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…

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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.

La Philharmonie

20160604_pixar en concertA long time ago now, we went to the Philharmonie in Paris and it was amazing. We got to see parts of our favorite PIXAR films on a big screen.  there were quite a few including :

  • A Bug’s Life
  • Up
  • The Incredibles
  • Brave
  • Wall.e
  • Cars
  • Finding Nemo

The show, which was called Pixar en Concert, was not made cool just because of the huge screen but also by the orchestra that accompanied it.  The conductor had a special screen that showed what was on the telly so that the timing was perfect.

It was a bit of a journey to get to the Philharmonie if you live in Maisons Laffite like we do.  Changing trains does take a little while at Charles de Gaulle Etoile and then a couple of changes on the Metro but it was well worth it.   Here are a few photos of our amazing experience.

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Centenary Camp in France

The Centenary Camp happened a few months ago now but I can still remember it as though it was yesterday!!  It was so brilliant!!!  When I finished school on the day that camp started, I was really excited about it all.  I was going with my friends, Ewan and his brother Joseph, because Mum is a leader and she went early to help set up.  After watching a bit of Pink Panther in Ewan’s car we arrived.

While we were there we did all kinds of stuff including:

  • orienteering
  • backwards cooking
  • cooking
  • putting up tents
  • taking down tents
  • hiking
  • den building (me, Gabriel and Aymeric added this one) 

The drive wasn’t very long.  When I arrived I thought that the campsite was more of a museum because there was a big chateau at the gate.  But behind all that was a really big campsite with a big grassy area and a huge amount of forest.  I loved it.  It was a perfect balance between open space and forest.  There was a tree-house and a “haunted house” and a big thunderstorm while we were out orienteering (annoying) and when we got back our coats were soaking.  That was my least favorite part.  My favorite part was when me Aymeric and Gabriel built a den.  It was so good, you could sleep in it if it hadn’t got broken.

Galette Des Rois

We took part in a very French tradition.  After making Galette des Rois with both cubs and the scouts, Euan really wanted to make it at home. After Christmas, these big round pastries appear in all the bakeries and the supermarkets. Big puffy flaky pastry, filled with frangipane or almond and can be quite expensive.  There are supposed to be eaten on epiphany or the fiirst sunday after new year but it seemd like they are available as soon as xmas is over until quite late into January.

They come with a golden crown and inside there is a surprise. A fève which is a little bit like finding the sixpence in Xmas pudding. If you are the lucky soul to get the little ceramic shape hidden inside, you get to wear the crown and are le roi for the day – the king.

Tradition says that the youngest person hides under the table and says who gets which slice. So we thought that we would do the whole thing with the crown being a Santa hat. But who got the fève?

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We can share a recipe. You can have a go.

Galette des Rois recipe

Update…

…I couldn’t consolidate my telephoning skills this morning, Creagh was still ill this morning (but I think he sounds better – playing Kung Fu Panda with Euan and giggling right at this moment!!)

So we went to the Dr’s and probable virus, nothing to worry about.  If it is still a problem on Monday then blood test.  But as Kung Fu game and giggles with little brother probably means he will be fine by Monday!!

Good job too as we will be in the UK trying to say hello to friends and travelling to see family.  We all want to be well for that.