Posts Tagged ‘Holiday’

It’s sunny right now

August 7, 2009

My last post was from a lovely chateau hotel that Hannah and I spent the night at. It was near Josselin, called Domaine de law Ferriere. We had a big room with view over the lawn and the lake. For dinner we both had steak, which was served sizzling on a hotplate, and you cooked it to your preference. I usually have mine well done, but this was so succulent that I ate quite a lot of it rare. It was also a very large entrecote, and we were both very full afterwards. The potatoes were top notch too.
The next day, we visited Josselin, which is a very pretty medieval town with impressive castle. We had a tour of that: me, so I could see round; Hannah, so she could listen and translate the tour guide’s French.
Yesterday I drove, with my Mum, up to Brest to pick up my little brother, Hamish, and his wife, Christine, who flew in there to spend a couple of weeks in Benodet. This now makes it quite a gathering at the campsite, and Ella is making the most of playing with her aunt and uncle.
The title of this post tells of the weather, which is nice today, but has been very cloudy and sometimes wet. The ladies gone to neighbouring Fouesnant to the market, and if the weather stays fine we’ll make the beach this afternoon.

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August 5, 2009

On Monday we were back in Benodet to go to the market. For me, who isn’t a big shopping fan it was an opportunity to walk very, very slowly around some stalls selling over-priced tat. Trying to push a buggy through the angry crowds didn’t make it any more enjoyable. Still, we didn’t stay long, and then all went for a nice crepe. Ella got a ride back to the campsite on the back of her Granny’s bicycle.
The next day, Hannah, Ella and I walked into Benodet to take Ella to some beach amusements, including bouncy castle. She ignored that and played with the wendy houses instead. Unfortunately she got stung while we were there. She did cry a lot but calmed down when her favourite house came free. It has swollen up a bit since, but hopefully will be okay.

Holiday Update 2

August 2, 2009

After the excellent weather when I last blogged, it has become somewhat random. Yesterday it teamed down with rain until mid-afternoon and then was sunny, today has been relentlessly cloudy.
Hannah and I visited Concarnaeu yesterday, leaving Ella with her grandparents. We had a lovely time, with Hannah especially impressed with the mussels she had for lunch at Les Byblos. Today has been spent in Benodet, with more lunch. Ella did get some beach time as well.
What isn’t progressing is the potty training, with only accidents to report.
Tomorrow we are making the obligatory trip to a French market in nearby Fouesnant.

Day One on Holiday

July 31, 2009

I’m writing this from my HTC Magic, in a campsite in Brittany, where we are camping with my mother and step-father, Clare and Chris. The trip over yesterday was okay. Today the weather has been lovely and sunny. We’ve been to the beach and Ella has had a paddle on the sea. Hannah went food shopping with Clare. Not much progress has been made with Ella’s potty training, though.

Nearly Done and Thomas

July 29, 2009

We’ve done quite a lot of the packing up of the house, which is good. There are quite a few tasks to do tomorrow, admittedly, before we leave. Of course, the lovely task of putting it all back again awaits our return from holiday. We’re all looking forward to our 11 days in Brittany, and hopefully Hannah and I will get a good rest and the weather will prove good and sunny.

Ella did enjoy her Day with Thomas. Her most favourite thing was a retro car-based merry-go-round, with the cars going round and round on a track. She loved spinning the stearing wheel, and did have a good cry when she was taken off it after her first ride. That was followed by a ride on a merry-go-round which was a load of swings going round quite fast. She did look a bit miserable during that, but afterwards did ask to go back on (which she did later on). She also loved the bouncy castle, scrambling around with the other kids that were on it.

The trains – well, she was rather bemused by why she was having a photo taken while standing on Thomas. She did enjoy the train ride (which wasn’t pulled by Thomas, instead one of Thomas’s friends, aka one of the railway’s regular engines). She frequently commented on the ‘rocking’ and ‘rolling’, said ‘choo choo’ after the whistle was blown, and in the same vein as last week’s trip round the North Circular was quite excited by the tunnel.

All-in-all, a successful day out.

Frantic Preparation

July 25, 2009

We’re off to France on holiday next week, for a period that co-incides with Cowes Week, and so we’re renting the house out to someone willing to pay a good deal of money. This means all our superfluous stuff has to be packed away into one room, which then gets locked. This includes things like our clothes, Ella toys, photographs, odds and sods, and right now I’m sat in the middle of it all. It’s been an ongoing task over the past couple of weekends, and it has always seemed that there isn’t enough time to get it done. Coupled with all the usual pre-holiday tasks, it is quite a lot, but you don’t get money for nothing.

Ella has developed a new phrase – ‘I don’t know’, which is actually quite cute when she says it. Hannah was reading a book to her tonight, and when Hannah asked where something was on the page, Ella kept replying ‘I don’t know’. It’s a handy phrase to have, but hopefully she doesn’t use it too often. Also on the calendar is a trip to the Isle of Wight Railway tomorrow for their Day with Thomas [Tank Engine]. Ella is quite excited, and when Hannah was asking her about it today, Ella said ‘can’t wait’, which Hannah reckons is quite advanced because it is an idiom. Anyway, it should be fun seeing the steam trains, and Ella loves Thomas, though she might change her mind when she sees a great big, steaming, noisy engine.

As a result of packing up the house, Ella’s cot is currently in its original flat packed state, and Ella is sleeping in some kind of portable blow-up bed on top of a fold-out double bed. This means she is free to escape the confines of her sleeping area, and hopefully she won’t wreak too much havoc either tonight or tomorrow morning.