Introducing New Mumbler Liz (includes a write-up about the Norfolk Show!)
Hello. My name is Liz Humphries and I live in Norwich with my husband and 3 children, Joshua, Madeleine and Nathaniel.
Joshua is 10 and he starts high school this September (where has that time gone?!) He’s a drummer, a keen reader and loves playing Fortnite. Madeleine is 8, she likes to think of herself as a fashion icon and a freestyle dancer. She’s a cadet with St Johns ambulance and is a brilliant mini mum to Nathaniel, who is 16 months old.
After escaping relatively unscathed from baby/toddler years – and rather enjoying the fact they can play in their rooms on their own now… I find myself flung back into the baby zone as an age gap mum. And no, it’s not like riding a bike, it’s just as wonderful, tricky, time consuming and scary as the first two times only with a completely different character to work out!
My friend introduced me to Norwich Mumbler and I am grateful to have a friendly parenting community to chat to and also to have event listings in one place! It makes my life a lot easier.
My career background is in journalism and communications. I love music, I play the violin, piano and bass and I am keen that my children learn and enjoy music too.My favourite baby friendly place in Norwich is the Forum library, which is obviously also great with two older children, and further afield, my happy place is Blicking or Whitlingham Broad.
I’m looking forward to helping Katrin to maintain and develop her fantastic Norwich Mumbler website while she’s busy adjusting to life as a mum of 3 (no advice from me, it’s madness).
As a starting post, I’m going to write a few words about our trip to the Norfolk Show last week. Hope you enjoy reading it.
The Norfolk Show
The Norfolk show might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
There’s the price for a start, the dubious weather,the smell…
But after a bit of research, I discovered that under 5s are free, and the car park pass was also free if I booked online. I only had to pay for myself, so I made up my mind to go.
And I was so glad I did!
The weather was kind, and Nathaniel saw so many animals and new sights that I thought his head might explode.
After pointing to the 15th different variety of sheep – who knew there were so many? – we finally made it to the small animals tent, with ducks, hens, rabbits, guinea pigs and we actually saw chicks hatching in their incubator. That was worth the entrance fee alone!
And then the tractors. Lots of them. We are in Norfolk after all. He could climb on them, press buttons, move sticks. The difficulty was getting him off again.
This year there was also a baby zone. It was a whole area with baby friendly toys, soft play, a cafe, feeding and changing facilities and information about various baby groups. There was interactive play and a whole day of timed events to take part in. All that was missing was a CBeebies presenter!!
I was very impressed, you could have stayed in this tent all day, but we still had the main ring to see and watched the horses and hounds belt around the field at break neck speed. Nathaniel was so excited at this he jumped up and down clapping. When they stopped, the children were invited in the ring to meet and stroke the hounds. This was a lovely touch and many children were so excited.
The food and drink tent was amazing as usual and this time I looked out for vegan food and treats for my little boy who is dairy and egg allergic. There was plenty on offer and Nathaniel was more than happy with his vegan cake and sorbet.
A wonderful day was slightly marred by my inability to locate the car in time for school pick up. Thank goodness for friends… it made Nathaniel’s day though, watching a very sweaty mummy running up and down the fields shouting… “I parked in the GREEN car park, not the BLUE.. it was definitely GREEN…”