You can’t beat a trip to London Zoo, we try to get there at least once every couple of months. It has everything, gorillas, Nemo (clown) fish and even a fish and chip stand by the lions. The kids love it usually and I love it, as with each building I remember with rose tinted nostalgia the school trips of my youth.
Another thing I enjoyed doing as a youngster was collecting stamps. From a present day context this seems a bit sad, but it was actually a really interesting hobby. I gathered letters and stamps from all over the world and it was a great way to introduce myself to a world of different cultures, currencies and design ethos’. I had a few different stamp albums and soon came to realise what made a good album and what makes a poor one. I shall have to dig them out to show my kids.
So when I was asked if we would like to attend the launch of the new Royal Mail Winnie the Pooh stamps I near enough jumped at the chance. It’s something that I would have loved to have gone to as a child. The stamps are lovely, they feature E H Shepards original illustrations and include Pooh, Piglet, Eyore and Christopher Robin. As I sat and listened to a chapter of Winnie the Pooh being read at the event, whilst my children sat, marauded and generally had fun, I thought what a lovely idea this is. After all, with each letter sent Winnie and his friends will go on a whole new adventure. I’m going to talk to my children about this idea, thinking about where the letters might go and what adventures Pooh and his friends will have on their travels is something that will hopefully inspire lots of activities this half term.
You can get hold of the stamps on-line here or at the Post Office.