Monthly Archives: November 2011

JD’s Birthday week


All dressed up for Winter wonderland

I have had a very busy week this week, so I will break it down day by day.  On Monday mummy and I had a homely day, we spent part of the day doing housework which I don’ really help with.  Mummy puts me in my cot so she can clean the floors and I entertain myself with some of my toys and watch her – not a bad deal methinks.  I don’t really like the vacuum cleaner as it’s too loud, it’s probably the worst part of flat cleaning. In the evening daddy and I had a night in whilst mummy went out with some girlfriends.  She went to Piccadilly circus to have Wagamama’s for dinner and watch the new Twilight movie.  She went with Kristy and Nikki and some of Kristy’s friends from work. I was a good girl for daddy, we spent most of night watching Monday night football. I tried very hard to get the remote control and change it to Cbeebies, I think I would have preferred watching Zingzilla’s to football.

Tuesday was a pamper day for mummy which I wasn’t all that impressed with.  She had an appointment at the hairdressers (well overdue, her roots were terrible).  I was a good girl for the most part but I don’t really like to spend my day in my pram watching hair being cut, coloured and blow dried.  Especially since my like for hairdryers is up there with vacuum cleaners – no love for them! Mummy looked so silly with lots of silver foil in her hair, so this part was entertaining but the rest of the day – BORING!

Wednesday was my usual day with an hour spent at Hartbeeps in the morning and there was a christmas twist to the session today – Winter Wonderland.  It was all very christmassy.  Mummy dressed me up with a pretty white flower in my hair and my lovely red dress. We played with funny red Rudolph noses and Santa hats.  My favourite part was when the lady bought out the bubble machine, I LOVE bubbles.  I wish I had a bubble machine at home all the time.  Sometimes mummy blows the bath bubbles high up in the sky and I think its hilarious, especially when the bubbles fall on my head.  Any way the day was really fun and afterwards we had lunch at a pub with some other mummies and babies.  One of the other mummies was Australian as well, but her little boy was born here in England.  Mummy had a few glasses of wine with the aussie girl and I think mummy’s pram skills were a little bit wonky on the way home.



Playing with a Rudolph nose

Playing with the bubbles

Rudolph ears

Another day and another activity planned for our family.  Thursday was Uncle JD’s birthday, so we met him and our friends out for an Organic dinner.  But before we went out for dinner, mummy and I took the tube out to Ealing Broadway during the day to visit her photographer friend Natasha and her daughter Reese.  We ended up staying almost all day.  I played with Reese and I had fish fingers for the first time ever.  They were very yummy, I liked the fish more than the bread crumbs.  Mummy and Natasha talked a lot about photography and were planning some fun shoots out in the countryside for when it warms up a little bit. I am looking forward to them as I love the camera and I will get to play in the long grass or pick flowers.  I might even be walking on my own by then, I am getting really good at walking around the flat.

 Time got away from us though and we had to rush home to meet daddy and go to the pub for dinner.  There is a pub in Angel called the Duke of Cambridge and they only sell organic booze and serve only organic meals.  I already had my dinner which was mummies version of the Duke of Cambridge’s organic Vegie Medley which I wasn’t all that keen on. We were running out of time for mummy to trick me into eating it, so I ended up having Organic Weetabix.  (For the aussies they are called Weet-a-bix here not Weetbix). The other day I tried Vegemite toast, it was delicious!!  I really am a proper Aussie girl.  I had so much fun at the pub, I can tell Rae and Sonders love me very much because they both gave me lots of cuddles.  Pally and Tom were rather loud but were still very funny, although Pally was wearing a hat I didn’t really like and I met JD’s new girlfriend Fran, mummy has said good things about her as she used to see her in Clapham back in mummy’s party days, I liked Fran’s pretty pink nails. All up it was a fun night but it was a little late for me.  Mummy and daddy had lots of fun and really enjoyed the Organic G & T’s.

Lovely Rae rae!

