mercredi 7 octobre 2009
dimanche 4 octobre 2009
mercredi 30 septembre 2009
dimanche 27 septembre 2009
mercredi 9 septembre 2009
Every evening just outside our appartment in Barcelona, there was a fun fair. The children weren't interested in having a ride on a bumper car or any other of the rides for that matter, however, they definitely were in desperate need for a candy floss at the end of each busy day.
a little later
Alexis' eyes were bigger than his tummy, he just couldn't finish his candy floss. It was just too much for one little boy!
We got to visit some of Barcelona's most famous markets. Even bought some pata negra, a little piece though, when 1kg costs 170 euros you can only afford a small piece.
We visited the aquarium. We arrive there late, hoping it wasn't going to shut too early. We should have known, Spanish live and eat late, so the aquarium was open till 11pm, which was great for us.
We all loved the Picasso museum, even Alexis and Marie-Kate loved it just as much as the aquarium, so that's saying something. The queue was long but it really worth it( since then, we visited the Expo Picasso Cezanne in Aix en Provence). Alexis and Gaby have been producing Picasso style art work ever since.
dimanche 6 septembre 2009
jeudi 20 août 2009
Back to the castle, the grounds are so extensive, you would really need a whole day there to explore every thing. There's an enormous adventure playground for children, so big that we lost the children a couple of times, that was scary.
We enjoyed the castle visit too, the children had hidden objects to find in each room, so that kept them amused.
Our tent was more like a house but with canvas walls and wooden floors, real beds, a flushing loo and cold running water, no electricity, no hot water and a wood burning stove to cook on. When it got dark there were oil lights and candles to provide light. which gave a lovely atmosphere. There was an honesty shop where you could buy meat from the farm, eggs (although you can also collect eggs directly from the chickens), ice cream, beer etc. The children loved to go there, choosing ice-lollies and treats and writing down what they took on the honesty list, after 5 days the list took up a whole A4 page! We managed to really relax and have fun with the children.
We found a great farm shop in Rudgick called secretts, if only we had one here in Sanary. Gaby's pictured above with her soon to be beheaded Gingerbread man.
We did manage to eat in the field outside of our tent a couple of times. We had the place to ourselves....
48 days since school broke up, 3 countries and over 5000 kms later, I thought I should blog a little about it all, before I forget...
Alexis discovered Cricket
The children collected fresh eggs every morning
Marie-Kate strutted round like a hen
Marie-Kate became a shephardess
If all the year were playing holidays; To sport would be as tedious as to work.
Si' l'on passait l'année entière en vacances; s'amuser serait aussi épuisant que travailler.
mercredi 12 août 2009
What started out as a skirt for Marie-Kate became a dress.
Gabrielle's sewing at the moment, she wants to be left alone ( I 'm 3 metres away), photos to come soon....
mercredi 29 juillet 2009
They had heaps of fun and still haven't managed to get all the paint off themselves.
jeudi 23 juillet 2009
The children (even the teenagers) made some gingerbread human(ish) shaped biscuits.
Now we're off to clean out the garage, we're going to make it into a hobby room (too much stuff to get a car in there!)
mardi 21 juillet 2009
mercredi 1 juillet 2009
Photos to come soon
Yippee, tomorrow is the last day of school before the long summer break. Our two terrible teenagers are flying "alone" to Brittany tomorrow to stay with the grand-parents for a couple of weeks, while we drive up to Calais and the Euro Tunnel to spend one week camping " à la ferme" on the Surrey/Sussex border. Camping without electricity was just too difficult of O and C to comtemplate, hence their trip to Brittany.
Gaby, Alexis and Marie Kate will be able to enjoy a real (organic) working farm, fetching fresh eggs each morning, reading, dreaming and playing, what bliss.
We don't even have to shop, the farm has a "honesty shop" where we can stock up on organic sausages, eggs, milk, juice....et cetera, the list is long.
On the way back, we'll go to Brittany and pick up Oliver and Charlotte and spend perhaps another week there.
Marie-Kate on the local beach (2007) just 50 metres from home in Brittany.
jeudi 28 mai 2009
Christophe who helped the children with their project.
I have been busy lately with helping out at school with different activities, one of which is the sailing class, an easy job which consists of walking the 400 metres from the school to the sailing club, taking photos for the class blog and hurrying the children up at the end, to get changed so they get back to school for lunch or home-time (this isn't so easy, these kids talk a lot).
The class on its way back after two hours of sailing.