The inside has been filled with scrap paper interspered with salvaged pages which is a great way of using as much of the book as possible. I've bought sets of twig pencils and plan to use them as children's birthday presents.
How to: If you'd like to do something similar I struggled to find a company that could cope with punching the thick covers. Alfred Harris on Kingsdown Parade did mine - they are a traditional old fashioned book binders that I pretty much fell in love with.
This was our second visit and Z and E were really enthralled by it, particularly the 'Nemo' tank! There are two different levels to explore and sealife include stingrays, sharks, corals and an octopus which was nowhere to be seen today! There is also a colouring area half way round supplied with sea pictures and pencils. Although this is a nice touch, they had run out of pictures and all the pencils were blunt with no sharpeners. I spoke to an aquarium assistant who said the area was checked regularly but it was in a sorry state today.
There is buggy parking (outside the Imax cinema) at your own risk and the loos were clean and tidy with baby changing/feeds rooms too. The entrance price includes a screening at the IMAX which Z and E are too young for but would be great for older children.
Prices are expensive, I think, at £13.50 for adults and £9.20 for children (under 3's free). A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children is £43.40 and there are also annual memberships at £40.00 for adults and £27.50 for children. This is more expensive than Bristol Zoo and you'd be hard pushed to spend a whole day here. Having said that this is a good all weather venue and we have annual membership as it's great to have somewhere to take Z and E on bad weather days.
Spring means ducklings and bunnies, tulips, Spring cleaning, April showers, asparagus, clocks changing, my Birthday, first picnics, splashing in puddles in our wellies, teas dresses, bicycles rides, Easter Eggs, A NEW BABY, purple sprouting brocooli and magnolias in bloom.
Patterned Paper/Wrapping paper/Coloured card
Fold the paper in half and along the folded edge cut out triangles so that when opened out they form diamond-shapes.
Repeat until you have the desired length.
I've been buying vintage Ladybird books for Z & E for a while now and used to be able to pick them up for pennies. They have definitely got harder to find recently as well as going up in price.
Yesterday though, I found a big bag for sale in a charity shop. Some were scribbled on and missing dust jackets but the illustrations were lovely and Z & E have been enjoying looking at them whilst I take a trip down memory lane.
The best places to find them are charity bookshops such as British Heart Foundation on Whiteladies Road and Oxfam on Cotham Hill. Be prepared to pay anything from 50p up to £3.00 depending on their condition and the shop.