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Dear mummy, thank you so much for taking me down to Brighton over the weekend. We visited Funk the Family Festival in Hove, a one-day music festival and had a great time. The weather helped as it was such a sunny day!
We arrived after an hour journey through M25 traffic and parked in Hove City Centre. Funk the Family Festival 2015 was based at Hove Park, in a residential area and there wasn’t any long stay parking available nearby. So we parked a mile away in Norton multi-storey car park, 6hrs for £4.70 which was the cheapest around we could find. It was quite a walk to the festival though!! Which took us 30 minutes with a toddler in tow. We could hear the music getting louder and louder as we walked towards the site, the festival was in full swing!
By the time we got to the Funk the Family festival queue (which was short and quick thankfully) we were frazzled and in a desperate need to sit down. There were no maps around so we just headed for the main stage to get our bearings. It was lunch time, so we found a spot with our picnic blanket next to Lucy’s Little Forest School, on top of a slight hill so we could see the whole site while we had lunch.
There were so many food options available from gourmet burgers to curry or stone baked pizza and yummy burritos it took us ages to decide! We enjoyed a fresh pizza and sat in the sun and soaked up the atmosphere. We could hear the thumping music coming from the Club Tropicana DJ Bar near the entrance and the live music coming from the Main Stage.
The grassy field was a sea of people, picnic blankets and pushchairs. A lot of parents were sunbathing and letting their hair down, while little people roamed around them wearing bright orange wristbands with contact numbers on incase they went missing. It was a very safe environment and security and staff were on-hand and very visible which was reassuring.
After we had lunch we explored the site, the majority of the food stalls were on the left side of the festival’s main stage and the activities were on the right side, with a scattering of festival craft/fashion stalls in the middle. It would have been good to have a programme to take with us or maps up around the site. Luckily it was small enough to see the majority of tents around.
Unfortunately we missed the Vintage Caravan Photo Booth and didn’t discover it until it was time to go home. A map would have helped with that.
We didn’t make it around to all of the activities but our favourites were Lucy’s Little Forest School where we played with clay and made a forest sculpture. We watched other children make recycled art out of plastic shopping bags too which was a good up-cycling technique. I enjoyed sticking my pine combs and feathers in the clay and it was a great souvenir of the day to take home with me.
We loved watching the giant bubbles, against the backdrop of the blue sunny sky. It was quite a crowd pleaser, and even though it was busy it never felt like chaos. I even had a giant bubble pop on my head!
We enjoyed creating a work of art over at Bonnie Mob (Bonnie Baby London’s) stand. For £6, we used fabric paint in neon colours to decorate a t-shirt to take home. This was great fun and with a little help from my mummy, we used stencils to embellish my creation. I loved painting my hands and imprinting them on the white fabric. Their marquee shielded us from the hot sun which was also a blessing in the heat of the day.
I loved the toy stroller test park, where Pimp My Stroller had demonstration models of their quirky toy strollers out for children to play with. I waited patiently for one to come available. When it was my turn I went round in circles over ramps pushing a toy stroller while other children used it as a speedway! A great idea, shame they didn’t have more out to play with as the stand was quite popular with a lot of children waiting for their turn. We’d never seen anything like it. These toy strollers are really funky!!
Storytime, was another great activity and it allowed me to wind down before our trip home. I loved hearing about the Walnut Tree and was mesmerised by the story-teller.
Along with the disco tent, the circus tent and the messy play area, it was enough to keep the little ones amused. A lot of the children were content just to watch the bands perform on the main stage and have a good boogie. We watched a lot of children roll down the grassy banks and play chase too. They weather was a blessing as it was perfect weather for being outdoors, we don’t know how it would have worked if it had been chucking it down with rain, as there was a lot of open space and not much cover.
The circus tent, Cirque Du Funk, was heaving, so we didn’t manage to see a show. We opted to watch older children learn how to swing from the trapeze outside as part of the Circus Project. This was a shame and maybe next time they could have more seating or a bigger circus tent to fit everyone in. It proved to be quite popular!
In the end we headed back to the festival entrance where there was plenty of green space opposite the Club Tropicana DJ Bar and Disco. We spent the last hour here chilling out.