JD and Fran

My mummy xx

Pally, Daddy and Tom

Winter is getting colder

Since we had a big week so far mummy had planned to have a quiet day on Friday.  We cleaned up the house again which is pretty standard for a Friday morning and went for our daily walk around Chiswick.  Mummy also made up some yummy food for me for the weekend ahead and a few different things to freeze for during the week.  I am getting quite picky with my food.  My favourite things (and mummy falls back on these if I am particularly fussy) are vegemite toast, Weetbix, bananas, blueberries, dried apricots, yoghurt and cheese stringers and Spag bol with baby pasta shapes – Yummo!!

Mummy felt like going shopping on Saturday and we hadn’t been to Westfields in a while.  So we got on the big red bus number 94 and I fell asleep whilst mummy did some shopping.  When I woke up mummy had a little surprise for me.  She found a really good shop with lots of clothes for little girls like me.  In fact mummy liked it so much she bought me a new dress with matching tights and a fur Gilet.  She said I needed a new outfit for my Santa Photo next weekend.  She was very impressed with the selections of clothes that she came home and made another gift list to add to my Christmas wish list.

In the evening mummy and daddy got all dressed up and packed me an overnight bag.  They were going out for JD’s birthday, without me.  I wasn’t too worried as I had really like Sarah, she is always happy to see me and I knew I would have such a fun night  in North London. Danny and Sarah are both so lovely.  Sarah told mummy yesterday that Danny is in love with me! I had a little bit of late night, but that was probably because I fell asleep on the way.  I think mummy was a little bit nervous when she dropped me off but she didn’t have any thing to worry about.  Sarah and Danny have a big black fluffy dog called Milo, he is so funny and reminds me a little bit of Cherry Garcia.  He was so excited and curious about me and at first I was a little scared as he was so full of puppy energy and excitement.  In the morning I woke up fairly early and Sarah gave me my favourite cereal… you guessed it, Weetabix.  We played for a little bit whilst we waited for mummy and daddy to get up and come and pick me up.  I ended up falling asleep on Danny’s lap. I really enjoyed my night away from mummy and daddy but of course I was happy to see them again and gave daddy lots of hugs and kisses.  We have this new game we like to play, daddy takes my nose off and shows it to me.  Then I lean forward and he puts it back on again.

 This week isn’t going to be as busy as last week but mummy still has some fun things planned for us.

It’s getting so close to Christmas and mummy didn’t realise that one of her gift lists closed two weeks before the delivery date, so she has set it up again if you need it.  She also added a new gift link with lots of lovely clothes – happy shopping.   (this one requires the password: Harlow11)  (Click on Gift List and enter mummy’s email address:  (gift list number is: 96644516 Password: Harlow11)

Happy shopping!

H x


There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo

There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo

Have you heard of the Gruffalo? It’s story that is very popular over here at the moment. It’s about a small mouse walking through the forest. On his way the mouse encounters several dangerous animals (a fox, an owl, and a snake). Each of these animals, intends on eating the mouse, invites him back to their home for a meal. The cunning mouse declines each offer. To scare them off to protect himself he tells each animal that he has plans to dine with his friend, a gruffalo, whose favourite food happens to be the relevant animal, and describes the features of the gruffalo’s monstrous anatomy. Frightened that the gruffalo might eat it, each animal flees. Knowing the gruffalo to be fictional, the mouse gloats thus:
Silly old fox/owl/snake, doesn’t he know?
there’s no such thing as a gruffalo!

After being quit of the last animal, the mouse is shocked to encounter a real gruffalo – with all the frightening features the mouse thought that he was inventing. The gruffalo threatens to eat the mouse, but again the mouse is cunning: he tells the gruffalo that he, the mouse, is the scariest animal in the forest. Laughing, the gruffalo agrees to follow the mouse as he demonstrates how feared he is. The two walk through the forest, encountering in turn the animals that had earlier menaced the mouse. Each is terrified by the sight of the pair and runs off – and each time the gruffalo becomes more impressed with the mouse’s apparent toughness. Exploiting this, the mouse threatens to eat the gruffalo, which flees.

This is the Gruffalo story book

The real-life Gruffalo!

