New pumpkin trail brings half term fun to uphill Lincoln

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Have you been keeping an eye on all the additions to my Haunted halls, pumpkin patches and terrifying trains family-friendly Lincolnshire Halloween event list?  If so, then you’ll have seen that I can now add horrifying hill to that headline as Visit Lincoln explains…

It’s not a trick, it’s a real family treat – so make sure you take part in Lincoln’s newest trail and track down some fantastic Autumn prizes!

We want everyone to take a leaflet and rise to the challenge of the fantastic free Uphill Lincoln Pumpkin Trail, which is bursting with half-term and Halloween fun.

This Trail has been devised by a partnership of the Bailgate Guild, Visit Lincoln and Lincoln BIG and uses the artistic talents of staff at The Little Pottery Studio at The Lawn.

It also follows in the footsteps of Lincoln’s traditional colourful family trails, which have won the city a worldwide following!

Visit Lincoln has drawn-up a brilliant Pumpkin Trail leaflet, which challenges families to find 44 pottery pumpkins and solve some fiendish clues. The pumpkins are going on display in the windows of shops and other businesses in the area which stretches from The Strait to Newport Arch.

Every pumpkin has been individually painted, including 20 decorated by Lincoln Minster School pupils, adding extra fun to this experience and the Halloween vibe is being heightened with the hanging of spooky black and orange bunting, as well as Lincoln Loves Kids bunting!

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Peter Mason Charlotte House, Valerie Hope Wig & Mitre, Charlotte Goy Visit Lincoln, Nicola Lockwood Bells Tea Room and Bailgate Guild Chair, Richard Baxter Lincoln BIG.

The Uphill Pumpkin Trail will run from Saturday, October 20th, to Sunday, November 4th.  It’s so easy to take part.  All families need to do is pick-up a trail leaflet from the city’s Visitor Information Centre in Castle Hill or participating shops and businesses – or simply download from the Visit Lincoln website at:  www.visitlincoln.com/pumpkintrail then go exploring. 

Bailgate Guild Chair Nicola Lockwood said: “This follows July’s Enjoy Uphill Lincoln campaign, which highlighted the unique offer and high level of customer service given by independent businesses in uphill Lincoln.

“It’s great that this trail is something that every family member can have fun doing. It’s a real bonus that it is free and there’s a massive list of fabulous prizes waiting to be won.

“Thanks to the generosity of businesses in this area, they include gift vouchers for everything from pottery classes to antiques and collectables, books and artwork through to delicious lunches, afternoon teas to flowers, entertainment and sparkling drinks,” added Nicola.

Visit Lincoln Chief Executive Lydia Rusling said: “This fun seasonal trail is a natural follow-on from the success of the Enjoy Uphill Lincoln campaign, which encouraged businesses to work together to bring more people to shop in the Uphill area and discover Lincoln’s world-famous tourist attractions.

“This pumpkin trail ties in perfectly with our Lincoln Loves Kids project, which aims to get more families involved in a wide variety of local activities. It is really like a mini Lincoln Knights’ Trail for the Uphill part of the city, and we’re sure it’s going to be a real winner for Lincoln.”

I’ve gone off topic for today’s #Blogtober18 post but if you want to check out what movies other bloggers have watched a thousand times then just click on the #Blogtober18 image below – maybe there’ll be a few horror films lurking in the links!

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Omne trium perfectum

#Blogtober18: Loving these right now

How could today’s #Blogtober18 prompt lead me to anything but the faces of these three?

Loving these three from way before they were born, right now and forever more.

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And I’m also still loving these photos taken by the fabulous Merika Green back in April at Moot Hall near Market Rasen in Lincolnshire as part of a portfolio update for Faith’s agency Zebedee Management.

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Undoubtedly skilled with a camera, she also managed to keep the three of them sat together happily – magic powers indeed!

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How are you Dad?

#Blogtober18: Just be yourself #worldmentalhealthday

Have you heard of Lincoln Pandas Support Group?

