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Moving North

I haven't written for a while, and there are good reasons behind that, we're moving North! Until February all my spare time was spent online looking at houses in Scotland that we could move to. Moving North Finding a New Home in the North The February half term week was spent with a massive driving expedition across Scotland. We stayed at Blackridge, between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Over the course of the week we saw several houses on both coasts of Scotland and both south and north of the central belt. In the end we chose a fab house outside the area we'd been expecting, in NE Scotland between Dundee and Aberdeen. Preparing to Move The living room in the old house being packed ready for moving north. (Photo: James Kemp) Since then it's been a mix of packing books, of…
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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World [Review]

Alexander with Cressida Cowell at the BFI (photo: James Kemp) I went with my family to see an advance preview of How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World at the BFI last Saturday. It was a good movie and the kids loved it, they also loved the Q&A afterwards with Cressida Cowell, Brad Lewis (the producer) and Dean DeBlois (the director of the whole trilogy). The Hidden World The Hidden World is the last in the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy. The Q & A was pretty clear on that. The next movie night well be related to The Wizards of Once, which Alexander asked Cressida Cowell about during the Q&A. In The Hidden World the gang are searching for the legendary home of the dragons. It's set a couple of years after the previous movie and everyone…
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Elf Mischief 2018 conclusion

This is part four of the Elf Mischief series. You might want to read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 first. Choreographing the Elf Mischief is one of the more creative things that I've done this year. It stretches the imagination, especially as there's a lot of pressure to keep it going every day from the night of the 30th November until Christmas morning. Elf Mischief Tooth Elf Lucy lost one of her front teeth while we were out at Longleat for the Festival of Light. So when we got home late we opted for the Tooth Elf. The elves intercepted the Tooth fairy and gave Lucy a pound each (normally the Tooth Fairy brings a £2 coin). Oddly although she found the money she had to go back to find Timmy and Alfie. Elf on Christmas Eve Seeing…
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Elf Mischief 2018 part 3

Here's the third part of what the Elves have been up to in the third week of December 2018. See Elf Mischief Part 1 & Part 2. Last installment to follow on Boxing Day! Elf Mischief Lego Wrapping The elves wrapped up the contents of the Lego advent calendars and closed all the doors. They hid with the 'presents' on the dining room chairs so that there was a chance that they'd be found quite quickly. Checking the Chimney Timmy the elf wanted to make sure that the chimney was ready for Santa. So aided by Alfie and Barbie's dog he's climbed up the bookshelf and is making his way into the loft for an Christmas Tree Coup The elves have had their eye on the spot at the top of the tree since it went up. The Fairy has…
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Elf Mischief 2018 part 2

Following on from Elf Mischief part 1 here are some more of the things that Alfie and Timmy have been up to while they have been here in December 2018. I'll post a third part of Elf Mischief on Christmas Eve to capture whatever else those naughty elves get up Elf Mischief cont'd. Elf Milk On Friday morning we discovered that an Elf had decided that milk tasted better blue. This upset Lucy so much that I didn't manage to get a picture before the blue milk was poured down the Elf Protest On Sunday 9th December Lucy spent the day moving presents about. She looked at every present under the Christmas tree and inspected it. This got the elves worried, and they enlisted the toys to help them. In particular there were a number of tiny placards made. These…
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