Well I was very lucky on the weekend, the Gruffalo was visiting Selfridges. So mummy and I caught a big red bus into Oxford Street and met him on level 4 in the Toy shop. I was very brave and had a photo with him. He tried to give me a big or (or eat me, I am not quite sure) but my quick reflexes went into action and I grabbed his sharp teeth and pushed him away. There were lots of little kids there to visit him and most of them were quite scared of him. I think my leopard print jacket may have confused him so I know he wouldn’t eat me. It was a strategic move from mummy.

On Sunday we caught the tube into Covent Garden and had brunch with Rae, Craig and Uncle JD. Craig loves Christmas and he bought me a nice little Christmas outfit. It was very cute and I modelled it for everyone at brekky. Rae was lovely she wanted to smother me in kisses and cuddles. I wasn’t too sure of her pram driving skills but I loved her cuddles. After brunch we checked out the sights of Covent Garden, mummy wanted to take me to feed the Reindeers but then we found out they were only there on Saturdays, so that will have to be left for another day’s adventures. We did encounter a giant grass Reindeer, a big Christmas tree and a strange scary looking man. There are lots of buskers in Covent Garden, some are funny, some are creative but most of them are a little freaky. There was one particular man who was dressed up like some kind of ancient beast of a man. I didn’t really like him but I think Craig took a liking to him.

Group Brunch

My new Christmas outfit, thanks Craig. x

JD cuddles


After the buskers we were going to walk to Hamley’s Toy store, the biggest and best toy store in London but mummy forgot that she need to get her pork roast out of the oven. How times flies when your having fun! So we stopped by Hummingbird bakery for some cupcakes and walked down Regent street to get to Piccadilly Circus. Whilst we were walking down Regent street I learnt how to play peek-a-boo with the footmuff in my pram. I lift it up high over my head so you can’t see me and then I pull it down really quick and mummy says ‘Peek-a-Boo!’ It’s lots of fun! It was my first time in Piccadilly circus so of course we had to stop for the photo op. JD came home with us, for the yummy roast and to watch the Liverpool game.

The big Christmas tree, so big we couldn't fit it in the camera

Rae Rae taking me for a spin.

Christmas lights on Oxford Street

On our Hummingbird mission

Piccadilly Circus

I missed out on trying any of the roast but I did stay up to watch Liverpool beat Chelsea!! Woohoo! Mummy told me how delicious her 6 hour Pork roast turned out and how daddy was impressed with the crackling.

I really like going in to central London. It’s really beautiful this time of year when everything is lit up for Christmas. All the main streets like Oxford, Regent etc are all decorating using so many tiny fairy lights. It looks amazing! Mummy couldn’t resist taking a few photos.

We had a skype session with Omi this week and she mentioned that some of the Christmas shopping links were not working. Mummy has updated them and on a another good note a lot of the websites are having sales at the moment. Mummy has re-posted the links below.

If you have any problems please let us know and mummy can email the links to you. If the website requires a password it will be: Harlow11 (this one requires the password: Harlow11) (Click on Gift List and enter mummy’s email address:

Only 33 sleeps till Christmas!

H x

My cousin Brianna


I may have mentioned my cousin Brianna in previous blogs, as she loves me and adores me very much.  When I lived in Australia and she would come to visit she would play with me and give me lots of cuddles and kisses.  In fact I was the first person she would want to see when she went to visit Omi and Poppy.

This blog today is dedicated to her as I am really proud of her and she is famous!!

 Mummy showed me a picture of her in an article in the Southern Highlands Newspaper.  Brianna has Type 1 diabetes and this article was all about how brave she is and how she is trying to help raise money to help JDRF find a cure.  I will include the link so you can see it for yourselves.

Brianna was diagnosed with Diabetes when she was on holiday in the US when she was only 3 years old.  Diabetes is not easy to live with, every two to three hours (even when she’s asleep) Brianna must prick her finger to test her blood glucose levels or inject insulin into her body to keep her alive.  She has to monitor everything she puts her in mouth as it can affect her sugar levels.  As she is getting older she is a lot more aware of how to deal with this and is very good at saying no to treats and testing her blood herself.  I am so proud of her, she is very brave.

