Thursday, November 09, 2006

Balancing Cats

Winter-mode seems to have struck our household - with the clocks going back, the playground after school routine has lost its appeal and we're ransacking the toy cupboard looking for amusement. This week that's been provided by 'balancing cats'.

You can pile grandma, her parcels and her cats into some pretty amazing structures I can tell you. The game is officially called Matoudematata and we got it last Christmas at an amazing toyshop in Bath whose name has slipped my memory.


Oh yes, Bath. Andy and I are heading off there, sans children, for a couple of days next week. Grandparents are being shipped in, copious notes on routines, swimming lessons and lunchbox contents need to be written, the fridge will be fully stocked and then we are hitting the highway to freedom! A hotel, grown up meals, the possibility of a lie-in - oh yes, it's going to be good. So if anyone has recommendations of not-to-be-missed places, tell me quick.

13 comments:

Elinor said...

Hi, I stumbled upon your blog a couple of days ago (you know the story one blog leads to another, then another and so on!)

Anyway, Bath, one of my favourite places! www.bijouxbeads.co.uk is in Abbey Street - they have a fab selection of umm beads! Olde Glory in Walcot Street also in that street is Walcot Reclamation. The antiques market in Bartlett Street and of course the (in)famous spa - you have to phone to book.

Have a fab time :)

kirsty said...

That stacking game is beautiful. Are they handpainted wood? That's what it looks like in the photo. I'd love to have one :)
I've never been to Bath but my parents have and loved it-said it is very pretty. Have fun!

kirsten said...

that game is super-cool! i want one! maybe i'll look it up...

Dee said...

That is a fantastic looking game, I love toys that you can leave out and you don't mind because the toys look good, you don't even want to put it away!

Have a wonderful time on your getaway, I'm so jealous!

carolyn said...

Seems to be a few of us stumbling upon you, that game looks beautiful as well as fun, I think I want one. Have a wonderful time in Bath.

karen said...

i love the toy and I am rying not to be envious of all the people having time away without chidren. My brother and his wife have just returned after a few days in London staying at the Hempel!! Me jealous, bitter - never!

Grrrrr.

Amy said...

Thanks for posting about this cute game. I've been searching for a unique stacking game for Bea and I think this is purrfect :-)

linda said...

What a great toy! The colors are so pretty, I can imagine them on my shelf as decoration. :o)

Oh have a fun time away!

Anonymous said...

these are so cool, i want to play with them! nice to find your blog!
louise

simmy said...

I like visiting the American Museum in Bath - well worth the visit. Hope you have a great few days.

P said...

museum of costume (if you like such things)

but to be honest, time off from the kids, don't waste those precious moments trying to cram things in... stay in bed and order lots of yummy food!

Strikkelise said...

Wow, cool stacking toys!
I immediately googled them to find out whether I could get some.
Good luck with the purging, and good luck to me, too.

My Marrakech said...

Hi there,
Found your blog via your comment at Pink Mohair. Absolutely loving this amazing looking toy.