Sunday, May 18, 2008

First things first. The giveaway!

Recarro is reevaluating our approach to holidays. He spent a lot of time trying to distract Ellie from the intriguing slopes and steps of shoe shops.
And from the steps outside cathedrals.In fact everywhere. He never lost his cool, but it drive him nuts.

You see, it didn't matter to Ellie what the weather was doing. Rain or shine, she just wanted to play. And play hard.

City breaks might have to wait a few year, but that's not to say we didn't have fun. I've got a few adventures from our holiday to Ghent to show you. But in the meantime...

Get your name into the draw. To win, tell me how many restaurants/bars/coffee shops we went into and then left before eating anything. Out of seven dining establishments which we walked blithely into - how many did we walk out of before even tasting so much as an olive?

You know the deal, you get past the 'easy' time of the first eight weeks when you can still take a sleeping babe in arms into a michelin-starred restaurant, past the still sitting in one place months and then reach not just 'toddlerdom' but 'I can scream really frigging loud over nothing at all' time which really starts to test your parenting skills in all kinds of new ways.

Yeah. We are there. Compromising our fine dining ideals . I never thought it would come to this. I thought we were invincible with baby-angel. Hah and double-hah.

Can't be bothered to say? Well think again, a bag (delightfully yellow-baggy) of freshly ground Mokabon arrabica coffee and a box of finest Ghentian chocolates are up for grabs.

If you have any doubts about the pedigree of these chocs, here's a photo of the workshop where they were made (glass floor from the shop through to the choco-cellar - that's my kind of cellar!)
The winner will be announced on my 100th post - just THREE to go. You all get a chance to change your entry just the once - any duplicates and there'll be a draw. I wish you could ALL win, because these chocs are delicious and the coffee smells incredible.


Working mum said...

Oo, I'm first in the draw!

I guess three.

Yes, City breaks have had to go on hold for us. The best we could manage with a toddler was York (yes, I mean in Yorkshire). We're saving Paris, Venice and Vienna for later.

The safari we're saving until she's 16!

Amanda said...

Oh, I would love to accidently get locked in that cellar for the weekend.

You can imagine how I feel going in any establishment with 4 young children. That's why we mostly stick to our local spots for now.

But, Ellie did look like she was having a good time evading y'all. And that must have been good for your fitness plan.

Reluctant Housewife said...

I guess two. My boys are just now getting big enough to sit responsibly in restaurants. My MIL is visiting this weekend and we've eaten a few meals out and I'm proud of how good the boys have been... Last year, it would have been really difficult to take Monkey out to eat anywhere but a family restaurant.


I am going to have to say five. I know that with our second child, we swore to go no where until he was at least one.

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

I'd say 7. I'm a pessimist that way.

CC said...
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CC said...

Sorry, in my last comment I forgot to actually leave a number, I was just too excited.

I'll say 6, because I don't think anyone said that yet.

And you are right that this is the PERFECT consolation for dead fishy. 2 things I love!

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ikkinlala said...

I'm going to guess three.

scrappysue said...

i'm thinking you gave up after trying all 7 - went to the nearest 7/11 and got something to eat on the go or back in your room!!!