Snowtime Sunshine! Little Ice Age trivia.

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"We’re so chilly, oh so chilly" sang the Sex Pistols during the ‘Punk Winter’ of 1977, sentiments we would entirely concur with. We haven’t yet missed a day’s dispatching thanks to our heroic warehouse team who just wear more and more clothes

Because we collect anniversaries in a mildly Victorian fashion, here for you are some other British Winters of note from the Little Ice Age of the seventeenth century:

  • At the height of Ollie Cromwell‘s benighted rule, the winter was utterly cruel, snow lying on the ground continually from December to March. This was seen by many as punishment for Oliver being a miseryguts.
  • Oliver successor, merry monarch Charles II, had the excellent idea of promoting skating on the Thames, an annual event from 1662 – 1667. It was still cold though.
  • In 1674, it snowed solidly for thirteen days in March killing enormous numbers of sheep.
  • 1683 – 84 – during this mega-winter the Thames was frozen for two months and was probably the longest continual frost for millennia. Ground-frost in Somerset reported to extend four feet deep.
  • In fiction, you can read about the big chill in Lorna Doone which sounds Scottish but is, in fact, set in Devon. It was Ned Kelly‘s favourite book.

So with our central heating and super-woolly socks we’re definitely not going to complain. We’re going to try to be more like King Charles and think of ways to enjoy it!

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Emily We’re hope you’re having a fulfilling 2008 so far – despite the weather! We’re really excited about all the new ranges and accessories we’ll be introducing this year, including a few that we’ve been waiting for for a very long time!

Most exciting of all is the new
In the Night Garden range now available at Party Ark. Our boy is a big fan of Iggle Piggle, Makka Pakka and the gang, and judging from the enquiries we’ve been getting a lot of you are too.

We’re also selling a new Christening range for Boys and Girls, which is new for us.

But most of all, the theme we like the best is our Two by Two Party, which draws its design from Noah’s Ark – perfect for the Party Ark!

Wishing you the very best for 2008,
Emily

 
 
 
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5 Great Princess Party Ideas

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When we started Party Ark four years ago we only had one Princess theme. Since then we’ve added a whole lot more: together, they’re our biggest sellers. Every little girl loves to be a princess.

So we’d thought we’d offer you what we hope are some useful Princess Party ideas.

Bacelet1. When the girls arrive you can give them each a tiara or crown, wand, and a hair-clip, nail stickers and bracelet. It sounds a lot, but you can easily do this for about £3 / child. If you set up a ‘dressing up table‘ it gives the girls a chance to do each other’s hair and make up. If you can stretch to a face-painter (you can always ask anolder sister) that works really well. Husband

If your husband is looking rather spare insist he is the herald, and make him announce each child as she enters in a regal fashion.

Fairy WingsOf course we’d love you to try our beautiful Princess and Fairies dressing up costumes. But if you already have a suitable dress or skirt, you can easily make it more fairy-like with the addition of fairy butterfly wings.

2. Games – Princess and the Pea. Some of the girls might not know this story, but it doesn’t matter: any girl who lies down on your magic mattress and can feel the ‘pea’ is obviously a princess. You’ll need a mattress (a Princess Notebookblow-up bed or lilo is best) and cover it with a purple or pink sheet. Shove a tennis-ball underneath while you set it up, but when the game begins make a big show of putting the pea underneath.

The girls take it in turn to lie on the mattress, and will be tremendously excited that they are princess enough to feel the pea. Use your husband to lead them to the throne (find a big chair and drape some suitable material over it) and generally make a big fuss, and perhaps crown them.

3. Food – for every party we always advise you to get the simplest, easiest party food you can, because it will all disappear very quickly. You can make a big deal of giving your husband a Snow Wight apple (which he doesn’t know about) and watching him fall asleep.

Princess Notebook4. DecorationsYou can easily make these yourself, but if you don’t want to save yourself the bother, we have a number of Scene SettersPrincess Notebookgiants rolls a bit like a tablecloth which will instantly transform a room into a Princess Palace. You can enhance by adding our Castle add-on, and maybe a giant Foil Balloon Castle or Happy Birthday Banner.

5. Going Home – we know that a lot of mums worry about going-home presents – how much is too much etc. What we reckon is that you need a bit of cake and a couple of gifts, and anything more is a bonus. Our pencil and notebooks are very popular.

We hope that’s helpful, and that if your having any sort of Princess Party this year it will be a great success!

Emily

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We haven’t even disposed of our Christmas Tree and suddenly we’re already in back-to-school mode! But we’re very much looking forward to 2013, with lots of jolly designs and themes being released through the year. And of course our famous whose anniversary is it today? will keep on ploughing the depths of obscure (but fascinating) people who’s birthdays we dig up.

Speaking of which, today is the birthday of Tintin – or, at least, the anniversary of his first publication. We adore Tintin, and find ourselves coming back to the books again and again – and they’re full of sophisticated commentary on the world through the eyes of the reporter and his dog Snowy. And, yes, we’re still always amused how Bianca Castafiore mispronounces poor Captain Haddock variously as Captain Paddock, Captain Maggot, Captain Bedsock and Captain Havoc etc etc. There are twenty-three Tintin adventures, and you can also purchase the last uncompleted adventure too; we’ve found them brilliant as a way of encouraging boys to read. (Apparently the Dalai Lama is a big fan.)

Hergé’s real name was Georges Remi and in later life he became a big fan of Andy Warhol. He never had any children, though did adopt a baby in the late 1940s – but according to his biographer it made such a racket that he gave it back after two weeks…

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