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The Marsden March & more!

So today nearly 4,000 people walked from The Royal Marsden in Chelsea, south west London all the way to The Royal Marsden in Sutton, Surrey. All of the money raised will be going to the provision of cancer care at both hospitals. 

The Marsden March website.

One of our best friends has recently moved house and lives near the Royal Marsden so we decided to go and see the marchers!

Joshua tried to join in! IMG_7850-2

This is the first time he's actually walked outside :)


Some of them were dressed in costumes - smurfs, red indians, tigers, mr blobby etc and some were just dressed in sponsering Tshirts. Jakob loved watching them all, especially as most of them had balloons tied to them!

Once they finished the race they got food, drink, a massage and a medal. Watching them all finish made me want to walk for charity and now I can't stop thinking about it! I probably already have to much on my plate already with the family, uni, placements, learning to crochet (my new venture...) but I've just joined the gym and I'm seriously considering signing up for a sponsered walk next year.

Anyway we had Joshua and Jakob and my friends had their two littlies A who is 18 months and N who will be 4 in the summer. Jakob absolutely loved N and they ran around playing together all day. They got balloons from a man that tied them up into sword shapes, and Joshua and A got little poodle dog balloons lol. 


When we left the weather was mild, but as we were there it became sunnier and warmer and it turned into a really lovely day.

We stayed for a bit, ate some lunch, N got his face painted and then we headed off.

As it was such a nice day me and Ian decided to go to the park afterwards - but it turned out the park was en route of the Marsden March and there were still lots of marchers! (They were still passing our house while the boys had dinner too!).


Jakob rode his bike around the park, we sat and had a picnic on the grass while Jakob examined different leaves, twigs, bugs... then we went and got an ice cream.


Jakob took off his top, and the looks we got! I didn't realise it wasn't the done thing, but he was hot and wanted it off so why not.


He also found a stick he liked, and as soon as I saw it I thought of something I had seen on a blog; maybe the same blog that I found how to make waldorf inspired window stars. Anyway here is the stick, and we brought it home with us so maybe there will be a blog post on what I'm thinking about now, sometime soon :)



Finally, snow!

While the rest of England (and supposedly the rest of Europe) have been drowning snow, suffering a 'big freeze' cold enough that we've been put on Amber alert, my street has had a mere sprinkling of the white stuff.

I love snow, people hate it but where we live the transport is so good (usually) that if I can't drive we can still usually get either a bus, train, tube, boat, tram, etc and rarely have to wait more than 1/2 an hour even in arctic conditions. So we love it. Christmas was so mild it didn't even feel like Christmas.

Last week when the rest of the country was struggling we had so little that when I asked Jakob if he wanted to go out and play he looked at it, looked back at me and went 'nah'. He usually loves snow.

So this morning we were happily surprised to find a white blanket covering the garden :) I was meant to be in university today but didn't end up going due to Joshua being ill. I think he has some sort of eye infection - green gunk oozing out etc. We are going to see our pharmacist later and speak to him.


We spend the morning inside in the warm and made a waldorf inspired window star originally seen here . I did most of the cutting and folding and Jakob used the scraps of tissue paper to practice his cutting and folding! But still the outcome was better than I thought it would be.

As you can see when we do things like this we do a lot of improv. The tissue paper weren't the exact colours I wanted - but they were cheap. We didn't have pritstick like the originally tutorial so I used a little PVA in a tuppaware  lid.

After we had done this Joshua went for a sleep so I decided to take Jakob into the garden for some fun in the snow.

We made a snowman, with an ice cream scoop and a bowel with bits of sticks for eyes! lol. Jakob had a lot of fun packing the snow in and tipping it out.



Jakob collected some leaves so I put them around the edges of the bowl and packed it with snow so that when we tipped it up they stayed around the edge.



Then I hid one of the leaves in the middle of the snow and when we tipped it up the leaf was gone so Jakob had a lot of fun jumping and stomping to break up the snow and find the leaf.


As we were out there Ian came outside to chop up some wood for the fire, and Jakob wanted to help. He also collected some twigs and wanted daddy to cut up his twigs for him.


Jakob said he wanted to cut the snow, so I went and got a tuppaware pot and his knife and packed the snow as hard as I could into the pot and he spent ages cutting through it, and once it was messed up i'd pat the snow down again so it was hard and he could start again.


I started to come inside but Jakob didn't want to so he spent a long time outside with his dad in the snow,  scooping it back into the bowl and tipping it out.



When he finally came in he wanted to play with the tissue paper again, so I poured out a little of the PVA glue and gave him some card and paper and tore up the tissue paper so he has been sticking that now :)


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