Tag: new zealand

Home in London with Daddy

| March 9, 2013

We were barely off the plane from New Zealand before Imogen was asking to go to the park to play on the swings and slide. As soon as the sun was up and we’d eaten our porridge we went out to our local park in London.

Imogen ran to the park with such enthusiasm, her little legs moving so fast. She wanted to show Daddy how she could climb the ladder to the slide after having plenty of practice playing in parks with her grandparents in New Zealand.

Seeing Imogen and her Daddy back together after eight weeks was incredible, they’d both missed one another so much. Between cuddles and play Imogen and Daddy are constantly chatting away about the adventures she had on holiday.

After lots of fresh air, sunshine and play it was time for a banana and drink before heading to Canary Wharf for a sandwich. We were lucky to have such beautiful weather and made the most of being outdoors.

canary wharf

Imogen was tired out after playing and had a nap soon after lunch so hubby and I enjoyed a leisurely walk along the River Thames before going home.

river thames

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

What I Wore Wednesday

| March 6, 2013

It’s Wednesday so here’s a look at what I wore when we were out and about in London’s financial district Canary Wharf this week.

The day was beautiful and sunny despite being a little chilly, quite a shock to the system after the hot summer we’ve just had on holiday in New Zealand. I was pleased to have a reason for wearing sunglasses as I’m still bleary eyed from jetlag and sleepless nights.

Hubby and I were shopping for Imogen’s birthday celebration next week. She loved having her photo taken, just look at that cheeky expression!

I’m wearing:
Ted Baker Sunglasses – NZ Wool Scarf – Gap Trench Coat – Kookai Stripe Top – Gap Pink Jeans – Laura Ashley Handbag – Clarks Black Leather Boots (previously written about here)

Imogen’s wearing:
Gap Hat – Polarn O. Pyret Fleece Jacket – Laura Ashley Jumper – Leggings (from NZ) – Clarks Baby Shoes

Baby Passport Photos

| March 5, 2013

When we were in New Zealand I took Imogen to a shop to have some photos taken for her New Zealand passport application.

Alas, the cameraman didn’t even get as close as clicking the camera’s button. Imogen didn’t want to stay still for a second. He kindly told me I could take some mugshots of my toddler at home and he would let me know if they’d do for a New Zealand passport.

The rules for baby and toddler passport photos seem to be much stricter in New Zealand. Babies cannot have their eyes closed and he clearly stated (looking at Imogen) that any ‘frizzy or loose’ hair must be tied away from the face.

Keeping Imogen’s eyes open isn’t a problem now she’s a toddler and alert 24/7 (or so it feels like it). But tying her hair back is tricky and getting her to look perfectly straight ahead at the camera is nigh on impossible. Her hair still isn’t quite long enough to tie back without clipping the shorter strands at the sides. So trying to get a hair tie in and then clipping the sides of her hair back meant I literally had three seconds to snap away before she pulled the ponytail out and ran out of the room… giggling loudly as I chased her down the hallway!

As these photos show, this is why you shouldn’t try and take baby passport photos…


Come on, just give up Mummy!