Win a copy of The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots

Have you heard about The Tale of Kitty-In-Boot?

When Miss Kitty sneaks out to go hunting in her beautiful boots, she gets herself into all sorts of scrapes, but on this particular night she meets the foxiest hunter of them all – Mr. Tod!

The Tale of Kitty-In-Boot, a manuscript by Beatrix Potter, was rediscovered two years ago when Jo Hanks, publisher at Penguin Random House Children’s, stumbled across an out-of-print literary history about Beatrix Potter from the early 1970s. Hanks found in the book both a reference to a letter that Potter had sent her publisher in 1914, which referred to a story about ‘a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life’, and an unedited manuscript of the tale.

A trip to the V&A archive, where many of Potter’s items are kept, revealed three manuscripts, handwritten in children’s school notebooks, one rough colour sketch of Kitty-in-Boots, a dummy book with some of the typeset manuscript laid out and a pencil rough of arch-villain Mr. Tod. Other letters in the archive revealed that Potter intended to finish the tale, but ‘interruptions began’ – and continued: from the beginning of the First World War, to marriage, to sheep farming, to colds. And so she never went back to the story.

The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots

The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots by Beatrix Potter, illustrated by Quentin Blake, was published by Frederick Warne & Co., last month. I am delighted to have one copy of this gorgeous book to giveaway today.

Win a copy of The Tale of Kitty-In-Boot

To be in with a chance of winning this lovely edition of a new classic simply answer the question and leave a comment on this post via the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway ends on 10th October and the winner’s name will appear on this post. Good luck! Find more competitions at the Prize Finder.

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A day at Longridge

The 6 year old was invited to a water activities day Longridge near Marlow yesterday. He was 1 of 10 from his Beaver group who went, joining Cubs and Scouts who had camped out overnight.

Longridge is an outdoor activity centre with lots to do. My son was just enjoying tasters of two of the water based activities including a River trip and Dragon Boating, as well as land based activities.

It is a beautiful site on the Thames at Marlow.


There are so many things to do at Longridge. He can’t wait to go back when he’s a Cub to experience the climbing wall!


When we arrived to pick him up they were finishing off some of their games including the Tug of War.


He had a great time and really enjoyed being out on the water. The weather was perfect for his adventurous day out and, fingers crossed, he will get another badge for his collection.



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Decluttering with a 4 year old

Little Sis has been finishing early this week so we have been slowly working through her bedroom. You can barely see the floor so it has long been overdue a sort out. I tried to persuade her to give some of her unwanted toys to the charity shop but she’s not quite ready. Instead we sorted out her clothes drawers which were overflowing. We gave 27 tshirts to the charity shop! There were also lots of jumpers, dresses and trousers she had grown out of.

Then we got to work on her cuddly toys.


Most of these live in her bed (or underneath it).

We went through every single one but I have to admit the give away pile was very small. Only 5 went to the charity shop and the Peppa Pig ones are off to her baby cousin.


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