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Adult colouring in

I’m not too sure how I feel about these new ‘adult’ colouring in books that seem to be everywhere.  I was in Sainsbury’s last night and they had a whole stand dedicated to them.  But it reminded me of one of the hilarious joke presents my husband got me last year for Christmas (which I actually loved.)  It was a One Direction colouring in book.  I especially like the fact it’s 100% unofficial.

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Well, I’d sort of forgotten about it to be honest, until today when my husband dug it out and let our eldest daughter (nearly 4) loose on it.  I’ve posted some of her artistic efforts on this site before, and in fact, the banner for the site is one of her masterpieces, so I’m sure you’re aware she’s a child genius. ; )  Anyway, first page is a close up of Harry Styles, and prepare yourselves for this work of art:

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The creativity.  The use of colour.  The staying within the lines (mostly).  The green neck and blue and orange face.  He’s truly a dreamboat.

Of course, being me, I had to get in on the action, so I helped her out with the next one.  I did the two on the left, she did the other three.

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Having not coloured in for a while, I can confirm it does have stress-relieving properties.  It’s also a real giggle, especially if you can colour boys in with green hair.  And an immense laugh if your innocent child names them, (from right to left), Smudgy, Cludgy, Poo-poo, Blackie, and… Cliffy.  Amazing.

Of course, I was in true silly mode by now, so the next colouring in project was a close up of Niall.  We decided it was a bit boring so we made him into a lady, complete with tattoos and jewellery.  She added the necklace, and the smudge of Ribena on his t-shirt:

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Then we found the stickers in the middle of the book, and added a couple of those, and then stuck the rest all over a picture of Zayn.  But he doesn’t deserve a photo here because he’s left the band, the traitor.

So yeah, adult colouring in gets the thumbs up from me, especially if you’ve got a hilarious pre-schooler helping.

Oliver Jeffers

Do you ever hear a piece of news about someone you admire but don’t know and you’re SO happy for them, like they’re your best mate or a family member?  Well, that just happened to me when I read the news that the artist and children’s book writer Oliver Jeffers and his wife Suzanne have just had a baby boy, called Harland.

This is a man who understands children.  His books are about friendships, loss, adventure, not being afraid to stand out, and the general ridiculousness of life.  His illustrations are beautiful, and instantly recognisable.  AND he grew up in Belfast. You can probably tell I’m a huge fan.  If you’re not reading his books to your wee ones, you should be.

That is one lucky kid right there – just imagine the bedtime stories he’s going to enjoy.

The best ever game of I Spy

I’m still laughing about this hours later…

So, we’re all coming home from a family trip to IKEA when Little B announces she wants to play I Spy.  And being nearly 4, she has to go first. Here’s how it went:

Little B – “I spy with my little eye, something beginning with G.”

Me and her Dad – “Grass. Gate. Green. Gable. Garage. ”

Her – “Nope. It’s a horse!”

Cue us nearly wetting ourselves laughing…  We’d forgotten she can’t spell. And on top of that, there was no horse.

I went next and decided to do it her way:

Me – I spy with my little eye something beginning with x.”

Little B – “Car. Doggy. Boy. House. Window. Door. Garden. Footpath. Road. Bicycle.” (She’s basically just doing a say-what-you-see.)

Me – “No, Caravan!”

Immense craic.





Cherryvale Park


Any parent who has taken their kids to a park will know how amazing it is to visit a brand new playpark – there is no obscene graffiti, no broken swings, no peeling paint, no ‘potholes’ in the rubber surface.  Driving up the Ravenhill Road the other day I glanced to my left and spotted some new wood poking up above the hedge, where yellow and red metal used to reign.  “Ooooooh” I thought, “that looks like some kind of fancy new fort type thing in the park, I must check it out tomorrow.”  So the following day, kiddies were strapped into the car and off we went, expecting to find one piece of new play equipment.


How overjoyed I was to find a completely revamped, rebuilt, brand new park.  Little B was pretty happy too.  We visited 4 days before their launch party, so I’m presuming we were amongst the first visitors.  There is plenty to occupy an adventurous 3 and a half year old.  There are three wooden ‘fort’ areas with climbing, bridges and slides – one for very little people, one for slightly biggers, and a third for older kids.  There’s a set of swings for babies and toddlers, and another set with normal swing seats.  There’s see-saws, and one of those big pyramid spider web climbing things.




In short, it’s lovely.  Currently pristine, and a pleasure to take your kids to.  There is plenty of parking, and playing fields beside the playpark if you need to run them ragged.  Well done to Belfast City Council ‘Parks and Recreation’ department (probably not the real name but I love the TV show).  Now please come and do up Orangefield Park’s play area because it’s a state and there’s pieces of equipment in there that friends in their late thirties played on when they were children!