The “Mumblings” are a collection of our own blogs, guest entries, interesting articles and anything else that we like the look of!

If you would like to write a guest blog on any parenting or local issue then we would love to hear from you. Please submit it to us via the ‘contact us’ page.

Here are the links to some more blogs that mumbler loves:

North and Soul by our very own mumbler, Gillian Bruce.

The Future of Downs Written by an amazing and inspirational friend of Mumbler, Helen Kingdon.

Shrinking Violet in the ‘gate A fantastic local lifestyle local blog. Check out the article about Mumbler! (biased? Us?!)

Areyoukiddingney Another of our amazing Mumbler mums, Elizabeth Dimelow.

‘Tis the Season to be Pregnant!

So your baby bump might be rivalling Father’s Christmas’s belly but so what! Tis the season to be pregnant!   With just some minor alterations, Christmas + New Year + Bump can be extra special, just think next year they’ll be no more ‘silent nights’ for you (sorry)   Here’s some Mumbler tips to make…

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The Little Cook Company

Whether you are making Christmas biscuits or looking for Christmas presents for children aged from about 3 – 8 years, look no further than The Little Cook Company.   The Little Cook Company has a wonderful range of kitchen utensils for children, so they can enjoy baking and get creative.   We had a busy…

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A Round-Up Of Local Christmas Fairs, Markets & Lights

With so many Christmas events and activities taking place in the run up to the big day, we have put together a round-up of local Christmas fairs, markets and Christmas lights switch-on events to make sure you don’t miss a thing. We’ve got all the best places to find gifts, sample festive food and drink,…

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Bookshop Treat For Bishop Thornton School

Children at Bishop Thornton C of E Primary School had a real treat on Monday 13 November, when Gill Edwards from The Little Ripon Bookshop came to visit the School. There was great excitement as the children entered the School’s Library, where Gill had set out a wonderful display of new books to share with…

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Alternative Advent Calendar

Give a little kindness this Christmas with the Mumbler advent calendar… If you’re looking for a way to encourage your little one to think more about others, you can download the Mumbler Alternative Advent Calendar by clicking on the link. There are 20 acts of kindness and friendship, with 4 left blank so you can…

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What’s On At How Stean Gorge For Families

As many of you will have seen, How Stean Gorge in Lofthouse, Upper Nidderdale, has recently opened a beautiful new events space billed as a “Room with a View” with an enclosed viewing platform extending out over the gorge. The platform has a glass floor running round the edge of the room, so you can…

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NEW Lego Shop: Brick By Brick

Brick By Brick is a small, quirky, independent Lego shop situated in Pateley Bridge. Striving to keep things affordable, owners Mark & Julia, sell predominantly pre-owned Lego sets (they do stock a selection of brand new sets also), which have been checked, cleaned and sterilised. Often, the only real difference between a brand new set…

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Mumbler Review: Swinton Bivouac

Tucked away in the rolling hills and moors on the edge of Nidderdale, close to Masham and only 25 minutes from Ripon, is a mysterious folly known as the Druid’s Temple set in the grounds of Swinton Bivouac, part of the larger Swinton Estate. Not much is known about it’s construction but it is thought…

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How Do You Know If A Relationship Is Abusive?

In the early years of starting a family, relationships can come under pressure. The joy of having children can also bring stresses and strains. A relationship can begin to shift and change; finances become more complicated; attention is focused on providing for a child, and frustrations build over the house work. Often, the energy required…

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When The Novelty Wears Off

There is a well-documented part of labour when the mum effectively ‘hits the wall’ and decides that she isn’t going to carry on anymore. The baby will just have to stay where it is because she has firmly decided that she is giving up and going home. Utterances such as ‘I can’t do it’ or…

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