November 2017: Bishopston Mum
Since my column last month my family has a new addition: his name is Toby and he is small, brown and white and has a particular penchant for socks and slippers.
Since my column last month my family has a new addition: his name is Toby and he is small, brown and white and has a particular penchant for socks and slippers. That's right, we have a puppy and what a joy he is! The day before we brought Toby home for the first time I popped into the Aquarium Pet Centre on Gloucester Road for some essentials such as dog food, collar and lead, a food bowl and so on. I have to mention how helpful the shop owner was, he gave me some great advice and I could see that he shared in my excitement!
After being a regular customer of the wonderful Joe's Bakery in Bishopston for many years (I love the huge range of freshly baked breads and my children love the chocolate yum-yums!) last month I went on an exciting behind the scenes tour there. Joe's Bakery has been running and serving the Bishopston community for over 130 years and is one of the last few real working bakeries in Bristol, freshly baking all the products that if offers. It was fascinating seeing a normal busy working morning in progress and I enjoyed watching all manner of delicious things being created including fresh croissants, focaccia and pain traditional bread. Joe's bakery has won several awards in recent years and rightly so- we are lucky to have it on our doorstep.
If you have very young children and are looking for a great local toddler group to go to, I would definitely recommend visiting Muller Road Toddler Group which I visited earlier this month. Muller Road Toddler Group is held at Horfield United Reformed Church on Thursdays in term-time from 9.30 – 11.15am and has a £2 entry fee. This group is especially friendly, relaxed and inclusive and features a regular crafts table, a good range of toys, dressing up costumes, Wendy House and more. If you would like to come along please email firstname.lastname@example.org. All parents, carers and young children welcome!
As I write this I am very much looking forward to taking Toby on his first proper walk outside and am ready to be immersed into a whole new world of being a dog owner. Toby has been such a positive addition to the family and the kids love him to bits. I'm not sure our cat is particularly impressed but he tolerates him well!
Until next month,