Oh so quiet…not been much on the blog

I was looking through my photos and saw all these cool things that we have done since the Summer.  And it made me realise how few posts we had done since the Summer.  And part of the reason for this blog is a memory bank for our time here as well as to share with friends and family what we have been up to as we don’t get to see people so regularly.

We ended the last school year on a lovely high with Creagh finishing CM2 with an award for best effort of which were all so proud of.  A great end to a pretty tough year for him at school.  Moving country and school with a new language to learn in the last year of primary is no small feat.

We had a great trip to Edinburgh in July with Mum and Dad the photos of that made a really cool photo album for a Christmas present for them.  We had another a superb holiday in Brittany before heading back to school in September.  The benefits of 10 weeks of summer holiday – we even squeezed in another camp with Hannah’s 4th Beaconsfield Scouts!!

Big jump up for Creagh now in college with different subjects and a complex timetable to get his head around.  But his effort with FLE (French as a foreign language) and in his lessons have landed him a really great report – felicitations no less.

Creagh has finally written about Gayle and Adam’s wedding which was such a good time and did a great post about carrying the flag at Notre Dame for Remembrance Day.  But we still haven’t posted pictures of our trip by train to Barcelona – so many awesome photos to share from that.

Christmas was fun (and Star Wars) filled and filled too with lots of travelling and time with family and friends with visitors for New Year.  So maybe we have a bit of a New Year’s Resolution – to catch up a bit with our memories of the last half of 2016 here in France and to be a bit more regular even if we just post a few photos!

So Happy 2017!  Wishing everyone all the best for this year.

Off to Scotland for a wedding

We travelled up to Scotland to celebrate Gayle and Adam’s wedding back in October.  We took two planes: one to get Heathrow and another to get to Edinburgh.  We had to take a day off school! Then Adam met us to give us a lift in his car to get our hotel which was pretty and as Euan would say: extremely luxrushy.  That evening we saw some of our uncles and great uncles and aunties – we also met Connor, a cousin we had not met before cos he lives in Ireland.  He was so happy that there were some boys to play with.  We had lots of fun with him.

The next day was the day of the wedding.  We saw Gayle and Adam get married and then had loads of photos outside the hotel.  Then it was back inside for some food, we got stuck in.  The food was delicious  and I completely devoured it.  Maybe I was hungry!

After that came the dancing which was Scottish and I joined in with a few dances. My favourite was one called Stripping the Willow.  The next day was time to go home the same way we came after a spectacular time. Here are a few photos:

All the men at the wedding….

The happy couple cutting the cake…

I was flag bearer at Notre-Dame

I am really happy because I got to be flag bearer at the British Legion Remembrance service at Notre-Dame, one of the biggest and most famous church in France!  Out of all the scouts Gillian (my scout leader) picked me because I was the second oldest scout, the oldest had done it last year and the flag was very heavy and I was strong enough.  I was very nervous when I first found out and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be it.  But being nervous soon turned to being happy when I decided to do it.  I had to walk down the aisle with all the other flag bearers, some old veterans both french and British and this Marshal, then stand by the altar for the whole service and then file out and parade outside for bit.  We even got our hands shaken by some important people wearing medals.

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Afterwards, we wandered back to the station and found an epic Lego store!!  I wanted to buy the shop.  What made it so special were the most amazing lego sculptures – one of Notre Dame itself where we had just been and the Arc de Triomphe amongst other things.

Floods in Paris – some pictures of the Seine

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It didn’t quite get to the levels seen in 1910 where the river was 8m above normal levels but the 6+m was enough to have La Louvre and Musee D’Orsay closed and moving art works to higher floors.  Luckily the Seine is dropping quickly but we are forecast a lot of rain this week (currently not raining so maybe we will be OK).

Definitely quite a sight.  For pictures of Maisons-Laffitte see the previous post – Crazy Weather.  Please, please could we have some spring/summer like weather!!  Soon.

The Crazy Weather

So we got wet at Easter after amazing weather for Euan’s birthday weekend.  Then we went on holidays.  We went to Greece for 10 days…..

…we had beautiful weather – unseasonably warm so we are told by the locals.  More about that in another post!!

Then we went to the UK where we had to have the heating on it was so cold.  There was sleet and hail and hard frosts……and we went camping.

