Littlest is turning 2 in three weeks time. And don’t I know it. That behavioural slide is becoming more and more evident each day. I was killing time in Tunbridge Wells yesterday but from the screaming you’d think I was trying to kill her. The fatal, falling asleep in the car on the way there and not transferring to the buggy. She was hollering at the top of her voice ‘Hepig! Hepig!!’. This is, of course, toddler speak for Peppa Pig which is flippin’ everywhere. There is no escape – from £1 a go kiddie rides (helpfully placed outside Mothercare and Jojo Maman), to chocolate lollipops in M&S.; Wherever we went there was the Peppa Pig brand, ready to lure small children into screaming until poor, worn-down parent says sod Gina Ford and gives in, thereby losing money, losing face and losing the will to live.
The Italians call it ‘L’anno di No’ or the year of ‘No’. Too bloody right it is, although I find it lasts for about 3 years then apparently resumes during teenage. Can’t wait. Come to think of it, even George (Peppa’s brother for the uninitiated) says no a lot and he’s 2. I know this because I have seen the episode ‘George’s Birthday’ numerous times.
In defiance of Peppa Pig I have decided to make her a Ben & Holly cake. Ha! In your face, Piggy! With a construction of choc sponge, swiss roll and much icing and I will be attempting to make a castle resembling the very nice one I bought from Waitrose a few years ago for Eldest’s party. As I am still not working, I feel a homemade cake is the way to go and on top of it I plan to stick Ben, Holly and Gaston at a jaunty angle. If I can find them. I am battling it out on eBay as I cannot find the nation’s favourite fairy and elf anywhere. Even Amazon has let me down. So, if you know of where I can acquire such things please let me know!!
Husband seemed unconvinced about my ability to construct a castle from cake. but this has simply made me more determined. After the triumph of my Barbie cake last year anything is possible.