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Summer Reads for Children

We were very excited to be invited to take part in the Summer Reads Book Tour – organised by HarperCollins and have been romping through the fantastic books we have been given. Officially we are reviewing: ” Goodly and Grave … Continue reading

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Grenfell Tower

There are no words. And yet so many have been written. Many friends of ours have lost friends, classmates and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them; all those that I have met in the last weeks, desperately searching for … Continue reading

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Not a Notting Hill Mum and Mr Darcy learn animation – in the style of Kubo and the Two Strings

To mark the release of  Kubo and the two strings on DVD, the latest animation from Laika studios who made Coraline and Boxtrolls, we were invited to an animation workshop run by Chocolate Films in central London –  which showed us … Continue reading

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Christmas Carols at the Royal Albert Hall

Christmas tunes have been pumping – or piping – out (depending on the genre) for weeks now,  but with only a week to go things are getting serious and it is time to bring out the real thing-  proper live … Continue reading

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Affordable Christmas Presents and the Top Toys of 2016

Every year the toys get more incredible: more interactive, more technologically brilliant, more  creative, and  – understandably perhaps –  more expensive. So every year when I go to the unveiling of what will be the Top Twelve best selling toys … Continue reading

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Chinese Lanterns at Chiswick House

Triffid size flowers,  flamingos at the water’s edge,  giant squirrels, giraffes, pandas in a bamboo forest and a vast Chinese dragon –  the display of illuminated lanterns at Chiswick House in West London is seemingly never-ending. This is the first Magical … Continue reading

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Nutcracker on Ice

We are still catching our breath after this afternoon’s show – The Nutcracker on Ice – at the Royal Albert Hall. It’s an incredible mix of ice dancing, acrobatics, trapeze artists, magic tricks and even dancing with fire – and … Continue reading

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How (not) to ice your first Christmas cake

So.. the cake was there waiting to be iced with an almost perfectly smooth covering of marzipan. I knew from memory that what I needed was Royal Icing. Again mum’s icing was famed from one corner of the globe to … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas from Not a Notting Hill Mum

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Praying for Paris

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Calling London – on my Birthday!

It really is my birthday and I am very happy to celebrate it online, by letting you know about a drive to get your unwanted warm winter coats to those who need them. The initiative is called Calling London Coat … Continue reading

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Halloween in Notting Hill 2015

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