 Every year around this time JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) organise a 5km ‘Walk for a Cure’ fundraising event.  It is in aid of raising lots of money to help find a cure for young people with Diabetes.  This year the walk was in Parramatta Park and Brianna walked the full 5km.  Omi, Poppy, Aunty Melissa and Uncle Nathan and lots of other family and friends all dressed up and joined her.  So far Brianna has raised almost $2000 but  I want to help her raise a little bit more.  So I thought it would be great to share Brianna’s story with my readers, friends and family.  I would really appreciate if you can dig deep and help my favourite cousin reach her goal by donating to her fundraising page.  It’s really easy to do, and will only take a min. 

You can also read her article if you want to hear more about her story. 


My cousin Brianna and I - Two little Princesses.

H x


Weekend roundup


We have been busy little bee’s this week so here is our weekend roundup.  On Friday I had lunch with Sarah, mummies friend from when she used to work in Recruitment.  They used to have so much fun, sneaking off at lunch for a glass of wine and going out after work on a Friday.  I have mentioned Sarah before because mummy is very excited for her, as she got engaged the other weekend.  Sarah’s Nan knitted me a lovely white and pink cardigan with a hood.  It was a perfect fit and goes lovely with my pink corduroy overalls!


My new cardigan. Thank you Sarah. xx

On Saturday again we were in a very social mood and had planned a brunch in Wimbledon with Jo and Kristy.  I had never met Jo before but I liked her very much, she really like holding me and let me bounce on her lap.  Wimbledon Village was quite nice and it was a rather eventful brunch.  Firstly mummy tried to give me Pancakes, but I wasn’t really interested,they were a little bit overcooked.  They are Brianna’s favourite so I thought I would love them too, I guess I wasn’t in the mood.  Then whilst we were having breakfast a group of people rode past in the main street on their horses!  You expect to see horses in the country side or on old Macdonald’s farm like mummy sings about, not in the street whilst your in a cafe having breakfast! Then all of a sudden, a pigeon flew into the cafe and there was a big commotion.  The poor bird flew into the window but he didn’t hurt himself, I think he was just a little bit scared as he thought that was the way to get out.  He got himself into a little bit of trouble in one corner, but then a very nice man caught him and let him go outside and the Pigeon happily flew away on another adventure.

After brunch we walked around the shops in Wimbledon.  Mummy was very good and kept her money in her wallet.  Mummy and I helped Kristy chose some nice new clothes.  I did mention to mummy that my wardrobe is looking a little thin these days but she said we would go shopping for us another time.

Sunday was a beautiful day, the sun was shining and there wasn’t many clouds.  It was fairly warm so we decided to spend it outside.  Mummy and daddy took me on a very long walk along the Thames.  I think we walked about 5 miles but we had a little break in a pub in Barnes.  I was exhausted from being pushed in the pram so I had a little sleep and mummy and daddy played Connect 4 and drank some cider.  Daddy is really good and won 3 – 0!

We have a few birthday shout-outs this week. Firstly it was my Aunty Melissa’s birthday on Sunday and today is my G Nan’s birthday.  I really hope you both had a lovely day.  I can’t wait for my first birthday, mummy might even let me try some cake.

Oink Oink


Tomorrow we have the Virgin man coming out to fix our internet. Fingers crossed he does a good job and we won’t have to go down to Starbucks to use the internet anymore.  I know mummy loves the coffee there, but it’s a bit loud for my morning nap.  There is always some naughty baby screaming it’s head off!  We also have a fun day planned with Hartbeeps and our friends Jo and Lucille are visiting us.

I almost forgot to mention that I am mastering a few new tricks.  I am really good at walking around the coffee table, talking in gibberish really LOUDLY and clapping my hands.  I waved the other day when mummy told me too, but I haven’t done it since. Yesterday mummy helped me learn to walk with my toy walker.  I am good at climbing on it when it is sturdy, leaning up against the coffee table and I stand up, but this one has wheels and she set it up in an open space so I could stand up and push it.  Mummy held onto it so it wouldn’t run away from me and I slowly pushed it along.  I took a few steps and I didn’t think it was that hard.  We are going to spend the next few weeks practising until I am confident enough to use it on my own. Mummy usually puts me in my cot with my toys whilst she vacuums and I happily sit there and play.  This morning however I decided it was high time that I stand up on my own in my cot and peak over the top and I did it! She was very surprised and luckily she had her phone near by and filmed it.  I think it will feature in her next movie montage.