“A small group of mums from Lincoln, with hands-on experience of post natal depression that want to provide a safe, welcoming and warm environment for other mums facing the daily challenge of living with depression.”

But it usually takes two to make any one a parent and, along with Lincolnshire Maternity Voices Partnership, the group is holding an event called How are you Dad? later this month.

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Being held on Saturday, October 27th, the event aims to raise awareness, educate and understand the importance of Dad’s mental health.

Mark Williams, founder of International Father’s Mental Health Day and author of Daddy Blues will be the speaker for the evening, sharing his lived experience of postnatal depression and anxiety.

Taking place at David Lloyd Club in Burton Waters, Lincoln, the event runs from 7pm to 10pm and tickets are £10.

Book via the event’s Facebook page here: How are you Dad?

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Putting Dyspraxia in the spotlight

#Blogtober18: Gross Motor Skills #dyspraxiaawarenessweek

dyspraxiaa.jpgThis week (October 7th-13th) is Dyspraxia Awareness Week.

It is described by the Dyspraxia Foundation as “a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech. DCD is a lifelong condition, formally recognised by international organisations including the World Health Organisation.”

Hitting the headlines at the moment as the new Doctor Who series features a character with the condition, Faith didn’t need the science-fiction series to tell her that people with the condition can be out of this world with talent because many of her fellow Zebedee Management models continually prove that, whatever challenges their diagnoses present, they can’t help but be fabulous.

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Follow her story on Instagram at @evie_h_2009.

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Follow her on Instagram @jadekimzebedee

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“Joseph was diagnosed about three years ago with Dyspraxia and motor oral dyspraxia” says mum Karen.  “It was quite difficult getting the diagnosis as he has Down’s Syndrome and some of the common “traits” are very similar.  He really struggles with coordination and gross/fine motor skills.  He falls over often and cannot coordinate riding a bike, he can either pedal and not steer or steer and not pedal, he cannot proceed the two together. He can use a spoon but struggles with a knife and fork, and really struggles with things like buttons, zips, writing and balance.  His oral dyspraxia affects the way his lips, tongue, palate and mouth function making speaking and eating difficult and hard work for him. However he will always try his best to overcome any difficulties in anyway he can.”
Follow him on Instagram @joseph_hale_zebedee_model

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“Kiarni was diagnosed with dyspraxia later than his previous disabilities but it is one of them he struggles the most with, it’s a daily struggle!” says his mum Angie.  “He is unable to use knife and fork, constantly trips up or bangs into things, at school he finds it hard to write and keep up with his peers as unable to hold a pen in a tripod grasp so uses a laptop to do his work.  But to the eye it is hidden so raising awareness helps others understand the person more.”
Follow him on Instagram at @Kiarnioxley_zebedeemodel

Want to find out more about Zebedee Management’s journey?  Read: Making the opportunity to be represented

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Tail tales

#Blogtober18: Forest creatures #nationalbadgerday

In honour of today’s National Badger Day, the #Blogtober18 prompt is Forest Creatures.  Rather serendipitously the mini ones afternoon drama group provided appropriate inspiration as one of the leaders handed out these fabulous clip-on tails.

A fox, badger and wolf design, the catching tails provided a spirited game of chase.

Apparently the tails are from Flying Tiger Copenhagen so I might just be paying them a visit to get our own set too!

Forest creatures weren’t the only animals the young actors embodied today as Clare Bevan’s poem Queue for the Zoo was also used as inspiration and saw them growling like tigers, skipping like hares and jumping as high as a kangaroo.

Are you a fan of the forest?  Help the Woodland Trust celebrate the power of trees to inspire on Tree Charter Day, Saturday, November 24th, part of National Tree Week.  Click here to find out more.

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“Children’s author tells children to learn how to lie”

#Blogtober18: Education #worldteachersday

MMWolfMulti-award winner, former Children’s Laureate, charity founder, OBE recipient for services to literature and supreme teller of tales, Michael Morpurgo suggested the title of this post himself.

