Taking a break

This blog has been a little neglected recently, mainly due to us planning and preparing for our 3 month Eurotrip. If you would like to keep up with our travels you can read all about it here :)

Fashion Photography Photo Shoot

The girls were lucky to attend a free Fashion Photography workshop at the British Museum in London. We dropped them off and had 3 hours to ourselves so we had a wander round and sat outside a little cafe drinking tea and watching the world go by, it was very lovely :)

The girls had their make up done by a professional make up artist, got to dress up and have their photos taken and take photos of each other :)  They loved it! :)

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Time Travel – Part 4

We returned to Germany for F’s confirmation as I had been asked to be Godmother – needless to say I was very honoured and touched and couldn’t say no :)

We had the best weather, the sun shone for the whole weekend :)

The girls went out into town on the Saturday and the grown ups had a wander around the botanic gardens :)

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Loved this insect hotel :)

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In the evening we were introduced to a fab garden game called Viking chess or Kubb.

Sunday morning woke up to more beautiful sunshine, a perfect day for F’s confirmation.  All the girls looked gorgeous :)  I was a very proud Mum and Godmother :)

The church was packed and thankfully I only had to stand up front and smile :) The choir were fab and even sang a familiar song….Abba’s ‘Money Money Money’ which was quite funny :)

Back to the house for champagne :)

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After a lovely lunch we retuned back to their house, relaxing in the garden drinking champagne and watching the sunset over Dusseldorf :)

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The following day the girls went off to school and D, C, Oma, Wayne and I took advantage of the gorgeous weather and spent the day at a beautiful park which had buildings dotted within it containing art and sculptures. In the middle of the park was a brilliant buffet style cafe/restaurant that served a variety of teas and coffee, bottled water and food which is grown and sourced within the grounds, so free range eggs, bread made fresh on site, apples from the orchard and freshly prepared salads and the best thing about it was it was included in the entrance fee :)

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A rare exhibit ;)

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Time Travel – Part 3

Blogging the best bits – Part 3 (Part 1 can be read here and Part 2 here)

Sadly the time came for F to leave :( It’s gone so fast!! We waved her off at the airport and followed on a couple of days later driving the Germany with all her luggage :)

We had an amazing few days staying with her family. They were exceptional hosts and made us feel very welcome. We hardly saw the girls, they went off on their own into town, to dance class, to a tree top adventure park and even went to school with F, which they loved :)

We had some lovely walks, their house is situated on the edge of a huge forest with a walkway through a zoo so we even saw some tiger cubs :)

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Took a trip on the hanging train :)

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Whilst the girls were in town us adults visited the museum of early industrialisation which was very interesting.

It was great to see working spinning machines and looms but so noisy! It must have been awful for the people to sit in huge rooms full of these machines clickety-clacking all day!

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This was the schedule for a typical day for a child from 6 years old.

Up at 5am a one hour break from 1200 until 1300, food between 1900 and 2000 then school from 2000 until 2200 then to bed to be up again for 5am :(

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The house of Frederich Engles, who was the son of a cotton manufacturer. The house is typical of the style of this area, slate covered building, green doors and shutters with white window frames.

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Whilst the girls went to school, D & C took us to a sculpture park. Tony Cragg is an British sculptor who purchased the grounds and started to redesign the park and buildings, installing his sculptures. Its a beautiful area and we really enjoyed walking round. Definitely a place to revisit as I can imagine the changing of the seasons change the atmosphere too.

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Exhibition by a guest sculptor

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The girls decided to go to a tree top adventure park and were going to make their own way back via bus and train!

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Reading the rules

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Getting harnessed up…

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And off they go :)

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So another day out for the grown ups :) This time we visited Muengsten Bridge highest road bridge in Germany, we crossed the river Wupper and walked into the beautiful town of Solingen, took a chair lift to the castle and walked back again through the forest by the river. We must have walked miles but it was worth it, we had such a lovely day :)

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This is how we crossed the river, its a hand cranked contraption and its hard work!!

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Going up….

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Going down…

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The girls had a great day out too, really enjoyed their tree top adventure – we all slept well! :)

Time Travel – Part 2

Part 2 of the Time Travel blog series :)  Read Part 1 here.

We couldn’t let F leave England without a trip the the seaside – fortunately the only day available for us to go turned out to be fairly warm (in the sun anyway :) )

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We had chips on the seafront followed by warm sugary doughnuts :) Naughty but nice ;)

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Time Travel – Part 1

Oh dear, it appears that i am so behind in blogging its hardly worth going back so far. Saying that we have had some fantastic times over the past few months and it would be a shame to miss them out completely so I am taking a quick trip back in time to (photo) blog the best bits in a blog series titled Time Travel :) This is Part 1……

Skye attended a poetry workshop with Jackie Kay at Kettle’s Yard which I started to blog about here. After completing all the sessions there was a poetry reading and presentation evening of all the students work which was fab. The students had to find a space within the house at Kettle’s Yard to display their work. Skye did an amazing job and Jackie thought so to, told her she was very talented and that she should keep up the good work :) We are very proud of her :)

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Skye took one of our dining chairs from home, repainted it and using letters cut from magazines (which took her hours) wrote her poem on the chair :) It looked great and seemed to fit in this library area of the house :) She received lots of positive comments on her work.

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Yo Sushi!

We had a lovely morning at Yo Sushi! along with other home educating families, many of which I rarely see so it was good to catch up :)

I would have loved to have had a go too but this was one for the girls, though us adults did consider trying to organise a grown ups sushi session ;) Saying that its definitely something we can do at home. They were shown how to roll sushi and it was all delicious :) The girls had a brilliant time :)

There were first serves some miso soup which they found a bit salty.

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