Daddy enjoyed listening to the DJ’s while he queued for cocktails, however they could have done with an extra person helping to serve drinks as two people weren’t enough to keep up with the demand at the Club Tropicana DJ Bar. He was there for 20 minutes which could have been spent dancing with me! £8 a cocktail was to be expected at a festival, however we observed that some festival goers had snuck bottles of wine in! Cheeky!
Funk the Family’s toilet facilities were good and even at 5pm they weren’t too stinky. More larger family portaloos would have been good. We loved that they had a separate quiet area for breastfeeding and nursing. The Tree of Life’s well-being zone was great with opportunities to try Yoga for free, a cheap massage and get good health advice.
They could have done with more bins around the site for general waste as we carried a lot of our rubbish home with us as we couldn’t see anywhere to put it. Lots of recycling bins around though which is always good.
Some great memories were made at this festival and we throughly enjoyed it. My mummy even got to lie down and bask in the sunshine for all of 5 minutes, until I jumped on her!! I had a smile on my face in nearly every photo and soon as I got into the car to go home I was sparked out! Zzzzzzz
A great day out! We’d recommend this family friendly festival to anyone, with or without children. The music was eclectic and fresh and really showcased the local talent. The setting was perfect, right in the heart of the community. A lovely local festival.
Why we’re looking forward to Funk the Family!
Dear mummy, the festival season has started! We have a couple to attend this year and are really looking forward to them. This is why…
Ten reasons why we’re looking forward to Funk the Family festival.
1) Location. Funk the Family Festival is in Hove, next to Brighton’s main attractions on the coast. It’s the perfect setting for this quirky family-friendly festival. It’s in Hove Park, a lovely large green space, great for local families. We love visiting Brighton.
2) Line-up. It’s great listening to new music and discovering new bands you like. We haven’t heard of a lot of the bands on the line-up but that’s part of the fun! Live music is the best! We’re looking forward to seeing Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer (he looks like an interesting character).
3) Dancing and getting our jig on. We’re bringing a picnic blanket and our dancing shoes! Bubbles and glitter! Full-on diva strutting to Soul Casserole at the Club Tropicana DJ Bar…sadly I won’t be drinking *well I am only 2!*
4) Stalls. We love having a mooch around stalls at festivals. It’s nice to see the festival organisers supporting local businesses and charities too! Oh, and the festival food! Can’t wait to get my smackers around some posh nosh. Yummy!
5) Lucy’s little forest school. I can’t wait to learn more about nature at the festival! It’s a sure way to keep the kids amused.
6) Soaking up the atmosphere. The best thing about festivals is watching the world go by. At Funk the Family we will be visiting the Tree of Life well-being zone and doing a spot of Yoga! Sounds bliss!
7) Daddy and mummy might brush up on their Circus skills. I cant wait to visit the big top and see the Circus PaZaz team in action. We’re looking forward to seeing performances from Brighton & Hove Youth Circus too!
8) I’m looking forward to some Red Jelly messy play time and some crafting. My mummy might gate crash the Fashion School and do some designing.
9) Finding *or stalking* Miss Sparkle the Festival Fairy. Well, it would be rude not to…she has come all the way from Fairy Land.
10) Little Lions Soft Play area, if all the dancing and playing has got too much for me I can always go for a little snooze in this area 😉
So many reasons why we’re looking forward to spending the day at Funk the Family. But most importantly it’s a chance for us to be together – mummy, daddy and me! Memories are made at festivals 🙂
Funk the Family Festival is on Saturday 30th, for one glorious day only!
Check out their website for more details. Come and be part of the fun!
Love Bella x
A toddler free day!
We had a hectic bank holiday weekend, so my mummy was prudent and booked off a ‘buffer’ day before she went back to work.
This was her rest day. A day where she just kicked back and relaxed. It was her bank holiday in lieu.
On Tuesday the weather was wet and miserable. It was dark in the house and she snuggled up on the sofa.
While people were busy commuting to work she was in her pjs and under a rug. She was happy that she made the decision to book the time of work and recharge her batteries.
She reflected on how lucky she was to have the opportunity to do this. A toddler and work free day, a break from the daily grind.
This is what she got up to.
1) She stayed in her PJs….ALL DAY! Lazy sod 😉
2) She had the chance to eat a full breakfast without having my little fingers pinch the red berries out of her cereal.
3) She watched some epic films including American Beauty, Wolf on Wall Street and Cloud Atlas.
4) She pottered aimlessly around the house getting side tracked – she spent an hour sorting out my clothes in my room!
