In my mind I've stood up, walked up the stairs and gone to brush my teeth in the bathroom.
Meccano is one of those classic children's toys, appealling to all the construction loving engineers out there, both big and small. I know that The Boy absolutely loves creating all manner of vehicles with the various sets that he has, supplemented by Grandad's finds at car boot sales.
However, not every child finds the repeated making and taking apart appealling, some prefer to make a kit and keep it as such. The issue then can be that there isn't a great ways of interacting with the toy. Meccano have come up with a wonderful way of igniting the curiosity of those more tech-savvy children out there, by producing Micronoids, a new range of robotic and programmable Meccano toys.
I've always liked the idea of having pets, however as I'm disinclined to clean up after dogs following a walk, don't like cats, can't find a tortoise for love nor money, and we've got too many magpies and foxes around our area for guinea pigs or rabbits, we're currently limited to two easy to look after goldfish. Peppa (Pig) and Freddy (Fox) swim quite contentedly around their tank, are fed daily, cleaned out every few weeks and are quite sociable enough. Considering they can't talk.
However, when we were offered the chance to review a Club Petz toy, I was quite eager to explore this world of 'electronic pets'; low maintenance and can be switched off at night or during a holiday!
And so we welcomed Charlie Funny Talkie to our home.
Annoyingly, I'm a little late with this post, by nearly two months! I usually post our annual interview on my son's birthday and, despite doing it on time and uploading it to YouTube, I failed to actually write this post.
This year is the fifth year that I've asked him exactly the same set of questions (created by Emma from A Matter of Choice in 2012); we started on his third birthday and it's amusing and fascinating to see how his personality and tastes have changed.
Occasionally we're sent items to review which we get incredibly excited about; when we opened up the bag containing Simbrix, we realised that it was one of those times.
When I think back to my childhood, there are some memories which are far more vivid than others: pretending our picnic table was a stage and performing for my family; playing in the paddling pool with my brothers and sister; and quickly slurping up the juice of a refreshing lolly before it dribbled down my chin and onto my knees.
All of these memories took place in our garden.
Therefore I was utterly delighted when I asked my own son what his favourite thing about Summer is, and the instant and eager reply was "Being able to play outside in the sunshine!"
When we go on holiday to Lyme Bay, we always enjoy exploring the Jurassic Coast and trying to find fossils from millions of years ago. Of course, we rarely succeed so usually end up buying one of those fossil digging kits. You know, the ones which aren't actually very good and children get bored of?
Last week we were sent such a kit, albeit with a twist, and we were blown away by how superior it was to most others.
The Summer sun shone down caressing the back of my neck, the warm late-afternoon breeze blew in from the sea, and the distinct zip and pop of green balls echoed around the courts as I watched my soon-to-be-seven year old squealing with glee in his first tennis lesson.