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This Week #20

Monday I had a seminar on corporate parenting , followed by Labour group. When I got home Anthony had some lovely flowers waiting for me, for St Dwynwen's Day . On Tuesday it was Full Council - the webcast is up - which I tried live tweeting to an audience of about three. :) I asked a question about the LTP (Local Transport Plan) and how we're going to promote public transport when we have no control over rail or the bus network... In the afternoon we went to Bron Afon's residents consultation for Northville, then I went on to finance committee for my primary school governor's board. Then came food shopping, always the highlight of the week... Wednesday was a home day, then Thursday Marianna and I went with my parents to Aust, so my dad could go fossil hunting. Me and my mum 'promenaded' up and down the walkway with the pushchair and just chatted. Friday and Saturday were both fairly uneventful, but sometimes it's nice to have a few days with

Mountfield: Kitchen

So far I've planned out the living room and dining room , this week it's the turn of the kitchen... Last year I did a post on what my dream kitchen would look like, so that will be my basic guide for the Mountfield kitchen. But t he kitchen is the heart of the home so there is a lot of stuff which needs to go in there. I'd totally love any input on bits and bobs you think should be in a 70s kitchen, and all the products which they'd be buying! First things first, layout. The back wall of the kitchen will be blocked in, save for a serving hatch. Kitchen cupboards will run underneath it. I want the sink to go under a window, because that was standard house design at the time, so I'm going to put in a window on the side wall. The wall that comes off to grant access will get its window transformed into a back door. I'm also going to put a door on the front of that under-stairs area and turn it into the pantry. That way I'll be able to display all my

Barbie's Back!

Much as I love Sindy - and her extensive range of furniture - she never had the glamour of her US counterpart. Still, in recent years Barbie has been overshadowed by young upstarts. First it was Bratz, stomping all over her territory, then came in house competition from Monster High and Ever After High, while out in the big bad world Fulla and niche brands like Lammily and Project Mc2 were turning the heads of her target demographic. But. Mattel have finally realised that just churning out the same old pink plastic tat and glitter mini dresses isn't going to win back their market share. Losing the Disney Princess franchise must have been a big wake-up call, and doubtless encouraged this new focus on their most famous doll line. So, what are they doing right? A is for Articulation For years it has felt like for every step forward Barbie made in the posability stakes, she took two steps back. This year we're almost there. Flat feet articulated at the ankle, the incred

Are you seen and never heard?

A quick challenge from the 1976 Mates annual... For a larger view, click HERE . I got 25. Mates says: Okay so people notice you, bu they're not exactly going to go away thinking 'Cor, what a raver!'. It's more likely to be, 'Five out of ten for effort. Could do better' . I can live with that. What did you score?

Review: Japanese Nappies

If there's one thing Marianna is really good at, it's producing wet nappies. So I jumped at the chance to write a review for www.japanesenappies.co.uk . We were sent a pack of 44 Moony pull-ups to try out and it didn't take Marianna long to get through enough of them for a pretty thorough review! I hadn't heard of Moony before, so I took to Google for a bit of background reading. Made by Unicharm, a company well known in many countries for its nappies and feminine hygiene products, Moony disposable diapers were first launched in 1981. They are all about comfort for the baby, and an easy life for the parent. For example they have a really user friendly wetness indicator; there are yellow lines which turn blue when the nappy is wet, meaning you don't have to play a guessing game. This is the pack we were sent - Size L (9-14kg) - how cute is the packaging!? The nappies themselves are so soft, inside and out! We've tried a fair variety of nappies - Pampers