Speaking at the Lincoln Drill Hall as part of the Lincoln Book Festival at the end of September, the author of more than 100 books was giving advice on becoming a writer in response to audience questions.

As well as joking about being good at lying – and that that would be the line that the local press would pick up on – Morpurgo also had other suggestions to share.

To live life, listen, learn, travel, meet new people and experience as much as you can was his most heartfelt guidance.

He also recommended keeping a diary or journal of sorts – not necessarily a detailed account of the day but just one or two sentences everyday about something, be it an event, a conversation or an image, that had left an impression.  And not to worry about spelling or grammar or punctuation, but to just get it down on the page.

MMFlamingoIt was advice I’d love my son to hear in future years.  Earlier the same day as the event he had referred to himself as an author and, whilst he may currently need extra support with literacy, it certainly hasn’t dampened his desire to tell stories – which, after all, was an oral tradition to begin with.

A former teacher, Morpurgo honed his talent in the classroom when he discovered that making up his own stories to tell to his pupils was an even more effective way of engaging them than reading those of other writers and clearly his storytelling prowess stretches to both page and spoken tales.

The sell out audience – which included a good smattering of those “dreaded Year 6s” – had bought their tickets on the basis of their love of his books and were rewarded by a spellbinding evening of verbal narration of the factual and fictional, embellished and merely hinted at, extraordinary and everyday that have been gleaned from his lifetime and the lifetimes of those he has encountered along the way.  He even further treated the theatre-goers to a closing rendition of Only Remembered from War Horse, encouraging them to sing-along too.

One of the first speakers to appear at the Lincoln Book Festival some years ago, let’s hope he’ll return to speak at a future event again even sooner.  I’d certainly like the minis to have the chance to hear him when they’re a little bit older.

Today is World Teachers’ Day and this year’s theme is “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher”.  “This theme was chosen to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), where education is recognised as a key fundamental right.  A right that cannot be fulfilled without qualified teachers.”  Hands up all those who would have liked to have been in Michael Morpurgo’s classroom!

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Tale of treacherous travels is a theatrical treat

#Blogtober18: Ditty #NationalPoetryDay

“Stick Man lives in the family tree.
With his Stick Lady love and their stick children three.”

StickManTheatreJulia Donaldson’s perilous tale of a morning’s jog gone wrong leapt off the page on to the stage – and around the auditorium – to the delight of a rapt young audience.

Performed by Scamp Theatre at the Lincoln Drill Hall as part of the Lincoln Book Festival at the end of September, Stick Man saw the author’s rhythmic verse brought to life with inventive staging, puppetry and live music in a mix of styles with the space for the child’s own imagination to join in too.

My six year old enjoyed the chase scene around the auditorium as park warden followed dog followed Stick Man and loved the beach ball being thrown through the audience too and my three year old was thoroughly caught up in the drama of Stick Man’s every increasingly hazardous travels that include him being mistaken for a flag pole, a sword and kindling among many other things.

Advertised as “most suitable for children aged 3+ with their friends and families” I wasn’t sure the more darkly lit than most children’s theatre show would capture the attention of my one year old but she loved the sparkly light effects of the underwater and wintry scenes.

Today is National Poetry Day and the theme this year is Change which the tale of Stick Man certainly embodies so, if you have a copy of the rhyming story at home already, it would make perfect bedtime reading tonight!

 

Is Stick Man being performed near you? Click here to find out.

Would you like to see more Julia Donaldson tales adapted for the stage? 
Tall Stories will present The Snail and the Whale at the LPAC in Lincoln on Thursday, October 25th.
Freckle Productions will perform Tabby McTat at the New Theatre Royal in Lincoln on November 4th and 5th.

Has this traumatic celebration of the numerous ways a stick could be used fuelled your desire to go on a collecting spree on a walk through some trees?  My previous posts:
Stick Inspiration
The Stick Book
might give you further inspiration on what your woody haul can be magically transformed into – just make sure they’re just sticks and not Stick Men!

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