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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



http://www.toysrus.co.uk/publiclist/12252673941102272/view.jsf (this one requires the password: Harlow11)

http://www.mothercare.com/ (Click on Gift List and enter mummy’s email address: hughesy82@gmail.com)

Only 33 sleeps till Christmas!

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

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