Two of our grandchildren ( and their parents ) have spent the last week with us. It was warm and sunny for the first two hours of their trip, and the last 5 hours. The week inbetween was wet, grey and cold. However, as I managed to take photos during the brief breaks in the cloud, maybe, in about 5 years, their memories of the holiday will be of sunny skies.We managed to do quite a bit, despite the weather……and I am sure the children enjoyed themselves. As always, following the example of our great friends in Arizona, Jane and Lee, we hope to have created some memories for them. I also hope that their parents, at least, felt that it was a change…and they had a bit of a rest from work.
We visited the Sigean safari park
|Liam particularly liked this photo of the zebra's backsides.....and was delighted when our car was stopped by a real zebra crossing........5 or 6 zebras blocked the road, while they crossed.|
and Narbonne Plage
|We had the beach to ourselves....but then, it was very cold.|
and Gruissan.....a bar, where Liam discovered his pin ball skills, and climbed the tower with granddad.
The playground in Caunes
A vide grenier in Conques
|Finding a Power ranger for 1 euro may have been the hi light of the day|
Carcassonne ...where we avoided buying plastic swords and shields,
Liam swam in the pool…with a little help from dad at one point
|and Izzie wanted to play with the water too....despite it only being 18 degrees c.|
Izzie climed the steps on the slide and went down it by herself
The 3 bears house was visited by Goldilocks and Liam did some art work for the walls
|this porridge was too hot....and daddy bear's spoon was a bit big too|
|hang on a minute....the 3 bears are at home....Goldilocks has made friends with them|
We played draughts…..Liam now understands the rules…..and beat me twice…..aggghhhh.
The piano took a hammering
Playing bingo with yet another bargain buy from the vide grenier
|Liam and Grandad surveying the landscape, just before leaving for the airport.|
|Is this the way things are going to be from now on ?.....Izzie, in charge, doing the driving....we will have to wait and see.|
Now….all is quiet again. No Liam yelling “ Nana, where are you ?” everytime I go to the bathroom. No Izzie saying “ Yeah, yeah, yeah” to almost everything....especially anything to eat.
I have mopped the floor a few times, moved the bucket loads of toys to the hallway, ready to go back upstairs into the children’s bedroom and wiped the finger marks off the windows. The playmobil pieces are no longer asleep on the keyboard.
They’ll be back in about 7 weeks, with our other children and 2 more grandchildren…..and it will be brilliant again.