It’s my nap time now so I better go lay down, all these new tricks are exhausting.

H x






Little piglet

Dear Santa


Dear Santa,

This year will be my first Christmas.  Mummy has told me all about it and I assure you I have been a very good girl.  When mummy was little she used to get very excited about Christmas, it was her favourite day of the year and I think it still is.  She spent Christmas with her family they would celebrate with a big seafood feast at Oma and Opa’s house in Wedderburn on the 24th.  They would start with the big feast then they got to open all their presents under the big Christmas tree.  Mummy used enjoy decorating the tree with her Oma a couple of weeks before. Mummy said she was very lucky and looking back she was very spoilt.  One of her favourite presents was a battery operated guitar and a pink portable black and white TV.

Sadly we are not in Australia so we don’t get to enjoy my first Christmas with our families. Last year when I was in mummies belly we spent Christmas with all the families.  Christmas eve, like tradition we spent in Coffs Harbour with Oma, Omi, Poppy and my Aunty Melissa and cousins. Then we drove up to the Gold Coast and spent Christmas Day with G Nan and G dad,  Daddies Aunty and cousins and Uncle Matt and Sam. G Nan really put on a huge a feast, I think mummy ate lots as I remember it getting quite squishy in her tummy.

So this year we are not sure where we are spending Christmas and what we plan to do, however mummy and daddy has reassured me no matter what I have been such a good girl this year and Santa will find us where ever we are.  Also they said that this year since it’s my first I will most likely get spoilt even though we are so far away from our families.

Mummy has been talking to Omi on skype and came up with a plan for any one wanting to buy me a Christmas present this year.   Postage is very expensive in Australia, sending 6 Cherry ripes costs nearly $50!! So Mummy has set up some gift lists on some very trusted sites that we use here in the UK.  It’s a bit like a very long list to Santa Claus.  Mummy went a bit crazy and included everything from clothes, to stocking fillers and larger items (she won’t tell me though as it’s a surprise).  There is plenty to choose from and she has pre-entered in all the information like address and delivery dates etc to take out the hassle and save the costs of posting from Australia. She will include all the websites and passwords or Gift list names so they are easier for you to find.  What a good idea Omi!!

So what has everyone planned for Christmas this year? I won’t be the only one having my first Christmas, it will be Ada and Jordy’s first Christmas and all my friends from mummy’s mothers group – Jake and Cora, I wonder what will be on your letters to Santa Claus?       (use the password: Harlow11)  (Click on Gift List and enter mummy’s email address:

Only 43 sleeps till Santa visits.

H x




Good things come in Two’s


What a way to start the week! Firstly mummy discovered two new teeth in my mouth.  The two top fangs have come through which would explain why I was a little bit naughty on Sunday night when Uncle JD come round for a roast.  So far eveytime JD has visited I have been a little bit cheeky, he must think I am a little bugger! However I had my reasons this time. I now have a total of four teeth in my mouth, which is going to make eating a lot easier. I am really excited by this as my two front bottom teeth were getting so big and lonely in there.

Saturday night mummy, daddy and I had an early night since I was up way past my bedtime on Bonfire night. It wasn’t the best weather on Sunday so mummy decided to try out a Jamie Oliver recipe for a super tender 4 hour Lamb roast. She succeeded in making it look just as delicious as Jamie Oliver.  Although I was meant to be asleep, my new teeth were giving me troubles so I saw how good it looked.  JD and daddy looked very full and satisfied.  I think she is going to try a 6 hour Pork roast this Sunday.

Yesterday we had some wonderful news from our friends Heidi and Jason Atkins.  They welcomed a beautiful little girl into the world. Her name is adorable Ada Frankie Atkins.  I am super happy I get another girlfriend to play with when we visit Australia for holidays.

