Parenting comes with a long list of questions on a daily basis. From “where do babies come from” to “why is the sky blue”. It sometimes seems pretty relentless but how else are they going to learn about the world and everything else that goes on around them.
One thing that all have mine have got in a bit of a muddle with is family and who comes from where. I know that it wasn’t that long ago that my youngest was astounded that his Nanny was in fact my Mum!
As they grow so do their inquisitive natures and this is actually something I really love and try to encourage as much as I can.
Izzy came home the other day full of excitement that Ellen DeGeneres and Kate Middleton are in fact 15th cousins! I don’t know how much truth there is to that but it certainly got her thinking about the possibly there might be royal blood running through our veins and she was extremely excited by this prospect.
Over the holidays I have decided that we are going to do a little digging around and take a look at our family tree with some of the ideas I have left below:
Digging Out The Albums – We have piles an piles of photos packed away that sadly never see the light of day and going back through old albums is the perfect was to show the children faces of days gone by that they may of meet and forgotten about or never meet at all.
Stories – There is nothing better than getting stories from days gone by from other members of the family. Is lovely to let the children hear about what family and friends got up to all those years ago and also lovely for the family to relive these very special moments.
Ancestry Sites – Unlike when I was at school and the only real way to find out your family tree was by looking into records and censuses thee are now some fantastic ancestry sites that you can sign up to that collate all kinds of information and even delve as far as taking DNA samples to get a real in-depth look into your family history. Head over to get the Ancestry.co.uk discount which is on at the moment and will make your search even better!
There is so much to look into and it looks set to keep us pretty busy this summer so keep an eye out as who knows I could be revealing the secret I am in fact the distant cousin of Prince Harry!
My hands firmly clasped around a small, white ruffled paper bag full of my favourite sweets that had taken so much time and deliberation to choose is one of my fondest memories of our family holidays to Devon as a child.
My sister and I would be taken to the local sweet shop to pick our goodies for the long journey ahead where we would enjoy singing along in car whilst sucking on sour sherbet lemons, winding lengths of liqurique round our fingers and more often then not get in trouble for covering ourselves and the car in sherbet from our favourite Sherbet Fountains.
To so many people sweets are a huge part of their childhood memories and one taste can see them transported back to a special time and place that creates such a warm feeling of nostalgia.
I know this is very true to me and something my own parents have talked about over the years, fondly recalling sweets that are no longer available and the stories that come along with them.
The other week I was lucky enough to attend a golden ticket event hosted by Barratt – the brand behind so many of our much loved and fondly remembered sweets. Barratt have been out of the lime light for the past few years but have made a very welcome return with their patented classics such as Black Jacks and Fruit Salads and some great new products that I’m sure will have the power to conger up those same memories in my own children.
After a sweet themed cocktail…or two! we were given the opportunity to make our very own Dolly Mixtures with the help of a expert in this field who was probably shuddering at our feeble attempts.
With the help of the gorgeous Rosie from Mummy and Boo we managed to create a pretty good raspberry flavoured Dolly Mixture with a lovely pretty marbled effect; and for someone who isn’t a big fan of Dolly Mixtures I have to say our efforts weren’t to bad at all.
After all our hard work we settled down to a talk from the very knowledgeable food historian – Seren Charrington-hollins. I was astounded at how long ago the love affair with all things sweet started and was very surprised to how that chewing gum was intact founded in Greece, I would definitely have had my money on America for that one.
Below I have left some more information of the fascinating history of sweets and I hope this has all got you thinking about your childhood favourites as I would love to hear your stories.
As a family we spend a lot of time in Reigate and the surrounding area as it just has so much to offer.
A stunning park, a mass of fabulous shops and eating establishments, beautiful walks with breathtaking views and as I’m finding out it is also steeped in history.
For a long time I have wanted to visit the caves that are housed in Tunnel Road in the centre of town.
They are only open to the public five times a year and I always miss out. Luckily I was looking for the opening dates and got lucky as this weekend it was being opened by Wealden Cave And Mine Society.
We arrived and were greeted by our extremely friendly tour guide. I was a little worried as the tour was just under an hour and as we only had the two little ones I was not sure if they would last that long!
To my surprise they were very well behaved and were quite taken back by the sight once we were inside.
The talk was very informative and it was fascinating to find that the caves were in fact old sand quarries that were mined over several centuries and were also used as air raid shelters during World War II.
At points it was like a massive underground sandpit that the boys enjoyed playing with whist we listened to the wonderful stories that were being told.
It was a great trip for all ages but I do think that older children would get more out of the experience. It would be a perfect trip for children that are studying World War II. I also think it would make a fab Santas Grotto!!
Our next visit will be to the caves the Baron’s Cave in the castle grounds where we will take the others as they were a bit put out that we had been exploring without then today!