Category Archives: activities and fun ideas

Summer Surf

Summer holidays are one of my favourite times of year.  Anticipation is high, but as a modern (in other words a somewhat fractured) family there isn’t the same level of mixed emotion that comes around with Christmas. So it is with a sigh of relief that I relish making our merry getaway each summer. For […]

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Dalston Department Store

We are living in the most vibrant area in the country, one  that resonates with creativity and ingenuity.  A walk down Stoke Newington High Street through Dalston to Haggerston is now punctuated with “oooh, another new restaurant!”, “well, just look at that art gallery!”.  Having lived in the neighbourhood for almost 20 years, I am […]

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An Inspired Christmas Treat

Last Wednesday as part of the launch night of N16 Lates our shop window was transformed into a shadow puppet theatre by the wonderful puppeteer and artist Justina Kochansky.  It was an inspired and brilliant festive evening all round that shouted our what a great community we are part of.    At Olive Loves Alfie […]

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…ruddy faces, full of stories and looking triumphant.

I am a great believer in the value of freedom and experience over material wealth.  Recently I have been thinking about the things that have made a real impact on Olive.  Never lost for words Olive weaves intricate stories that draw inspiration from the places that she has been, the experiences that she has had […]

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“10 Girls…Are You Crazy?”…Olive’s 9th Birthday Sleepover Camp

Olive’s 9th birthday arrived to the tune of incredible excitement and great expectation!  9 girls arrived for a disco sleepover in top party spirit with sleeping bags, lovely presents and sweets for a much planned “secret” midnight feast. “10 girls are you crazy?”…very possibly but to be honest 10 girls scares me far less than […]

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Free London

There are lots of free activities for children in London (especially in gallerys and musueums) but today we worshipped the sun with lots of free fun outside outside.   Free London in the sunshine today playing in the  fountains at Somerset House.   Fast becoming a new favourite Olive is wearing her Foretell Blouse…again…by Mini Rodini…selection available from Olive Loves Alfie. […]

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Recycle, Reinvent, Reuse.

Out with the old and in with the new… Olive is lucky enough to be growing up with an enviable source of lovely and interesting things around her from our store…so it’s my job to make sure that:- a. she doesn’t end up with too much b. she appreciates all she has As well as a visit […]

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Festival Project

Great to see pics from last summer by Elena Neocleous!  Worth waiting for the pics from the Olive Loves Alfie dressing up camp at LolliBop last summer bought back lots of sunny memories of a great weekend that has already inspired lots of new ideas and made us look forward to the summer holidays even more […]

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Pixies Will Fly…If You Let Them!

We spent Easter weekend in the glorious sunshine playing make believe under the dappled shade of the trees.   Watching Olive and my niece it took me right back to the  magic of dress up days with my sister Caryl.  We spent hours lost in improvised play outside in the fresh air until the call of supper time.  It’s uplifiting to know that […]

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Golly Don’t You Just Love That Hat?

I had a great night out at the midnight matinee courtsey of The Tristan Bates Theatre last weekend. Part of the Seven Dials Festival it was a brilliant evening but more of that later.  During the show I was plucked out of obscurity to become a glamourous assistant for non other than Miss Ballooniverse.    […]

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