5) She actually sat down with a cup of hot tea and read some of her book!
6) She managed to have a hot bath.
7) She watched some more telly and caught up on the news.
8) She surfed the Internet and did a little bit of blogging.
9) She organised herself, writing her lists and laying out clothes.
10) She caught up on sleep and dozed on the sofa…bliss!
When was the last time you had some ‘you’ time?
This post was inspired by one of my mummy’s #SoMum Twitter parties run by the fabulous Pippa@StoryofMum
The aim of the Story of Mum excercise was to say ‘yes’ to what she needed. This month my mummy needed some ‘me’ time at home x
How would you spend your ‘alone’ time?
The next #somum make date is on the 20th May 2015 – why don’t you pop over and have a look 🙂
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Dear mummy, as a baby I come across a lot of magical and awesome sights. One of those sights is my Grandfather’s massive collection of owls.
Owls are some of the most interesting and mysterious birds in the world so I can see my Grandfather’s fascination with them. They are beautiful creatures with flat moon faces and big eyes. My Grandfather has a huge collection of owls (obviously not real as they would poo and make a mess) in his study and every time we visit my mummy loves looking at his collection of ornaments. He has over 300 owls in his collection. There around 200 species of owls in the world! His consist mainly of Barn Owls and Tawny Owls, owls carved out of wood, marble, silver, stone and glass. Some have intricate detail and amazing beadwork. He has picked them up from all over the place, Peru, Asia, Canada, UK and Europe.
My favourites are the white and black owls brought back from Russia. Did you know that owls have been around for a long time? They appeared in fossil records up to 58 million years ago. They are also depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics and Mayan art. Woweee that’s a long time!
Owls today are found on all continents except Antarctica. It’s too cold for them there and there’s not much for them to eat apart from ice. Owls are carnivorous and will eat rodents, small sized mammals, insects and some eat fish and other birds. Owls are birds of prey so they need to hunt and eat meat. They have powerful claws which help them catch and kill prey. A Barn Owl can eat up to 1,000 mice each year and you can see why farmers try to attract Barn Owls to help control rodent populations. Barn Owls are my favourite as they have beautiful heart shape faces. Owls are very quiet when flying compared to other birds of prey as they have specialized feathers with fringes of varying softness the help muffle sound. They have broad wings and light bodies and camouflage coloured feathers.
All owls stand and sit in an upright position and have forward-facing eyes that give them binocular vision, just like us. Owls can turn their heads as much as 270 degrees to look around as they can’t turn their eyes. They have 3 eyelids which is kinda gross. One for sleeping, one for blinking and one for keeping it clean. Urgh.
Most owls are nocturnal, actively hunting their prey in darkness. Their hunting strategy depends on stealth and surprise. Not all owls hoot and they can screech, bark, whistle and hiss. This is what makes them kinda creepy and sinister. You can tell why witches and wizards love them! I like Harry Potter’s owl Hedwig, but he is kinda clumsy and harmless. Quite the opposite from real life. An owl’s sharp beak and powerful talons allow it to kill its prey before swallowing it whole (if it is not too big). Oh no, mummy! will Grandad’s owls eat me?!?! They look far too friendly to attack humans. Well that’s what I think….However in 2013, a man from Inverness, Scotland suffered heavy bleeding after being attacked by an owl, which was widely believed to be an Eagle Owl. Bigger than me! Well nearly….
In Africa, amongst some of the tribes, it is believed owls are harbingers of death. If someone saw an owl or heard its hoot, someone was going to die. Owls are viewed as omens of bad luck, ill health, or death. It’s not just Africans that believe this superstition in Arab mythology and Native American cultures, owls are a very bad omen too. Good thing us Westerners associate owls with wisdom. We have Ancient Greece to thank for that. Athena was the goddess of wisdom, and had the owl as her symbol. Talking of wisdom, did you know a group of owls is called a parliament, wisdom or study. “Parliament?!?”….funny how a group of owls could mean that and in superstitious terms mean harbingers of death and bad omens. Do you think our UK parliament are owls of wisdom or bad luck?
But we can help.To show your support and for more information http://www.owls.org
In the meantime I will enjoy my Grandfather’s collection of owls from across the world and hopefully they will be passed down from generation to generation for our whole family to enjoy.
I hope you enjoyed this post it’s been a hoot!
Baby Bella Owlet xx