London #Honkopoly: We did it!


picture by Julia Boggio

[To donate, visit the London Team Honk’s giving page or text HONK to 70005 and donate £5]

I’m sitting at my desk, listening to the rain lashing and the wind howling. In the bedroom next door, Austin’s coughing in his sleep (poorly boy, still ill with the family lurgy), and D isn’t long back, after battling his way home through the tube-strike human traffic.

But… the Pigeons and I walked part of the 13-mile #Honkopoly cross-London route, devised by Vanessa (HPMCQ), Sophie (Franglaise Mummy) and Sarah (Grenglish) as part of #Teamhonkrelay, a country-wide Sport Relief fundraiser.

Even the short bit we managed to do was a challenge…..and now we’re home safe and dry!

A HUGE thank-you to the people who’ve sponsored us already. And it’s not too late: you can visit the London Team Honk’s giving page or text HONK to 70005 and donate £5.

Here’s a quick round-up of our day:

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First thing in the morning, sitting waiting (and waiting….and waiting) for trains that kept being cancelled, seemed so much more fun with shiny (Mum-made) top hats on our heads.



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At last! A crowded train arrived, with commuters to kick, and seats to smear our muddy shoes on.





We met up with the gang at Victoria. Uju spotted our top hats and welcomed us to the fold; Gretta gave me some tips on journalism, and Kelly helped look after Austin and Gwen while I ran off for provisions. (this picture, and the ones below, are by Julia Boggio at



BS14_Honkopoly_029We brought up the rear most of the time. And Austin became uncharacteristically grumpy as the morning wore on. But that did give me a chance to chat to the lovely Alison and Gillian.

And the sight of regal horses was enough to lift the spirits of any poorly four-year-old.




BS14_Honkopoly_042Despite his exciting, whizzy Microscooter, Austin was lacking his usual energy, so I pulled him along a lot of the route. Luckily Maggy was on hand to help with Gwen’s buggy.





Pall Mall was where we said goodbye to the team. It was time to head home, to stave off any worsening of Austin’s Winter chill.




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We DID get caught in the rain on the way home. But cardboard hats (especially when you jam them over your ears) are surprisingly good at holding off the elements.


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And a trip to the local cafe, for hot chocolate and a bacon sarnie, was just the ticket for rounding off a happy rainy fundraising morning.

(these last two pictures were taken by me; sadly we weren’t joined by Julia Boggio in the local greasy spoon!).

In our absence, the rest of the #Honkopoly gang went on to visit Monopoly sites across London. Swazi took the relay baton by train to Fleet, to hand it over to Mummy Barrow (one third of the original Team Honk – which also includes Annie  and Penny). They were all rained upon, and no doubt have blisters as big as their ears.

I was proud to have joined (for a wee while) such a gorgeous gang of big-hearted people. Sorry there wasn’t space to mention them all here; you can see the full line-up on the Team Honk website.

Hurrah for London, and #Honkopoly.


Next up on the relay: Fleet to Reading. Go Tanya, Charly, Suzanne and the rest!


The first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games take place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March 2014. The public can join the fun and games by running, swimming or cycling their way to raising cash at over a thousand venues around the country, including the landmark events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.


  • Domestic Goddesque
    February 6, 2014 at 8:52 am

    You did an awesome job: getting two children into London on the day of a tube strike, never mind walking that far. I am in awe!

    • Nell
      February 6, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks – and I LOVED your costume! You should wear it to BritMums 😉

  • Sachelle
    February 6, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Sooo cute…. was a great day! 🙂

    • Nell
      February 6, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      It was indeed. Lovely to meet you.

  • My Two Mums
    February 6, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Well done! Your part of the relay looked like so much fun. Sorry your little one was poorly. Hope he is better soon.

    • Nell
      February 6, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      He’s still under the weather, thanks (another morning off pre-school today), but we’re beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel I think!

  • Jenny @ The Brick Castle
    February 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Well done guys! The photo of the children on the train is gorgeous – such huge smiles! I bet Austin will remember this forever, a real adventure! 🙂

    • Nell
      February 6, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks – he did describe it as an adventure, just after we set off from Victoria.

  • Franglaise Mummy
    February 7, 2014 at 10:23 am

    You guys did so well, I couldn’t imagine trying to do what you did with kids! Well done all of you and thanks so much for coming along xx

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations
    February 8, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    So sorry we missed you… Would have been fun for the kiddos to do it together! Sounds like the first leg was as much fun as the second! Hopefully we will meet another time! 🙂

  • Kate Williams
    February 10, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Honkopoly looks amazing! Love the hats 🙂

  • Coombemill
    February 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    It looks like an amazing day with smiles all the way

  • suzanne3childrenandit
    February 11, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Yay! Yours looked like such a fantastic effort – go Team Honk! Thanks for the mention too….ours was a very wet but fun day 🙂 x

  • Mummy Barrow
    February 16, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Hurrah indeed!!!

    Hope the winter chill has now gone. And thanks so much for braving all those elements and getting on the honk bus.

  • PinkOddy
    March 23, 2014 at 10:28 am

    It looked amazing, I love the hat. A very big well done to you all.


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