumpets. I love it.

The bakeware I blogged about after the Collector's Day is also coming out in January. Blue, green and yellow with polka inside, they are absolutely lovely.

And last but by no means least, one of my favourite pieces from the day was this gorgeous Pat Albeck Butterflies and Snails mug. How awesome is this?

What do you all think of the new patterns? ♥
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