Monthly Archives: December 2010

Ice Ice Baby

Yesterday I took my 9 yr old cousin out for a Day Of Fun. We went to the Cologne Christmas Market, we decorated Gingerbread at Hansel and Gretel’s Great Gingerbread Bake Off, we danced along the Embankment and ate Minstrels until we couldn’t see straight.

But the highlight of the day was Ice Skating at the Tower of London. I knew this was the highlight as my little cousin screamed (loudly) and jumped in the air with overwhelming excitement. I informed the concerned looking policeman that all was well and this is generally the affect the prospect of Ice Skating will have on a 9 year old girl.

If you have never been, go. If you have been Ice Skating, but not at the Tower of London – go. It is spectacular. The rink is situated in the dry-moat beneath the fortress of the tower on the banks of the River Thames. We had wooly hats, we had wooly gloves, we had snow, we had pretty twinkly fairy lights and we had Frank Sinatra crooning to us as we landed on our bottoms, (several times) as we hysterically laughed our way around the rink for a full hour.

We then settled ourselves into the cosy cafe with muffins and hot chocolate and smugly watched all the other people staggering around in circles, gripping onto the barriers for dear life and not being experts, like us.

So, I say it again – go. It’s big fun.


p.s. Get your skates on – the rink is there until 9th January 2011.

Tower of London Ice Skating


Stick It

When my favourite cardi, (knitted by my glorious granny) developed a hole or (ahem) two, I called in the expert.

Jennie Maizels, illustrator extraordinaire has developed these super cool, super crafty clothes plasters, (yes, clothes plasters), to hide a multitude of mishaps and add a whole new dimension of cool to your snagged garment.

Whether it’s pretty and ditsy or rock and (serious) roll – you will find something that tickles your fancy. They are available, erm, pretty much everywhere actually. Pop over to the clever lady’s website for a full list of stockists.

Although I suspect that these magic treats have been designed with kiddies in mind, Poppy knows no boundaries. No siree, and neither should you. Cardis and skirts, tights and shirts, (I know, I’m good**), pick your fave Russian Doll or Fairy Cake and poof! (Eyes wide), your hole is no more. 

Best bit? No stitchin’, no bitchin’ – just iron on and skip on out the door.

Rock on.

**If you don’t know why I’m good it’s because I made a rhyme. Clever Poppy.



Oh Pooh

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.

‘Pooh,’ he whispered.

‘Yes, Piglet?’

‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw, ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.’

A.A. Milne
Winnie The Pooh