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Tea Party Time


Bundy and I took Ickle and Baby Lil to our local library for a little trip out. After Ickle had posted our almost-overdue books in the box at the entrance, she scooted along to the children’s corner to see what was on offer. And we ended up with a small selection of books, including the very pink, very sparkly and ever-so-slightly trashy Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie. We did try to dissuade Ickle from this choice, but to no avail. This book was coming home in our library bag, like it or not.

And to our surprise, we’ve had good mileage out of it. The book recounts the story of two young divas* who decide to organise a tea party, with a little help from their fairy friends. Ickle has requested it for pre-nap and bedtime reads on numerous occasions. Perhaps it is the pink (on every page) she finds so attractive…or the glitter…or possibly the cupcakes. Hmmm, most likely the cupcakes. So I suggested that, just like Sophia Grace and Rosie, we organise our own tea party, complete with pink-iced treats.P1020481

First step: invitation design, which went very well. Ickle is now creating shapes with her colouring pens, and not just random scribbles. And stickers are always a fun addition to any artwork. We steered clear of the glitter this time. Phew!P1020475

Next, the yummy part: making and decorating the cupcakes. Although Mummy and Nana J did this bit while Ickle was sleeping, so she would have a surprise waiting for her when she woke up. Great icing by the way, Nana! And pretty yummy cupcakes too. P1020483

*Sophia Grace and Rosie are regulars on The Ellen Show, where they chatter away and perform a variety of songs. They have also made their own movie. Not bad for two children under ten.

Expedition Cupcake

Icklegen loves cupcakes, there’s no escaping it. I only have to mention the word “bakery” and a little voice announces “cupcake” with great certainty in return. We have now established that, on most occasions, Mummy is only going to purchase a loaf of bread or a couple of rolls, but the local cupcake offering – a very large one, topped with pink icing and covered in sprinkles – is always in temptation’s way, right where little eyes can see it.

Far from being mean about treats, I do let Ickle indulge from time to time. There’s nothing like a mummy with a sweet tooth for being so understanding. So, when I discovered there was a specialist cupcake shop and café in Wyong, about a 30-minute drive away from here, I knew I had the recipe for a fun girls’ expedition.P1020181

Kiss My Cupcake is located at the start of Alison Road, just off the Pacific Highway. It’s been open for a couple of years now, but unless you are a local, or someone with a cupcake obsession, it’s unlikely you will have stumbled on it. The interior is styled along retro lines, dominated by a vintage floral couch, but the end result looks more stark and functional than plush and cosy. Although, arriving to an empty café late morning last Saturday doesn’t assist in the atmosphere stakes. Isn’t 11 am cupcake o’clock? Not in Wyong, obviously. However, a team of girls were hard at work making goodies in the vast kitchen behind the counter, which I found reassuring.P1020194P1020192

Service was amateur, but well-meaning. My flat white lacked in presentation, but made up for it with a beautiful smooth flavour. And Ickle’s babycino was a passable first attempt from our waitress, despite being more milk than foam. The real stars of the show in this place, though, are the cupcakes. They are freshly baked on site each day, and beautifully displayed on old fashioned cake stands. And you really are spoilt for choice, especially on Friday and Saturday when a fuller range is on offer.P1020197P1020195

I opted for a vanilla cupcake, which combined a plain, not-too-sweet sponge with deliciously light pink frosting, while Ickle was immediately drawn to a white chocolate cake pop* decorated with pink sprinkles. Not being an expert on these tiny gems on sticks, I managed to negotiate a small sample from her before she devoured the rest in record time. And then requested several spoonfuls of my pink frosting in return.P1020183P1020184

And while we sat there, a slow but steady trickle of customers arrived. Not for coffee, but for the cupcakes; generally a mixed box of six. And passing by a couple of hours later after a run around in the local park, quite a few seats were occupied and the little place had a bit of a buzz about it. Maybe cupcake o’clock is closer to 1 pm on Saturday in Wyong.

*Cake pop: these chocolate-coated treats are typically filled with a rich mixture of cake crumbs and frosting. Yummy.

Fun @ Speers Point Park


Daddy Ickle needed to head up north and suggested he drop Icklegen and me at the playground in Speers Point Park for the morning. I’ve been meaning to take Ickle there for ages, so leapt at the chance. The playground comes with top credentials, having been voted ‘Best Playspace in Australia’ in 2011 by Parks and Leisure Australia, and picking up the Design Award for Excellence at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects awards the same year.

The playground is well-screened at the main entrance; in fact, despite the sign, we questioned whether we were in the right place as we drove in. But, a wonderland of discovery awaits as you venture in, and oodles of space – some two hectares of it. After some initial hesitation, Icklegen was in the mood to explore. She was particularly taken with the Cockle Creek Ferry which comprises wooden walkways, slides, ladders and a climbing net.P1020024P1020020

A little less so with the giant 9-metre slide. She was intrigued by it but, once she and Daddy Ickle had made it to the top, she got cold feet and decided not to launch herself into the scary darkness of the tunnel heading down. Hardly surprising – take a look at it for yourselves!P1020037

The playground is a real feast for the senses. As well as traditional equipment, there are music-making features, giant metal listening dishes and an area dedicated to water play (this last proving a big hit with Ickle). And the whole place is alive with pockets of vibrant colour.P1020040P1020034P1020062

A café, Sal’s by the Lake, is handily located on site for essential refreshments. And non-essential options too, such as pretty-iced cupcakes and milkshakes (including child-sized ones). All profits go towards the Salvos* so we made our little contribution in the form of some naughty-but-nice treats.P1020012P1020031

Step outside the main enclosure and you find yourself in an expanse of beautiful parkland leading down to the lake’s edge. And a reminder for me of autumn in Europe, with orange, red and gold leaves ablaze in the trees, and crunchy underfoot. We enjoyed a quiet picnic lunch by the water, where we wound down gently after a morning full of activity.P1020076P1020070

*Salvos is an affectionate Australian diminutive for The Salvation Army.