Blogging, Public Office and Privacy

One of the big debates in the parenting 'blogosphere' is just how much you should share about yourself and your family online. Some people don't want their nearest and dearest to even know that they blog, while others are concerned about less savoury characters having access to details which could locate their children. It's a difficult call because, in these days of cyber surveillance, even the most anonymous blogger can be tracked down with enough persistence. When I see people post about it I sympathise, but mostly refrain from commenting. I don't worry about people being able to work out where I live from my blog. I don't even worry they'll be able to work out what I'm doing on any particular date, or where my child's future schools are. They don't need to put in that much effort. You see, a requirement of my job is that my name, address, telephone number, and any number of other personal details are in the public doma

St Dwynwen's Day

January 25th is the day of Wales' very own patron saint of love, St. Dwynwen... Dwynwen was said to be one of the legendary 5th century King of Brecon, Brychan Brycheiniog's, many daughters. She fell in love with a north Walian prince, Maelon Dyfodrull, whom her father forbid her from marrying. Dwynwen ran away from home but, ultimately, couldn't disobey her father and be with Maelon without his consent. In the child friendly version of the tale a frustrated Maelon quarrels with Dwynwen, showing her his true colours. The less child friendly account tells us that Maelon attempted to rape our heroine. Either way, Dwynwen prayed to God to maker her forget Maelon / save her from his unwanted advances. Her prayers were answered when Maelon was turned to ice and an angel appeared, ready to grant her three wishes: First, Dwynwen wished for Maelon to be thawed, pardoned and released from his passion for her. Next, clearly having been put off the idea, she wished that she w

This Week #19

This week has flown by! Monday, we did something... I forget what. Tuesday I got out of planning committee to attend an emergency school governors' meeting, and did the shopping. I had my first meeting of the Healthier Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday, then on Thursday I took Marianna for a meeting about small schemes and a consultation Bron Afon are doing. She was very good, and very much enjoyed the chocolate biscuit she got hold of. I had Gwent Police and Crime Panel on Friday; we set the policing precept for next year - it's going to be an increase of 3.99% if you live in Gwent, which equates to about 16p extra per week for a Band D property. On the plus side, they're going to be recruiting again for the first time in years: 100 new PCs over the next two years or so. In the evening Anthony went out, Marianna stayed with my mum, and I had a blissful evening of watching TV by myself. :) Saturday I just spent the day around my mum and dads, and then on Sunda

Mountfield: Dining Room

Last week I planned out the sitting room , this week it's all about the dining room. The basic layout is for open plan views between the living room, dining room and kitchen. There is no way that it staying, so those big central gaps will be blocked in to just leave the doorways. On the kitchen wall I'm putting a serving hatch in because, well, the demise of the serving hatch has been a sorry loss to us all. View of the dining room and back bedroom from the Mountfield promo pics. ✩ Carpet . I've got a brown one with a little pattern in it from Poppets Dolly Bits . ✩ Curtain Pole . ✩ Curtains . ✩ Wallpaper . My plan is to use wallpaper on the upper halves of the walls, then wood cladding on the bottom half. I've bought this wallpaper from mmminiatures on eBay. ✩ Dining Table and Chairs . Ideally I'm looking for either a drop leaf or extending table. ✩ Sideboard . To go under the serving hatch. ✩ Fruit Bowl . ✩   Light Fitting . I love those

Vogue - 73 Questions

There's a 73 quick fire question challenge doing the rounds, courtesy of Vogue's video series . I love blog challenges and the like so was psyched to be tagged by Loving My Finley to give it a go myself! 1. What Is Your Favourite Movie? Grease. It has everything! I did the 30 Days of Film Challenge a few months back, if you want to see more of my taste in film. 2. Favourite Movie In The Past Five Years? I don't know, I don't watch many new releases. I did like Get Santa though. 3. Favourite Hitchcock film?  So hard to choose, but Rebecca gets it by a hair. 4. A Book You Plan On Reading?  The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale. It's due out in May. 5. A Book That You Read In School That Positively Shaped You? I hated all the set texts at school, they were terrible. I hated Shakespeare, I hated Of Mice and Men, and I really hated An Inspector Calls. Chaucer was alright, I guess, so I'll choose him