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"Eat me!"

“Eat me!”

As regular readers will know, I was really looking forward to seeing The Lego Movie with the children. We were lucky enough to go to a gala screening yesterday in Leicester Square, and boy did we have fun. With Lego brick cookies, Lego man head biscuits and Emmet and Wyldstyle head cake pops beforehand, it was Lego central in the foyer beforehand.

The movie? It was so exciting watching Lego City worlds in action – and the children found this truly magical. I tried to put myself in a 7-year-old’s shoes (not literally) and seeing your favourite Lego characters (including the fantastic Batman and 1980s space guy) and toys come to life on screen was “awesome”, in the words of our hero – average guy Emmet.

The movie was really exciting, funny – with just the right balance of jokes for the kids and the grown-ups – fast-paced and visually spectacular. The plot was a little thin, it’s basically ‘let’s save the world from the baddie’, but frankly, who cares. The children adored it. I laughed, hell I may even have almost shed a tear. No spoilers here though – you’ll have to go and watch it yourself!


So, it’s back to earth with a bump after our first ever family holiday in Denmark. It really was the perfect fortnight away. We saw family for a few nights – husband’s mother is Danish so he has cousins over there – and then spent time just the four of us, which was much needed.

After seeing the Danish relations in their beautiful house full of lovely Danish-designed furniture and kitchenware (I had serious kitchen envy… am now saving for an Alessi kettle), we spent time on the northernmost tip of the Jutland peninsula – a beautiful headland called Skagen (pronounced ‘Skay-en’), a place famed for its beautiful light, enormous sand dunes and vast sandy beaches. From there we headed to the west coast, to Henne Strand, where were lucky enough to stay in a traditional wooden summerhouse nestled in its own sand dune, surrounded by wild heather, just a 10-minute walk from the beach. The stars were beautiful, and the silence very welcome.  We rounded it all off with three days in Copenhagen, which teems with bicycles, wonderful restaurants, trendy districts and beautiful harbour views. Oh, and I almost forgot – of course, we went to Legoland in Billund, which was superb – perfect for the little one and the big one, and us even bigger ones. We were all captivated by Miniland. Overall, it was organised, fun, nice vibe, hardly any queues. Loved it.

Spending time together as a family is like a tonic. Yes, of course, travelling with young children can be stressful at times, but being together, finding a new rhythm, not rushing to school, or checking the clock all the time, discovering new things together, having time to just potter around our surroundings, taking a breather from the city… holidays are the moments memories are made of. So I will be making a holiday photo album, and remembering Denmark with fondness.

In the mean time, particularly food-wise, I will have to make do with Signe Johansen’s wonderful Scandilicious cook books, the occasional trip to The Scandinavian Kitchen in London, and maybe a trip to the Scandinavia Show later in the year.

While we were away, I compiled a little list of Good Danish Things and Bad Danish Things. See below.

Good Danish things:

–       Smørrebrød (open sandwiches topped with things like pickled herring, potato and dill, or little slices of cheese, or Danish salami). Son (6) astonished everyone by announcing that he ‘loves’ pickled herring.

–       Individual duvets – there are no duvet-hoggers in Denmark, because everyone has their own! Even on a double bed, you get a duvet each. Heaven.

–       Cycle lanes – they are everywhere and they are amazing. Makes us look rather backwards in the UK, frankly. Cycling keeps you fit, the whole family can do it together, and it’s safe. Top marks.

–       Mini shopping trolleys – we visited a few supermarkets and they all had them for the kids to push around. A godsend. Why don’t we have in the UK?

–       Cheese slicers  – the breakfast buffet at the hotel in Copenhagen featured an amazing wheel-like cheese cutter with a wire that you rotate by hand and it slices the cheese. Soooo cool. I wanted to slip it into my suitcase. Called a ostekærer it looks like this, and is completely awesome.

Brilliant Danish cheese slicer

Brilliant Danish cheese slicer

–       Trendy kitchenware shops – I discovered Danish kitchenware brands Eva Solo (available from John Lewis, Rig Tig and Rosti Mepal, all of which feature beautiful designs and useful gadgets and products. I was in heaven (again!).

Bad Danish Things

–       Charging for tap water – this seemed to be the norm in restaurants, and was a bit of a shock given that it’s always free in the UK of course.

–       Nearly being run over by a bike every five minutes  😉

If you fancy a trip to Denmark, I suggest you visit Visit Denmark as a starting point.

Hope you’ve had a great holiday with your family,

TOHC

xx


'I'm in the Lego movie!'

‘I’m in the Lego movie!’

Regular readers will know I am a huge fan of using Lego and other kids’ toys in my blog photos. So I am really looking forward to the new Lego movie which is released next year. As is my son. We have watched the trailer, ooh, fifteen times already and we’re already excited about The Biggest Movie Ever Assembled!

I’ve already fallen for the cute animated ‘1980-something space guy’, as already featured on this very blog… Yes, I’ve got my husband’s vintage 80s space Lego, and I think I’ll hang on to it.

If you haven’t already watched the trailer, you can do so here on the official Warner Bros YouTube channel. (Make sure you increase the screen quality to ‘high’ under Settings for the best picture.)

Stay tuned for more updates on The Lego Movie!

TOHC

x



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