Unexpected Discovery Of Model Railway Joy

There's something wonderful about sharing a coach trip with several folk you've never met before but you find  you have a lot in common with.  this happens to everyone at some time or another when they go abroad for a short holiday.  We all seem to go into over drive with the polite niceness.   This definitely happened to me recently on a coach trip to germany, I knew no one wh...
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However Hot Out, Never Dive In Deep Water

There are times throughout a year when playing near water is safer than at others.  Now is just when youngsters and teenage men should not go near it.  Why, year after year, do young adult men think it's ok to jump into a largebody of water - to go for a free cooling swim?  We are warned every single year about the dangers of unexpectedly deep water pockets, it makes the swimme...
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Old Familiar Sharing Games Replacing Choc-Fest

I have spent a gloriously happy easter weekend away from home staying with relatives.  There were no children around and although it was busy, it did seem to be missing this essential element.  We made up for it though, happily joking and playing around as grown up kiddies might!  The amount of chocolate scoffed was much less than in the day when my siblings and I managed to ea...
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Toddler Toy Quest Recalls Childhood Joys

We have just enjoyed another busy Christmas and new year period - this time though we had the joy of a toddler to spoil and be enthralled by.  It was hearing about the tot's exploits, working out how to unwrap the gifts, the shortest route to success, that was the most amusing.  Of course, as is always the case, the actual contents of the boxes recovered from the ripping and sh...
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Toy Stores Bring Unique Joy & Family Togetherness

This must surely be the most favourite time of year for children of any age - 1 year up to 101 years and more! The lure of the Christmas parcel pile is overwhelming sometimes.  I was watching a programme on families who had been affected badly in the blitz of WW2, they were so cheerful all the time, keeping their spirits up was a way of life and no one wanted to be seen moaning...
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Without The Bails – It Just Isn’t Cricket

Oh the joys of playing with proper toys when you get the chance!  There are some great kids that live in my neighbourhood - all ages from late teens down to the tiny tots.  Most of the time I don't see them at all - they get ferried to and from school in the family taxi, scurrying in from car to house.  Weekends are much the same, not very much evidence of childhood existence. ...
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Lack Of WiFi Created Game & Playtime Heaven

Having just returned from a family jauant down to the wet country, where we were housed in two small cottages with walls ten inches thick and low rooflines, it was momentarily fab to get back to normal communiations and use of phones.  Although the holiday was tremendous fun, there were times when one of our number needed daily business dealings. But all was not lost - in th...
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Playtime Takes Changeable Weather In It’s Stride

Wooh, well the change in the summer weather in this very tiny part of the world is quite astonishing.  We sailed through August with absolute amazement.  There was one small calm patch at the beginning, a little bit chilly but on the whole reliably warm once the overnight mists or rain had cleared.  This happy situation only lasted the first week or ten days, then back to the m...
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Summer Evenings Mean Outdoor Fun Fun Fun

The world of small toys isn't all there is in the massive business market of toys.  Games, sports, hobbies, but mostly toys, are what young people and their extended families all need to keep their collective feet on the ground.  We can have far too much tv, game consult hugging, sports analysing etc.  Getting to grips with a good toy or climbing frame, be it huge or really tin...
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Toy Emporium Knocks Pre Loved Stumps For Six

Making sure the summer months off school are happy, incident free, expenditure free and full of child happiness is possibly one of the most oft desires amongst mums, grans and childminders.  There is a definite need for children to get out there and explore during their play times.  In a recent waltz down my local high street, I ventured to each of the charity shops to see what...
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