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Thursday Photo #147

It has been one of those weeks where I’ve had lots of work on but just as many excuses to step away from the laptop. Take last night for example. I had a million and one work-related things I should have been doing. And yet what I was actually doing was arguing with a roll of washi tape. Which is probably exactly what most of the country’s parents were doing in preparation for World Book Day.

What we’ve been up to

Despite my pleas for a quiet weekend, I was outvoted and we headed to Warwick Castle on Saturday. I have to admit it was the right decision as we all had a brilliant day. Plus, it got me out of trudging around a camper van show which I really wasn’t in the mood for. Our time will come for viewing camper vans when we’re in a position to buy one.

Warwick Castle in Warwick, West Midlands is a brilliant day out for both adults and children. There is so much there that you need to plan your day so this post aims to let you know the activities, shows and events that are available. This is an educational, interactive day out that kids will love and they won't even realise how much they're learning about history. This is a Merlin attraction.

As the week went by, I realised World Book Day was creeping up on us. We had a couple of requests from Libby to go as various princesses and she does have an appropriate dress. But I wasn’t overwhelmed with enthusiasm for the idea as it seemed a bit unimaginative. Then as she was going out of the door one morning this week she said, “I think I’d like to dress up as Willy Wonka.”

My husband and I both jumped on that idea – probably a bit too much. We found a bow tie and an appropriate coat but by yesterday that was all she had. So yesterday morning I headed into town to buy the rest of the outfit. I managed to find just one top hat that would fit her and my dad dropped over a stick that she could use as a cane. But to be honest it was all a bit of a rubbish attempt.

So I grabbed some black tissue paper and gold washi tape while I was in town and I thought I’d have a go at decorating the cane. Libby wanted some gold on her coat too and I thought we should do something with her glasses. And of course, Willy Wonka should have a golden ticket to give out.

The unexpected late night

So after running last night, instead of catching up on some work I found myself in the company of a roll of tape. Not forgetting the cardboard, scissors and glue. By the early hours of the morning the Willy Wonka costume was complete. And breathe – it’s all over for another year. Until five minutes ago, when she announced that for the next dressing up event she wants to be covered in stars. And when is it? Tomorrow of course.

Our Thursday photo #147

Of course, our Thursday photo #147 had to be of the Willy Wonka costume. I let Lia dress up as a princess for playgroup too because she felt a bit left out.



  1. March 3, 2017 / 6:38 am

    The costume is absolutely brilliant! Staying up until the early hours to sort it out is definitely crazy though. At our school, princess dresses seem to come out for every dress-up occasion for all girls in reception to year 3, including Great Fire of London day! It such a shame that people resort to them, but you can also understand it with the cost and time of other costumes. (I’m pleased to say my daughter didn’t wear one though – all her costumes have been based on a pair of her brother’s old school shorts and a baker boy cap, which works for any era from Medieval times to WW2, in my humble opinion!)

  2. March 3, 2017 / 6:46 am

    She looks brilliant Nat, well done! It’s so much pressure on parents isn’t it. I was super organised with Alice’s, but then Holly’s preschool told us on Tuesday they were doing it. Holly only goes to preschool 1 morning a week and of course it was on World Book Day! Thankfully she had her ballet outfit and went as Angelina Ballerina! x

  3. March 4, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    That is such a fabulous Willy Wonka outfit – love the way the washi tape just adds the perfect finishes touches. Lia looks lovely in her princess dress too 🙂

  4. March 6, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    Was there a prize? You did a great job. I spent days on my boys’ costumes and then spent ages fixing them before school lol.

  5. March 6, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    She looks fab!! I really enjoyed World Book Day this year, I am not at all creative but it was so nice seeing Meme so excited!!

  6. March 7, 2017 / 11:35 am

    Hi Nat, World Book Day does seem to be a big thing that until recent years I had never heard of. You did a fine job of dressing Libby up as Willy Wonka, in fact, I think Roald Dahl himself would be impressed. Lia looks very cute too, a proper little princess.


  7. March 9, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    Oh I love the Willy Wonka outfit! We really enjoyed World Book Day here too. Such fun and of course the princess is super pretty too x

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