Then…. Last night my Aunty Jen text mummy when she was in labour with little Jordy.  We found out this morning that he arrived happy and healthy weighing a big 8 pounds 3 oz and 54cm long. His full name is Jordy Benjamin Kalcina  and he is a little cutie from what I have seen on mummy’s facebook.  I am going to have so much fun when we visit Australia, so many new friends and family to play with.  I think mummy has got a little broody again with all these beautiful new babies.  She was looking back at pictures of when I was born and forgot how small I looked.  They both say I am a big lump these days!

I am so happy for Aunty Jen and  Ben, Heidi and Jason.  Mummy says having a little baby in your life is the best thing in the world and I have bought her much happiness.  She says that although it was the most painful it was the most special moment in her life and she loves me to bits. I make her and daddy smile everyday.  There are four very proud parents  back in Australia and we wish them the very best and send big hugs and kisses to everyone.

H x

Bonfire night (Guy Fawkes Night)


It’s Bonfire night here in London and we went out and celebrated it in Wimbledon Park.   We met up with Jason, Jo, Henry and baby Lucille.  Mummy covered me in lots of layers so I stayed warm (even though it was a fairly warm night for November).  She also had a some ear muffs to block out the noise but I didn’t like them.  There has been fireworks going off all week so I wasn’t scared of the loud noises they make and I had heard them before when they took me to the Sydney New Years fireworks when I was in mummy’s tummy last year.  We arrived early and to our surprise there was also a fun fair in the park.  Mummy got very excited as she likes the rides and promised to take me on a(not to crazy) one.  We looked for a little while for a ride that was suitable for me and we settled on the Tea Cups.  I don’t think mummy realised how fast those tea cups spin around and she doesn’t like spinning rides.  Daddy took lots of photo’s of my first ride at a fun fair, it was really cool but mummy didn’t feel so well afterwards.

Daddy and I at the Fun fair in Wimbledon Park

Tea Cups

At 6:45 they lit the big bonfire.  It was really cool and it helped keep everyone warm.  Then they set off the fireworks!  It was pretty exciting, all the bright colours and loud bangs all went off  in time to Disney music and Katy Perry.  I am not sure who enjoyed it more,  mummy or me!






Akuna Matata!


For those of you who haven’t heard of Guy Fawkes night, here are some fun little facts:

Guy Fawkes Night is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure.

I also learnt this week that my G-Nan and G-dad met at a bonfire night celebration in London.

Getting a birds eye view with the help of daddy's shoulders.

This morning mummy and I had a visitor in Chiswick.  Mummy’s best friend Kristy came to meet us for brunch. We had a brunch in a little french restaurant called the French Kitchen, they had scrambled eggs and Salmon.  I wasn’t so lucky I just had toast soldiers (minus the googy egg).

Mummy has been making me all sorts of yummy treats and I have really expanded my ‘palate’.  For a while there I only wanted Weetbix for breakfast, lunch and tea.  However she bought a new hand blender and has started to make all sorts of yummy things. Some of my favourite meals at the moment is Spag bol,  cheesey smashed veg, fruity chicken and pretty much every bit of fruit I can get my hands on.  Strawberries are still my favourite!

Also other news is that I am fully signed up to Scallywags modelling agency.  Mummy was sent my interview photo’s so I have uploaded a couple.  I really hope I get some work as I love the camera!

So far this week has been pretty exciting with Halloween and Bonfire night, but we also had some wonderful news –   Mummy’s friend Sarah got engaged to her boyfriend Danny – so a big Congratulations to you both, how exciting!

Next week should be just as exciting and full of more wonderful news as my Aunty Jen is due any day now. I can’t wait to meet my new cousin, when he arrives and mummy and daddy’s friends; Jason and Heidi are expecting a baby any day infact Heidi is already a couple of days overdue. Their baby is a surprise so we can’t wait to hear if baby Atkins is a little girl or boy.  Either way there are lots of new babies for me to play with when we come back for holidays.  Goodluck Aunty Jen and Heidi.

H x