#whatwewore Choosing clothes: Vintage jacket, stripy leggings

At nearly 18 months, I’ve started to give Ada choices in her clothes. My thinking is this: give them choices about regular little things and then they won’t go all control-freakery over the bigger stuff which you have to be firm with the decisions on (like whether to wear a seat belt or not, hmmm? That one’s a no brainer, but I know that it can be a fight).

With “this” and “that” also being her favourite words, the choosing works out quite nicely. She preferred her stripy knitted leggings with a fox on the bum today to the other option of some denim dungarees which I proffered.

The cute kicker lace up shoes were a gift from Mini Magpie and she loves showing them off. Mustard socks colour clash perfectly. I adore the plaid jacket – a jumble sale donation picked up by my mum and the bright blue tee is a multi-pack Next bargain buy (boys section, of course *sigh*).

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Grimm Tales: a new production

Over the last few years in London, I’ve been spoilt by challenging, immersive theatre that breaks down the barriers of participants and takes you on a real, physical journey. From You Me Bum Bum Train (I found being pushed around in a shopping trolley and being the centre of every scene a bit too much) to Punchdrunk (I loved wandering around exploring the story at my own pace and the attention to detail in the sets), this is theatre competing for your attention in a world of hyper connectivity, social media, smart phones and sharing.

Grimm Tales is a new production – a theatrical reimagining of author Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales for Young and Old. It’s for age 8 and up.

I’m tempted to take the eight year old, this would be his first immersive theatre experience. He enjoyed a Little Angel puppet theatre show a year ago. I’ve always been slightly resistant to spend a large amount on a theatre ticket with the risk that they might want to leave.

Would it be too scary? Or just the right amount of spine shivers to keep him engaged?






“Upside down, boy you turn me… Inside out, and round and round’. Harper playing upside down games. Can confirm that it’s really weird to watch somebody speaking the wrong way up. Your eyes play tricks on you and you start seeing eyes and a nose on their chin.

Ada being cheery. Lots of laughter at the moment as she becomes more confident and aware of her world.

Part of The Living Arrows and The 52 Project.