dimanche 31 juillet 2011

oliver and facebook






Oliver, Charlotte and Gaby have a Facebook and I have pseudo which allows me to keep an eye on them. Usually there's nothing to look at, especially when it comes to Oliver's one...well that was until now. Photo's galore

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When Charlotte came back the first thing she did was eat and then go and see her friends. Only today has she got round to emptying her suitcase (Gaby too). Most off her group were composed of expats (like Ol's and Gaby's). She'd like us to become expats, too, but that's not on the agenda at the moment.
Tonight she's staying a her friend Marine's house, and I'm missing her already.

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Gaby was homesick for the first week, we were ready to go down to Cassis to pick her up, but she settled down after a few phone calls and funny letters sent between us.
The camp has given Gaby more confidence and she met some great people (that hopefully she'll keep in-touch with). One friend (2nd from from the left...Gaby far left) is an expat based in Rome, where having a 15 of average makes you 15th in the class, that's what I call competitive. Being 15th in Gaby's class would probably give you a 10 of average!
Gaby hated the food, apparently the choice was either rubbery chicken or tuna most days, so she's happy to be home.


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Oliver celebrated his 17th birthday with new friends at the Hard Rock Café in Los Angeles (oliver far left). Now he's back and so are his sisters. We are a family again. Happy birthday Ol;)

vendredi 22 juillet 2011

En Bretagne



Five children and these two are the youngest and the two (this time) I worry the least about, maybe that has something to do with the fact they are safe and sound with their mamie and papy.


Cassis and Gaby


Gaby is camera shy, so she's not on many photos, this is the best on I've found. She's not the girl in blue, Gaby is behind in pink. we haven't had much news via the blog which is a shame, especially as she's only 11. I just hope she's having fun.

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We can check out via a blog, what the children are up to while on vacation.

I just checked on Charlotte this morning and I'm posting some photos.

Charlotte is the one in the middle

Charlotte on the beach (on the right)

Charlotte's group, going to a night club for the very first time..yikes...The night club was booked just for their group and two others...that makes be feel better
Les filles at Rancho, before dancing the night way.

Home Alone


For the first time in over a decade, we are home alone. Unbelievable, no?
Oliver is visiting the west coast of the US (Los Angeles, San Fransicso, Yosemite National Park......et cetera
Charlotte is having a whale of a time in Corsica, and next week Sardinia. She on holiday with at least 15 boys and only 3 girls, what a group.
Gabrielle is down in the south of France, staying in Cassis and only a 20 minute drive away from our old home in Sanary
And finally Alexis and Marie-Kate are with their grand-parents in Brittany.
While we've been at home alone. We did plan on a hiking holiday, but the weather has been capricious, so we took a raincheck on that one, and instead haven't done much at all, which has been wonderful.
We have managed to eat out once, despite the pouring rain in Paris at a good bistro called Le Vin de Soif.
And visit the Rodin Museum which wad just fantastic.
We bought few books, including this one

and have been cooking and eating recipes from it
This split pea and ham soup was just so good

and some cheese souffles, yummy

and an onion tart before going into the oven. Unfortunately, it got a little burnt, but was still good

And yesterday, we went to Ikea and bought a couple of things, including these spice pots and metal board. No more bending down now.

Yesterday I started painting oliver's room (he didn't like the colour I chose...before I discovered F &B, and I agree with him) So I am doing the room in Charlotte's Locks and white tie, but have been stalled as I have run out of the latter. So I'll carry on with that next week sometime, because we have far more interesting things to do this weekend.