Aquatic surprises

We had an afternoon with Grandma and were at a bit of a loss as to what to do. I’d never been to the Guernsey Aquarium before but had heard that it had had a major refurb, so we gave it a go. I’m rather pleased we did.

My 11-year-old was grumpily adamant he didn’t want to ‘go and stare at a load of boring fish’ and trudged sullenly along. By the end of our very pleasant hour or so he was entranced and had taken ownership of my phone.  It turned out to be a great little place for our different age ranges.

We particularly loved the mini eels (adorable), the graciously sweeping rays and the camo-ready brill, and a couple of empty tanks meant that some exciting big fishies might be on their way soon. Our 3-year-old was given a little step so he could enjoy everything his siblings did. The aquarium is good value too – only £5 for adults, £4 for OAPs and £3 for children, and if you buy 4 tickets the 5th is free. They are open daily and even offer children’s parties.  It’s a great space which has been done really well. They even offer fishy pedicures – I’m not sure whether the advertised ‘2 minute taster session’ is meant to be funny, though…

 

 

 

 

Mini obsession

IMG_3815It’s pouring with rain outside, so it’s a perfect time for some West Show prep. My 8 year old is planning a mini fairy garden and I’ll admit that I’ve become a little obsessed with all things tiny. It’s actually very therapeutic. We’ve been collecting mini windfalls, got thimbles from the Red Cross, bought a couple of things from Oatlands craft shop and have been debating whether to actually plant some grass seed (I think not).

I’ve just found our little Goodness Gang seed pots from the Co-op which would be great in a mini garden; I’m just hoping they will germinate as we’re a bit late with it!  Cress ought to be safe.

Right now, my daughter’s Fimo toadstools are baking away in the oven.

Les Bibides

This morning, we were so glad to discover the Les Bibides class, run once a month by the Guernsey Language Commission, and Jo in particular – to teach Guernésiais (Guernsey French patois) to pre-schoolers. Held in Le Grand Courtil in St Martin’s, we popped along there for an hour or so with my three-year-old and his eight-year-old sister and they really enjoyed it. Continue reading

It’s Showtime!

It’s that time of year when this lovely old-fashioned booklet starts appearing in every (properly) local shop and veg stall.  Two came home in book bags.  It’s West Show time!

Now, I’m a relative newbie to this scene; I’m imported from the UK, for a start, and we’ve only lived ‘out west’ for the last five years, so we’re pretty insignificant in this neck of the woods.

Let’s be clear.  The West Show is a BIG DEAL.  It’s also a whole lot of fun.  The summer holidays just wouldn’t be the same without it, and I’m proud to have taken part in our own little way since the kids have been at the local school. Continue reading

SING at Beausie

Yesterday didn’t start well on the weather front, but Beau Sejour had a solution for the afternoon in the form of a ‘Sing’ event in collaboration with the School of Popular Music. On the concourse, the school had set up electronic drum kits, electric guitar and bass stations, keyboards and ukuleles for kids to try out, and in the Dave Ferguson Hall you could try your hand at karaoke or dancing to the sounds of the DJ. Then we chilled out in front of the fantastic film, Sing.  Highly recommended, and well done for an inspiring afternoon, Beau Sejour.