That was the frost on mum’s tent in the morning.  Brrrrr.  So cold but at least the sky was blue and the sun came out. Again, the camp deserves a separate post!!  We had a great time.  Despite the cold.

When we arrived back in Maisons-Laffitte it was incredible.  We went from mid winter to mid summer in a train journey.  The sun was out, all the horse chestnut trees in our car park were in full leaf and green, the flowers in our garden were incredible.

 

 

 

It was amazing – the colour and the scent of the flowers was superb.  And we had some crazy alien plants growing in the lawn – like mutant grass.  Dad and me we had to do battle with it!

 

But it didn’t last for long.  The rain started.  And didn’t seem to stop for most of May.  Maisons-Laffitte was flooded.  The Seine was at its highest level for years and years.  Here are some pictures of the once in a lifetime scenes…

These pictures are of the Hippodrome in Maisons-Laffitte before and after!  Any races here would need the horses to swim.  And playing in this play park was more for the ducks!!

We were spared rain for our camp – hooray!!  And last week we had some respite but the forecast for the week is not great – lots of rain.  The School fair had to close early on Saturday because of a torrential downpour and it rained loads on Sunday.  The river level has gone down and we can nearly see the hippodrome completely.  Fingers crossed the river doesn’t rise again.

Easter Weekend – Bike rides and Paris landmarks

The weather began to show us what it would have in store for a lot of the Spring at Easter although we had a nice day on Easter Sunday and went on a bike ride but oops – it didn’t start well…

…..can you spot the problem??  No chain!!  We were a little way away and snap goes Dad’s chain.  Mum walked the bike back to make a yummy Easter dinner and we went back to the lake we have been to before.  It was a a lovely ride.

After dinner we had special pudding – nids de paques or Easter nests.  They looked pretty
but they were soooooooo sickly sweet.  None of us could manage more than a quarter of one so next year we will skip them!

In France, we don’t get Easter Holidays – there is no day off on Good Friday just Easter Monday.  We missed our cousin’s 18th birthday in Gloucester because we couldn’t miss school.  I hope Kieron had a fun birthday – we were sad to miss it..

So on Easter Monday, we went on a trip into Paris to see something new.  We went to see very famous Parisian landmark – Le Sacre Coeur.  This beautiful white church sits on a hill and can be seen from all over Paris.  The part of Paris that it is in is called Monmartre and it is also very famous and very pretty – even in the rain!!  We got very wet as we walked around and very cold when the wind blew, it was very windy up there that day.

Here are some pictures of a very beautiful, if a bit wet and windy, Monmartre.  The sun did come out in the end and the Sacre Coeur is beautiful with a blue sky background.

We walked up and down steep hills and stairs.  We found art on the walls – this area is famous for the street artists and all the famous artists that hung out here.  We found a tiny vineyard nestled in amongst the pretty buildings and round the corner from the Sacre Coeur there was a lovely old church that was empty of tourists (the Sacre Coeur was full to bursting!!) – really special little church with a statue of the saint who despite having his head chopped off carried on preaching until he reached the site where the church is now.  The grand doors in the picture above is of this little church.

We watched the rain fall on the Eiffel Tower and it was ghostly sight through the rain.  Despite getting a bit wet we had a fun day.

Euan’s Birthday at Futuroscope

It has been a while and so much has happened.  It went from Winter to Summer in a week for a start.  We got back from a visit to the UK where we had the heating on every night to blazing summer with windows open and the summer fruit appearing in the market.  But more about that later.  Before we can tell all about our spring holidays we need to share some photos of Euan’s birthday.  And yes that was in March and yes we are now in May – like I said, it has been a while!!

So we went off on an adventure.  It was a surprise.  Mum picked us up from school and whisked us home to change and grab our bags.  Then off to Gare Montparnasse to catch a TGV to somewhere. We found Dad at the station and off we went, have we mentioned how much we like the fast trains!  That was a fun surprise by itself.

We got off at a station called Futuroscope – funny name for a station!  Then we got a little bus to a hotel close by for the night.  After breakfast in the morning off we went to experience Futuroscope.

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We had lots of fun and we had beautiful weather – it just got pretty cold as it got darker.  We were really lucky with the weather as since then we have had some strange weather!!

It was a really fun birthday!