I'm not usually into fĂȘtes and things like that but, for whatever reason, I was in the mood for it today. We walked over the hill to go and have a look at this one in Saltdean and it was all very nice. Lots for the kid to do.

She made a biscuit. Please note the mushrooms, which were made using icing as an adhesive to keep the chocolate button caps on. The ladies running the operation were most impressed at this creativity. Being honest, I was impressed too.

Some good-looking cakes on display, and they've somehow managed to get one of them new Mac Pros already

Who loves fĂȘtes?

They also had sunflower seed planting. Tabitha loves planting stuff. 20p. Bargain.

And she's got a crocheted hamster called Hampy

After how hectic this week has been, I think I really needed this. Artisan craft fayre this afternoon, which might be pushing it.


Tabitha did some super good cycling today. She's had a bit of a psychological block on hills lately. We live on a bit of a hill and she hasn't been able to crack it, so we went smashing hills today.

I'm borrowing a camera to take to Moscow and I needed to go and collect it, so we rode into town to get it, which involved a hill. My least favourite type of hill. A long hill. Not very steep; just long. She crushed it. Good.

We came back a different route that has my second least favourite (and also the only other) type of hill: a short, steep hill. She crushed that, too. Actually, she extra crushed this one because she lost her balance a bit and had to start on the hill, which sucks to do, but she made it the whole way.

We stopped and she had an ice cream before walking home She's too young to ride on the road and I hate cycling on pavements. When we got to our road, she was ready. It's significantly easier than the two hills she already did, but she'd built it up in her head so it meant more to her to beat this one than either of the others. A really good day for cycling.

Next weekend I'm taking her to the marina because there's a really unpleasant hill there I want her to try.

Batting Practice

Tabitha wanted to play cricket. She's always had a bit of an interest in ball games, but it's not really something we've nurtured. Between her interest in art, writing, gymnastics; there's not really a lot of time left for anything else.

For some reason or another, we've been playing more games like this recently, and the opportunity presented itself to join Allstars Cricket so she wanted to give it a shot. She's very enthusiastic, but the coaches seem to focus on people who have a more natural ability and just let anyone else flap about and have some fun. One can flap about and have fun anywhere, so I've been trying to sharpen Tabitha's skills.

We've been bowling, batting, throwing, and catching, and she's really improving. She's also focussing a lot better than she normally does. She's like me - if she's not good at something immediately, it starts a timer on how long she's prepared to do it. Fortunately, she has improved quite quickly. She can bowl nice and straight, and hit the ball pretty well if it comes at her in a reasonable manner. Catching needs some work, but I guess that'll just come naturally with practice. Plus, American TV shows have taught me that kids love nothing more than to stand in their gardens playing catch with their dads, so I guess we have that!

Tabitha is Six

Tabitha is six now. This was the first birthday that she really got excited about and boy did she get excited. She had her first birthday party at Montezuma's (would recommend, by the way) and she has been counting the days since November.

She wanted Fatto a Mano at lunch because they're the only people who come close to making pizza as well as her mum does. Not even blowing smoke; Charlotte makes the best pizza I've ever had, and I'd choose her pizza over any others, given the chance.

Let's go to the park!

It's become a bit of a routine for Tabitha and I to take the dog for a walk when she's done at school. What that usually entails is me throwing a ball for Sudo and Tabitha going to the park.

What is it about 5-year-olds that they're utterly incapable of using play equipment for its intended purpose? We spent about an hour there yesterday and she didn't use one thing properly. Still seemed to have fun though.